David Hayes

Former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, Department of the Interior

The emerging consensus actually is that the status quo is unsustainable, and things have to change.

David Hayes believes that the key to conserving water in the Bay Delta is a broader state plan. In his former position as Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Interior, Hayes facilitated the development of major renewable energy projects. Those projects included instituting permit reforms and introducing landscape-scale planning for solar projects on public lands and wind projects in offshore waters. Now, as a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford, Hayes has developed and taught courses focused on renewable and conventional energy development and regulation.

Hayes graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and received his J.D. from Stanford University.

David Hayes's Simple Shift

I have moved from a large house in Northern Virginia to a 1,200, perhaps, square foot two-bedroom condominium. It's on Stanford University’s campus.

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