Christine Todd Whitman

Monday, June 29, 2020

Location Amphitheater

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Christine Todd Whitman is the president of The Whitman Strategy Group, a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues. The firm has been at the forefront of helping leading companies find innovative solutions to environmental challenges, and Whitman opens the week, and the 2020 season, discussing what climate action looks like in economic terms and how Americans across the political spectrum can come together around collective action.

Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January 2001 to June 2003. She was the 50th governor of the state of New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001.

As governor, Whitman earned bipartisan praise for her commitment to preserve a record amount of New Jersey land as permanent green space, and was recognized by the Natural Resources Defense Council as having instituted the most comprehensive beach monitoring system in the nation. As EPA Administrator, she promoted common-sense environmental improvements such as watershed-based water protection policies. She championed regulations requiring non-road diesel engines to reduce sulfur emissions by more than 95 percent. During her tenure, the EPA was successful in passing and implementing landmark brownfields legislation to promote the redevelopment and reuse of previously contaminated industrial sites.

Whitman is a member of the advisory boards of the Corporate Eco Forum and the Northeast Maglev, and co-chair of the National Institute for Civil Discourse and of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council. She is a member of the National Advisory Committees for the Women’s Coalition for Common Sense and the Presidential Climate Action Project. She is a founding member of the Climate Leadership Council and a member of the Advisory Committee for Two Paths America. 

In 2018, Whitman was the recipient of the Panetta Institute’s Jefferson-Lincoln Award, and in 2017 was awarded The Eisenhower Medal for Leadership and Service.