Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy; Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia SIPA; Co-Founding Dean, Columbia Climate School
Jason Bordoff is the Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA, where he is a Professor of Professional Practice, and a Co-Founding Dean of the Columbia Climate School. He is also a Senior Advisor at Macro Advisory Partners, a global strategic advising firm. He previously served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change on the Staff of the National Security Council, and, prior to that, held senior policy positions on the White House’s National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality. Earlier in his career, he was a scholar at the Brookings Institution, served in the Treasury Department during the Clinton Administration, and was a consultant with McKinsey & Company.
One of the world’s leading energy and climate policy experts, Bordoff’s research and policy interests lie at the intersection of economics, energy, environment, and national security. He is a columnist for Foreign Policy magazine; a frequent commentator on TV and radio, including NPR, CNN, NBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, CBS, and BBC; has appeared on the Colbert Report; and has published in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, the Economist, and other leading outlets.
Bordoff chairs the Aspen Institute-Columbia Global Energy Forum and serves on numerous boards or advisory boards, including the Nature Conservancy of New York, Winrock International, Foreign Policy 4 America, the New York Energy Forum, and the World Economic Forum’s “Future of Energy Stewardship” Program. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Leadership Council of Sustainable Energy for All at the United Nations, the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum’s “Mobilizing Investment for Clean Energy in Emerging Economies” Program, and the National Petroleum Council (a federally chartered advisory committee to Secretary of Energy).
Bordoff graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Harvard Law Review, and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He also holds an MLitt degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University.
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