Douglas L. Faulkner President and Founder

Douglas L. Faulkner’s career has been devoted to service to his country and his clients.  He brings over two decades of leadership in government and business advancing global sustainability and clean technology markets. He has developed new partnerships; supported new technologies and processes for making or saving energy and other resources; directly advised senior political and business leaders; and publicly endorsed market-based approaches and human-centered sustainability.

Doug Faulkner

Leatherstocking LLC has helped clients:

  • Develop new priorities and partnerships in the agricultural community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in preparation for the 2018 Farm Bill;
  • Build new partnerships in preparation for market expansion into the USA;
  • Make connections with the U.S. Department of Energy complex and re-think core strategies for bioenergy Research &Development (R&D);
  • Connect with private sector investors and secure over $175 million in government assistance;
  • Deal with issues related to federal R&D contracts;
  • Gain a seat on a major federal advisory board;
  • Design and teach a new undergraduate course on African biofuels.

Doug Faulkner is:

  • Co-Chair of the federal Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee;
  • Member of the Board of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC Chapter;
  • Correspondent Partner of DSI Global Network;
  • Member of the Alliance to Save Energy's Affiliated Experts;
  • Expert Advisor to The Johns Hopkins University, School for Advanced International Studies, Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy;
  • Columnist for the e-publication, “Biofuels Digest”;
  • Former appointee by the Governor to the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority.

Through his joint venture, Jacob's Ladder Energy Group, Mr. Faulkner advises houses of worship and related buildings on reducing their utility bills. See


  • Department of Energy (DOE):  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy;
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA):  Deputy Under Secretary and Acting Under Secretary for the Office of Rural Development;
  • Hallmarks of his tenures included streamlined management structures and lower costs;
  • Led the negotiating team for the landmark Energy Title of the 2008 Farm Bill - - resulting in a billion dollars of new funding;
  • Led the development of the first National Biofuels Action Plan;
  • Represented USDA in the U.S.-Brazil Presidential biofuels initiative and the Global Bioenergy Partnership;
  • Proposed significant funding boosts for bioenergy and solar energy R&D - - which became the foundation for the President’s Advanced Energy Initiative;
  • Testified numerous times before Congress;
  • Honored by the Secretary of Energy, Samuel W. Bodman, with his own award for excellence.

(1989 – 2001)

  • Served as a senior staff policy advisor to two Secretaries of Energy;
  • Built a new R&D program for bio-based products;
  • Designed a unique solicitation for bio-based teaching and research at U.S. universities;
  • Spearheaded the first Secretarial-level agreement between DOE and USDA on bioenergy;
  • B.A. from the University of Illinois;
  • M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies;
  • Attended the University of Singapore as a Rotary Foundation Scholar;
  • Born and raised in central Illinois, Mr. Faulkner now lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife.  Both he and his son are Eagle Scouts.  Active in his church and community.