Campbell, who was commissioner of New Jersey’s Environmental Protection Department from 2002 to 2006, was Jackson’s boss before she came to Washington. Campbell currently heads a private law and consulting practice focused on environment, energy, and entrepreneurship in New York, but his résumé does include extensive experience in Washington.
Before his work in the New Jersey department, Campbell served as EPA regional administrator for the Mid-Atlantic region, enforcing federal environmental laws in five states and the District of Columbia. He also spent five years in the Clinton administration as associate director of the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality.
McGinty, former head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, is considered to be another potential nominee for Jackson’s post. McGinty began as a protégé of former Vice President and current environmental activist Al Gore, serving as his aide when he was in the Senate. She accompanied Gore to the White House and became the first woman to chair the White House Council on Environmental Quality and founded and headed the White House Office on Environmental Policy.
McGinty’s experience in climate protection has earned her respect among many in the environmental community, but she has also been praised for her record in working with industry and utilities in Pennsylvania. She is the founding partner at Peregrine Technology Partners, a firm focused on the commercialization of clean technologies. McGinty is also a director at wholesale power company NRG Energy.
Zichal, the White House’s top aide on energy and climate issues, is a popular choice among some environmental groups. She has been in the Obama administration since 2009, serving as deputy to Obama’s top climate and energy policy aide, Carol Browner. Zichal took over upon Browner’s departure in early 2011, when officials said they would bring the energy office and the Office of Health Reform under the umbrella of the Domestic Policy Council. Zichal spent more than eight years working on Capitol Hill in three different congressional offices, including as legislative director for Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. She also served as a top energy and environment adviser to the 2004 Kerry presidential campaign and the Obama 2008 presidential campaign.
Amy Harder contributed