Chris Adamo '04

Biography

Chris Adamo was the chief of staff at the White House Council on Environmental Quality from 2015 until the end of the Obama Administration in 2017. He helped lead the President’s climate change and conservation agenda including efforts on climate resilience, federal land management, illegal fishing, large-scale ecosystem restoration, sustainable agriculture, water, and wildlife. Prior to his tenure with the Council on Environmental Quality, he led the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry as its staff director where among other issues helped pass the 2014 Farm Bill into law, which included new opportunities for landscape-scale conservation, historic investments in healthy and local foods, and agricultural subsidy reform. Chris began his career as a legislative counsel in U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office in 2007, where he worked on the 2007 energy bill, the 2008 farm bill, the 2009-2010 energy and climate bill efforts, and various other conservation initiatives. He was born and raised outside Detroit, near the shores of Lake St. Clair, and graduated with a degree in economics and business from Kalamazoo College and a law degree from Vermont Law School.