Focus areas: Energy system dynamics, solar energy economics, solar energy financial tool development, sustainable development
Travis Bradford is the Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also a full-time Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University, teaching energy and natural resource markets and innovation at SIPA, CBS, and the Earth Institute.
Travis is also the founder and president of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, a nonprofit organization focused on harnessing the power of the business sector to develop cost-effective and sustainable solutions in technologies, including energy, water, food, and recycling. Through the Institute, he helped launch many organizations, including Greentech Media and the Carbon War Room.
Previously, Travis has been a professor at the University of Chicago and Duke University MBA programs, and has lectured on finance, entrepreneurship, and alternative energy economics at many leading universities in the U.S. His published works include “Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry”, in addition to dozens of global market research reports on all aspects of the energy industry.
Travis earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Georgia State University in 1992 and an MBA in 1996 from the NYU Stern School of Business. In 2006, he received an MPA degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has previously worked at the Federal Reserve, as a partner at various public and private equity investment firms, and as a board member of numerous publicly traded, private, and non-profit firms in the US and abroad.