Richard L. Kauffman

Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York
(Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

Chair of the NYSERDA Board

Richard Kauffman
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Richard Kauffman joined the administration of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as New York State’s first “energy czar” in February 2013. In this capacity, Mr. Kauffman is responsible for developing and advancing the Governor’s ambitious plan to create a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system in New York.

Mr. Kauffman oversees and manages the State’s entire energy portfolio, including the New York State Department of Public Service, the New York Power Authority, the Long Island Power Authority, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He was appointed chair of NYSERDA’s Board on June 19, 2013.

Under Mr. Kauffman’s leadership, the State has launched the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a fundamental restructuring of its energy industry regulations, and committed $5 billion through 2023 to support local renewable energy and efficiency markets through the proposed Clean Energy Fund. In addition, he has overseen the establishment of the NY Green Bank and the historic $1 billion investment in NY-Sun solar initiative.

Work History

Prior to joining the Governor’s administration, Mr. Kauffman worked in energy and finance at some of the nation’s highest levels. Most recently, he served as senior advisor to former Secretary Steven Chu at the U.S. Department of Energy. In his private sector career, Mr. Kauffman was chief executive officer of Good Energies, Inc., a leading investor in clean energy technologies; a partner at Goldman Sachs, where he chaired the Global Financing Group; and vice chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities Business and co-head of its Banking Department.


Mr. Kauffman has served as chairman of the board of Levi Strauss & Co. as well as on the boards of several organizations, including the Brookings Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Mr. Kauffman earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University, and a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.

Last Updated: 10/08/2014