Griffin Thompson
Director, Office of Electricity and Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of State

Griffin Thompson is director of the Office of Electricity and Energy Efficiency at the U.S. Department of State. Thompson has worked on energy, development, and climate change issues for over two decades. He is currently responsible for managing the strategic direction and programmatic implementation of the office’s mission in advancing U.S. foreign policy and national security goals in priority countries through the promotion of electricity system reforms and functioning power markets; promoting increased access to clean and affordable energy; and, supporting U.S. government climate change goals.

Before becoming the office director in the Bureau of Energy Resources, Thompson served as senior program manager in the State Department’s Climate Office. Before coming to the State Department, Thompson served as director of the Office of Energy at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Thompson has a BA in English from Gonzaga University and a PhD in Political Philosophy from Georgetown University.