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Teryn Norris is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and policy analyst and now serves as Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a recipient of the Truman Scholarship, the highest award in the United States for young public service leaders, and he graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a B.A. in Public Policy.
Over the past five years, Teryn has served as a leading young voice for federal policies to strengthen U.S. energy innovation and competitiveness. In 2009, he founded a nonprofit organization, Americans for Energy Leadership (AEL), which worked to advance federal support for energy technology innovation and train young energy policy leaders.. He served as the organization’s President until 2012, when it merged with the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Teryn previously served as Senior Advisor and Project Director at the Breakthrough Institute, a public policy think tank, where he co-authored several acclaimed reports on innovation policy, and founded the Breakthrough Fellowship Program. In 2007, the Obama Campaign adopted a proposal he co-authored to invest $150 billion in clean energy technology, which eventually shaped the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. In 2008 he co-authored the National Energy Education Act proposal, leading to the Department of Energy’s Re-ENERGYSE initiative.
Teryn has co-founded and advised several other nonprofit projects. He has served on the Johns Hopkins President’s Task Force on Climate Change and the Advisory Board to Focus the Nation, among other organizations. In 2011 he led OurTime’s national campaign, “Stop The Brain Drain,” to encourage more young people into entrepreneurship and public service.
Teryn has appeared on national television and radio and published in the Harvard Law & Policy Review, National Journal, Issues in Science & Technology, Forbes, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Yale E360, The Plain Dealer, Baltimore Sun and other publications. He currently lives in Washington, DC.