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Christopher Hessler

Founding Partner
  • Business Development & Strategy
  • Clean Air Act
  • Clean Fuels
  • Decarbonization Market Development
  • Deployment Strategies
  • Energy Policy
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Storage
  • Energy Transition Strategies
  • Environmental Attribute Validation
  • Environmental Commodity Markets (Cap and Trade; Low Carbon Fuel Standard; Renewable Fuel Standard)
  • Government Financial and Procurement Mechanisms
  • Hydrogen
  • International Regulatory Initiatives
  • Investor Relations
  • Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy
  • Market Demand Creation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Startup Business Management
  • State and Federal Government
  • Sustainability Practices
  • Voluntary Environmental and Sustainability Markets
  • Waste Gas Management

About Chris

Chris is one of the nation’s foremost experts in optimizing market opportunities for cleantech innovation and deployment.

He helps clients refine and sharpen strategic business plans to develop and advance their technology, maximize revenues from environmental market premiums, improve public policy, and secure support and funding from public agencies, regulators, and policymakers. He advises governments seeking to maximize the effectiveness of environmental market programs and attract private sector investment to accelerate decarbonization and energy transition outcomes.

In the two decades since he founded AJW, Inc. in 2003, Chris has supported a global roster of projects for multinational, mid-sized, and startup companies as well as academic, research, and nonprofit organizations. His prior work in the public sector helped Chris identify numerous policy gaps and failures that limited clean tech industry successes despite the best intentions of elected officials. This knowledge helped inform his government work and inspired his vision for establishing AJW, Inc. when he left public service.

AJW’s helps cleantech leaders maximize the value of government policies and strengthen programs that support RD&D, deployment, and scale-up of groundbreaking climate solutions. The AJW team’s deep and diverse expertise helps government implement the market mechanisms, then primes innovators to blow past market barriers and exceed their strategic and profitability goals.

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Professional Experience

Deputy Staff Director, U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Advisor, New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman
Advisor, Congressman Dick Zimmer (NJ-12)
Consultant, Holt, Ross, and Yulish, Inc. Public Affairs


B.A., History, The George Washington University