The Center for American Progress (CAP) has announced that R. Darryl Banks will join the think tank as vice president for energy policy.

An expert in the areas of renewable energy and clean energy technologies, carbon management, corporate sustainability and environmental management services, Banks will contribute to initiatives that promote clean energy and green jobs at CAP.

“[Banks’] long track record of excellence in government, the nonprofit sector, and the private sector will help develop bold new ideas to address our environmental and energy challenges,” said Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, in a statement. “He is a proven leader, and we look forward to working with him on advancing policy that can improve the economy, protect public health and preserve the environment for generations to come.”

Prior to joining American Progress, Banks was the deputy director of the Nature Conservancy’s New York state affiliate and has served as deputy commissioner of the New York state Department of Conservation, as well as a long tenure at the World Resources Institute.

Banks has also been president and owner of RBD Consulting since 2002.