I am the Director of U.S. EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships Division. The Division uses the power of partnerships to remove market barriers for energy efficiency and renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in economic and environmental benefits. The Division's programs include the EPA's flagship partnership program, ENERGY STAR, which offers energy efficiency solutions across the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. Other programs include the Green Power Partnership, the Combined Heat and Power Partnership, the Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, and the State and Local Climate Energy Program.
Prior to my current position, I was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where I supported both public and private clients on strategy, organization design, change management, and regulatory strategy. Before McKinsey, I was a White House Fellow. I worked in the Director's Office of the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. I worked on a variety of interagency initiatives in the OMB Director's office, reporting to the Deputy Director for Management and the Chief Performance Officer. One of my main projects was coordinating interagency efforts to streamline the permitting of large infrastructure projects, including the development of a Presidential Memorandum. I also supported the President's Jobs Council.
Before the White House Fellowship, I helped create and then served as the Director of Delaware's Division of Energy & Climate in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) from July 2010 - August 2012. I led Delaware's efforts to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy production in order to build new jobs and reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions. I managed over $70 million in programs that help residents and businesses save money through clean energy and efficiency. I also led programs that assess Delaware's vulnerability to climate change impacts and help Delaware develop plans to adapt to a changing climate.
I have spent the last decade working on climate science and energy policy at institutions around the world. I received my Ph.D. from Stanford University's Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), with a specialization in climate science and policy. My advisors were IPCC leaders Stephen Schneider and Christopher Field. My research sought to better characterize important uncertainties in our understanding and predictions of climate change. My dissertation examined the Earth's sensitivity to climate change over the past million years (video). I also assessed the impacts of extreme weather events in California. Prior to Stanford, I completed a Marshall Scholarship, where I earned a Masters in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, and a Masters in Quaternary Science from the University of Cambridge.