Franz Wuerfmannsdobler is a BPC senior advisor. He has more than two decades of congressional experience. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, he worked in the offices of U.S. Senators Robert Byrd (WV), Byron Dorgan (ND), and Chris Coons (DE), the last of which he served as the deputy chief of staff and senior policy advisor. He also served on the Senate Appropriations Committee. His policy portfolio has included energy, environment, science and technology, appropriations, and budget issues. During his congressional service, he sought to find common ground approaches in order to advance major legislative and policy initiatives. Building on these experiences, he is dedicated to improving public discourse and restoring civic trust.
Prior to his time in the U.S. Senate, Wuerfmannsdobler worked in the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. He has a MSc. in environmental management and policy from Oxford University and a B.A. in cultural studies and history from the University of Denver. He was a Stennis Congressional Fellow during the 114th Congress and received the Unsung Hero Award from the Alliance to Save Energy in 2008.