Environmental Policy Competition Judges

Jason Bordoff

Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Center on Global Energy Policy

Jason Bordoff joined the Columbia faculty after serving until January 2013 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change on the Staff of the National Security Council, and, prior to that, holding senior policy positions on the White House’s National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality. One of the world’s top energy policy experts, he joined the administration in April 2009. Bordoff’s research and policy interests lie at the intersection of economics, energy, environment, and national security.

Prior to joining the White House, Bordoff was the Policy Director of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative housed at the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Petroleum Council, a consultant to the National Intelligence Council, and serves on the board of the New York Energy Forum as well as the Association of Marshall Scholars. During the Clinton Administration, Bordoff served as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department. He was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company, one of the leading global strategy consultancies.


Travis Bradford

Associate Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs

Travis Bradford is the Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.  He is also a full-time Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University, teaching energy and natural resource markets and innovation at SIPA, CBS, and the Earth Institute.

Travis is also the founder and president of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, a nonprofit organization focused on harnessing the power of the business sector to develop cost-effective and sustainable solutions in technologies, including energy, water, food, and recycling. Through the Institute, he helped launch many organizations, including Greentech Media and the Carbon War Room.

Previously, Travis has been a professor at the University of Chicago and Duke University MBA programs, and has lectured on finance, entrepreneurship, and alternative energy economics at many leading universities in the U.S. His published works include “Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry”, in addition to dozens of global market research reports on all aspects of the energy industry.


Michael Gerrard

Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School

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A world-renowned expert, Michael Gerrard has practiced environmental law in New York City since 1979. Formerly the managing partner of the New York office of Arnold & Porter LLP, he has taught environmental law as a member of the adjunct faculties of Columbia and NYU Law Schools and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Gerrard is the most prolific writer on environmental law in the United States. He has written or edited seven publications in the field, two of which were named best law books by the American Association of Publishers: Environmental Law Practice Guide and Brownfields Law and Practice.

Additionally, Gerrard was the chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He has also chaired the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Gerrard has an almost unique ability to bridge the public and corporate worlds. His law practice has largely involved helping large corporations and real estate developers comply with, and in many cases surpass, the requirements of the environmental laws. He was one of the two winners of the 2007 Advocate Award from Environmental Advocates of New York.


Patrick Kinney

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health
Director, Columbia Climate and Health Program

Dr. Patrick Kinney’s teaching and research address issues at the intersection of global environmental change, human health, and policy, with an emphasis on the public health impacts of climate change and air pollution. His work in the 1990s on air quality and environmental justice in Northern Manhattan and the South Bronx led to important new insights into the impacts of diesel vehicle emissions on local air quality.

Dr. Kinney has carried out numerous studies examining the human health effects of air pollution, including studies of the effects of ozone and/or particulate matter on lung health and on daily mortality in large cities. More recently, he developed a new interdisciplinary research and teaching program at Columbia examining the potential impacts of climate change on human health.

Dr. Kinney was the first to show that climate change could worsen urban smog problems in the U.S., with attendant adverse health impacts. He also has projected future health impacts related to heat waves in the NYC metropolitan area. In a new research initiative, Dr. Kinney is working with clinicians at Columbia University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital to understand how past and future climate may affect pollen-related allergic airway diseases.