Jon D. Sohn
Jon D. Sohn is an experienced climate change, energy and natural resources public policy leader. He advises a range of clients on energy, climate change and sustainability matters with respect to corporate sustainability strategy, regulation and permitting under World Bank Group safeguards and performance standards, the Clean Air Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, and public policy engagement on emerging sustainability issues with Congress and the Executive Branch. His clients include shale gas production companies, renewable energy independent power producers, foreign governments, emerging clean tech companies and international financial institutions. He has firsthand experience preparing U.S. domestic and international environmental policy and regulations backed by advocacy and testimony before the United States Congress and Executive Branch. He represents clients before the World Bank Group, White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy and the Department of Interior on a broad range of regulatory and policy matters.
Prior to joining McKenna Long & Aldridge, Mr. Sohn worked at Climate Change Capital LLC where helped develop their global environmental and social risk management policy and advised their investment funds on carbon markets and clean energy policy. Mr. Sohn previously worked at the World Resources Institute, working with commercial banks and public financial institutions such as the International Finance Corporation on environmental and social risks and opportunities in the oil, gas and mining sectors. Jon was also Counsel for the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). His policy work at OPIC helped establish the first environmental and social risk policies for any public bilateral finance institution in the world and implementation of those safeguards in developing countries.
- For an international energy company, advised on compliance with International Finance Corporation environmental and social Performance Standards for projects in developing African countries.
- For an independent power producer, providing regulatory and policy advice on risks and opportunities for U.S. portfolio strategy with emphasis on EPA’s Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act regulation and state renewable energy portfolio standards.
- For a company in the shale gas sector, providing counsel on emerging federal and state regulation, partnership with environmental organizations and establishing corporate operating principles for global sustainability.
- For a coalition of renewable energy producers providing strategic advice on U.S. energy regulation, potential Clean Energy Standard legislation and market access risks and opportunities.
- For several energy companies, providing government affairs and regulatory advice on strategic engagement with the Congress emphasizing the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Executive Branch with emphasis on EPA matters and dialogue with non-governmental stakeholders.
- Advising a clean tech start-up company on access to bilateral and multilateral investment opportunities and international carbon markets.
- For a series of industrial sector clients, providing counsel on compliance with the Securities & Exchange Commission’s “Conflict Minerals” disclosure rule.
- For a global non-governmental organization, providing strategic counsel on international climate change finance policy strategies with bilateral and multilateral institutions including the World Bank, UN Green Climate Fund as well as private sources of capital.
- J.D. and Certificate of Specialization in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Northwestern School of Law, 1995
- B.A., Communications and History, University of Michigan, 1991
- District of Columbia
- Co-author, "EPA Announces Ambitious Clean Air Act Standards for CO2 Emissions from Existing Power Plants," MLA Climate, Energy and Sustainability Advisory, June 2, 2014.
- "Conflict Minerals Rule Conjures Up Controversy", MLA Advisory, March 9, 2014.
- “Can the Equator Principles Tackle Climate Change?” Environmental Finance, June 2011.
- Contributor, Climate Change Insights Blog.
- "U.S. Policy Direction for Renewable Energy and Offshore Oil Drilling in the Wake of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster," Bloomberg Law Reports (June 29, 2010), co-authored with Geraldine Edens.
- "Crystal Ball Gazing: U.S. Climate Policy Update," Environmental Finance, Global Carbon Report, May 2010.
- "Time to Re-engage," Environmental Finance, (December 2008).
- "The Business Case for Community Consent," World Resources Institute, (May 2007).
- "Diverging Paths: What Future for Export Credit Agencies in Development Finance," World Resources Institute, (October 2005), co-authored with James Harmon.
- "Mainstreaming Climate Change at Multilateral Development Banks," World Resources Institute, (July 2005), co-authored with Kevin Baumert and Smita Nakhooda.
- "Multilateral Development Bank Lending through Financial Intermediaries: The Environmental and Social Challenges," World Resources Institute, (June 2005).
- "The Equator Principles," Environmental Finance, (February 2003).
- "France vs. USA: A Comparison of Ex-Im and Coface Oil & Gas Guidelines," (2003).
Seminars and Presentations:
- Featured speaker at 2009 Global Roundtable on Climate Change, New York, (2009).
- Guest Lecturer at Georgetown Graduate School of Foreign Affairs, (2008).
- Public speaking engagements in climate and carbon market related events in the U.S., (2007-2008).