Andy Karsner

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Alexander "Andy" Karsner is founder and leader of Elemental, the environmental affiliate of Emerson Collective, investing in the needs of humanity in concert with nature,[1] and a Senior Strategist and Space Cowboy at X.[2] From 2006 to 2008, Karsner served in the United States Department of Energy as Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.[3]

Early Life & Career[edit]

Karsner was born on April 5, 1967, in Houston, Texas, to David and Blanche Karsner, the youngest of four children.  Karsner attended Rice University, where he majored in political science and graduated with honors in 1989.  He then went on to study international Finance at the University of Hong Kong, earning a masters’ degree in Comparative Asian Studies.

Karsner began his career in energy in 1988 as an analyst for international development at Tondu Energy in Houston, Texas. In 1994, he was hired as the Senior Development Manager for Wartsila Power Development, based in Hong Kong.  In 1999, Karsner moved to London, where Karsner became founder and CEO of Enercorp, a windpower development firm and international agent of Vestas, involved in project development, management and financing of energy infrastructure.

Karsner returned to the U.S. in 2005, eager to serve his country in a post-9-11 world.  On December 21, 2005, President George W. Bush nominated Karsner to the position of Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.[4][5] Karsner was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 16, 2006.[6]

Department of Energy[edit]

On March 23, 2006, Karsner was sworn in as the ninth Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  In that role, Karsner managed the approximately $2 billion annual federal applied science, research and development portfolio for clean energy technologies.


  1. ^ Emerson Collective,
  2. ^ Washington Speakers Bureau,
  3. ^ Archives,
  4. ^ "Congressional Record, Dec. 21, 2005".
  5. ^ "Senate Energy and Natural Resources Hearing".
  6. ^ "Congressional Record, March 16, 2006" (PDF).