Leah Louis-Prescott

Leah Louis-Prescott

Career Interests

Climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency, policy analysis, electricity policy

Employment Sought:
Internships

Education

Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Energy & Environment                        
Relevant Coursework: Energy Econ., Power Markets, Energy Tech./Impacts, Program Evaluations, Statistics, Finance
 
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

Interdisciplinary Team Projects, Connections in Energy
Evaluating best management practices for developing offshore wind to inform state-level policy makers. Engaging with relevant stakeholders and collaborating with team to write case study and prepare presentation. 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
Collaborated with team to complete project outlining the future of the Clean Power Plan and analyzed how different scenarios may impact Duke Energy’s IRP and Duke University’s CO2 goals. Fall 2016
Research Assistant, Data Analytics Lab, Energy Initiative, Duke University, 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 – Present
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. Engaged with communities to communicate complex clean energy and water policy issues in a relatable manner. Inspired team to exceed goals by presenting a briefing relating successful canvassing to my 500-mile Spanish hike. 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
Lab Assistant, Soil/Enzyme Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 
Sept 2014 – April 2015
Sales Manager, Account Executive, The Michigan Daily, Ann Arbor, MI
Elected manager to supervise team of Account Executives via preparation of monthly goals and office leadership. Aug 2012 – May 2014

Additional Information

Trip Coordinator, Nicholas School Energy Club, Duke University, Durham, NC
Organized career trek to Denver, Colorado for 15 graduate students to visit 9 companies in the energy sector, requiring facilitation of group discussions and resulting in enhanced industry insight. 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   
Quantitative skills: Advanced Excel spreadsheet modeling, RStudio statistical analysis, ArcGIS geospatial analysis
 
Activities: People’s Climate March participant (2014); Walk for Breast Cancer participant (2012)

Skills

energy efficiency
environmental economics
greenhouse gas mitigation strategies
project management
stakeholder engagement

Additional Resources

Languages

Spanish

Preferred Location

Mid-Atlantic
Midwest
Northeast
Southeast
West

Preferred Sector

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