Center for American Progress
In 2011, Carol Browner joined the Center for American Progress as a Distinguished Senior Fellow. She was previously selected by President Barack Obama to head the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change. In that capacity, she served, for two years, as the Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change.
Before, she served in President Clinton’s cabinet as the Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Leading the EPA from 1993 to 2001, Ms. Browner was the longest serving administrator in the agency’s history. In that position, Ms Browner developed partnerships with business, community, non-governmental, and state and local government leaders. She set tough air and water pollution standards while championing commonsense, cost-effective mechanisms for meeting environmental requirements.
After leaving the EPA, Ms Browner co-founded with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and others The Albright Group, a global strategy advisory firm and Albright Capital Management, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She served on non-profit boards including as Chair of the National Audubon, one of the country’s oldest environmental organizations, and as a member of the League of Conservation Voters, Center for American Progress and Alliance for Climate Protection.
Ms. Browner has won numerous awards, including the “Mother of the Year Award” from the National Mother’s Day Committee for her dedication to preserving a safer, healthier world for America’s children, and the South Florida Chapter of the Audubon Society’s “Guy M. Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award.” Browner also has received Glamour Magazine’s “Woman of the Year Award” and the “Lifetime Environmental Achievement Award” from the New York State Bar Association.
Ms Browner earned her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Florida. She has one son and is married to former New York Congressman Tom Downey.