Ali Zaidi works on the design and implementation of federal policies and the development of public and private sector partnerships to increase U.S. energy security and cut harmful carbon pollution. Since February 2009, Zaidi has served in a number of roles within the Obama Administration: He is deputy associate director for energy and climate change for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Previously, Zaidi served as a policy advisor to the White House Domestic Policy Council, as special assistant to the Secretary of Energy, and as special projects coordinator at the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Before joining the Administration, Zaidi served as a director of the America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest partnership alliance comprised of corporations, nonprofit organizations, foundations, policymakers, advocacy and faith groups dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. Zaidi also served as a regional field organizer during the Obama primary campaign in New Hampshire. Zaidi has studied at Georgetown University Law Center and at Harvard College, where he was Vice President of the Harvard Health Policy Review, President of the Harvard Islamic Society, and volunteered with the Phillips Brooks House Association.