Jeff Hammarlund, the lead instructor, is a senior fellow and program manager for New Energy Economy Initiatives at the Center for Public Service. He is also an adjunct associate professor at the Mark Hatfield School of Government and the president of Northwest Energy and Environmental Strategies consulting firm.
He serves on the executive committee and chairs the Oregon Caucus of the NW Energy Coalition-an alliance of more than 100 environmental, civic, faith, and human service organizations, progressive utilities, and businesses in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia that promotes the development of renewable energy and energy conservation, consumer protection, low-income energy assistance, and fish and wildlife restoration on the Columbia and Snake rivers.
Jeff has held senior staff positions with the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (during the passage of the Northwest Power and Conservation Act) and the Department of Energy, and has served as an advisor to President Jimmy Carter and Vice-President Al Gore.
He has been a senior manager for conservation services for Southern California Edison and senior policy analyst for the Public Power Council (a Northwest utility trade association), and has consulted with utilities, environmental groups, and government agencies throughout the nation. He recently served on one of the workgroups for the Governor’s Ten Year Energy Plan and was the primary author of one of the reports that resulted from that effort.
A former guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a recipient of two advanced degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jeff is currently working on a Ph.D. dissertation through that university on the politics of salmon recovery and hydropower production in the Columbia Basin. He is co-author of The Political Economy of Energy and numerous professional and academic articles.