Eric Haxthausen is director of U.S. Climate Change Policy at The Nature Conservancy. He leads the Conservancy's U.S.–based policy work and advocacy on climate change including the roles that forest carbon and ecosystem-based adaptation can play in climate solutions. He has been with the Conservancy since 2006.
Eric has over a decade of experience in climate, energy and environmental policy and is trained as an economist. He previously led Environmental Defense's efforts to improve federal fuel economy standards for light trucks, where his work led to inclusion of climate change in agency benefit-cost analysis. Earlier, he served in the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he coordinated administration review of air quality and other major environmental regulations relating to the transportation, electricity, refining and manufacturing sectors. Eric has also worked as an economic consultant on climate change and other environmental topics.
Eric holds an M.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He began his career in the physical sciences, earning a bachelors degree in astrophysics from Columbia University, and studying atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.