David Foster joined the Energy Department as a senior advisor on industrial and economic policy in June, 2014. Prior to his appointment, he served eight years as the founding Executive Director of the Blue Green Alliance, a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy.  From 1989-2006, he served as Director of United Steelworkers District 11, a 13-state region in the northwest quadrant of the country. Serving on USW's International Executive Board, he chaired the union’s Task Force on Environmental Policy, which worked to bridge the divide between workers and environmentalists throughout the United States

Foster regularly conducts media interviews and gives keynote presentations on issues ranging from climate change to globalization, economic development, and sustainability to labor, management, environmental and governmental audiences in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, South America and Japan. Foster has also served as an instructor at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.