David Vance Wagner directs development for Energy Foundation China, and serves on Energy Foundation China’s management team for overall strategy and international engagement.
Vance has worked on U.S.-China energy and environmental cooperation for over a decade. Before joining the Energy Foundation staff, he served as the China Counsellor 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.