David Sandalow

Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University
Former Under Secretary of Energy (Acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs, US Department of Energy
Biography: 

David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at Columbia University’s new Center on Global Energy Policy.   He also serves as a Senior Advisor to Garten Rothkopf LLC (an international advisory firm).

From Spring 2009–Spring 2013, Mr. Sandalow served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), including Under Secretary of Energy (Acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs.  As Under Secretary of Energy (Acting), Mr. Sandalow helped oversee DOE’s renewable energy, energy efficiency, fossil energy, nuclear energy and electricity delivery programs, with a budget of more than $3.5 billion per year.  As Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs, he helped coordinate policy development and international activities at the Department.  Priorities included China (14 trips during his tenure at DOE), the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (helping manage DOE’s CFIUS process), critical materials (launching DOE’s first-ever Critical Materials Strategy) and electric vehicles (helping shape DOE’s EV Everywhere program).

Prior to serving at DOE, Mr. Sandalow was Energy & Environment Scholar and a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program of the Brookings Institution, as well as Energy & Climate Change Working Group Chair at the Clinton Global Initiative.