NEW YORK - The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs announced today that Artealia Gilliard will join the Center as Director of Communications and Digital Media. At CGEP, Artealia will lead efforts to highlight the Center’s research, events, expertise and policy insights on the world’s most pressing energy issues.

 “Artealia has worked with journalists and decision-makers across the political spectrum on many of today’s most timely and complex energy issues,” said Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy. “As we continue to provide leading analysis and shape the global energy landscape, Artealia brings an invaluable perspective and experience to our leadership team. We are pleased to have her on board to lead our growing communications functions to engage new audiences.”

Artealia has more than 15 years of experience as a strategic communications expert and advisor on a wide range of energy and environmental issues. She served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation Policy and Director of Governmental, International, and Public Affairs for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation. She led communications and legislative strategy for the bipartisan pipeline safety bill and energy and transportation safety issues, including regulations governing crude-by-rail and natural gas storage safety.

“Opening up the policy process so that more people can participate has been a passion and driving force for my career,” Gilliard said. “I am thrilled to join the Center on Global Energy Policy and to be part of their work to create more informed and inclusive energy and climate change solutions.”

Most recently, Artealia was Director of Communications at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, a multigenerational family foundation advancing solutions to inequality and climate change. Before joining the Obama Administration, Artealia held senior-level positions in state and federal government, including the Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management in Alaska where she served as Special Assistant and Chief of External Affairs. Artealia holds a Master of Science in Communications Management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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About the Center on Global Energy Policy

CGEP’s mission is to enable public and private sector leaders to make more informed choices about the world’s most pressing energy issues by providing an independent and interdisciplinary platform for insights and data-driven analysis, convening and information-sharing, education and training, and actionable recommendations on the current and future global energy system.