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David Vance Wagner


Strategic Partnerships, China

David Vance Wagner works to establish, strengthen, and steward funders of the Energy Foundation’s work in China. Vance has worked on U.S.-China energy and environmental cooperation for over a decade. Before joining the Energy Foundation in U.S, he served as the China Counselor in the Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, where he led U.S.-China dialogue and collaboration on climate change and clean energy. Prior to joining the State Department, Vance co-led the China program at the International Council on Clean Transportation and served as the first and only foreigner at China’s national vehicle emission policy research center under the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Vance earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing.



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