Policy Analysis, Economics, Climate Change, Air Quality
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Environmental Economics & Policy
Master’s Project: “Analyzing the Closure of Coal-Fired Power Plants in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative States 2000-2015”
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, summa cum laude, May 2015
The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Dean’s List, University Honors Program
Senior Thesis: "What Political Conditions Lead a President to Take Executive Action on Climate Change? A Case Study of the Administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama"
Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, Paris, France, January – May 2014
Research Assistant, Abt Associates, Durham, NC
Gaining strong quantitative and data analysis skills through assisting in the development of EPA’s 2014 Emissions and Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID). Aggregating and arranging eGRID data as well as performing quality assurance checks on data. Updating and creating new quantitative methodologies for assembling and calculating eGRID data. Authoring a white paper related to the development of a new methodology for estimating electricity loss in transmission in order to help eGRID users understand the relevance of the figure. September 2016 – present.
Intern, Clean Air Markets Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
Conducted a decomposition analysis of nationwide emissions from the electric power sector to quantify emissions changes attributable to various operational factors. Compared EPA’s AVERT model to eGRID to help create guidance for public use of the tools, which allow the user to estimate the impacts of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects on power sector emissions. Assisted in the development of a white paper on tracking system functions for the Clean Power Plan to be used by EPA, states, and other stakeholders as guidance for the creation of state implementation plans. May – August 2016.
Research Assistant, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Durham, NC
Provide research support on current issues related to domestic and international environmental markets, including the Clean Power Plan, the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme, and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. September 2015 – Present
Policy Fellow, Technology Transition Corporation, Washington, DC
Researched environmental and energy policy issues for client projects, including renewable energy and energy efficiency tax provisions, Renewable Energy Credits, and the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. Developed, coordinated, and moderated webinars on Biomass-Fueled Combined Heat & Power and State Biomass Thermal Policy, and created educational resources and web-based tools on these topics. Assisted in administrative duties, including answering calls and note-taking for calls and meetings. May – August 2014
Intern, Western Skies Strategies, Washington, DC
Researched agricultural and environmental policy issues for client projects, including livestock policy in the Farm Bill, Country-of-Origin Labeling, and the Endangered Species Act. Regularly attended relevant Congressional hearings, meetings, and briefings. Conducted a thorough study of the development and growth of professional associations and scientific societies and presented analysis to clients to help them take action to improve their own particular group. May – August 2013 & September 2014
Policy Intern, National Association of Conservation Districts, Washington, DC
Researched agricultural and environmental issues, including conservation policy in the Farm Bill, the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Food Safety and Modernization Act. Regularly attended relevant Congressional hearings, meetings, and briefings. Contributed to Congressional testimony on the agricultural effects of climate change as well as federal comments on the Food Safety and Modernization Act regulations. January – April 2013
Intern, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Researched a CDC flu preparedness project by examination of reports and contact with project leads. Made recommendations that were later implemented by CDC on how best to proceed given limited funds. Presented findings to the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. June – August 2010