Acting Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Mike Boots is Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Prior to assuming his role as Acting Chair, Mike served as the Chief of Staff at CEQ. In this capacity, he helped coordinate the Administration’s work on the President’s Climate Action Plan, the establishment of new national monuments that permanently protect unique American sites, the development of the Nation’s first comprehensive National Ocean Policy, and the President’s federal sustainability initiative to reduce energy use and pollution across the Federal Government, among other environmental priorities. At the start of the Obama Administration, he served as an Associate Director managing the natural resources portfolio at CEQ, focusing on protecting and conserving the nation’s special places, landscapes, freshwater resources and oceans.
Prior to joining CEQ, Mike was the Vice President for Sustainable Markets at SeaWeb, where he led efforts to engage the private sector in finding innovative solutions to ocean conservation challenges. He served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration and at a public affairs firm managing a statewide energy conservation campaign during California’s energy crisis. He later served in Washington, DC as the Environmental and Natural Resources Advisor to the Governor of California, representing the Governor, his cabinet and the state before Congress and the Federal government.