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Great Seal Rafe Pomerance
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment and Development

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Mr. Pomerance was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment and Development in June 1993. In that capacity, he serves as a senior policy advisor to the Department on matters related to global climate change, ecology and pollution. He currently heads the U.S. delegation to negotiations on Climate Change and to the Biodiversity Convention and oversees State Department's effort on a number of environmental issues.

Prior to this appointment to the Department, Mr. Pomerance served as a Senior Associate at the World Resources Institute from 1986 to 1993. While at WRI, his work focused on the scientific and policy issues associated with global climate change and ozone depletion. Mr. Pomerance participated in the negotiations of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and in the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the International Negotiating Committee on Climate Change which developed the climate change convention signed at the Rio Summit.

Prior to joining WRI, Mr. Pomerance was President of Friends of the Earth, where he created a partnership between U.S. and Canadian NGOs working on acid rain. During the 1970s, Mr. Pomerance was the coordinator of the Urban Environment Conference, a coalition of environmental, labor and minority organizations, and coordinator of the National Clean Air Coalition.

Mr. Pomerance graduated from Cornell University in 1968 with a BA in History. Upon graduation, Mr. Pomerance served as a VISTA volunteer. Mr. Pomerance is married to Lenore Markwett Pomerance ad has three children: Benjamin Cooley, 23; Lilah Pomerance, 18; and Ethan Pomerance, 14.