David Goldwyn served as the U.S. State Department’s special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs from 2009-2011, reporting directly to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In this position, Goldwyn conceived and developed the Global Shale Gas Initiative and the Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative, led ministerial-level energy dialogues with Angola, Canada, China, India, Iraq, Mexico, Nigeria and Brazil, and co-chaired a regional biofuels initiative with Brazil.
Mr. Goldwyn served the U.S. Government as assistant secretary of energy for international affairs (1999-2001), counselor to the Secretary of Energy (1998-1999); national security deputy to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson (1997-1998); chief of staff to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1993-1997) and an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the State Department (1991-1992).
Mr. Goldwyn has authored a series of works on energy issues, including Energy and Security: Toward a New Foreign Policy Strategy (Johns Hopkins University Press, Wilson Center Press: 2005). He has also served as chairman of the Global Energy and Environment Initiative at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (2008-2009) and as a senior associate in the Energy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from 2001-2009. Mr. Goldwyn was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations 2007 Independent Task Force on National Security Consequences of U.S. Oil Dependency and the Council of Foreign Relations Center for Preventive Action task forces on Angola, Nigeria, Bolivia and Venezuela and Russia.
Mr. Goldwyn has taught graduate seminars at Columbia and Georgetown Universities and been a frequent commentator on NPR, CNN, the BBC, and in energy trade newspapers. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the District of Columbia Bar, and the New York State Bar Association.
Mr. Goldwyn holds a B.A. in government from Georgetown University, an M.A. in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.