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Zachary Strauss was an associate director for advanced energy with the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center where his work focuses primarily on renewable energy, climate action, and national security. His interests included the confluence of energy and environment, electric mobility, hydro-kinetic energy, critical mineral politics, US geothermal, energy justice, and diversity in energy. He managed the Veterans Advanced Energy Project and was also the founding lead of Out in Energy, the first national organization representing LGBTQI+ energy and climate professionals.

Previously, Zachary interned at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, DC where he conducted research and produced draft reports on trans-Mediterranean migration flows. He has over four years of professional and educational experience abroad, having worked and studied in France, Japan, Italy, and Spain. In 2017, he interned for the Permanent Chilean Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, and from 2015 to 2016, taught English and International studies in Kumamoto, Japan within the public school system. He also served as an intern at US Consulate General Barcelona and helped stand up an English-teaching camp system in Romagna, Italy. Zachary received his master’s degree in international security from Sciences Po, Paris and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in European studies from Middlebury College. He is proficient in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Japanese.