White House environment shop snags climate aide

By Robin Bravender | 03/25/2024 01:33 PM EDT

Elise Gout is the Council on Environmental Quality’s new public engagement director. 

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The White House's environment office is bringing on new staffers. Francis Chung/E&E News

The White House’s environment office has hired a new head of public engagement as the Biden administration looks to rally support from outside groups ahead of the upcoming presidential election.

Elise Gout starts Monday in the White House Council on Environmental Quality to lead the office’s efforts to engage with outside organizations and advocates about the Biden administration’s policy agenda.

Gout joins CEQ from the White House Office on Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation, where she’s been working with John Podesta’s team on the rollout of the climate and clean energy law enacted in 2022.


“A big function of ours is to help open the door to the White House and make sure that folks who are not traditionally heard get a chance to have their voices heard,” said Matt Lee-Ashley, CEQ’s chief of staff and director of policy and programs.