Jason E.

Policy expert

Jason writes about: Environment

Jason E. Bordoff, one of the world’s top energy policy experts, is the Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. Bordoff joined the Columbia University faculty after serving until January 2013 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change on the Staff of the National Security Council, and, prior to that, holding senior policy positions on the White House’s National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality.

He is a columnist for Foreign Policy magazine, a frequent commentator on TV and radio, including NPR, Bloomberg, CNBC, and BBC, has appeared on the Colbert Report, and has published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and other leading news outlets.

Prior to joining the White House, Bordoff was the Policy Director of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative housed at the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Petroleum Council, a federally chartered advisory committee to the Secretary of Energy comprising representatives from academic, financial, research, Native American, and public interest organizations and institutions.

He serves on the boards of The Nature Conservancy in New York, Winrock International, a leading nonprofit organization that works to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources, and the New York Energy Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering public understanding of energy issues. During the Clinton Administration, Bordoff served as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department. He was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company, one of the leading global strategy consultancies.

The pandemic is a reminder of just how wicked a problem climate change is because it requires collective action, public understanding and buy-in, and decarbonizing the energy mix while supporting economic growth and energy use around the world.


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