Jake Levine

Associate and Policy Advisor
Covington & Burling LLP

Jake Levine is a legal and political strategist focused on the intersection of climate change and policy.  Levine served as an aide to President Obama in the White House Office of Energy & Climate Change, where he worked to implement a number of innovative projects, including the most stringent fuel economy — and first-ever greenhouse gas emission — standards for cars and trucks.  He served as a member of President Obama’s delegation to the UNFCCC Conference of Parties in Copenhagen, and led the interagency Energy Working Group, which developed policy in a number of areas (e.g., climate security, comprehensive energy reform).  More recently, Levine served as Senior Counsel to the California Select Committee on Climate Change, where he led the successful campaign to draft, design, and enact new climate (SB 32, Pavley) and environmental justice (AB 197, Garcia) legislation in California.  He also served as Chief of Staff at Opower, the clean energy technology company that uses behavioral science to nudge people into using less energy.  Levine practices law at Covington & Burling.  His opinion essays and articles have appeared in Democracy Journal, Crooked Media, National Law Review, and HuffPost.