Ali A. Zaidi, Director Emeritus
For eight years, Ali served in key roles within the Obama Administration. In 2014, President Obama appointed him the Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he led a team of experts overseeing a wide array of policy, budget, and management issues. In this role, Ali served as OMB’s chief policy official for implementation climate change. Ali also led on various efforts across the administration's economic and environmental policy on infrastructure, technology, science, and conservation. Before OMB, he served as the Deputy Director of Energy Policy for the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Ali is a transactional and regulatory attorney. His practice is focused on clients with interests in the climate, clean energy, advanced transportation, and water. He is a Precourt Energy Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Stanford and a non-resident Fellow at Columbia, where he engages in research, writing, and teaching at the interdisciplinary intersection of policy and technology innovation as it relates to energy, water, and climate change. Ali previously served as Vice Chair of Carbon180 and on the Board of Trustees of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Ali holds an A.B. and J.D. from Harvard University and Georgetown University, where he was editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.