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Senior Director

Bradford Simmons

Brad manages BGA client relationships and engagements across the Indo-Pacific in the energy, climate and resource sectors. He brings over a decade of energy and climate public policy experience to BGA and is an expert in regional energy markets, supply chains and geopolitics. 

Prior to joining BGA, Brad served in the civil service at the U.S. departments of State and Energy. As a director in the Department of Energy’s Office of International Market Development, Brad was responsible for integrating the department’s international commercial and energy policymaking agendas. In this role, he led the development and execution of the department’s international energy supply chain strategy and oversaw the department’s trade policy function. Brad frequently advised departmental leadership and White House policy offices on key issues, including global energy infrastructure deployment, critical material and energy technology supply chain security, energy technology competition with China and global energy security. 

From 2013 to 2020, Brad was an officer in the Bureau of Energy Resources at the U.S. Department of State. He most recently served as the Indo-Pacific team chief, managing the department’s energy diplomacy and strategy across the region. Brad’s team was responsible for ensuring that energy resources were used to enhance economic opportunity, stability, sustainability and prosperity around the region. In this capacity, Brad devised and implemented multilateral energy engagement strategies with organizations such as APEC, ASEAN and the EAS and oversaw the energy facets of various U.S. sanction programs. Brad entered the bureau as a member of the 2013 class of presidential management fellows and received numerous superior and meritorious honor awards throughout his tenure. 

Brad has also worked for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the International Trade Administration at the Department of Commerce and the White House Advance Office. Brad completed a master’s degree in international affairs from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where he focused on the intersection of U.S. foreign policy and international energy security. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and international affairs from Emory University. Brad resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife, their son and their Bernese Mountain Dog. 

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