Joe Goffman's public service experience spans international, national, and state levels working on environmental issues. Joe currently serves as Senior Counsel in the Office of Air and Radiation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He previously was senior counsel for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Joe previously served as legislative director for U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) with a portfolio reflecting the Senator's priorities with regard to climate change, energy policy, national security and foreign policy, education, health care and trade and competitiveness. He began his career in Senator Lieberman's office as an environmental counsel. He also served in the 101st Congress as associate counsel to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works where he was responsible for developing and drafting Title IV of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, the first use of the innovative "cap and trade" approach to reducing air pollution. In addition, he spent a year as a special assistant and acting section chief in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overseeing the development and drafting of the proposed rules governing the trading of sulfur dioxide emissions allowances under Title IV. Joe spent 12 years as a senior attorney at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), where in addition to managing the climate and air quality program, he specialized in the use of market-based mechanisms to address a wide range of air pollution problems. At EDF, Goffman worked closely with the Clinton administration's inter-agency process in developing the U.S. position in negotiating the Kyoto Protocol and its implementing rules.
Joe received his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University. He was nominated by Senator Lieberman to become a John C. Stennis Congressional Fellow for the 110th Congress.