Despite serving only 13 percent of US electricity load, electric cooperatives loom large in conversations about the US energy system’s past, present, and future. The initial vision for nonprofit electric co-ops dates back to the New Deal, when the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 authorized the creation of co-ops…
Gabriella (Gaby) Tosado is an Associate with RMI’s Carbon-Free Electricity Program, where she uses her skills in data analysis and research to support rapid utility transition to low-carbon electricity systems. Gaby works on creating resources and databases that help utilities and advocates decarbonize the electric grid in a quick and cost-effective manner.
Gaby has a PhD from the University of Washington and brings experience from her work at the Clean Energy Institute on new materials and devices for solar photovoltaic energy. She also worked in solar energy deployment in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, where she studied the intersection of energy and health while providing solar battery systems to power medical devices. Throughout her PhD studies, Gaby was a strong advocate for diversity and equity and her department and hopes to transition that passion to a focus on environmental justice and equity in her work.
Gaby received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry, environmental science and policy, and religious studies from the University of Miami. She then received her master’s and dual-title doctoral degrees in chemical engineering, nanoengineering, and molecular engineering from the University of Washington.
Ph.D., College of Engineering, University of Washington
M.Sc., College of Engineering, University of Washington
B.A., School of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Chemical Engineering