Informal Thematic Debate
Climate Change as a Global Challenge

Richard L. (Jake) Siewert, Jr.

Jake Siewert joined Alcoa in October 2001 as vice president, global communications and public strategy responsible for overseeing and integrating the company's approach to the media, governments, local communities, and other stakeholders. In his new assignment, Jake is accountable for Alcoa's global environment, health and safety efforts in addition to continuing leadership of the company's communications and public strategy responsibilities.

Prior to joining Alcoa, Jake served as the White House press secretary from 2000-2001, where he was principal spokesperson for U.S. President Bill Clinton's Administration on foreign and domestic policy. Earlier, he was special assistant to the President for Economic Affairs for the National Economic Council at the White House. Jake began his communications career in 1991 in Washington, D.C., as communications director for the Democratic Governors' Association.

He is a 1986 graduate of Yale University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in the Humanities. He also attended the law school of the University of California at Berkeley. He was born February 1, 1964 in New York City.