A Washington policy fixture, Perciasepe worked on clean air and clean water issues during the Clinton administration. He held a top job at the National Audubon Society, and in 2009 President Obama named him deputy at EPA.
When Obama’s first EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, stepped down, some thought Perciasepe, who stepped in as acting head, would get the job. Instead, McCarthy was Obama’s pick, but the Loop reported then that the president may have personally called Perciasepe to ask him to stay on.
In a statement released by his new employer, Perciasepe said there is “opportunity and obligation to forge lasting climate solutions.”