THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release December 21, 2000
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES ELWOOD (ELGIE) HOLSTEIN, JR., AS
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR OCEANS AND ATMOSPHERE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
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.