Alumni Spotlight: Greg Dotson

By Emily Johnson

In June 2014, University of Oregon School of Law alum Greg Dotson ’95 joined the Washington, D.C.–based institute Center for American Progress (CAP) as its new vice president for energy policy. 

CAP is a progressive multidisciplinary think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. Building on the achievements of progressive pioneers such as Teddy Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, CAP promotes a progressive vision for America—a vision that policymakers, thought leaders, and activists can share in the national debate and use to pass laws that make a difference.

As CAP vice president for energy policy, Dotson will oversee the work of the energy and environment team, which includes both international and domestic policy areas. “Dotson’s expertise will be invaluable as CAP continues to identify and promote bold new policies to address climate change and advance efforts to promote President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan,” said CAP president Neera Tanden in announcing Dotson’s move.

Prior to joining CAP, Dotson served for more than 18 years as the lead environmental and energy staffer for Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) and as a top staffer on both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. During his nearly two decades on the Hill, Dotson was vital in the House’s passage of comprehensive climatechange legislation and the enactment of laws on clean energy, pesticide safety, drinking water, and clean air. He has also played a leading role in the strategic defense of existing environmental protection laws. Representative Waxman had the following to say about Dotson: “Greg has devoted his career to protecting the environment . . . [and] has played a key role in virtually every major energy and environment legislation enacted by Congress in the past 18 years.”

Dotson graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1995 with a concentration in environmental and natural resources law. He earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech. He and his wife, Janine Benner, deputy assistant secretary at the US Department of Energy and a former top staffer for Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, have two children.