WASHINGTON, DC –Mike Signer, former candidate for the 2009 Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, today joins the Progressive Policy Institute to chair the Clean Energy Task Force.
“PPI is delighted to welcome Mike Signer aboard to guide our work on clean energy innovation,” said PPI President Will Marshall. “Modeled on the Institute’s pioneering work during the IT boom, our Clean Energy Task Force under Mike’s leadership will help U.S. policy makers grapple with the implications of the clean energy revolution.”
The task force is dedicated to making the United States the world’s clean energy leader in the twenty-first century. By bridging the gap between policy makers, clean-tech entrepreneurs and innovative energy companies, the task force will provide needed discourse between stakeholders and develop policy recommendations to accelerate the U.S. clean-energy revolution with a special focus on efficiency and renewables.
Signer brings significant expertise to PPI on clean energy from his recent campaign. His platform included promotion of clean energy expansion and environmental protection.
“I am excited to join PPI to help drive this critically needed dialogue to advance our economic and environmental future,” said Signer. “I look forward to helping enable the creation of new public policy framework for economic growth through the clean energy sector.”
Prior to joining PPI, Signer served as deputy counselor to Virginia Governor Mark Warner, chief foreign policy advisor to the 2008 John Edwards presidential campaign, Senior Policy Advisor at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and Senior National Security Policy Fellow at Third Way. He is a Principal of the Truman National Security Project and an adjunct professor at Virginia Tech. He is the author of Demagogue: The Fight to Save Democracy from Its Worst Enemies (Palgrave Macmillan 2009). Signer received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkley and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
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