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Jason Hartke

Washington, DC, District of Columbia

Jason is a former Vice President of National Policy at USGBC. He worked to advance the company's national policy agenda and deliver the integrated environmental, economic and social benefits of green building policy solutions.

Jason helped establish and oversee USGBC advocacy programs in sustainable communities, green schools and affordable housing. He 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 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 by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to serve on the Commerce Department’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Council.

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.