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Ted Halstead        

Chairman and CEO of the Climate Leadership Council

Ted Halstead is a policy entrepreneur, climate expert, and author, who has founded three leading public policy institutes. His latest is the Climate Leadership Council, where he serves as Chairman and CEO. Its mission is to convene global opinion leaders around the most cost-effective, popular and equitable climate solutions.

Previously, Halstead founded New America, a centrist public policy institute that has become one of the largest and most influential think tanks in Washington, DC. He served as founding President and CEO of New America from 1999 to 2007.

At the age of 25, Halstead founded and directed Redefining Progress, an environmental economics think tank that organized the 1997 Economists’ Statement on Climate Change. It includes 18 Nobel laureates as signatories and remains the largest public statement in the history of the economics profession.

He is the co-author with Michael Lind of The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics and editor of The Real State of the Union. He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

Mr. Halstead is a frequent public speaker and media commentator, having appeared as a guest on Nightline, ABC’s World News Tonight, CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, and PBS. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Fortune, the Atlantic, National Review, Los Angeles Times and the Harvard Business Review.

Halstead graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College and received his Master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Montgomery Fellow.

Speech Topics


The Future of American Politics: The Radical Center

Generational Politics: A Politics for Generation X

The Next Social Contract: How to Rethink the Relationship Between Employees and Employers

Building a 21st Century Think Tank

Market-based Environmentalism

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