Caren W Madsen

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Caren W Madsen
BOEM Office of Public Affairs
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20240

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Caren Madsen is Public Affairs Chief at the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Previously Ms. Madsen was a Senior Manager in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Communication and External Affairs. She has focused on national environmental issues throughout her career but has also been involved in state and local issues through her work with NOAA and local civic and environmental volunteer work. Ms. Madsen started her communications career as a reporter for two daily metro Atlanta newspapers and a freelance magazine writer. After leaving journalism, she went to work in private public relations firms for five years, eventually relocating to Washington as a Senior Account Executive at Porter/Novelli. In 1991, she joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where, for almost a decade, she worked on a wide variety of issues including Superfund, air quality, climate change, smart growth, environmental technology, and community right-to-know programs. In 2000, Ms. Madsen transferred to NOAA as a Team Leader in External Affairs with NOAA Research and later joined the Office of Communications and External Affairs to lead the agency's intergovernmental affairs program for seven years. She has expertise in communications planning, stakeholder and legislative relations, project management, writing and editing, media relations, speech writing, publications management, internal communications, web site development, speaker's bureaus, and exhibits. In 2009, Ms. Madsen served as Deputy Associate Director for Communications and Legislative Affairs with the White House Council on Environmental Quality. After returning to NOAA, she worked with Andrew Winer to re-establish an External Affairs Office in the NOAA Office of Communications and External Affairs. Her goal was to support the Obama administration's interest in connecting science, communications and policy making at the federal, state and local levels of government and with NOAA's many partners. Ms. Madsen has been honored with awards for news and feature writing as well as marketing products, including recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Georgia Press Association, the Georgia Healthcare Association, the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association and the National Association of Government Communicators. Most recently, she was named as one of Montgomery County, Maryland's 40 Environmentalists Who Made a Difference on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. She is a Senior Fellow of the Excellence in Government leadership program and in the Department of Commerce 2010 Executive Leadership Development Program. Ms. Madsen is also a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the American Planning Association and the National Association of Environmental Professionals. She earned a BA degree in journalism and political science at Georgia State University. She is the current chair of the Montgomery County Forest Conservation Advisory Committee.

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