Carol M. Browner was picked as the Obama White House’s coordinator of energy and climate policy. Here’s a quick look at her life and career.

Carol M. Browner was picked as the Obama White House’s coordinator of energy and climate policy. Here’s a quick look at her life and career.

Career: Currently a member of the Albright Group, a firm that advises clients on building businesses internationally. An adviser on the Obama-Biden transition team.

History: Former head of the EPA during the Clinton administration, she led efforts to tighten air pollution limits and cut vehicle emissions. From 1986 to 1988, Browner worked in Washington for then-Sen. Lawton Chiles and as legislative director for then-Sen. Al Gore. From 1991 to 1993, she was secretary of Florida's Department of Environmental Regulation.

Born: Dec. 16, 1955

Birth city: Miami

Education: Undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida.

Family: Married to Thomas Joseph Downey; son from a previous marriage, Zachary.

Fun facts:

- Received "Mother of the Year Award" from the National Mother's Day Committee in 1997.

- A chairwoman of the National Audubon Society.

Sources: www.nytimes.com, www.epa.gov, www.thealbrightgroupllc.com