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Top Obama Advisor to Share Insights From Paris Climate Change Agreement


Portland, Ore (March 31, 2016)--Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor Brian Deese, who played a leading role for the Obama Administration in the recent landmark international agreement on climate change in Paris, will lecture in the Reed College Vollum lecture hall on April 15 at 4:30 pm. His talk, Crafting Presidential Climate Change Policy: The Paris Agreement and Beyond, is free and open to the public.

Deese’s lecture will draw from his experience on climate, energy, and conservation policy. He will explore the challenges of developing and executing climate change policy in the current national and international political climate. He will also identify the key challenges facing the historic agreement as it moves forward to the ratification stage.

Brian Deese has led some of the Obama Administration’s most ambitious projects, including the U.S. auto bailout, the Paris climate change accord, and most recently, the selection process for Merrick Garland as Supreme Court nomination.

Previously, he served as acting director of the Office of Management and Budget. Deese completed his JD at Yale Law School while working for the White House during Obama’s first term.

Prior to OMB, Deese served as Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. In that role, Deese was charged with coordinating policy development on several Administration economic priorities including tax policy, financial regulation, housing, clean energy, manufacturing, and the automotive industry.

Before he joined the Administration, in January 2009, Deese worked as a member of the Economic Policy Working Group for the Obama-Biden transition team and was the Deputy Economic Policy Director to the Obama Campaign, for which he helped to craft the 2008 economic campaign platform. Deese also served as Economic Policy Director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

He has worked for the Center for American Progress and the Center for Global Development. He is co-author of Delivering on Debt Relief, and has appeared in numerous publications, including the Washington Monthly, International Herald Tribune, and the Atlantic Economic Journal. In addition to his JD from Yale Law School, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College.