David Rejeski


David Rejeski currently directs the project on Technology, Innovation and the Environment at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC, where he focuses on better understanding the impacts and opportunities created through:

  • emerging technologies and their underlying innovation systems, such as
    synthetic biology, 3-D printing, and artificial intelligence;
  • structural changes in the economy driven by sharing platforms, new business
    models, and emerging financing systems such as crowdfunding, and;
  • new roles for the public in policy and decision making, provided through citizen
    science, Do-It- Yourself biology, makers, or other emergent, distributed networks
    of people and things.

He co-founded the Serious Games movement in 2003 and Games for Change in 2004 to advance the use of video game technologies to engage the public around complex system challenges facing policy makers, such as budget making or resilience management. He joined ELI after serving for 15 years as director of the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Before joining the Wilson Center, he spent 6 years at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and, in an earlier life, ran the Future Studies Unit at the Environmental Protection Agency.

He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), a guest Researcher at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, a member of EPA’s National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology, and board member of American University’s Center on Environmental Policy.  He recently served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
(NASEM) Committee on Future Biotechnology Products and Opportunities to Enhance Capabilities of the Biotechnology Regulatory System. He has graduate degrees in Public Administration and Environmental Design from Harvard and Yale Universities and a BFA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is also a furniture designer.

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Director, Technology, Innovation and the Environment Project, Environmental Law Institute, Washington DC; Global Fellow Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars