Jason Walsh has over twenty years of experience as a policy advocate, policy maker, and coalition builder working at federal and state levels on issues of economic justice, equity, clean energy and economic and workforce development.
Jason served five years in the Obama administration, first at the Department of Energy as part of the leadership team at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and, from 2014 to the start of 2017, as a senior policy advisor at the White House, where he worked on a range of issues at the intersection of President Obama’s climate, energy and economic policies. In his White House role he was the administration’s policy lead on the POWER+ Plan, the President’s package of proposed investments in coal communities and in the health and pension security of retired coal miners and their families; and, in parallel, he coordinated the POWER Initiative, a White House-led effort aligning economic and workforce development resources from ten federal agencies to make targeted investments in coal communities and workers
Prior to joining the Administration in 2012 Jason held senior positions with a number of non-governmental organizations, including as the founding National Policy Director of Green For All. He has also worked as a union organizer, a homeless shelter supervisor, and as a policy fellow for the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington.