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VIMS, W&M grad named to White House staff

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have named Dr. Ike Irby as Policy Advisor in the Office of the Vice President.

Irby, who earned joint graduate degrees from the College of William and Mary and its Virginia Institute of Marine Science in 2017, previously was a Senior Policy Advisor to Harris in the U.S. Senate, covering climate, environment, energy, transportation, and infrastructure.

Irby brings both a science and policy background to the nation’s capital, with a Ph.D. degree from the School of Marine Science at VIMS and a master’s in Public Policy from the Public Policy Graduate Program at W&M.

He responded to the announcement in a tweet, writing, “Truly honored to serve as Policy Advisor to the next Vice President, Kamala Harris. The climate crisis is the challenge of our time, and I look forward to continue fighting for climate and environmental justice, the protection of our planet, and an equitable future.”

Irby’s advisor at VIMS, R...

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