Non-Affiliated Experts

Jesse Jenkins

Jesse Jenkins
Director of Energy and Climate Policy
Breakthrough Institute

Jesse Jenkins is one of the country's leading energy and climate policy analysts and advocates, managing the Breakthrough Institute's analytical and policy development programs. 

Jesse is the lead author or co-author of: the Breakthrough policy framework, "Make Clean Energy Cheap," the reports Rising Tigers, Sleeping Giant: Asian Nations Set to Dominate Clean Energy Race by Out-Investing United States and Jumpstarting a Clean Energy Revolution with a National Institutes of Energy, the "National Energy Education Act" policy proposal, and a widely cited analysis of the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act. Jesse has written for  The San Francisco Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, Yale Environment 360,, and The Huffington Post. His research and analysis has been cited by Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Times, The New York Times and other major media outlets.

Jesse previously co-directed Breakthrough Generation, the Institute's youth leaders initiative, and prior to joining Breakthrough in June 2008, worked at the Renewable Northwest Project to advance the development of the Pacific Northwest's abundant renewable energy potential. He is founder and chief editor of WattHead - Energy News and Commentary and a featured writer at Jesse is a graduate of the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon (magna cum laude), where he completed an interdisciplinary course of study in computer science, philosophy, political science and energy studies.


November 17, 2011
December 15, 2010