Program Director, Energy
NGA Center for Best Practices
As program director in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Dan Lauf provides expert guidance to Governors and their advisors on state energy policy, utility regulation, broadband, infrastructure resilience, and technology innovation. His work includes managing the Energy Policy Learning Network for Governors’ energy policy advisors, coordinating NGA’s infrastructure resilience programming, and leading a new initiative at NGA to help Governors address the digital divide by establishing effective broadband governance, expansion, and affordability policies.
Prior to joining NGA in 2015, Dan held positions in state government and as a contractor for the federal government and energy utilities. While at the Maryland Energy Administration, Dan managed data and policy analysis, reporting to the Governor’s office, and program evaluation for the agency. Dan also contracted with the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency to provide in-depth market research and technical analysis to support appliance energy conservation standard development and specification development for the ENERGY STAR program.
Dan holds a bachelor’s in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.