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Aaron Schwartz

Aaron Schwartz

Senior Associate
  • Carbon-Free Electricity

Aaron is a senior associate within RMI’s Carbon-Free Electricity (CFE) program, where he works to accelerate the adoption of clean and cost-effective energy portfolios across the United States and internationally. He returns to RMI a year after interning with CFE’s Business Models and Regulation initiative in 2020, where he investigated the role of state public utilities commissions in advancing rapid electric sector decarbonization.

Background

Aaron joins RMI after receiving his master’s degree in technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There, he worked as a research assistant at the MIT Energy Initiative, where he developed advanced energy system modeling tools and investigated the role of natural gas generation in decarbonization pathways in the American Southeast. He was also closely involved in MIT’s Climate Grand Challenges (CGC) initiative, assisting the CGC Faculty Review Committee and helping draft a CGC white paper proposal for a new MIT Low-Carbon Co-Design Institute.

Before MIT, Aaron worked as a data analyst for ThinkEco, Inc., an NYC-based company with an IoT platform for demand-side energy management via residential window-AC units. An energy entrepreneur, Aaron co-founded BoxPower, Inc., a California-based microgrid developer, in 2016, where he led the company’s early-stage fundraising efforts, developed its go-to-market plan, and managed its first commercial microgrid deployment.

Education

SM, Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BSE, Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Princeton University

Location

Washington, D.C.