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Amy Myers Jaffe

Co-chair, Women in Energy Steering Committee

Energy Policy


Amy Myers Jaffe is Co-chair of CGEP’s Women in Energy Steering Committee. In her full-time capacity, she serves as Director of the Energy, Climate Justice and Sustainability Lab at New York University’s School of Professional Studies and is a research professor who teaches graduate level courses examining global climate finance, energy and climate justice, and energy and climate policy. Jaffe is author of “Energy’s Digital Future: Harnessing Innovation for American Resilience and National Security, published as part of CGEP’s energy book series. 

Jaffe has a long and distinguished career in academia, most recently as the director for energy and the environment at the Council On Foreign Relations. Prior to this position she served as executive director for energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis, and senior advisor on energy and sustainability at the Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the University of California Regents and as a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She was formerly the Wallace S. Wilson fellow for energy studies and founding director of the Energy Forum at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. She has taught energy and sustainability classes at Rice University, the University of California, Davis, Yale University, and Tufts University Fletcher School.

Jaffe has previously served on steering committees for a variety of policy task forces, including the U.S. National Petroleum Council study on emergency preparedness and state of California’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee and the state’s advisory panel on advanced drilling technologies. Jaffe is a member of the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Global Future Council on Net Zero Transition. She was awarded the Senior Fellow award from the United States Association for Energy Economics in 2015 for career contributions to the organization and to the field of energy economics and was president-elect of the organization in 2020. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from Princeton University in Near Eastern Studies and Arabic.

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The Social Aspects of ESG Investing: Insights on Diversity in Energy Finance

As pressure mounts on energy companies to address environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns, now front and center for many large investors, the “social” aspects of ESG are coming to the fore. “Social” considerations gained attention during the 2020 shareholder proxy season, as witnessed by an intensification of focus on human capital and talent management in generating long-term value.

Commentary by Maria S. Jelescu Dreyfus , Jully Meriño Carela , Amy Myers Jaffe • March 10, 2021
The Social Aspects of ESG Investing: Insights on Diversity in Energy Finance
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