Vice President and Executive Director, Energy and Environment Program, Aspen Institute
David Monsma is vice president of the Aspen Institute, and executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program. The institute’s Energy and Environment Program is a prominent convener of energy and environmental policy forums and roundtables including the Aspen Institute Energy Policy Forum; the Global Forum on Energy, Economy and Security; and the Clean Energy Innovation Forum; and the Aspen-Nicholas Forum on Water Policy. The program also convenes, and Monsma moderates, policy-testing dialogues on wildlife and ocean conservation; food security; climate change; energy governance and the India/China Track II Dialogues on Climate Change and Energy as well as the Aspen Institute’s Executive Seminar.
An attorney by training, Monsma has more than 20 years of experience in environmental law and policy. He taught law and ethics at Loyola University in Maryland and served as director of business and environment at Business for Social Responsibility in San Francisco. During the Clinton Administration, Monsma was the environmental management task force coordinator for the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. Monsma began his legal career as a program attorney in the Office of Toxics Substances and Pollution Prevention at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C.