Jay Hakes has a long history working on energy issues, including assistant to Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus during the Carter administration, Director of the Governor's Energy Office for Florida Governor (later U. S. Senator) Bob Graham, Administrator of the highly regarded, nonpartisan U.S. Energy Information Administration during the Clinton administration, and Director for Research and Policy for President's Obama's BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Commission. He writes and speaks widely on contemporary energy issues and the modern presidency, combining both interests in his book, A Declaration of Energy Independence (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008). Hakes began his career teaching political science at the University of New Orleans and holds a Ph.D. from Duke University. From 2000 to 2013, he served as Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta. A current resident of New Orleans, he is a frequent contributor to the web site Real Clear Energy and is working on two new books on the energy crises of the 1970s and the American debate over climate change.