photo credit: Center for Pollinators in Energy at Fresh Energy (a Minnesota-based clean energy nonprofit) Solar panels may harness the sun’s energy in the same way that plants do, but while some rural residents view them as another revenue-enhancing crop, others see them more as weed-like nuisances…
Katie is an Associate with RMI’s Electricity practice, where she focuses on expanding market opportunities for distribution-scale renewables. She also supports eLab’s work to engage thought leaders and changemakers in events that foster innovation, collaboration, and transformative ideas to decarbonize the electricity system.
Katie is passionate about accelerating the clean energy transition in a way that benefits local communities. Prior to RMI, Katie completed a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. While at Yale, she studied clean energy policy, deployment, and finance, and interned for Ranger Power, a utility-scale solar developer. Her research interests included pollinator-friendly solar, offshore wind, and cutting-edge clean energy solutions.
Katie’s background is in communications and climate change education. Before returning to school for her Masters, she worked in Minneapolis at Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy. For the two years prior, Katie traveled around the U.S. working on environmental organizing campaigns. Outside of work, she can be found running, exploring new places, sampling craft beers, or concocting something interesting with her sourdough starter.
MEM, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
BA, International Studies, Middlebury College