Published on: March 8, 2021
The Biden-Harris administration is taking shape and has already signaled that significant policy changes are underway that will impact everything from economic recovery and climate change to national security and U.S. diplomatic relationships. The Center on Global Energy Policy is immensely proud that several of our scholars and affiliates have been selected to advise the new administration and help shape policy:
- Richard Nephew, a senior research scholar at CGEP who leads research focused on international security and energy, particularly the use of sanctions for deterrence and impact, will take a leave of absence from the Center to serve as deputy U.S. Special Envoy for Iran.
- Dr. Noah Kaufman, a research scholar at CGEP who leads research focused on climate change policies and economics, will take a leave of absence from the Center to serve as senior economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
- Dr. Varun Sivaram, a senior research scholar at CGEP who leads research focused on clean energy innovation policy, energy transitions in emerging economies such as India, and digital technologies for decarbonization, will serve as a senior adviser to Special Envoy for Climate and former Secretary of State John F. Kerry.
- John MacWilliams, a Senior Fellow and key member of the leadership team at CGEP, will serve as senior advisor to the Homeland Security Advisor.
- Catherine Wolfram, a professor at UC Berkeley and visiting faculty member at CGEP this year, will serve as deputy assistant secretary for climate and energy economics at the Department of Treasury.
- Avril Haines, former deputy director of Columbia World Projects and a member of CGEP’s faculty advisory committee, will serve as director of National Intelligence.
- Melanie Nakagawa, previously a non-resident fellow at CGEP, will serve as senior director for climate and energy on the staff of the National Security Council.
- Ali Zaidi, previously a non-resident fellow at CGEP, will serve as the White House Deputy National Climate Advisor.
It is exciting to see these members of our community helping shape ideas and policies. We wish them all great success.