Michael Levi previously served as a special assistant to President Obama for energy and economic policy on the National Economic Council staff, where his work on energy and environment issues included domestic and global oil, gas and product markets and geopolitics; the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS); and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). Mr. Levi also led economic policy development on autonomous and connected vehicles and semiconductors.
Prior to his White House role, Mr. Levi was the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he wrote widely read and debated books regarding the future of energy, Chinese commodities strategy and nuclear terrorism. He also led CFR's Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, a leading center for the study of international economics and economic policy. Mr. Levi has also been a fellow at the Brookings Institution.
He holds a PhD in War Studies from King's College London and an M.A. in physics from Princeton.