David Rejeski is a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute, where he works primarily on an initiative with the Yale School of the Environment and the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley to improve our understanding of the energy and environmental impacts of the digital economy. He served for over a decade as director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, where his work focused on understanding emerging technologies, their underlying innovation ecosystems, as well as their impacts and implications for public policy and governance. Study areas included synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and additive manufacturing. His work on emerging technologies has been supported by a wide range of government agencies (EPA, NSF, NOAA, NIH, NASA, and USDA), foundations (Sloan, Pew, MacArthur, Lounsbery, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Internet Society), as well as international entities (the European Union and the UN Global Environment Facility). Rejeski has published widely, with articles appearing in: MIT Technology Review, Science, Nature, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Journal of Cleaner Production, Issues in Science & Technology, Technology & Society, Additive Manufacturing, Foresight, Environmental Management, Environmental Science & Policy, Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Forum, and the Environmental Law Reporter and Wilson Quarterly.
Prior to the Wilson Center, he worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on a range of topics including the development and implementation of the National Environmental Technology Strategy, the National Recycling Strategy, and the Greening of the White House Initiative. He spent three years heading up the Future Studies Unit at the Environmental Protection Agency (Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), and a board member of American University’s Center on Environmental Policy. He has also served on EPA’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT), EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education, and was a Visiting Fellow at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. He has graduate degrees in public administration and environmental design from Harvard and Yale universities.