Leah Louis-Prescott

Leah Louis-Prescott

Career Interests

Power markets, utility business model reform, distributed energy resources, renewable energy integration, grid modernization

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Energy & Environment                        
Relevant Coursework: Modeling, Energy Economics, Energy Tech./Impacts, Finance, Business Strategies, Energy Law
Bachelor of Science, cum laude May 2015
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
Majors: Environment and Geology
Study Abroad: Marine ecosystem and climate change research in Thailand and Malaysia

Professional Experience

Strategic Electrification Intern, Rocky Mountain Institute (Boulder, CO)
Analyzed economic and carbon impacts of switching residential customers from gas heaters to electric heat pumps. Conducted external stakeholder interviews to develop holistic understanding of heat pump technology and policies. Shared final results by presenting to Institute leadership and drafting a blog post and an insight brief for publication. May 2017 – August 2017
Research Assistant, Data Analytics Lab, Duke University Energy Initiative (Durham, NC)
Synthesize knowledge from existing research to draft and publish a paper on the Rise of Energy Data Analytics. Prioritize, mine and distill existing work into actionable summaries for publication on the Energy Initiative website. Sept 2016 – April 2017
Field Manager, Grassroots Organizer, Clean Water Action (Ann Arbor, MI)
Promoted to field manager to lead, train, manage, and encourage teams of 5-8 organizers to surpass weekly goals. Consistently exceeded weekly goals to raise $800+ and collect 25+ letters to policymakers to influence policies. May – June 2015, May – Aug 2016
Geology & AML Program Assistant, Geocorps, Bureau of Land Management (Cañon City, CO) 
Designed and implemented workflow to verify mineral production, significantly minimizing future financial loss. Analyzed mineral production by utilizing Esri ArcGIS, Agisoft software, python tools, & aerial imagery. Drafted DOI white paper outlining production verification workflow; wrote CX reports for reclamation projects. June 2015 – April 2016


Master’s Project with the City of Boulder
Conducting carbon tax research for the city of Boulder and offering best action plans for achieving climate goals. Fall 2017 – Present
Connections in Energy – Interdisciplinary Team Projects
Evaluate best management practices for developing domestic offshore wind to inform state-level policy makers. Spring 2017
Energy Systems Modeling
Applied Excel quantitative skills to solve energy-related optimization problems & execute MonteCarlo simulations. Built model to explore financial comparisons of electric vs gasoline-only vehicles under variable gasoline tax levels. Fall 2016
Energy & the Environment
Analyzed how different outcomes of CPP may impact Duke Energy’s IRP and Duke University’s CO2 goals. Fall 2016

Additional Information

Co-President, Trip Coordinator, Nicholas School Energy Club, Duke University (Durham, NC)
Fulfill club’s mission to connect students to industry by hosting professional events such as guest speakers and trips. Sept 2016 – Present
Non-profit Volunteer, GRID Alternatives (San Diego, CA)
Installed solar panels in low-income communities to provide savings for families & promote fossil fuel divestment. March 2015  
Fellowships: Rudd Mayer Fellow 2017, Women in Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy
Relevant proficiencies: Excel Modeling, R, ESRI ArcGIS, STATA, Microsoft Office suite
Professional activities: NCSEA Renewable Project Development Workshop, 2017; Duke Energy Conference, 2016


excel modeling
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2018



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Entrepreneur / Start-up
Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government