Jeffrey Leonard

President & CEO, Global Environment Fund; Treasurer, New America

Jeffrey Leonard is the President and CEO of Global Environment Fund (GEF), one of the most experienced and most successful private equity firms dedicated exclusively to investments in the energy and environment sectors. Founded in 1990, GEF has invested approximately $1.0 billion in companies operating in these sectors worldwide. Dr. Leonard is a board member of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), a global organization that promotes private equity and venture capital investment in emerging markets; the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE); and Eniware, the provider of portable, power-independent medical instrument sterilization for surgical care in the developing world. He also has previously served as co-chairman of the Clean Technology Venture Network. In 2006-07, Dr. Leonard served as co-chairman of the energy transition team of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Dr. Leonard is a founding board member of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), Chairman of the Board of City Year (Washington, D.C.) and Chairman of the Board of The Washington Monthly. He is a founding board member and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Beacon House Community Ministry, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families in northeast Washington, D.C. Dr. Leonard is a graduate of Princeton (Ph.D.), London School of Economics (M.S. Econ) and Harvard College (B.A., magna cum laude). He is the author of five books and numerous technical articles relating to global environmental issues, international trade, energy production and technology development.