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Ali A. Zaidi

Senior Advisor, Sustainability

Ali A. Zaidi is a Senior Advisor in the Sustainability Practice of RIDGE-LANE LP.

Ali Zaidi has extensive experience navigating complex issues relating to climate, energy, and environmental law, especially at the intersection of policy, technology, and markets.  Mr. Zaidi also works on integration of sustainability and impact into corporate governance and private investment.  He most recently served the Obama Administration as the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science and before that as the White House Domestic Policy Council Deputy Director for Energy Policy.

Mr. Zaidi served as OMB’s chief policy official for implementation of the Climate Action Plan, which he helped design and draft.  Implementation included efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions through policy, technology, and finance innovation; bolster extreme-weather resilience through analysis, disclosure, and mitigation of climate risk; and spur complementary private, philanthropic, subnational, and global climate action through new strategic partnerships.  Mr. Zaidi led a team at the White House that oversaw critical aspects of the Administration’s efforts on infrastructure, technology, fundamental science, conservation and management issues across a $100 billion portfolio, including the Department of Energy, Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works, and the National Science Foundation.

Mr. Zaidi is a Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University, where he is engaged in research, writing, and teaching at the interdisciplinary intersection of policy and technology innovation through Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy.  Mr. Zaidi has an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University, where he was Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.

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