Climate Change Envoy Todd Stern

by Frances Romero - TIME, Jan. 26, 2009

Tott Stern, a longtime friend and adviser to both Hillary and former Preseident Bill Clinton, has held a positions in goverment and in private law practices where he has abvised on issues ranging from global warming to anti-money laundering me- thods. Many see his appointmend as further evidence that the Obama Adminstra- tion is serious about addressing the issue of climate change.

Fast Facts

* Born May 4, 1951 to Judith and Richard Stern of Chicago, he went to receive a bachelors in 1973 from Dartmouth (where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa) and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1977. He married Jennifer Klein on Sept. 10. 1995.

* After completing his law degree, Stern served as an attorney for the Legal Aid Society for two years, followed by more than a decade working for private firms.

* In 1990, he became senior counsel to Senator Patrick Leahy on the Senate Judi- ciary Committee, where he advised Leahy on intellectual property, telecommuni- cation and constitutional issues.

* Worked on Bill Clinton's 1992 presidental campaign, and later became Clinton's deputy staff secratary. In 1995 he was promoted to staff secretary and assistant to the president. As secretary, he played a central role in preparing presentations on key domestic, economic and national securituy issues for he President's decision.

* Was the senior White House negotiator at the Kyoto Protocol negotiations, which called for the stabilization of greenhouse gas emissions.

* Served a three-year stint at the Treasury Department from 1999 to 2001, where he advised the Secretary on the policy and politics of a broad range of economic and financial issues and supervised the Treasury's anti-money laundering strategy.

* As an adviser to Hillary Clinton's presidental campaign, he counseled on issues pertaining to the environment and global warming.

*As member of the Obama-Biden transition team, helped nogotiate the terms on which former President Bill Clinton agreed to disclose the names of 200,000 donors to his charitable foundation in order to clear way for Hillary's nomination as Secratary of State.

* Currently a senior fellow at the think Center of American Progress, where he focuses on climate change and enviromental issues. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a vice chair of public policy for the lay firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.