WASHINGTON One of the pioneers of the U.S. Energy Star program has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Cathy Zoi, who holds a graduate engineering degree, previously served as chief of staff in the White House Office on Environmental Policy in the Clinton administration.
Zoi is credited with helping to launch the Energy Star program while at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
She most recently served as CEO of the Alliance for Climate Protection and was an executive with the Bayard Group, an investor in energy measurement and efficiency technologies.
The White House also said it has nominated Lawrence Strickland, a communications industry veteran and former Federal Communications Commission bureau chief, to be assistant commerce secretary for communications and information.
If confirmed, Strickland would oversee the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Among other responsibilities, NTIA helps manage U.S. wireless and other spectrum.