David Monsma

David Monsma is executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program. The Institute’s Energy and Environment Program convenes several annual policy forums and roundtables including The Aspen Institute Energy Policy Forum; the Global Forum on Energy, Economy and Security; and the Clean Energy Innovation Forum; the Aspen-Nicholas Forum on Water Policy; and the Forum on the Future of Nuclear Energy. The program also convenes, and David moderates, policy-testing dialogues on wildlife and ocean conservation; food security; climate change; energy governance and the India-US, and the China-US, Track II Dialogue on Energy as well as the Aspen Institute’s Executive Seminar. An attorney by training, David has over 20 years of experience in environmental law and policy. He taught law and ethics at Loyola University in Maryland and served as director of business and environment at Business for Social Responsibility in San Francisco. During the Clinton Administration, David was the environmental management task force coordinator for the President’s Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD). David began his legal career as a program attorney in the Office of Toxics Substances and Pollution Prevention at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington, DC.

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