Jason Bordoff

Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs


1255 Amsterdam Avenue, Room 101D

Personal Details

Focus areas: The intersection of economics, energy, environment, and national security

Jason Bordoff is Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA, where he is a Professor of Professional Practice, and is also Co-Founding Dean of the Columbia Climate School. He is also a Senior Advisor at Macro Advisory Partners. He previously served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change on the Staff of the National Security Council, and, prior to that, held senior policy positions on the White House’s National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality. One of the world’s leading energy and climate policy experts, Bordoff’s research and policy interests lie at the intersection of economics, energy, environment, and national security. He is a columnist for Foreign Policy magazine, a frequent commentator on TV and radio, including NPR, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC, has appeared on the Colbert Report, and has published in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, the Economist, and other leading outlets. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission, a Trustee of The Nature Conservancy in New York, a board member of Winrock International and Foreign Policy 4 America, and serves on the Leadership Council for Sustainable Energy for All at the United Nations. Earlier in his career, he was a scholar at the Brookings Institution, served in the Treasury Department during the Clinton Administration, and was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Bordoff graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Harvard Law Review, and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He also holds an MLitt degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University. 

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  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School
  • MLitt in Politics, Oxford University
  • AB, magna cum laude, Brown University


  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Association of Marshall Scholars

In The Media

Jason Bordoff says the market has rewarded prominent energy companies that have walked back on “commitments they made to move away from oil and gas and toward clean energy.”


Aug 28 2023

What would happen if China decided to weaponize its clean energy resources? Jason Bordoff visited the Ezra Klein Show podcast to discuss the geopolitical implications and more. 


Aug 22 2023
New York Times

With fossil fuel use and emissions still rising, writes Jason Bordoff, the clean energy transition is not moving nearly fast enough to address the climate crisis


Aug 07 2023
New York Times

Jason Bordoff of CGEP said ““The projection for how much energy you need is higher and higher because the cooling needs to go up.”


Aug 01 2023
The Washington Post

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Jun 14 2023