Non-Affiliated Experts

Individuals not affiliated with ITIF who have participated in ITIF events or co-authored an ITIF publication.

Sasha Mackler

Sasha Mackler
Research Director
National Commission on Energy Policy

Sasha Mackler is Research Director of the National Commission on Energy Policy. He joined the Commission in 2002 after spending several years in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Markets Division. At the Commission, Sasha conducts work on the economic, technological, and environmental aspects of energy production and consumption. His focus is on the potential for low carbon energy technologies to diminish the risks of climate change and enhance U.S. energy security and, in particular, how these technologies could be developed and deployed at a large scale. Read more »

Armond Cohen

Armond Cohen
Executive Director
Clean Air Task Force

Armond Cohen is co-founder and Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force (CATF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing atmospheric pollution and commercializing innovative clean energy technology. CATF’s technology innovation work focuses on building commercial scale demonstrations of fossil fuel electric carbon capture and storage (CCS) and enabling technologies in the United States, China and India; reforming U.S. Read more »

Bryan Walsh

Bryan Walsh
Senior Writer
TIME Magazine

Bryan Walsh, senior writer for TIME and TIME.com, focuses on environmental issues, general interest and national stories. He writes the Going Green column for TIME and TIME.com and contributes to TIME.com’s environmental issues blog, Ecocentric. A former Tokyo bureau chief for TIME, Walsh was named senior writer in April 2011 and is based in New York. Read more »

Andrew Revkin

Andrew Revkin
Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies

Andrew Revkin has been reporting on the environment and science for more than a quarter century, including nearly 15 years as a staff writer at The New York Times. He has covered subjects ranging from Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami to the assault on the Amazon, from the troubled relationship between science and politics to climate change at the North Pole. In 2010, he joined the Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies as the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding. Read more »

Arun Majumdar

Arun Majumdar
Former Director
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

Dr. Arun Majumdar became the first Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), the country's only agency devoted to transformational energy research and development, in October 2009. Dr. Majumdar also currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Secretary. Read more »

David Douglas

David Douglas
Senior Fellow
Breakthrough Institute

David Douglas is a high-tech executive with a strong focus on innovation and sustainability.  Most recently Dave was Senior Vice President of Cloud Computing and Chief Sustainability Officer at Sun Microsystems. As CSO he oversaw the strategy and execution of Sun's environmental initiatives, including enhancements to Sun's products in the areas of energy efficiency, cooling technologies, product recycling and clean manufacturing, and improvements in the sustainability of Sun's operations. Dave has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Read more »

Richard Harris

Richard Harris
Correspondent, Science Desk
NPR News

Richard Harris reports on science issues for NPR's newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

In 2010, Harris’ reporting uncovered that the blown-out BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was spewing out far more oil than asserted in the official estimates. He covered the United Nations climate negotiations, starting with the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, followed by Kyoto in 1997 and Copenhagen in 2009. Harris was a major contributor to NPR’s award-winning 2007-2008 “Climate Connections” series. Read more »

Robbie Diamond

Robbie Diamond
President and CEO
Electrification Coalition and Securing America's Future Energy

Robbie Diamond is the President and CEO of the Electrification Coalition, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group of business leaders committed to promoting policies and actions that facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale in order to combat the economic, environmental, and national security dangers caused by our nation’s dependence on petroleum. The Coalition was launched in November 2009, and as its first official act, released the Electrification Roadmap, a sweeping report outlining a vision for the deployment of a fully integrated electric drive network. Read more »

Roger Pielke, Jr.

Roger Pielke, Jr.
Professor of Environmental Studies
University of Colorado at Boulder

Roger A. Pielke, Jr. has been on the faculty of the University of Colorado since 2001 and is a Professor in the Environmental Studies Program and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). At CIRES, Roger served as the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research from 2001-2007. Roger's research focuses on the intersection of science and technology and decision making. In 2006 Roger received the Eduard Brückner Prize in Munich, Germany for outstanding achievement in interdisciplinary climate research. Read more »

Joshua Freed

Joshua Freed
Vice President for Clean Energy
Third Way

Joshua Freed is the Vice President of the Clean Energy Program at Third Way. He focuses on the policies and strategies needed to bring about clean energy reform and to address climate change. Prior to joining Third Way, Joshua served for more than a decade as a political strategist for national, federal and local campaigns and was a senior staffer on Capitol Hill. Most recently, he was a Vice President at GMMB, where he was part of the media team for Obama for America and advised the senior leadership of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more »