Ex-Van Hollen Aide Gets Gig Promoting Green Banks
The Coalition for Green Capital this week announced that it has hired Meghan Conklin, a former policy adviser to U.S. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and a senior staff member in the Obama administration, as its policy director.
The Coalition for Green Capital is a non-profit with offices in New York and Washington, D.C., that works with governments to establish green bank finance institutions to accelerate the deployment of clean energy technology.
Conklin was most recently a policy adviser to Van Hollen for energy, environment and agriculture. Van Hollen has been introducing legislation to create a national green bank since 2009, when he was a member of the House.
Conklin also served in a variety of roles in the Obama administration, including as deputy assistant secretary for Transmission Permitting in the Office of Electricity at the Department of Energy, associate deputy secretary at the Department of Interior, and chief of staff to the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Conklin has also served in senior roles on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
“We are so fortunate to have Meghan join our team at this crucial moment, with bipartisan green bank legislation moving forward in Congress as part of the proposed infrastructure investment package,” Coalition for Green Capital Executive Director Jeffrey Schub said in a statement. “Meghan has years of experience on national green bank policy, advising Senator Van Hollen and continuing that office’s years of leadership on this topic. She is joining our team at just the right moment.”