Rhea Jezer founded the Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century in 2005. Rhea is an Adjunct Associate Professor at SUNY ESF, and was previously Senior Lecturer at Cazenovia College. She is President of Energy21 LTD.
Rhea is an environmental consultant and policy adviser to ecobusinesses, candidates, environmental groups and elected officials for both major parties. She was an environmental adviser for Sen. Hillary Clinton for nine years, worked closely with Gov. George Pataki, headed the CNY campaign for the 1996 Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act, and was on Governor Pataki’s Superfund Reauthorization working group. She served on the transition teams for Pres. Bill Clinton, AG Eliot Spitzer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and was a mco-chair of the transition team for AG Schneiderman. Rhea actively worked on the 2016 Hillary Clinton Campaign.
Rhea is a board member of the NY League of Conservation Voters, is the Political Chair of the SC Iroquois Group and was chair of the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter. She Chaired the Dewitt Democratic Party and was a congressional candidate twice. She is a presenter for the Al Gore’s Climate Project. Among her awards are the Post Standard Achievement Award “for her contributions making Central New York a better place,” Greening USA “Greening our Community Advocacy Award”, NAACP Humanitarian Award, National Organization of Women “Woman of Power” Award, Congressional Fellowship in Women & Public Policy, InterFaith Works Leadership Award “for her work bringing environmental education to Central New York”, and the Most Distinguished Alumna award from Midwood H.S.
Dr. Jezer holds a Ph.D from Syracuse University, MA from Columbia University Graduate Studies, and a BA from Brooklyn College. As a Congressional Fellow, she penned major legislation for the encouragement of women and under-represented minorities to enter the fields of science and math. Rhea Jezer is as well a noted musicianand performed extensively as a harpsichord soloist and choral conductor.