THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES ELWOOD (ELGIE) HOLSTEIN, JR., AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR OCEANS AND ATMOSPHERE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF
President Clinton today announced the recess appointment of Elwood (Elgie) Holstein, Jr., to serve as Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the Department of Commerce. Mr. Holstein was nominated to the United States Senate on September 14, 2000.
Mr. Holstein, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, currently serves as a Senior Advisor for NOAA issues to Secretary of Commerce Norman Mineta. Mr. Holstein has extensive knowledge in the areas of natural resources and the environment. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, he was the Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy and Science at the White House Office of Management and Budget. He also served as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Energy. During the first term of the Clinton Administration, he was a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House National Economic Council, where he was responsible for energy and environmental issues. Before joining the Clinton Administration, Mr. Holstein served as a consultant to local governments on natural resource issues. He served as Director of State-Federal Relations for the energy and environmental programs of the National Conference of State Legislatures, worked as a congressional aide, and served as executive director of a national, non-profit organization focused on consumer financial education.
NOAA's mission is to describe and predict changes in the Earth's environment, and to conserve and manage wisely the nation's coastal and marine resources to ensure sustainable economic opportunities. Mr. Holstein will serve at NOAA, overseeing its five agencies: National Weather Service; National Marine Fisheries Service; National Ocean Service; National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service; and Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.