Rhea Jezer, Ph.D

Symposium Director and Chair

Rhea Jezer

Rhea Jezer founded the Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century in 2005 and has been the director and chair the past eleven years.  She is an Associate Professor (adjunct) at SUNY School of Environment and Forestry, and was previously Senior Lecturer at Cazenovia College.

Rhea has been an environmental educator and policy advisor 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 was a co-chair of the transition team for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Rhea Jezer is a board member of the League of Conservation Voters and Iroquois Group of Sierra Club. She was chair of the Atlantic Chapter (New York State) Sierra Club for several years, served as Chair of the Dewitt Democratic Party and was a congressional candidate for Congress twice.  She is a presenter for the Al Gore’s Climate Project on Global Warming and has lectured extensively. Rhea was awarded the Post Standard Achievement Award “for her contributions to making Central New York a better place”, Greening USA “Greening our Community Advocacy Award”, NAACP Humanitarian Award, National Organization of Women “Woman of Power” Award, and Congressional Fellowship in Women & Public Policy (WREI).

Dr. Jezer holds a Ph.D from Syracuse University, MA from Columbia University Graduate Studies, and a BA from Brooklyn College. As a Congressional Fellow, 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.