Jake Higdon

Senior Analyst, U.S. Climate Policy


Areas of expertise:
U.S. climate policy; innovation; worker and community transition

Jake works to research, analyze, and develop federal climate policy to enable an equitable transition to a low-carbon economy. His particular areas of focus include clean manufacturing; policies to accelerate technological innovation, including carbon dioxide removal technologies; and ensuring fairness for workers and communities negatively impacted by the shift off fossil fuels.


Before joining EDF in 2019, Jake worked as a research assistant at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy and a data analyst at Red Ventures. In 2015, he served as an Acting Policy Assistant in the White House Office of Energy and Climate Climate, where he helped to coordinate the implementation of President Obama's Climate Action Plan.

Jake is a 2020 Clean Energy Leadership Institute Fellow.


MPA, Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), 2019.
BA, Global Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016.


Raimi, D. et. al. (2020). Economic Development Policies to Enable Fairness for Workers and Communities. Environmental Defense Fund and Resources For the Future.

Sandalow, D. et. al. (2019). Decarbonizing Space Heating with Air Source Heat Pumps. Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy.

Raimi, D. et. al. (2019). Economic Volatility in Oil Producing Regions: Impacts and Federal Policy Options. Resources For the Future.