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Jeffrey Kupfer

Jeffrey Kupfer


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Jeffrey Kupfer is a former senior level government official with wide-ranging policy and managerial experience. He has held positions in the U.S. Energy and Treasury Departments as well as the White House and the U.S. Senate.

During the George W. Bush Administration, Jeff helped to lead the Department of Energy, serving as the Acting Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer as well as the Chief of Staff. In those positions, he played a central role in the development and implementation of U.S. energy policy, along with overseeing the Department’s multi-billion dollar budget and the loan guaranty programs for innovative energy technologies (nuclear, fossil, renewables, and vehicles). He traveled extensively and represented the Department in numerous international meetings.

Before arriving at DOE, Jeff worked in the White House as a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, where he handled a variety of fiscal issues, including tax policy, and as the Executive Director of the President’s Panel on Federal Tax Reform. During the first term of the Bush Administration, Jeff served as the Treasury Department’s Deputy Chief of Staff. Prior to these positions, Jeff was a counsel for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

After leaving government, Jeff was an executive at Atlas Energy and Chevron and is a co-founder of Starling, an applied behavioral sciences technology company.  He also spent a year as the Bernard Schwartz fellow at the Asia Society and is on the Advisory Board of the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy.  A native of Pittsburgh, Jeff has an undergraduate degree from Yale and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

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