WASHINGTON, DC, January 23, 2009 – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar yesterday announced that David Hayes, a senior fellow at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is being nominated for Deputy Secretary of the Interior, a post Hayes held during the Clinton Administration under then-Interior Secretary and current WWF Chairman Bruce Babbitt.
"With the nomination of David Hayes for Deputy Interior Secretary, President-elect Obama has again demonstrated his commitment to sound science and experienced leadership within the highest levels of his administration," said WWF CEO Carter Roberts. "David brings many years of experience and extraordinary talent to the number two post in the Interior Department. While we will miss David here at WWF, we are proud that he is answering the call to serve and we're extremely gratified that the enormously consequential policies of the Department of the Interior will be entrusted to him and Secretary Salazar."
As senior fellow at WWF, Hayes has been a key advisor on forestry issues, specifically on reducing carbon emissions from deforestation, and has played an integral role in developing WWF’s public policy strategy and has testified before Congress on behalf of the organization.