David J. Hayes

David J. Hayes

Past Executive Director

David J. Hayes was the State Impact Cen­ter’s exec­u­tive direc­tor from August 2017 through Jan­u­ary 2021. Hayes now serves in the Biden admin­is­tra­tion as Spe­cial Assis­tant to the Pres­i­dent for Cli­mate Policy.

David J. Hayes is a nation­al­ly rec­og­nized envi­ron­men­tal, ener­gy and nat­ur­al resources lawyer who pre­vi­ous­ly served as the Deputy Sec­re­tary at the U.S. Depart­ment of the Inte­ri­or for Pres­i­dents Barack Oba­ma (20092013) and Bill Clin­ton (19992001). As sec­ond in com­mand, Hayes was the Inte­ri­or Depart­men­t’s Chief Oper­at­ing Offi­cer, with line author­i­ty over its nine major bureaus and 70,000 employ­ees. From 2013 – 2017, he was a vis­it­ing lec­tur­er at Stan­ford Law School and affil­i­at­ed with Stan­ford’s Woods Insti­tute for the Envi­ron­ment and Pre­court Insti­tute for Ener­gy. Hayes was a mem­ber of the board of direc­tors for the Coali­tion for Green Cap­i­tal; the Advi­so­ry Coun­cil of Stanford’s Bill Lane Cen­ter for the Amer­i­can West; and founder of the US Wildlife Traf­fick­ing Alliance. Before and between his ser­vice in the Clin­ton and Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tions, Hayes worked in the pri­vate sec­tor as a part­ner and glob­al chair of the Envi­ron­ment, Land & Resources depart­ment at Lath­am & Watkins, an inter­na­tion­al law firm. Hayes grad­u­at­ed sum­ma cum laude from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Notre Dame and received his JD from Stan­ford Law School.

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