Tarak Shah formerly served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the Department of Energy (DOE). In this role, he helped integrate DOE's basic and applied energy portfolios to advance the Nation's energy, environmental, and economic security goals as outlined in the President’s Climate Action Plan. Previously, Tarak served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs at the Department of Defense. In that role, he helped articulate the U.S. military's energy and climate change priorities. In 2014, he was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for his work at DoD. From 2009-2010, Tarak served as Special Assistant to the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality where he supported the coordination of energy and environmental policy across the Federal government. Prior to his time in government, Tarak worked for then-Senator Obama in a variety of roles on his 2004 and 2008 campaigns, for his political action committee and with his Transition Team. Tarak holds an MBA from Cornell’s Johnson School of Graduate Management and Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Urban Planning from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.