RALEIGH – Elizabeth S. Biser affirmed Thursday her oath of office as secretary of the state Department of Environmental Quality during a ceremony at the department’s Green Square building.
Judge Mark Davis administered the oath with Biser’s family, friends and senior DEQ staff in attendance. Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the North Carolina Senate.
“I am honored and humbled at the opportunity to lead the agency charged with providing environmental stewardship for the health and prosperity of all North Carolinians,” said Biser in a statement. “Returning to this department and taking the oath of office in this building has special significance.”
Gov. Roy Cooper announced Biser’s appointment last week, citing her strong leadership, experience with the environmental agency, and knowledge of DEQ’s critical work in the state, according to the release.
Biser previously served as the director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at DEQ’s predecessor agency, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. During her time there, she played a primary role in securing $134 million in funding for the design and construction of the Green Square Complex in downtown Raleigh, which includes the LEED-certified central offices for DEQ.
Biser most recently served as the president of Biser Strategies LLC and the senior policy adviser of the Recycling Partnership. Before that, she was vice president of policy and public affairs of the Recycling Partnership, and the government relations and policy adviser of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP.
She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s of public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.