SeaWeb's Boots accepts White House post


James Wright, Senior Editor

Published on
February 17, 2009

Mike Boots, who helped bring Seafood Choices Alliance of Silver Spring, Md., to the forefront of the sustainable seafood movement, is leaving the organization's parent company for a position with the Obama administration.

According to a spokesperson at SeaWeb, Boots will be an associate director for land and water ecosystems at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). He will assume this new post on March 2, where he will work on a variety of land and water issues including oceans and fisheries.

The CEQ works to forge a common voice on environmental issues across the federal government and facilitate dialog among its constituencies.

For nearly five years, Boots served as director of SCA, which helps retailers and foodservice operators establish environmentally responsible seafood procurement policies, and most recently as SeaWeb's VP of sustainable markets. He was appointed to the Marine Stewardship Council's board of trustees last year.

In the interim, SeaWeb and SCA will be led by International Director Melanie Siggs, North American Director Ned Daly and European Director Elisabeth Vallet.

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