As Energy & Climate Program Director, Chase works with staff in the public policy and public lands departments to develop and evaluate policy options for sustainably managing energy production on the nation's public lands in the face of global warming. He is responsible for researching, analyzing and maintaining updated information on renewable energy development and attempts to promote dirty fuels derived from fossil resources such as oil shale.
Chase comes to The Wilderness Society with significant policy analysis experience, including more than six years’ service at the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress, evaluating the stewardship of public resources and the implementation of natural resource law and regulation. He represented GAO at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002. In addition, he served for a year on detail to the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy and Resources where his oversight work focused on energy security issues. Previously, Chase spent time in the office of the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment dealing with a variety of issues.
Chase holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Michigan with a focus on resource policy and ecosystem management, and a BA from Claremont McKenna College in Government and Philosophy.
When not at his desk, you can find him chasing his dog along running trails around DC.