About Jack Rafuse

Dr. Jack Rafuse, principal of the Rafuse Organization, advises government agencies, policy institutes, corporations and associations on energy, international trade, sanctions, national security and their interrelationships.

Prior to 2003, Dr. Rafuse worked for Unocal, a California-based international oil and natural gas company, for 25 years. During his tenure, he performed management assignments in corporate planning, regulatory economics, writing and corporate communications, issues analysis and government affairs, plus international and domestic troubleshooting assignments for the company’s chief executive officer.

Before joining Unocal, Dr. Rafuse worked with a U.S. Navy Department Project Office, at the Center for Naval Analyses, the White House Energy Policy Office, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Federal Energy Administration.

In those positions, he has been involved in analyses that led to major public policy changes, and is familiar with how national policy is made, and the potential for unintended consequences these policies may have.  For example, the Arab Oil Embargo in 1973 and the Iranian Revolution in 1979 spurred successive administrations to strive for a national energy policy to reduce America’s reliance on foreign oil. Despite non-stop efforts, U.S. oil imports have doubled and are projected by the U.S. Government and the International Energy Agency (IEA) to continue to grow for several decades. Dr. Rafuse’s experience and familiarity with previous attempts to formulate energy policy provides perspective on today’s legislative and regulatory efforts, and assists in revealing potential pitfalls and threats to the U.S. economy, national security and welfare of all Americans.

Dr. Rafuse holds an AB from Stonehill College and an MA and PhD from Notre Dame. He has completed certificate courses at a U.S. Department of Defense training center, the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dr. Rafuse has also lectured and given seminars at colleges and universities throughout the country, including Harvard’s Business School and School of Government.