David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, where he directs the Future of the Grid and US-China Energy & Climate programs.
Prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Sandalow served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Energy, including Under Secretary of Energy (acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs. As Under Secretary (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, he helped coordinate policy development and international activities at the Department. Prior to serving at DOE, Mr. Sandalow was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, as well as Energy & Climate Change Working Group Chair at the Clinton Global Initiative. He has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment & Science and a Senior Director on the National Security Council staff.
Mr. Sandalow writes and speaks widely on energy and climate policy. He chaired development of the ICEF Solar and Storage Roadmap, released in December 2015. He was lead author of Meeting China’s Shale Gas Goals (Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy, September 2014), editor of Plug-In Electric Vehicles: What Role for Washington? (Brookings Press, 2009) and co-author of U.S.-China Cooperation on Climate Change (Brookings 2009). He is the author of Freedom from Oil (McGraw-Hill, 2008) and dozens of articles and op-eds. Mr. Sandalow has appeared on CNN, NPR, NBC, BBC, CCTV and many other broadcast outlets and served as a moderator at many conferences including the World Future Energy Summit, ARPA-E Summit and Clean Energy Ministerial. He served as Honorary Chair of the Energy Storage Association’s 2015 Annual Conference.
Mr. Sandalow serves on the Board of Directors of ReNew Power. He is a Senior Advisor to Highview Power Storage, Tsing Capital and Fermata. Mr. Sandalow is a member of the Steering Committee of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum and chairs the ICEF Innovation Roadmap Project. He holds an appointment as Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Strategy & Policy at Tsinghua University. Mr. Sandalow is a member of the University of Michigan Energy Institute’s Advisory Board, the Electric Drive Transport Association’s “Hall of Fame” and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Yale College.