Aaron Goldzimer

Visiting Fellow


Aaron Goldzimer is a philanthropic and political-donor advisor/consultant, advising a Silicon Valley billionaire and other high-net worth individuals on U.S. democracy, politics, and the public sphere.  He was Senior Fellow for International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury until the end of the Obama Administration, where he was point-person on a variety of international development and anti-corruption initiatives. Previously, he was at the Environmental Defense Fund, where he developed and quarterbacked advocacy strategies related to international development, trade, finance, human rights, and the environment. There, he was deeply involved in achieving the withdrawal of planned oil contracts from 2.5 million acres of the Amazon; the first international agreement on minimum environmental and transparency standards for the largest class of official international finance; the overhaul of environmental policies and systems at Latin America's largest multilateral lender; strengthening the legislation that governs U.S. environmental oversight of development banks; and the advocacy that led to the establishment of the first Environment Ministry in Peru’s history. Aaron has been published and quoted in both mainstream and specialized media and has spoken widely on these topics. He was the recipient of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship at Stanford's Graduate School of Business; the Heyman Fellowship and ISPS Graduate Policy Fellowship at Yale Law School; and the Dean's Fellowship at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he was also Spring Exercise winner and published in the Kennedy School Review.  He was also named a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.