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David B. Sandalow
Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES)

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Biography

David B. Sandalow serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment, and Science (OES). In his capacity as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Sandalow helps manage U.S. diplomacy on a broad range of environment, science and technology issues, including climate change, ozone depletion, biodiversity, oceans, forests, chemicals, cooperation in outer space, finance and environment, and regional environment issues.

Previously, Mr. Sandalow was Associate Director for the Global Environment, White House Council on Environment Quality and Senior Director for Environmental Affairs, National Security Council. In these positions, he helped advise the President and the Vice President on global environment issues. Prior to his work at the White House, Mr. Sandalow was with the Office of the General Counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency and in the private practice of law. He also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Michigan Department of Commerce.

Mr. Sandalow has served as a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Environmental Law, co-chair of the American Bar Association's Annual Conference on Environmental law and member of the Steering Committee of the District of Columbia Bar's Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources Law. He has been a volunteer election observer in the Philippines and instructor on election observing in Nepal.

A Michigan native, Mr. Sandalow received his B.A. in Philosophy from Yale College in 1978 and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1982.

Released by the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, November 1999.

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