Douglas L. Faulkner has been a leader in expanding the global use of clean-technologies for over fifteen years. Throughout his careers in government and business he has promoted market-based solutions and public-private partnerships. He is President and Founder of Leatherstocking LLC, a cleantechnology advisory firm that draws inspiration and its name from the classic early-American frontier novels by James Fenimore Cooper. The firm provides advice on business strategy where politics, diplomacy, trade, technology, finance and science overlap. Mr. Faulkner offers guidance on the best path through federal and state governments for assistance as well as a network of key partnerships and contacts in both the public and private sectors.
In the private sector, he has: helped clients secure over $175 million in federal and state assistance; been appointed to the new Board of Directors for the Virginia Universities Clean Energy Development and Economic timulus Foundation; served on an informal energy advisory group to the new- Virginia Governor McDonnell; been named to the Board of Directors for the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. chapter; been a visiting lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and George Washington University; and, been working with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities to create and then lead a two-year course on U.S.-Brazil collaboration to produce biofuels in sub-Saharan Africa.
In the U.S. government, he served in several senior political assignments for President George W. Bush. At the Department of Energy, he was named Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and, at the Department of Agriculture, served as both Deputy Under Secretary and Acting Under Secretary for the Office of Rural Development. His stewardship atop both organizations created significant cost savings and good management practices. He led the negotiating team for the landmark Energy Title of the 2008 Farm Bill, resulting in a billion dollars of new funding and the first federal loan guarantee for a cellulosic biorefinery; led the development of the first comprehensive National Biofuels Action Plan; represented Agriculture in the U.S.-Brazil Presidential biofuels initiative and the Global Bioenergy Partnership; and, proposed significant new funding for bioenergy and solar energy research and development.
The Secretary of Energy, Samuel W. Bodman, honored Mr. Faulkner with his own award for excellence. He also served as a senior policy advisor to two previous Secretaries of Energy. Mr. Faulkner earned a B.A. from the University of Illinois and a M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. As a Rotary Foundation scholar, he attended the University of Singapore. He played intercollegiate basketball at home and abroad. Born and raised in central Illinois, Mr. Faulkner now lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife and son, and volunteers in his community. Both he and his son are Eagle Scouts.