Sutley, former NOAA official named to Calif. nonprofit

Source: Debra Kahn, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, November 7, 2014

Former White House Council on Environmental Quality chief Nancy Sutley is joining the board of a California nonprofit tasked with coordinating research on oceans.

The Ocean Science Trust, an Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit, was established by state legislation in 2000 to advise policymakers on ocean and coastal management.

Sutley is joining the group’s board of trustees along with Margaret Spring, former principal deputy undersecretary for oceans and atmosphere at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Spring is currently the vice president of conservation and science at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Sutley, who stepped down from CEQ in February, has been working since July as the head of sustainability and economic development officer at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility (E&ENews PM, July 2).

California’s secretary of natural resources, John Laird, said Sutley and Spring would help OST implement several projects, including a recently convened panel on ocean acidification and hypoxia and a program to evaluate California’s network of marine-protected areas.

“As we face the impacts of a changing climate, the Ocean Science Trust is an invaluable partner in helping California build the robust, independent science we need to effectively steward our ocean resources,” Laird said. “I am excited to welcome Nancy and Margaret to the board of trustees of this unique and invaluable organization.”