Adam Fischer

Adam Fischer

Pursuing a career in energy and climate policy, with an emphasis on policy development and advocacy. Professional experiences include legislative work with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; consulting for the U.S. Department of Energy; policymaking at the White House Council on Environmental Quality; and research at nonprofit organizations.

Career Interests

Energy Policy, Climate Policy, Legislation, Policy Advocacy, Environmental Regulation

Employment Sought:


Master of Public Policy, May 2019
Sanford School of Public Policy
Duke University, Durham, NC
Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Activities & Honors: Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum (Journal), Senior Editor for Policy and Science; U.N. Climate Change Negotiations Practicum (Course Leader, Fall 2017); Nicholas School Energy Club, Board Member; Nicholas School Student Council, Co-Director; Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honors Society)
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, May 2011
Tufts University, Medford, MA
Major: Political Science

Professional Experience

Policy Fellow, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Democratic Staff, Washington, DC
Prepared memos and briefings for senior staff and the Ranking Member on a variety of legislative topics of interest, including energy investment, the nuclear industry, mining on federal lands, and infrastructure. Wrote white papers on energy finance and regional energy innovation in preparation for related legislation. Prepared materials for the Committee’s Ranking Member for Congressional hearings, including opening statements, research on hearing-specific topics, and oral/written questions for witnesses (including Cabinet-level Secretaries and other high-level officials). Reviewed legislative language for a reintroduced energy and public lands bill; compared text to other legislation to identify red flags and challenges for passage. Analyzed impacts of the President’s budget proposal on Federal agencies, National Labs, states, and Congressional districts; synthesized and disseminated findings to inform stakeholders of budget implications. May 2017 – August 2017
Energy & Climate Policy Research Assistant, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Durham, NC
Conducted research into energy and climate policy issues, with a focus on developing novel solutions to reduce emissions under the Clean Air Act and other relevant legislation. Analyzed opportunities for policy innovation in a variety of areas, including new frameworks for carbon tax policy; regulation of methane emissions from oil and gas systems; market competition in the electricity distribution sector; and energy and environmental priorities for the new administration. September 2016 – May 2017 
Senior Energy Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton / U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC
Served as a full-time contractor at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E). Conducted research into emerging and established energy technology markets to identify trends, market barriers, opportunities for commercialization, and areas for research and development. Analyzed the regulatory landscapes and policy considerations related to ARPA-E’s funded technology areas to help inform internal staff and project teams of the market environment in which their products would operate. Supported the development and implementation of programs providing over $150 million in funding across diverse technology areas, including concentrating solar power; detection of methane emissions from the oil and gas sector; modular nuclear power systems; small engines for distributed power generation; and dry-cooling for power plants. Developed outreach strategies aimed at communicating ARPA-E programs to a range of stakeholders. Provided Congressional, legislative affairs, and communications support at ARPA-E, including drafting reports to Congress (including two Annual Reports and ARPA-E’s “Strategic Vision”); managing legislative/public correspondence; and helping plan/execute ARPA-E’s annual Energy Innovation Summit. Provided research and management support for the Department of Energy’s Commercial Building Energy Alliances, identifying and addressing practical/financial barriers to scaling up energy efficiency solutions in commercial buildings. February 2012 – June 2016
Energy & Climate Intern; Legal Intern, White House Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC
Collaborated with the Energy & Climate Team and the Office of General Counsel on a broad array of topics related to energy policy, including natural gas and hydraulic fracturing; smart grid and transmission; E.P.A. rules and regulations (including the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and Mercury and Air Toxics Standards); and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Assisted in drafting language and materials for guidance on how agencies should consider greenhouse gas emissions and impacts related to climate change in their environmental reviews, pursuant to NEPA. Processed Freedom of Information Act requests related to high-profile legal issues, such as litigation related to previous administrations’ handling of climate science; helped streamline NEPA processing protocols and oversaw portfolio of submissions to the NEPA Pilot Project, a multi-agency effort aimed at modernizing and reinvigorating NEPA. June 2011 – December 2011 
Research Assistant, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP), Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Compared domestic and international environmental policy research centers and think tanks, with a focus on qualitatively evaluating institutional strengths and weaknesses. Provided feedback on how CIERP should develop in order to better facilitate new research areas and projects. Research findings were presented to the Dean of the Fletcher School. February 2011 – May 2011
Intern, Columbia Climate Center, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, New York, NY
Contributed to The Earth Institute’s blog, covering a variety of topics related to climate policy and legislation, including the geopolitics of energy issues; science communication; and economics (select posts are accessible at Assisted in developing the Global Network for Climate Solutions, an international coalition of academics, NGOs, and government agencies working to produce innovative and effective tools to address climate change. Conducted research on personal areas of interest, including: legal implications of sea level rise in small island states, controversies surrounding the IPCC, and the role of science in Congressional climate change hearings. May 2010 – September 2010
Operations Intern, EnerNOC, Inc., New York, NY
Supported demand response energy efficiency programs in the PJM Interconnection, one of the company’s largest regions. Prepared 300+ customers for demand response season and instructed them how to effectively implement plans to curtail energy usage if needed. Coordinated projects between various levels of management, including efforts to determine various regions’ potential revenues from various demand response programs. May 2009 – September 2009

Additional Information

•    Proficient in Microsoft Office, including intermediate data analysis using Excel
•    Experience using STATA for statistical analysis
•    Intermediate proficiency in Spanish (reading, writing, speaking)
•    Young Professionals in Energy (D.C. Chapter), Board Member (March 2013 – May 2016)


climate change
greenhouse gas mitigation strategies
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

Dec 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Law / Legal
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank