Molly Ward is a Clean Energy Advisor in the Bureau of Energy Resources at the State Department. In this role she is working to catalyze markets for global energy access – with a particular focus on stimulating financing, policy/regulatory reform and risk mitigation, and technology development. Prior to the State Department, Molly was Deputy Associate Director for Energy & Climate Change at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). In this position she worked to advance U.S. bilateral policy cooperation with foreign governments on energy and climate change. She also focused on U.S. efforts to bolster private sector engagement in international energy programs, as well as scaling up off-grid clean energy development and investments. Molly holds Masters degrees from Duke University in Environmental Management and in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics.