As US cities and counties transition to clean energy for their own operations and communities, many are finding that stakeholders and policies beyond their jurisdictions affect their ability to purchase clean energy. Policy and regulatory decisions made by states, utilities, public utilities commissions, and wholesale market governing bodies…
Heather is working on an effort to help U.S. cities procure renewable energy and decarbonize their electricity supplies, in partnership with World Resources Institute (WRI) and supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies under their American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC).
Prior to working on the American Cities Climate Challenge, Heather was on the Mobility Transformation team, working to create a future of shared, electric, mobility-as-a-service. Heather was on-the-ground in Austin, Texas for two years working directly with key stakeholders on mobility transformation in Austin. In this role she worked on strategies to electrify fleets of high-mileage vehicles, commuting solutions for low-income workers, and mobility-oriented development pilots.
Heather has been with RMI since October of 2016.
Heather came to RMI with a diverse background in the cleantech industry. Before RMI, she worked at Austin Energy on the Electric Vehicle and Emerging Technologies team where she worked primarily on the Department of Energy’s grant-funded SunShot Initiative, Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) project. She also worked at Meridian Solar, CleanTech Open, and CleanTX, where she ran the first-ever EV group-buy in Texas.
In Heather’s earlier years, she pursued a dual-master graduate degree program in Japan and Germany with a focus on International Material Flow Management and International Cooperation Policy. While studying, Heather interned at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and at the German Institute for Applied Material Flow Management where she contributed toward an Energy and Resource Master Plan for the State of Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Heather also worked at Chesapeake Energy and Access Midstream for a year in their GIS department.
B.A., Environmental Sustainability: Planning and Management, Political Science (minor), Spanish (minor), University of Oklahoma
M.Sci., International Cooperation Policy, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University