Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
In his role as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of EERE, Mike provides leadership direction on cross-cutting activities in EERE's portfolio. In particular, he is using his experience in policy development to help ensure that EERE's activities align with national priorities and that policymakers have the best information possible about the opportunities presented by the EERE technology portfolio.
Since 1996, Mike has advised on law and policy both inside and outside of government, with a particular specialization in environment and natural resources law. Prior to taking on the Principal Deputy position, from 2004 to June 2012 Mike served as Senior Counsel to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. His portfolio primarily focused on technology development programs, including vehicle technology as well as financing and early commercialization of emergent energy and energy efficiency technologies. In that influential role, he conducted significant work drafting and guiding legislation through Congress that now directs major Department of Energy programs and efforts.
In private practice, he specialized in litigation involving NEPA, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act. He managed environmental and appropriations issues for Rep. David Skaggs (D-CO) until 1998, then worked in the Solicitor's Office of the Department of the Interior through 2002.
Mike holds a law degree from Lewis and Clark College and a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado – Boulder.