Dan Reicher is executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. He has more than 25 years of experience in energy and environmental technology, policy, finance, and law, including serving in the Clinton administration at the Department of Energy (DOE) as assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy. He was a member of President Obama’s transition team, where he focused on the energy portions of the stimulus package and was an advisor to the Obama campaign on energy and climate issues. Prior to joining Stanford University, Mr. Reicher worked at Google Inc., where he had served since 2007 as director of climate change and energy initiatives.
Mr. Reicher is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, cochairman of the board of the American Council on Renewable Energy, and a member of the boards of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Apollo Alliance, and the University of California-Davis Energy Efficiency Center.
Before his position at Google, Mr. Reicher served as president and co-founder of New Energy Capital Corp., a private equity firm funded by the California State Teachers Retirement System and Vantage Point Venture Partners to invest in clean energy projects. He also served as executive vice president of Northern Power Systems, one of the nation’s oldest renewable energy companies. Mr. Reicher was also an adjunct professor at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Vermont Law School.
Mr. Reicher also has held several positions with the DOE, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the World Resources Institute, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. He also worked for the Massachusetts attorney general, served as a law clerk to a federal district court judge in Boston, as a legal assistant in the Hazardous Waste Section of the US Department of Justice, and was on the staff of President Carter’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island. Mr. Reicher holds a BA in biology from Dartmouth College and a JD from Stanford Law School. He also studied at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and at MIT.