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November 17th, 2015
National Council for Science and the Environment Announces New Executive Director

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2015—The Board of Directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) announced today that Michelle Wyman will succeed Peter Saundry as Executive Director. The appointment follows a comprehensive executive search process that began in June 2015 when Dr. Saundry announced his departure after 22 years leading the organization. Ms. Wyman will begin her tenure on January 4, 2016

“We are very excited to welcome Michelle to the NCSE team,” said Anthony Michaels, Chairman of NCSE’s Board of Directors. “This organization has a profound mission – improving the scientific basis of our environmental decisions – and Michelle has the perfect background and capabilities to help us achieve our goals and strive for even higher ones.” 

Wyman brings over fifteen years of successful leadership experience working on environmental policy, planning and leadership in government, nonprofit, and the private sector to NCSE. Her resume includes serving as Executive Director of Applied Solutions, and ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability, and Intergovernmental Affairs Director for the U.S. Department of Energy. Most recently, Wyman served as senior advisor to states working on advanced energy future planning. Wyman has served on a number of boards and provided leadership guidance on energy and the environment to Federal, state and local governments particularly elected officials. 

“I am deeply honored to join this widely respected organization,” Ms. Wyman said. “I look forward to building upon the success of my predecessor Peter Saundry, and to working with the entire NCSE team to continue to advance the value and contribution of science to environmental decision and policymaking.” 

“I am delighted by the selection of Michelle as my successor,” said Dr. Saundry. “She brings a unique combination of skills, experience and creativity to the position and will lead NCSE to new levels of success and impact.” 

James Buizer, incoming Chairman of NCSE’s Board of Directors, added, “Michelle is precisely the kind of leader to take NCSE to the next level, building from the excellent foundation built by Peter Saundry and the NCSE staff. I am looking forward to what the future has in store for our organization.”

About the National Council for Science and the Environment

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is a Washington, D.C.-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decision-making. Learn more at The NCSE will convene the 16th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: The Food-Energy-Water Nexus, January 19-21, 2016 in Washington, D.C. 

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