Rhea Jezer, Ph.D

Symposium Director and Chair

Rhea Jezer

Rhea Jezer founded the Symposium on Energy in 2005 and has been
the director and chair the past eleven years.

Rhea has been an environmental educator as well as active in environmental policy in New York State and nationally for decades. She is a consultant to eco-businesses, candidates, environmental groups, as well as an advisor to elected officials for both major parties. She was an environmental advisor for Senator Hillary Clinton for nine years, worked closely with Governor George Pataki, and served on the transition teams for
President Bill Clinton, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Rhea is a board member of the League of Conservation Voters and Iroquois Group of Sierra Club. She was chair of the Atlantic Chapter Sierra Club for several years. Rhea served as Chair of the Dewitt Democratic Party and was a candidate for Congress two times. She is a presenter for the Al Gore’s Climate Project on Global Warming, was Senior Lecturer at Cazenovia College and presently holds the position of Associate Professor (Adjunct) at SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). She was awarded the 2012 Post Standard Achievement Award “for her contributions to making Central New York a better place”, and the Greening USA Advocacy Award .

Dr. Jezer holds a Ph.D from Syracuse University, MA from Columbia University, and a BA from Brooklyn College. She was awarded a Congressional Fellowship on Women & Public Policy where she penned major legislation for the encouragement of women and under-represented minorities to enter the fields of science and math. Rhea Jezer is as well a noted musician and performed extensively as a harpsichord soloist for many years, including at the Skaneateles Music Festival.