Amit Ronen is the Director of the GW Solar Institute and a Professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University. In this capacity he focuses on the economic, technical, and public policy issues associated with the development and deployment of solar energy.
Prior to this position, Amit served as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, leveraging her membership on the Energy, Finance, and Commerce Committees to help enact clean energy tax incentives, financing instruments, and research and development authorizations that catalyzed hundreds of billions of dollars of new energy related investments.For example, Amit was a key strategist and implementer behind the landmark Cantwell-Ensign bipartisan clean energy tax incentives package that established the eight-year Investment Tax Credit and removed the $2,000 cap on residential solar installations. Amit also authored and championed Senator's Cantwell innovative bipartisan climate bill, the CLEAR Act, which offered a centrist alternative to unwieldy and divisive cap-and-trade proposals.
Previously, Amit held positions at the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
Amit received his undergraduate degree from Pomona College and a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Both degrees focused on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy.