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Council on Environmental Quality

722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503




CHAIR (vacancy)
Chief of Staff Christopher Adamo

Climate Preparedness Jainey Bavishi
Communications Noreen Nielson
Conservation and Wildlife Timothy Male
Energy and Climate Change Richard Duke
Lands and Water Ecosystems Michael Degnan
Legislative Affairs Stephenne Harding
NEPA Oversight Edward Boling
Ocean and Coastal Policy Whitley Saumweber

Deputy Associate Director, Public Engagement and Communications Mark Antoniewicz
General Counsel Brenda Mallory
Managing Director Christina Goldfuss

The Council on Environmental Quality formulates and recommends national policies and initiatives for improving the environment.

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) was established within the Executive Office of the President by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). The Environmental Quality Improvement Act of 1970 (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.) established the Office of Environmental Quality (OEQ) to provide professional and administrative support for the Council. The CEQ and OEQ are referred to, collectively, as the Council on Environmental Quality. The CEQ Chair, whom the President appoints and the Senate confirms, serves as Director of the OEQ.

The Council develops policies that bring together the Nation's economic, social, and environmental priorities to improve Federal decisionmaking. As required by NEPA, the CEQ also evaluates, coordinates, and mediates Federal activities. It advises and assists the President on both national and international environmental policy matters. It oversees Federal agency and departmental implementation of NEPA.

Sources of Information


The CEQ Web site features a blog.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Requests may be submitted by email (without an attachment) or fax or sent by postal mail to the Freedom of Information Officer, Council on Environmental Quality, 722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503. Fax, 202-456-0753. | Email:


Most interns work a semester-based schedule (May–August, September–December, or January–April). A position may be customized, however, to accommodate applicant availability and project needs. Application deadlines are February 1 for the summer, June 13 for the fall, and October 1 for the spring. | Email:

Open Government

The CEQ supports the Open Government initiative by promoting the principles of collaboration, participation, and transparency.


The CEQ maintains a social media presence on Twitter and Facebook. An online subscription form is available to sign up for email updates from the CEQ and opportunities to get involved.

Press Releases

The CEQ posts announcements, factsheets, memoranda, statements, and other newsworthy items on its Web site.

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