Jim Connaughton

Former White House CEQ Chairman; President and CEO – Nautilus Data Technologies


James L. Connaughton is a nationally prominent energy, environment, technology expert, as both corporate leader and White House policymaker. He has creatively developed market-based solutions to some of the world’s most significant challenges – deploying innovative technology that saves money and reduces environmental impact.

Before joining Nautilus Data Technologies, Mr. Connaughton served as Executive Vice President of C3 Energy (now C3 IoT), enabling companies to realize the full benefit of their “Internet of Things” system investments by applying the power of big data, advanced analytics, social networking, machine learning, and cloud computing to improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of power generation/delivery and commercial/industrial operations.

From 2009-2013, Mr. Connaughton was Executive Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor at Exelon and at Constellation Energy (which merged with Exelon). There he served on each company’s Executive Committee with responsibility for major public policy priorities, federal and state energy market regulation, public sector business development, corporate sustainability, technology innovation initiatives and certain venture investments.

In 2001, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Mr. Connaughton to serve as Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where he served from 2001-2009 as President George W. Bush’s senior advisor on energy, environment and natural resources, and as Director of the White House Office of Environmental Policy. Mr. Connaughton worked closely with the President, the Cabinet, the Congress, State Governors and international leaders to develop and implement energy, environment, natural resource, and climate change policies. This work led to a series of new market-based programs, incentives, technology initiatives and public-private partnerships that included bipartisan energy legislation, new national air quality standards, air pollution reductions from power plants and diesel vehicles, and nearly $90 billion for clean energy technology research and incentives to accelerate commercial deployment of advanced technologies in areas such as plug-in hybrid vehicles, renewable fuels, nuclear, gas, coal, solar, wind and efficiency. An avid marine resource conservationist, Mr. Connaughton also helped establish four of the largest and most ecologically diverse ocean conservation areas in the world. Mr. Connaughton is a Member of the Secretary of Energy’s Task Force on Federal Energy Management, a Member of the Argonne National Laboratory Board of Governors, an Advisor to Shine Medical Technologies, and a Member of the Board and Senior Policy Advisor to ClearPath.


B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law

Area of Expertise

Public Policy and Energy Market Regulation