Executive Vice President, Public Policy and External Affairs, Energy Future Holdings
Joel Kaplan is executive vice president of public policy and external affairs for Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH), formerly TXU Corp. In this position, Kaplan oversees enterprise-wide public affairs and leads EFH's efforts to publicly demonstrate and communicate the corporation's leadership in the energy industry.
Prior to joining EFH, Kaplan served as Deputy Chief of Staff in the George W. Bush White House, where he was responsible to the President and Chief of Staff for the development and implementation of the Administration policy agenda. In this role, he framed strategic decisions for the President on policy matters including energy and the environment, and coordinated the execution of integrated legislative, communications, external outreach and policy strategies.
Kaplan's White House experience also included time as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Special Assistant to the President for Policy, where he assisted with the coordination, development, and implementation of Administration policy.
Prior to joining the White House in 2001, Kaplan worked as a policy advisor to the Bush-Cheney Presidential campaign in Austin, Texas. Previously, he served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Judge J. Michael Luttig. Earlier, Kaplan served as an Artillery Officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Kaplan received his bachelor's degree in government from Harvard College. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Kaplan and his family reside in Washington, D.C.