Zichal currently serves as the Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change. Zichal served as the Policy Director for Energy, Environment and Agriculture for Sen. Obama’s presidential campaign and on the transition team.

She previously served as the Legislative Director to Senator John Kerry after being responsible for energy and environment policies on his 2004 campaign. Zichal also served as Legislative Director for U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and U.S. Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ). Throughout her tenure in the federal government, she has been a strong advocate for policy initiatives to create clean energy jobs, tackle climate change and reduce dependence on oil.

She grew up in Iowa and is a graduate of Rutgers University.