Jason Hartke was named President of the Alliance to Save Energy in 2018, bringing more than a decade of leadership experience in energy efficiency and sustainability. The Alliance – a nonprofit, bipartisan alliance of business, government, environmental and consumer leader – has worked for more than four decades to advance energy efficiency worldwide to achieve economic growth, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security, affordability and reliability.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Hartke oversaw the Department of Energy’s efforts to advance and accelerate energy efficiency in commercial buildings, a sector that accounts for nearly 20 percent of the nation’s energy consumption. Hartke led the roughly $30 million program, working closely with national laboratories and partners in industry to develop and deploy innovative solutions, strategies and technologies aimed at unlocking significant energy savings.
Before his tenure at DOE, Jason spent nearly a decade as a senior executive at the U.S. Green Building Council, where he led national and international green building programs and campaigns designed to help strengthen the economy and protect the environment. As senior vice president of global policy development, Jason oversaw mission-critical policy and advocacy efforts that helped result in the passage of historic federal investment in green building, new federal leadership programs in energy efficiency, and a fourfold increase in green building policies at the state and local level. He also led several signature national advocacy programs in sustainable and resilient communities, energy efficiency, green schools and green affordable housing.
Over his career, he has created numerous collaborative initiatives and partnerships with other organizations, including the C40 Climate Leadership Group, the World Green Building Council, the National League of Cities, the American Institute of Architects, the Real Estate Roundtable and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Jason also served in the Clinton Administration, working in the West Wing of the White House in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, a policy and outreach team that serves as the president’s liaison to state and local elected officials throughout the country. Early in his career, Jason was an award-winning journalist, working as a reporter with the Connection Newspapers covering state and local politics, real estate, land use and community affairs.
Jason received his Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University. He holds his master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jason lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.