Former White House Environmental Officials Teach at NYU Law

Professors Amelia Salzman, Jody Freeman and Nathaniel Keohane (l-r)

This year, three former environmental officials in the Obama White House are teaching at NYU Law: Jody Freeman, Counselor for Energy and Climate Change (2009-10); Nathaniel Keohane, Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment in the National Economic Council (2011-2012); and Amelia Salzman, Associate Director for Policy Outreach at the Council on Environmental Quality in (2009-2011).

Jody Freeman, the Archibald Cox Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program at the Harvard Law School, is visiting NYU Law for the 2012-2013 academic year. While at NYU, Professor Freeman will be teaching an Advanced Administrative Law seminar in the fall, and the  Advanced Environmental Law and Energy and Climate Law and Policy seminars in the spring.

Professor Freeman served in the White House as Counselor for Energy and Climate Change in 2009-10. In that role, she contributed to a variety of policy initiatives on greenhouse gas regulation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, transmission policy, oil and gas drilling, and comprehensive energy and climate legislation to put a market-based cap on carbon. After leaving the administration, Freeman served as an independent consultant to the President’s bipartisan Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Nathaniel Keohane, Vice-President of Environmental Defense Fund, returns to NYU Law as an Adjunct Professor teaching the Climate Change Policy seminar in the fall. At EDF, Professor Keohane will be working across all of the organization’s programs, including helping to lead a new strategic effort on global climate changes. He returned to EDF from the White House, where he was Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment in the National Economic Council and Domestic Policy Council. In that capacity, he developed and coordinated Administration policy on a range of environmental and energy-related issues, both domestically and internationally.

Amelia Salzman joins NYU Law this year as an Adjunct Professor teaching the new Public Interest Environmental Law Practice Seminar. She is currently an environmental policy advisor to various philanthropic and not-for-profit entities. Before coming to NYU, Professor Salzman was the Associate Director for Policy Outreach at the Council on Environmental Quality in the Obama Administration. Previously, she served as Senior Program Officer in charge of biodiversity, climate change, and energy at the Wallace Global Fund, and as a Senior Program Officer in the International Policy Program and World Wildlife Fund US.