White House nabs Interior climate communications aide

By Robin Bravender | 06/17/2024 01:31 PM EDT

Tyler Cherry joins the White House communications team as Maria Michalos departs for law school. 

Tyler Cherry and Maria Michalos

Tyler Cherry is joining the White House to work on climate communications as Maria Michalos heads to law school. LinkedIn

Former Interior communications director Tyler Cherry has landed a new gig leading climate communications in the Biden White House.

After more than three years at Interior working for Secretary Deb Haaland, Cherry started last week as an associate communications director at the White House. Maria Michalos, who has held the post for more than a year, plans to step down later this month and start at Yale Law School in August.

Cherry takes over as the top White House climate communications aide in a critical time for President Joe Biden’s administration. The Biden team is sprinting to roll out big-ticket environmental and climate priorities this year as the November presidential election looms and the administration aims to shore up its policies.


The White House gig involves handling communications for the White House Climate Policy Office, traveling with national climate adviser Ali Zaidi and coordinating with the White House press office on climate and energy policy announcements.