A conversation with Donald Evans, the 34th U.S. Secretary of Commerce, on the impact of current energy trends on economic growth and energy poverty around the world, international trade and security, as well as geopolitics of the 21st century. The Dialogue will be led by Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy co-directors, professors Sally Benson and Arun Majumdar, along with Thomas Stephenson, a member of Precourt Institute's Advisory Council and Chair, Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution.
Donald L. Evans was appointed as the 34th Secretary of the Commerce by President George W. Bush in 2001, where he served until 2005. He was a strong advocate for the free-enterprise system, free and fair trade agreements, and responsible corporate stewardship. To encourage job creation, he worked closely with President Bush to reduce taxes, open markets for American goods and services, and promote a level playing field abroad. Evans worked on President Bush’s successful Texas gubernatorial campaigns in 1994 and 1998 and served as chairman of the 2000 Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaign. He began his career as a “roughneck” working on oil rigs for Tom Brown, Inc., a large independent energy company. Ten years later, he took the helm of the company as CEO, continuing in that position until being tapped by the President to lead the Commerce Department. He also served as the Chairman of Energy Future Holdings Company, formerly TXU Energy, from 2007-2018. He currently serves as Chairman of The Permian Strategic Partnership. In 1995, he was appointed to the University of Texas Board of Regents; he was elected chairman in February 1997 and served two consecutive terms. Evans was also a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation for eight years. He was named a University of Texas Distinguished Engineering Alumnus in 1997, and he was also inducted into the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame and named a University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus in 2002. Currently, he serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Visitors at MD Anderson. Also, he is a senior partner at Quintana Capital Group and senior advisor at Energy Capital Partners. He has remained active in his hometown community of Midland, Texas where he resides with his wife, Susan Marinis Evans, and serves on the Midland Memorial Hospital Board of Governors.