Washington – Third Way announced today that Jonathan Silver, a top Obama Administration official at the Department of Energy is joining the think tank as a Visiting Distinguished Senior Fellow.
Third Way President Jonathan Cowan said, “I am delighted that Jonathan Silver, one of the nation’s leading experts on clean energy project financing, is becoming a Third Way Fellow and part of our team. His deep experience in the most senior levels of government and the private sector, and his understanding of how each operates, will help us tackle one of the most vexing problems that faces our nation: how do we to jumpstart a vibrant, innovative clean energy economy in the United States given the economic challenges before us? There is a clear need for the US to engage in the emerging $2.3 trillion global clean energy market. I can think of few people better to help us think through how to do this than Jonathan.”
Silver comes to Third Way from the U.S. Department of Energy, where he served as Executive Director of DOE’s Loan Programs Office. Mr. Silver led the Obama Administration’s multi-billion dollar investment program in alternative energy, financing a wide range of solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, fossil and nuclear energy projects. He also headed the government’s investment program in advanced automotive technology making significant investments in transmission and electric vehicle manufacturers including Ford, the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Motors and Fisker.
“I’m excited to join Third Way, one of the nation’s leading think tanks and a real thought leader on clean energy issues. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the team on energy policy and energy finance issues,” Silver said.
At Third Way, Silver will be working to expand the Clean Energy Team’s Innovation Project. The Innovation Project aims to create a viable policy agenda to spur American clean tech innovation.
Mr. Silver has served as an advisor to four U.S. Cabinet Secretaries— Energy, Commerce, Interior and Treasury. Before his most recent service in government, Silver was co-founder and a Managing Director of Core Capital Partners, a successful early-stage investor in alternative energy technology, advanced manufacturing, telecommunications and software. Earlier, Mr. Silver was a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of Tiger Management. An honors graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Silver did graduate work at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He has received both Fulbright and Rotary Graduate Fellowships.
Mr. Silver is married and lives with his wife and two children in Washington, DC.