Sarah Kogel-Smucker is Montgomery County’s New Climate Change Officer

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has announced that Sarah Kogel-Smucker is the new Climate Change Officer.

Ms. Kogel-Smucker joins Montgomery County after leading the creation of the climate change division of the District of Columbia’s (DC) Office of the People’s Counsel. Prior to her work in the District, she served as senior counsel for the New York City Law Department’s Environmental Division. In this role, she advocated for the deployment of affordable clean energy initiatives, analyzed environmental legislation, and advised other divisions on climate policy. She has more than 15 years of experience in environmental issues, particularly in the area of environmental law.

“Climate change and environmental policy are top priorities of the County,” said County Executive Elrich. “I am happy to welcome Sarah Kogel-Smucker to our team. Her experience and passion will help us reach our goal to achieve an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2027 and a 100 percent reduction by 2035.”

The climate change officer leads the County’s community-wide climate goals through coordination and collaboration with County departments on climate change planning, implementation, and management of organizational initiatives and programs. Ms. Kogel-Smucker began her duties on Monday, Sept 25.

Ms. Kogel-Smucker has a Juris Doctor from the Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Grinnell College.