Dr. Bernstein is Managing Director of the University of Southern California’s Energy
Institute and is also a Professor of the Practice of Political Science. As Managing
Director Mark facilitates research across campus and works to engage government and
corporate executives in discussions about energy and environmental research at USC.
Mark’s research areas span across a broad range of issues in energy, environment, and
water including financing efficiency and renewable energy, climate change policy, and
Prior to USC, Mark spent 8 years as a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND
Corporation. During the 2001 energy problems in California, Mark advised the Speaker
of the California State Assembly. At the end of 2005, Mark assisted the Housing
Committee of the Mississippi Governors Commission on Reconstruction to develop
recommendations for ensuring an adequate supply of quality and efficient affordable
housing in the Gulf Coast region in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Until June of 1998 Mark spent two years as the Senior Energy Policy Analyst for the
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the
President. Mark worked on the Administration’s climate change technology strategy
and helped to create a public-private partnership with the housing industry, the
Partnership for Advancing Technologies in Housing.
Prior to working at OSTP Mark spent over three years in the Washington DC office of the
National Renewable Energy Laboratory as Principal Energy Policy Analyst. Previously,
Mark spent 7 years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and as Director of
the Center for Energy and the Environment. During this period Mark led USAID funded
executive training programs for energy executives from developing countries. Training
included executives from government ministries and companies, including countries
in Southeast Asia and Africa and executives were immersed in tools and techniques
for more efficiently planning and assessing energy and environmental opportunities.
He also spent 2 years working for United Engineers and Constructors in the Advanced
Mark has worked with a number of emerging and start-up companies and assisted them
in developing strategies and market objectives. Mark has also consulted with a number
of established companies in various capacities, as well as nationally owned
companies and governments including Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Tanzania,
Namibia and Ecuador.
Mark is a Board Member of Global Clean Energy Holdings. Mark holds a Ph.D. in
Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters and
Bachelors in Mathematics.
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- University of Southern California Energy InstituteManaging Director | 2006 - current