EnergySourceJul 28, 2021
These military veterans are solving our energy and climate problems, one idea at a time
By Veterans Advanced Energy Fellows, Cohort 2
A series of policy papers focusing a host of topics from Just Transition policy in Colorado, to hydrokinetic energy in rural areas, to port decarbonization strategies, all written by the Atlantic Council's Veterans Advanced Energy Fellows.
Dan Misch is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center and the Founder & Co-Director of the Veterans Advanced Energy Project. Dan is an entrepreneurial leader and problem solver with experience in nuclear and renewable energy operations, project management, public policy, and research & development across private industry, government, military, and nonprofits.
As a Director of Renewables Asset Management at Invenergy, Dan supports the international expansion of renewable energy services and manages the development and construction of utility-scale wind and solar projects for transfer to third-party customers. Dan previously served as a Federal Project Director for the US Department of Energy conducting programmatic oversight of investments at Argonne National Laboratory. He also served in the US Navy as a Lieutenant and certified nuclear engineer on board ballistic missile submarines as a tactical watch officer and senior reactor operator in charge of the ships’ navigation, engineering, and strategic mission.
Dan was a 2016 Take Point Fellow with the Atlantic Council where he founded the Veterans Advanced Energy Project to educate other military veterans on the importance of the clean energy transition to US national security. He was also a Class of 2020 Emerging Leader with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a 2014 Defense Council member of the Truman National Security Project. Dan was recognized in the 2020 LGBTQIA Out Leadership List by Out in National Security and New America. In 2017, he was named to the Midwest Energy News “40 Under 40” and a “Call to Service” Finalist for the Chicago Federal Executive Board Awards. Dan received a BS in Physics from the US Naval Academy and an MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.