Lead Program Manager, New Energy Solutions Partnerships & Joint Ventures
Eliza develops and manages strategic partnerships for National Grid within the New Energy Solutions department’s Partnerships & Joint Ventures team.
She coordinates alliances with leading energy product and service providers in the areas of energy efficiency, residential rooftop solar, grid modernization, and the connected home. Currently, Eliza focuses on partnership development for demonstration projects as part of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. One of the REV demonstrations that she supports is the Fruit Belt Neighborhood Solar project, designed to deliver the financial and grid efficiency benefits of rooftop solar to 100 homes in an under-served neighborhood in Buffalo, NY.
Eliza coordinated National Grid’s WeatherBug partnership with Earth Networks-WeatherBug, which delivered 55 weather sensors to schools, towns, police and fire departments across MA, NY and RI. The recipient communities benefited from free, hyper-local weather data to use for emergency response and STEM curriculum enhancement. Earth Networks-WeatherBug benefited from expansion of their weather sensor network and National Grid benefited from having access to local weather data to better plan for and respond to major weather events. The WeatherBug partnership won the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals’ 2015 Individual Alliance Excellence Award, Computerworld’s 2015 Data+ Editor’s Choice Award, was shortlisted for National Grid’s 2015 Chairman’s Awards, and was Runner-Up for the 2016 POWERGRID International Customer Engagement Project of the Year.
Prior to joining National Grid in the fall of 2013, Eliza worked for United Technologies Corporation in their Environment, Health and Safety Leadership Program after graduating from the Nicholas School. For her summer internship at the Nic School, she acted as an energy adviser for Shaw University as part of Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps program. Eliza lives in the Boston area and in her free time enjoys volunteering with the Kids in the Kitchen healthy cooking and mentoring program as a member of the Junior League of Boston. She holds a BA in Political Science from Colorado College in addition to her MEM in Energy and Environment. Eliza is excited to join the Nicholas School Alumni Council in the summer of 2016.
"The Nicholas School taught me to view environmental and energy issues through an interdisciplinary lens. Courses in resource economics, energy and the environment, and the geopolitics of energy challenged me to consider the scientific, financial and social aspects of a problem and to be inclusive of these perspectives in my response. This holistic approach to problem-solving is critical in today’s utility industry as we strive to serve our customers safely, reliably, and sustainably. I am thankful to the Nicholas School for preparing me to thoughtfully consider, to creatively design, and to confidently advocate for new energy solutions in my current work."