Associate Fellow for Energy

David Gargaro was an associate fellow for energy at the Rainey Center. In this role, he leads research initiatives in energy issues with a focus on nuclear policy.

Before joining Rainey, Gargaro was invited to spend a year as a research fellow for the Breakthrough Institute where he studied and published research regarding the public opinion on nuclear energy in the United States. In 2018, Gargaro had the honor of addressing representatives of the European People’s Party at European Parliament in Brussels regarding the global future of nuclear energy at Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s annual Leadership in Global Climate Change Conference.

Prior to his research career, Gargaro enjoyed an international career as an award-winning orchestral conductor. He served as the principal guest conductor of The New Fine Arts Ensemble in South Korea, as an artistic fellow for Opera Philadelphia, and was named as a finalist for The American Prize in Conducting. After serving as the Ansbacher Conducting Fellow for the Vienna Philharmonic, he found himself drawn towards the fields of diplomacy, international relations, and energy policy.

Gargaro has completed his second master’s degree in political management with a concentration in nuclear policy from The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, where he was selected to receive the prestigious Founding Dean Arterton Award in recognition of his research on global nuclear energy solutions. He also holds degrees from The University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, and Bard College, Conservatory of Music.

Recent Posts

See David Gargaro's most recent work here.
July 9, 2019
Garrison and Gargaro show the threats of China and climate change go hand in hand

Bishop Garrison, co-founder and president of the Rainey Center, together with associate fellow for energy, David Gargaro, have authored an op-ed in Just Security where they discuss how the United States can combat problems that the presidential hopefuls identified in the recent Democratic debates: China and climate change. They explain,

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June 27, 2019
Streaming Music Better for the Environment? Think Again.

The recording industry has undergone a massive transformation into the digital age of music distribution. In 2008, revenue from music streaming made up just 4% of the American music industry. Last year, streaming made up 75% of revenue. This exponential growth means many have embraced streaming options like Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal, but others […]

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October 17, 2018
Rainey Center Energy Fellow, David Gargaro appeared as a guest speaker in Brussels

Rainy Center Energy Fellow, David Gargaro appeared as a guest speaker in Brussels at Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s collaboration with the European People’s Party Conference: EU’s Leadership in Global Climate Change. With a broad focus of International public-private cooperation in climate action, Gargaro discussed examples for climate-friendly technologies--including small modular reactors--which benefit both the economy and […]

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