The renewable energy sector attracts my interest due to its natural connection between the topics of climate change and public policy. I also believe renewable energy has the potential to fundamentally revolutionize the utility industry, which currently operates on a model that hasn’t changed significantly over the past 100 years. I believe that all levels of government can and will play a significant role in expediting the future of renewable energy in the United States over the next 50 years. I want to be a part of that change in order to help craft effective renewable energy policies that can help all Americans both mitigate and adapt to future impacts of climate change.
I’ve been interested in climate change since high school when I compiled and published a 150-year research project that investigated the shrinking ice season of my hometown on the shores of Lake Superior. The awards and accolades I received for investigating the local impacts of a changing climate inspired me to pursue a research-oriented career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Several years after graduating, however, I found myself more interested in the policy decisions that could be better informed by science, rather than further pursuing my own research interests. Therefore, I decided to pursue a Master of Public Administration at a university and city that had a proven history in supporting scientifically-informed decision making.
I am currently studying Environmental Policy at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance while simultaneously earning a Graduate Certificate in Climate Science with the Program on Climate Change at the University of Washington. I am focused on researching the potential impacts of climate change on energy infrastructure and improving communication of climate science and uncertainty. With my degree I hope to improve how we communicate climate change and uncertainty in order to mitigate the potential impacts of climate change on energy infrastructure. To better understand how these concepts impact utilities, I also currently work for the Environmental Affair division of Seattle City Light, “The Nation’s Greenest Utility.”
When not in the classroom or the office, I can be found backpacking, having a beer at a baseball game, or out with my binoculars learning the birds of the PNW.