Brad Higgins’ focus is investing in energy and energy efficiency technology. He is also an active participant in the alternative-energy debate, speaking at the Climate Institute forum held as part of the UN-sponsored Climate Change conference in Cancun in 2010.
From February 2006 to January 2009, Brad was the Assistant Secretary of State for Resource Management and Chief Financial Officer to the US Department of State, both positions requiring confirmation by US Senate. In that capacity, he was responsible for the State Department’s $34B budget along with the Department’s strategic and performance planning efforts. In 2008 he was elected Chairman of the Audit Committee to the Organization of American States (OAS). Prior to his Washington, DC responsibilities, he served two tours in Iraq, first in 2004 as the CFO to the Coalition Provisional Authority and then as the Director of Planning to the US Mission’s reconstruction management office in Baghdad. He returned to Iraq in 2005 as a senior advisor to the US Ambassador, setting up and serving as the first director of Strategic Performance and Assessment office for the US Mission.
Prior to his government service, Brad spent over twenty years on Wall Street, first as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and CS First Boston and later working in asset management for Pimco and Bear Stearns Asset Management. He started his career as a corporate associate at the international law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
Brad also serves as chairman of JumpStart International, an economic development organization he worked with in Iraq, now operating in the Republic of Georgia.
Brad holds an AB and JD from Columbia University. He is a resident of New Canaan, CT.