Who We Are

KES principals have more than 50 years of combined experience on a wide range of energy and environmental issues in the public, private and NGO sectors.

Joe Kruger

Dina Kruger

Joe Kruger has worked extensively with policymakers in the Executive Branch, Congress, and state governments, and has led diverse stakeholder groups on a variety of energy issues.  At KES, Joe advises companies, state governments, and NGO’s on policy and strategies related to carbon pricing, climate change risk, sustainability reporting, energy efficiency, and electric grid issues. Joe is also a Visiting Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF), an environmental economics think tank in Washington, DC. 

Prior to joining KES, Joe was Director for Energy and Environment at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), where he led initiatives on EPA greenhouse gas regulations, climate policy, electric grid reliability, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and grid cybersecurity.   In 2009, he took a leave of absence from BPC to serve as Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Climate Change at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.  From 1986-2003, he worked at  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where  he managed groups working on acid rain, emissions trading, climate policy, greenhouse gas accounting, and technical assistance to foreign governments on air pollution and greenhouse gas reduction programs. In his early years at EPA, he wrote air pollution regulations, developed policies for the cleanup of hazardous waste sites, and evaluated the effectiveness of several EPA programs. He began his career as an analyst at the Investor Responsibility Research Center, where he wrote reports for institutional investors on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.

Joe has authored more than two dozen publications and was a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report. He has an MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, and a degree in government and economics from Cornell University. He has earned the FSA credential from the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board for expertise in sustainability accounting. 

Dina Kruger has over 30 years of experience in energy, environmental, and climate change policy.  At KES, Dina works with a diverse clientele to develop effective advocacy strategies, and she has worked at the federal, state, and international levels. She also advises on regulatory compliance and provides technical and policy support on energy project development, emerging energy technologies, carbon accounting, climate mitigation, and carbon offset programs.  Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, non-governmental organizations, trade associations, and foundations. Dina maintains strong relationships across the political spectrum.  

Prior to founding KES, Dina was the director of the Climate Change Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At EPA, Dina managed a comprehensive suite of programs and analyses dealing with clean energy and climate change regulation, policy, economics, mitigation technologies, science, and impacts.  While at EPA, she led initiatives on greenhouse gas reporting, bioenergy, carbon capture and storage, methane mitigation from the energy and solid waste sectors, climate policy development and economic modeling.  Dina also led the team that developed EPA’s historic 2009 Endangerment Finding, which set the stage for Clean Air Act regulation of greenhouse gases.  

Dina has testified before Congress and has been quoted in numerous media outlets, including the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, USA Today and NPR. She has published articles in Science, Energy Policy, Environmental Management, and The Oil and Gas Journal and was the U.S. representative to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Task Force Bureau on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories from 1997-2007.  Prior to joining EPA in 1989, Dina worked at ICF, Inc., the Investor Responsibility Research Center, and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley.