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Dan Reicher is a senior research scholar at the Stanford Woods Institute for Environment. He is also a distinguished associate at Energy Futures Initiative, which was founded by former U.S. Secreteray for Energy Ernest Moniz, and a venture partner at Ridge-Lane Limited Partners. Reicher came to Stanford in 2011 as the executive director of Stanford's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance. He was also a lecturer at Stanford Law School. Before coming to Stanford, he was the director of climate change and energy initiatives at Google.
Reicher has worked for three U.S. presidents, including in the Clinton administration as assistant secretary of energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and as the Department of Energy's chief of staff. Reicher was a member of President Obama’s transition team. He was also a staff member of President Carter’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island.
Reicher is a member of the board of American Rivers and of the Vermont Law School's Environmental Advisory Committee. He was a member of the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and the National Academy of Sciences Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, as well as co-chairman of the Board of the American Council on Renewable Energy.
Reicher holds a B.A. in biology from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He also studied at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and MIT. In 2012 Reicher received an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry.