04 June 2001 00:00 [Source: ICB Americas]Following her confirmation by the US Senate, former Monsanto Company executive Linda Fisher began work last week as deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agency's second highest position.
Ms. Fisher will be the top managerial and policy assistant to EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman. She has been extensively involved in environmental issues throughout her career, including a decade of experience at EPA during the Reagan and first Bush administrations.
According to a White House statement, Ms. Fisher was chief of staff for EPA administrator Lee Thomas from 1985 to 1988, assistant administrator for policy, planning and evaluation from 1988 to 1989 and assistant administrator for prevention, pesticides and toxic substances from 1989 to 1993.
"The EPA mission of protecting human health and our environment is crucial, and having Linda Fisher as my deputy will be vital in fulfilling that mission," said Mrs. Whitman. "The agency will benefit greatly from having her expertise and experience in guiding us to accomplish our important work," she added.
From 1995 to 2000, Ms. Fisher was vice-president of governmental affairs for Monsanto, the St. Louis, Mo.-based agricultural biotechnology company.
Ms. Fisher also practiced law with the Washington firm of Latham & Watkins. She was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on May 24.
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