Reid Detchon is Vice President for Energy and Climate Strategy at the United Nations Foundation, leading the team’s work on Sustainable Energy for All and global communications on climate change. He is also the executive director of the Energy Future Coalition, a bipartisan public policy initiative focused on three critical challenges: the political and economic security threat posed by the world’s dependence on oil; the risk to the global environment from climate change; and the lack of access of the world’s poor to the modern energy services they need for economic advancement.
Previously, Mr. Detchon served as director of special projects in Washington, D.C., for the Turner Foundation, managing a portfolio of major grants aimed at increasing the effectiveness of environmental advocacy and encouraging federal action to avert global climate change.
From 1989 to 1993 Mr. Detchon served as the principal deputy assistant secretary for conservation and renewable energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Previously he was principal speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush. Mr. Detchon worked for five years in the U.S. Senate, advising Senator John Danforth of Missouri on energy and environmental issues and serving as his legislative director. He was a reporter for the Columbia Daily Tribune in Missouri from 1974 to 1980. He is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Bethesda, MD.
Read Mr. Detchon’s commentary in Nature with Richenda Van Leeuwen on bringing sustainable energy to the developing world (4/16/2014). See his remarks at a TEDx event on the importance of reducing fossil fuel consumption (8/17/2011). Read his comments on the EmPOWER Maryland’s Planning Draft Report (9/28/2012) urging a new business model for electric utilities. See his recent blog posts on climate change (1/22/2015), in the Huffington Post (2/25/2014), and on Medium (4/22/2013).