I believe that transitioning to a clean energy system in time to avoid the worst effects of climate change is the challenge of my generation. The next 30 years when most people my age will be in the prime of their working lives will determine whether or not we are successful, as a society, in securing the future of the planet. While politicians and engineers have a large role to play, for once this is a great challenge that requires business leaders to not just give money to a cause, but to go out into the world and convince people to buy things that run on clean renewable resources rather than fossil fuels; and things that use these resources more sparingly than older models. It requires business operators to build large successful companies around these technologies and drive them into new markets. This great challenge requires financiers to engineer creative ways to reduce the cost of capital required to finance new clean energy projects so that the energy industry can outcompete fossil alternatives. This is how I plan to spend my career.
I am pursuing a three-year joint-MBA/MPP with Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government. I am using this opportunity to investigate the renewable industry from both a public and private sector perspective. I spent my summer between HKS and HBS at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, assisting in the launch of the EPA Clean Power Plan and investigating the economic and environmental implications of the final regulation. Last summer, I worked in investment banking at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch where I advised SolarCity on a major cash equity financing as well as preliminary strategic sell-side analysis related to their pending merger with Tesla.
Prior to graduate school, I worked for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where I advised the Bloomberg and De Blasio administrations on economic policy and local development projects. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a bachelor’s of arts in Economics and Political Science. Connect with me on LinkedIn.