Former Special Assistant to President Obama for Energy and Environment
Ron Minsk is former Special Assistant to President Obama for Energy and Environment at the White House’s National Economic Council. He joined the Center after serving until April, 2015 as Special Assistant to President Obama for Energy and Environment at the White House’s National Economic Council. Ron served in a similar position from 1998 to 2001 in the Clinton White House, where he served as a Director to the National Economic Council and Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.
Prior to returning to the White House, Ron Minsk served as Senior Vice President at Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization committed to reducing America’s dependence on oil and improving U.S. energy security in order to bolster our national security and strengthen the economy. In that position, Ron was responsible for the development of energy policies dedicated to enhancing the United States’ energy security. Among other papers, he was a contributing author of A National Strategy for Energy Security, a 120 page blueprint for reducing the United States’ dependence on oil and the Electrification Roadmap, and other policy papers.
After the end of the Clinton Administration, Ron was counsel in the Energy Practice Group at the Washington office of Alston & Bird where he represented investor-owned electric utilities, large regional independent system operators, and independent transmission companies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Ron previously worked as a policy analyst at the White House Office of Management and Budget. He is a graduate of New York University (B.S. 1987), Harvard University (M.P.P. 1989) and the University of Pennsylvania (J.D. 1996).
Growth in US oil production has created substantial economic and energy security benefits for the nation.
Putting a price on carbon is a critical part of a low-cost strategy for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and a national carbon tax is a rare example of a climate change policy that has found bipartisan support in the United States.