David M. Klaus

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David M. Klaus

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David M. Klaus has spent more than half of his career in Washington, DC in public service, working in both the executive branch and on Capitol Hill.  Most recently, he led the Office of the Under Secretary for Management and Performance at the U.S. Department of Energy from July 2013 to January 2017, serving as the Deputy Under Secretary in the absence of a Senate-confirmed Under Secretary.  In this capacity he managed a budget of approximately $7 billion per year and functioned as the Chief Operating Officer of the Department.  His responsibilities included the Office of Environmental Management, which conducts the cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

Mr. Klaus previously served at the U.S. Department of Energy as the Director of Management and Administration during the final two years of Clinton Administration.  During the Carter Administration he coordinated the development of the President’s policy on personal privacy and also served as Associate Director of the U.S. Regulatory Council in the Executive Office of the President, directing programs on automobile and coal regulation.  He worked as Counsel to Chairman John D. Dingell and the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 1988, where he had primary staff responsibility for more than 40 federal statutes in the areas of energy, environmental, communications, consumer protection and international trade policy.  

Mr. Klaus’ private sector experience includes ten years in private law practice representing clients on a broad range of legislative, regulatory and legal issues.  In addition, he spent twelve years leading and working as an independent consultant on behalf of non-profit and multilateral organizations on international trade, transportation, environmental and economic issues.  He established and served as Consulting Director of the Wilson Center on the Hill Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and as President and CEO of the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute. 

Since leaving the Department of Energy in January 2017, Mr. Klaus has been working independently to develop public policy projects on energy-related issues.  At Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation he leads a project on Public and Policy-maker Attitudes on the Siting of Nuclear Waste Disposal Facilities.  He also is a Consultant to the Energy Futures Initiative, leading an initiative on the History of Modern US Energy Policy.    

Mr. Klaus obtained his law degree cum laude from Georgetown University Law School and holds a BA in U.S. History with Honors from Stanford University.  He is a member of the DC Bar.