H. Jeffrey Leonard
President and Chief Executive Officer
Global Environment Fund
H. Jeffrey Leonard serves on EMPEA’s Board of Directors and its Energy and Infrastructure Council.
Dr. Leonard is the President and CEO of Global Environment Fund (GEF), one of the most experienced and most successful private equity firms dedicated exclusively to investments in the energy and environment sectors. Founded in 1990, GEF currently has approximately $1 billion in aggregate capital under management.
Dr. Leonard has previously served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), and as co-chairman of the Clean Technology Venture Network. In 2006-07, Dr. Leonard served as co-chairman of the energy transition team of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, and from 1992 through 1998, Dr. Leonard was a member of the Hydrogen Technical Advisory Panel to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. He also is a member of the Advisory Board of the US-Brazil Biofuels Partnership.
Dr. Leonard is Chairman of the Board of The Washington Monthly and Chairman of the Board of CityYear (Washington, D.C.), and a Board Member of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) and the New America Foundation. He is a founding board member and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Beacon House Community Ministry, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families in northeast Washington, D.C.
Dr. Leonard is a graduate of Princeton (Ph.D.), London School of Economics (M.S. Econ) and Harvard College (B.A., magna cum laude). He is the author of five books and numerous technical articles relating to global environmental issues, international trade, energy production and technology development.