As Program Director, Northeast Campaigns, Emily builds public support for climate and clean energy policies in New England, New York, and the Mid Atlantic. She develops and funds strategies to drive the transition to a clean energy economy, engaging with grantees and stakeholders across the government, business, civic, and nonprofit sectors. In addition to being part of Energy Foundation’s Public Engagement Program, Emily is a member of the States and Regions Team, a cross-program team that brings together campaign, policy, and communications experts focused on clean energy victories in the states.
Emily joined Energy Foundation after five years as U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s (R.I.) Chief Environmental Policy Advisor, where she led this environment, energy, and natural resources team. In this role, she developed and executed strategies to influence public opinion and other policymakers’ positions on climate and clean energy. Among other areas of expertise, Emily worked extensively on energy issues specific to the Northeast, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Block Island Wind Farm—the nation’s first commercial offshore wind energy project. Previously, she was an environmental health advocate at Earthjustice, where she devised and carried out campaigns focused on protecting the public from air pollution, toxic chemicals, coal ash, and pesticides.
Emily graduated with high honors from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, and holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.