Alisa Petersen

Alisa Petersen

  • US Program

Alisa is the Federal Policy Manager on RMI’s US Program team. She works closely with technoeconomic experts across RMI to ensure federal climate policy is designed with the best available information. While Alisa oversees all of RMI’s federal policy work, her areas of expertise include carbon-free buildings, renewables, and sustainable urbanization.


Alisa has been with RMI for over five years. Before joining the US Program, she worked on both the Urban Transformation team and the Carbon-Free Buildings team at RMI. Through this work, Alisa was able to work directly with cities, corporations, and developers on meeting their renewable and building efficiency/electrification goals.

Prior to joining RMI, Alisa worked for Seventhwave, a nonprofit energy efficiency company in Madison, Wisconsin, where she served as an Energy Engineer and Project Manager. At Seventhwave, Alisa provided technical assistance to building owners and design teams to help inform a more energy-efficient building design. She also researched and wrote publications on building energy conservation measures including demand control kitchen ventilation, high-efficiency refrigerated display cases, lighting task tuning, and cold climate facades.


B.S., Mechanical Engineering (minor in Engineering for Energy Sustainability), University of Wisconsin–Madison


Washington, DC

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Coming Back Stronger

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