Forget Trump’s border wall. Let’s build F.D.R’s International Park
The Chihuahuan Desert Conference is pleased to announce that former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy, Dan W. Reicher, will be our dinner speaker to close out the conference. The New York Times published Reicher’s op-ed on F.D.R’s grand conservation project along our southern border designed not to divide the United States and Mexico, but to bring the two nations together. Reicher will talk about how a joint U.S.-Mexico park along the Rio Grande would send a message of cooperation when the loudest words are of division.
Dan Reicher is an entrepreneur, investor, policymaker and lawyer focused on clean energy and climate change. Reicher has served three U.S. presidents, testified before the U.S. Congress more than 50 times, helped launch Google’s pathbreaking energy work, oversaw a $1.2 billion annual R&D budget and set new energy efficiency standards as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy, and co-founded one of the nation’s earliest clean energy project investment firms.
Reicher served from 2011 to 2018 as founding executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, a joint center of the Stanford Law School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is currently a Stanford Law School lecturer and consultant. Reicher came to Stanford from Google, where he served since 2007 as Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives.
Reicher’s federal roles include: Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Department of Energy Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff; Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy; a member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board; a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Energy and Environmental Systems; a member of two presidential transition teams; a staff member of the President’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island; a law clerk to a federal district court judge; and a legal assistant in the U.S. Department of Justice.
Before his position at Google, Reicher was President and Co-founder of New Energy Capital, one of the nation’s earliest clean energy project investment firms, and Executive Vice President of Northern Power Systems, one of the nation’s oldest renewable energy companies. Earlier in his career Reicher was as an Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts and an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. He was also an adjunct professor at Yale University, Vermont Law School and the University of Maryland.
In 2012 Reicher received an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and was also named one of the five most influential figures in U.S. clean energy by Oilprice.Com.
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 MIT.
An avid kayaker, Reicher was a member of the first expedition on record to navigate the entire 1888-mile Rio Grande (with support from the National Geographic Society) and to kayak the Yangtze River in China. Reicher’s college friend, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), was a member of both expeditions. Reicher is married to Carole Parker, has three children, and lives in Piedmont California.