THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES TODD STERN TO COORDINATE CLIMATE CHANGE EFFORT
President Clinton today named Todd Stern to coordinate the Administration's efforts on climate change. Mr. Stern played a major role in managing the Administration's climate change initiative from July 1997, through the Kyoto conference, concentrating on outreach and public education, and will now extend his focus to all aspects of the Administration's initiative.
"Todd has done an outstanding job here both as Staff Secretary and on a variety of special projects," the President said. "I am confident he will do an excellent job coordinating our efforts to implement sensible policies, advance our diplomatic agenda and expand our educational outreach to the American people on this very important issue."
Mr. Stern will work closely with colleagues from the Council on Environmental Quality, the National Economic Council and the National Security Council, as well as the Council of Economic Advisors, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and relevant executive agencies.
Mr. Stern has been in the Administration since the start of President Clinton's first term, serving as Deputy Staff Secretary initially and as Staff Secretary since July 1995. His new title will be Assistant to the President for Special Projects. He will be succeeded as Staff Secretary by his Deputy, Phillip Caplan.
Mr. Stern graduated from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. He is married to Jennifer Klein, Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. They have a son, Jacob.