White House Nominates Carlson to be NHTSA Chief

The White House officially nominated Ann Carlson (above) to be administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on February 13.

[Above photo by NHTSA]

Carlson, who previously served as NHTSA’s chief counsel, has been serving as the agency’s acting administrator since the previous administrator, Stephen Cliff, stepped down in August 2022 to become executive director of the California Air Resources Board.

Before joining NHTSA, Carlson served on the faculty at the UCLA School of Law as the Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law where she won three teaching awards – and later founded and co-directed the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. Carlson also spent five years in private legal practice.

Carlson – a University of California-Santa Barbara and Harvard Law School graduate – also co-authored a leading environmental casebook, co-edited a book “Lessons from the Clean Air Act,” and written numerous publications.

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