Waxman Strategies today announced the addition of three policy and public affairs specialists with deep sector expertise around climate mitigation, environmental security and green technology development. Michael Goo will be joining the firm as a Principal within the Environmental Practice, leveraging his thirty-year career in Washington to assist our clients around energy and environmental regulatory affairs. In addition, Johan Bergenas will be joining the firm as a Vice President within the Technology Practice, working with our fast-growing team to build strategy and work with clients to promote innovations critical in the fight against environmental crises. Michael and Johan will also be joined by incoming Environment Practice Director Carl Leighty, who will aid in expanding Waxman Strategies’ federal policy work around deep decarbonization, clean energy generation, electrification, carbon capture, direct air capture and more.
“Michael, Johan and Carl not only provide extraordinary value for our clients and partners working to advance revolutionary technologies capable of decarbonizing the atmosphere, cleaning-up oceans and minimizing waste” said Waxman Strategies Chief Executive Officer Michael Waxman, “their wide-ranging expertise in developing public- and private-sector sustainability initiatives will ensure our firm is best equipped to make a significant difference against the mounting climate crisis.”
Michael Goo brings extensive federal advocacy and government relations from his experiences on Capitol Hill and within the Environmental Protection Agency. Over the course of his career, Michael has held senior leadership positions within critical areas of government, including serving as Democratic Chief Counsel for Energy and Environment within the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. He led key aspects of drafting the 2005 and 2007 Energy Acts, the Waxman-Markey climate change legislation, EPA’s greenhouse gas rulemakings under Clean Air Act section 111, and issues related to the EPA renewable fuels standard. Michael also served as EPA Associate Administrator for Policy, where he oversaw clearance of all EPA rules from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Immediately prior to joining Waxman Strategies, Michael Goo worked alongside Carl Leighty at the Washington-based consulting firm AJW, where the two represented a portfolio of climate-focused organizations ranging from climate-friendly technology developers to environmental NGOs. Michael and Carl will continue to represent these clients in their capacities as Principal and Director at Waxman Strategies, and will look to expand the impact and scope of Waxman Strategies Environment practice.
Johan comes to Waxman Strategies from Vulcan, the late Paul G. Allen’s organization, where he served as Senior Director for Public Policy and managed environmental and technology issues globally. At Vulcan, Johan generated thought-leadership, policy solutions and government partnerships for the firm’s business, technology, film, and philanthropic ventures. His work has resulted in new environmental policies being enacted, more resources being appropriated, technologies being launched, and co-financing being secured for impact projects around the world. Prior to Vulcan, Johan was a program director at the Stimson Center, a leading U.S. national security think tank, where he focused on national, global, and environmental security issues and technologies. Johan is also an entrepreneur, having co-founded a tech startup – Eprotection – where he served as CEO. He has held positions with the Monterey Institute, Oxfam and Linkoping University, and his work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy.