Dan Reicher

Distinguished Associate

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Dan Reicher is Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, a joint center of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he holds other faculty positions.

Reicher came to Stanford in 2011 after working as the Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives at Google. He has more than 25 years of experience in energy and environmental policy, finance, and technology. He has served three Presidents including in the Clinton administration as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Department of Energy Chief of Staff, as a member of President Obama’s Transition, and as a staff member of President Carter’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island. Reicher is a member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, and board chair of the American Council on Renewable Energy. He also serves on the boards of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and American Rivers, the Vermont Law School Environmental Advisory Committee, and is an advisor to Sighten, Spark Fund, and Magellan Wind. 

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. Before his position at Google, Reicher was President and Co-founder of New Energy Capital Corp., a private equity firm funded by the California State Teachers Retirement System and Vantage Point Venture Partners to invest in clean energy projects. He also was Executive Vice President of Northern Power Systems, one of the nation’s oldest renewable energy companies and a recipient of significant venture capital investment. Earlier in his career, Reicher was as an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts, a law clerk to a federal district court judge in Boston, and a legal assistant in the Hazardous Waste Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Reicher holds a BA in biology from Dartmouth College and a JD from Stanford Law School. He studied at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and at MIT. 

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