Annie Petsonk
Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Aviation and International Affairs
Assuming office
PresidentJoe Biden
SucceedingJoel Szabat
Personal details
Carol Annette Petsonk
Spouse(s)John Watts
EducationColorado College (BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Carol Annette "Annie" Petsonk[1] is an American attorney who is the Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Aviation and International Affairs in the Biden administration. Petsonk was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a voice vote on May 18, 2022.[2]


Pentsonk began her undergraduate education at Harvard University before transferring to Colorado College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979.[3] She then earned a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.[4]


After graduating from law school, Pentsonk worked in the United States Department of Justice and Office of the United States Trade Representative, where she worked on issues related to trade and environmental policy. She has also worked at the United Nations Environment Programme and as a law professor at the George Washington University Law School. Prior to the start of the Biden administration, was the international counsel for the Environmental Defense Fund.[5][6]


  1. ^ Petsonk, Carol (1990-01-01). "The Role of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the Development of International Environmental Law". American University International Law Review. 5 (2).
  2. ^ "U.S. Senate: Senate Floor Activity - Wednesday, May 18, 2022".
  3. ^ "Peak Profile: Annie Petsonk '79 | Bulletin". Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  4. ^ Cohan, Ellen (2016-10-25). "Annie Petsonk". Climate One. Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  5. ^ "Carol A. (Annie) Petsonk | US Department of Transportation". Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  6. ^ "President Biden Announces 12 Key Climate and Infrastructure Administration Nominations". The White House. 2021-04-22. Retrieved 2021-04-23.