David Hayes to serve as special assistant to the president for climate policy

David J. Hayes, executive director of NYU Law’s State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, will join the presidential administration of Joe Biden as special assistant to the president for climate policy.

David Hayes
David Hayes

Hayes has led the State Impact Center, which supports state attorneys general in their advocacy for clean energy and climate and environmental laws and policies, since 2017. An adjunct professor at NYU Law, he previously served as the deputy secretary at the US Department of the Interior for Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. From 2013 to 2017, he was a visiting lecturer at Stanford Law School and was affiliated with Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment and Precourt Institute for Energy. 

Hayes is a member of the board of directors for the Coalition for Green Capital and the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West, and is a former chair of the board of the Environmental Law Institute. Before and between his service in the Clinton and Obama administrations, Hayes was a partner and global chair of the Environment, Land & Resources department at Latham & Watkins.

Posted January 14, 2021