David J. Hayes is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Stanford Law School, where he has been teaching courses focused on climate change, renewable and conventional energy, wildlife trafficking, the Arctic, and natural resources policy. In addition to his role at Stanford Law School, Hayes is a Consulting Professor at Stanford's Woods Institute for the Environment; a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress; Chair of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance and Chair of the President's Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking. Hayes also serves on Pacific Gas & Electric Company's Sustainability Advisory Council.
Prior to teaching at Stanford, Hayes served as the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the Department of the Interior for Presidents Clinton and Obama from 1999-2001 and 2009-2013, respectively. As the Senate-confirmed number two official at Interior, he had responsibility over Interior’s 70,000 employees, $14 billion dollar budget, and the Department’s ten major bureaus and agencies. Hayes focused on energy, climate change, conservation and Indian issues during his two tours of duty at Interior. He led the Interior Department’s Climate Change and Energy Task Force, which stood up a network of Climate Science Centers and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives to address climate impacts on land, water and wildlife resources, and implemented the “Smart from the Start” program that facilitated the siting of major renewable energy on public lands and offshore waters. Hayes championed new planning and management processes to protect Interior’s sensitive landscapes and resources and worked with Secretaries Jewell, Salazar and Babbitt to establish new National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges and National Monuments.
Hayes graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and received his J.D. from Stanford University.