Michael Jung was Vice President for Policy, Government, and Regulatory Affairs (a.k.a., Chief Policy Wonk) at Varentec, a Silicon Valley pioneer in innovative voltage control solutions for grid-side energy efficiency and distributed energy resource integration, until early 2020. Before that he served as Policy Director at the cleantech powerhouse Silver Spring Networks, where he shaped policies and influenced regulations to make possible the deployment of smart grid infrastructure that connects nearly 30 million homes and businesses across five continents. He chaired an energy task force for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and earlier served as a policy advisor to the campaign and administration of Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, where he helped architect landmark, comprehensive energy legislation, OH SB221. Michael began his career managing environmental and climate change policy at American Electric Power, where he also served for a time as founding chief of staff to the President/COO of the company’s flagship operating company, AEP Ohio.
Michael is Co-Founder of Pips & Bounce, Portland’s original ping pong social club.
Michael is a U.S. Fulbright Fellow, Tae Kwon Do black belt, former competitive ballroom dancer, professional ski instructor, ping pong entrepreneur, active tennis player, and Eagle Scout. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale College, and the Harvard Kennedy School. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he and his wife are decidedly outnumbered by their three young children.