Elena Essa

Elena Essa

  • Climate-Aligned Industries

Elena is a rotational associate at RMI’s Climate-Aligned Industries Program. She provides strategic support and data analysis for the Hydrogen team.


Prior to RMI, Elena worked with the Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) as a fellowship associate for its National Pacific/Mountain Fellowship. Her main responsibilities were fellowship management, facilitating clean energy professionals, and engaging with external stakeholders.

Before her time with CELI, Elena worked for a year with the city of Chelsea in Michigan as a graduate student consultant focused on the feasibility of a 1 MW solar project in the community. Her primary focus areas included researching best practices, creating subscription model options, investigating low-to-middle income considerations and environmental impact, and managing stakeholder engagement. She was the project lead for the final six months of the feasibility study.

In 2020, Elena co-taught a graduate-level course on energy justice at the University of Michigan with Dr. Tony Reames.


MS, Environment and Sustainability, Sustainable Systems, University of Michigan
MEng, Energy Systems Engineering, University of Michigan
BS, Statistics, University of Michigan
Study Abroad: Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford; Iceland School of Energy