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For over a decade, Jason Hartke has been a voice in Washington, D.C. for clean energy and the environment. As Vice President of National Policy, Jason works to advance the U.S. Green Building Council’s national policy agenda and deliver the integrated environmental, economic and social benefits of green building policy solutions. In addition, he helps establish and oversee USGBC advocacy programs in sustainable communities, green schools and affordable housing. In the past six years, he has managed efforts that helped result in the passage of historic federal investment in green building and a tripling of green building policies at the state and local level. He has also built innovative collaborations with other like-minded organizations, such as the Sierra Club, the Center for American Progress, and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. He launched and organized USGBC's annual Green Jobs Summit as well as USGBC’s National Leadership Speaker Series on Resiliency and Security in the 21st Century at the National Press Club.

He was appointed last year by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to serve on the Commerce Department’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Council.

He serves on the board of Star Communities, an effort in partnership with ICLEI and the National League of Cities to create a sustainability benchmark and framework for local governments.

Among his varied background, Jason served in the Clinton Administration, working in the West Wing of the White House in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, a policy and outreach team that serves as the president's liaison to state and local elected officials throughout the country. While there, he promoted the president’s policy initiatives and worked closely with governors, mayors, state legislators and other state and local policymakers. As a reporter with the Connection Newspapers, Jason covered state and local politics, real estate, land use, and community affairs, winning multiple awards.

Jason received his Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University. He holds his master's degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Expert topics: Leadership, Advocacy