A cross-sector panel of experts on climate change and governance will gather at Stanford University May 6 to map a climate agenda for the U.S. President.

Panelists at the conference, titled "Setting the Climate Agenda for the Next U.S. President," will include veterans of the Obama, Bush, Clinton, and Reagan administrations, including former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, former EPA Administrator William K. Reilly, former Sectetary of State George Shultz, former Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes, former Assistant Energy secretaries Andy Karsner and Dan Reicher, former White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairman Jim Connaughton and former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt. 

They will join former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, California Public Utilities Chairman Michael Picker, and other leaders from the energy, investment and innovation sectors – including Stanford's Arun Majumdar, the Paulson Institute's Kate Gordon and DBL Partners Founder Nancy Pfund – to discuss strategies the next President might employ to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the United States' pivot to a clean energy economy.

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The conference also will address difficult "governance" issues, including how the new President might structure the White House and Cabinet to implement climate change programs that cut across jurisdictional lines, and how to effectively partner with private sector innovators and investors.

The conference culminates a series of workshops led by Woods Consulting Professor David J. Hayes, a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer with Stanford Law School. The conference is sponsored by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford Law School, the Precourt Institute for Energy, and the Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, with the support of the Hewlett Foundation. 

Hayes has prepared a discussion paper for the conference, titled: "Optimizing White House and Cabinet Agencies' Roles in Implementing Federal Climate Change Initiatives."  

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