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Joel Stronberg

President The JBS Group/Civil Notion
The JBS Group

Areas of Expertise:

Clean Energy, Climate Change, Environment, Environmental Policy, Renewables

Additional Areas of Expertise:

Law, climate change policy, environmental activism, politics.

Stronberg has been an independent consultant in the clean energy and climate sectors for over 30 years. He first came to Washington as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator for Environment Health and Safety at the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA). He served as a member of the transition team that established the current U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), including the formation of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Stronberg holds an M.A. in Sociology/Urban Studies and a J.D. in law from Northwestern University, which he attended after earning his B.A. from Lake Forest College. While at Northwestern he was a Ford Foundation Urban Fellow.

Shortly after the creation of DOE Stronberg went into private practice, trading as The JBS Group, where he continues today. He specializes in policy analysis and development representing clients before executive agencies and legislative bodies at the state and federal levels.

Throughout his consultancy, he has worked for a wide variety of trade and professional organizations in the clean energy and climate communities, including as a special counsel on multiple occasions at the Under Secretary and Assistant Secretarial levels at DOE.

Stronberg started his professional career as a community organizer and legal aid attorney in Chicago's Cabrini Green neighborhood. He moved to Ohio to become the research director of a non-profit organization focused on equality of education in the Cleveland Public Schools. Before coming to Washington, he served as the Associate Director of Ohio State Legal Services Association in Columbus, Ohio and as a research scientist in white-collar crime for the Battelle Memorial Institute.

Stronberg is a featured voice on Resilience.org, a frequent contributor to publications like Renewable Energy World and presenter at conferences and seminars.

His recently released book, Earth v. Trump: A Failure to Protect/A Climate Defenders' Guide to Washington Politics, updates his last year’s published commentaries on the major climate change and clean energy issues and policies being debated by the Trump administration, Congress, and the environmental community.

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