U.S. Department of State

Eileen B. Claussen

Eileen B. Claussen of Washington, D.C. was appointed by President Clinton as the Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs on January 19, 1996.

In this capacity, Ms. Claussen is responsible for coordinating U.S. policy on the global environment on such issues as climate change, biodiversity, forest management, oceans, desertification, and trade and the environment, as well as on the environmental and sustainable development efforts of the multilateral banks and the United Nations. She is responsible for recommending appropriate policies to the President and the Secretary of State on these issues, and for providing policy guidance to U.S. oceanic, environmental, scientific, fisheries, wildlife, and technological communities on matters affecting foreign policy issues. Ms. Claussen will also represent the Department in international negotiations.

Between 1987 and 1993, Ms. Claussen was Director of the Office of Atmospheric Programs for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She was responsible for the development and direction of programs in the areas of stratospheric ozone protection, acid rain control and global change. Specifically, she represented the United States in the negotiation of the Montreal Protocol and its amendments, represented EPA in the successful negotiation of the Air Quality Accord with Canada, and was responsible for the development and implementation of rules under Titles IV and VI of the Clean Air Act. In addition, Ms. Claussen directed the development and implementation of a number of voluntary pollution prevention programs, including the Green Lights Program, the Energy Star Computer Program, the Golden Carrot super-efficient refrigerator program and a number of programs to control methane from landfills and coal mines.

Ms. Claussen also served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation of the EPA, and as EPA's Director of the office of Solid Waste Characterization and Assessment Division. Before joining EPA, Ms. Claussen held positions at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Boise Cascade Corporation, and with the U.S. Department of Defense.

During her career, Ms. Claussen has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Fitzhugh Green Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Environmental Protection, the Meritorious Executive Award for Sustained Superior Accomplishment, and the Distinguished Award for Sustained Extraordinary Accomplishments. She received her B.A. from George Washington University, and her M.A. from the University of Virginia.

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