As a senior director for strategic planning at the Environmental Defense Fund, Elgie Holstein coordinates strategy and policy work and represents the program to policymakers, supporters and the media.
As a senior director for strategic planning at the Environmental Defense Fund, Elgie Holstein coordinates strategy and policy work and represents the program to policymakers, supporters and the media. Holstein brings extensive career experience, having held a number of senior positions in government and the private sector with a focus on energy, natural resources and environmental policy. Prior to joining EDF, Holstein was a senior advisor to the Obama presidential campaign on energy and environmental policy matters and co-director of the Department of Energy presidential transition team. His government service has included work as the associate director of Office of Management and Budget for Natural Resources, Energy and Science; special assistant to the President for Economic Policy, White House National Economic Council; assistant secretary of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Energy. As a private consultant, Holstein served as a member of an advisory committee for Sandia National Laboratories and worked as an advisor to local governments on water and energy matters. Holstein worked for Serco, Inc., a leading provider of professional, technology and management services to the federal government, where he led several projects for the Department of Energy, led a post 9/11 workforce analysis of the FBI and advised the Department of Defense on military family support and benefit programs. Holstein also has served as the energy and environment staff director for the National Conference of State Legislatures; worked as a congressional staff member specializing in environment and energy policy; and served as president of a national nonprofit consumer financial education organization.