Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance,
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 also holds faculty
positions. Reicher came to Stanford in 2011 from Google, where he served since
2007 as Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives.
Reicher 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 Team and Co-chair of the Energy and
Environment Team for Obama, 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, the National
Academy of Sciences Board on Energy and Environmental Systems and cochairman
of the Board 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 Advanced Energy Economy Advisory Committee, the
Vermont Law School Environmental Advisory Committee, and is an advisor to
Renewable Funding LLC and Sighten. He is also Senior Advisor to the Atlantic
Wind Connection, a project backed by Google and other investors to build an
underwater transmission line for offshore wind power and grid reliability along the
US east coast.
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. Reicher was also an adjunct professor
at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and
Vermont Law School.
In the Clinton Administration, Reicher served for eight years at the Department of
Energy as Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,
Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Energy, and Acting
Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs. He also worked for the
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the World Resources
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 also studied at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and
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. He is married to
Carole Parker. Carole and Dan have three children and live in Piedmont