WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former Southeast Missouri resident George David Banks will serve as associate director of international affairs and climate change at the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Executive Office of the President, and as national security council director of clean development.
CEQ coordinates federal environmental and energy efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of federal policies and initiatives.
Jim Connaughton, President Bush's principal environmental, energy and natural resources policy adviser, selected Banks for the post last August, tasking him primarily with overseeing federal efforts in launching the Asia-
Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate -- a joint effort undertaken last year by the United States, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Australia to encourage the development and deployment of technologies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve pollution and energy security.
Banks will also be the Bush Administration's leading staffer on climate change policy and play a significant role in pushing forward biofuels initiatives. He will be a senior delegate for the United States in international environmental negotiations and represent the White House during climate change talks in Nairobi, Kenya, this fall.
Banks agreed to the appointment after serving two years in Brussels, Belgium, as deputy head of energy and environment at the U.S. Mission to the European Union where he was primarily responsible for environmental and energy diplomacy. While in Europe, Banks worked closely with U.S. Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, one of the nation's leading advocates for ethanol, to develop a common biofuels work program with the European Union. He earned two of the State Department's highest awards for his work in promoting U.S. interests on the environment and energy front.
Before serving the U.S. State Department, Banks worked as a CIA legal and economic analyst and worked as a legislative fellow in the House of Representatives, focusing on international and judiciary issues for Congressman Howard Berman, Democrat from California. At the Agency, he received the Directorate of Intelligence Commendation Medal.
Formerly from New Madrid and East Prairie, Mo., Banks is a lawyer, licensed in Missouri and the District of Columbia , and an international trade economist. A 1986 graduate of East Prairie High School, he attended New Madrid County elementary and secondary schools.
He is the son of Nettie Banks of Bertrand, Mo., who is currently employed at the East Prairie Nutrition Center, and the former George Banks Jr.