George David Banks

Former Special Assistant for International Energy and Environment


Dave Banks was President Trump’s Special Assistant for International Energy and Environment. He was previously Senior Advisor on International Affairs and Climate Change at the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President George W. Bush, deputy GOP staff director of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, a State Department foreign service officer and a CIA economic analyst.

Banks is currently Executive Vice President of the American Council on Capital Formation (ACCF), a DC-based business association with membership that includes Fortune 100 energy companies. He has published reports and opinion editorials on a variety of policy issues, including climate change, civil nuclear power, and energy markets and trade. He is also a fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

Banks has received multiple meritorious awards, including the EPA Climate Protection Award for Diplomacy, a Department of State Superior Honor Award for promoting U.S. diplomatic objectives for the environment, and a Commendable Service Award from the CIA. He also worked as deputy director of the nuclear energy program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies and a lobbyist and consultant for Boyden Gray & Associates, a Washington D.C. law firm.


JD from George Mason University and a MA in economics and baccalaureate degrees in history, economics, and political science from the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

Area of Expertise

International energy policy, governance and corporate strategy, utility law and regulation