Carol Werner
Executive Director
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Carol Werner serves as Executive Director of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute in Washington, DC - a non-profit education and policy organization. EESI is dedicated to sustainable development, believing that a sound environment and a sound economy go hand in hand. Ms. Werner came to EESI in 1987 as director of EESI's Energy & Climate Change Program. In 1998, she was named Executive Director. Ms. Werner has more than 30 years of public policy experience on energy and environmental issues. She has organized hundreds of Congressional briefings on science, technology and policy issues and has been a frequent speaker at many conferences and workshops on energy and environmental issues in EESI’s program areas.

Carol is an Advisory Member of the President’s Climate Action Project (PCAP) and was a co-founder of the U.S. Climate Action Network. She is on the steering committee for the peer review of the Department of Energy's Bioenergy R&D Program, the steering committee of the Sustainable Energy Coalition, the Environmental Advisory Committee of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, and the Policy Committee of the American Solar Energy Society. She also serves on the board of the National Center for Appropriate Technology, the editorial board of BioCycle Magazine, and the Advisory Board of Planet Forward.

She was a member of the Department of Energy's (DOE) State Energy Advisory Board for six years, served on the World Council of Churches Task Force on Climate Change, and was a stakeholder in the DOE/USDA Bioenergy Initiative. Carol also was a member of DOE's Federal Advisory Committee on the Commercialization of Renewable Energy Technologies.

Before joining EESI, Ms. Werner served as the legislative director of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, the legislative representative for the National Consumer Law Center, and as a legislative assistant to Rep. Neal Smith (D – IA).

 

Rebecca Chillrud
Policy Fellow
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Rebecca is standing in for Jessie Stolark as the head of EESI's Sustainable Biomass Program, which covers issues pertaining to climate and biomass, including biofuels, bioenergy, agriculture, and forestry. Additionally, Rebecca is the editor for EESI's weekly newsletter, Sustainable Bioenergy, Farms, and Forests (SBFF). She holds a BA in geological sciences from SUNY Geneseo and is working towards an MS in Climate Science and Policy at Bard College.

 

John-Michael Cross
Policy Associate
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John-Michael is the project manager of EESI’s on-bill financing initiative to improve the energy efficiency of homes served by rural electric cooperatives and public utilities. He also works on transportation and climate policy issues, with a particular interest in short-lived climate pollutants. Prior to joining EESI in 2011, John-Michael served as Research Director of the Climate Institute. He holds a graduate degree in climate science and policy from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

 

Paul Haven
Policy Fellow, Transportation Program
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Paul focuses on transportation policy issues – sustainable funding, infrastructure resiliency, transit-oriented development, energy-efficient multimodal networks, and clean fuels. He’s published on the role of federal and state transportation agencies in urban development, the effectiveness of transit programs, and transit policy’s impact on energy conservation. He has consulted for several large urban transit agencies, was a Brookings fellow for Rep. Gejdenson (CT), and received four leadership awards applying technology solutions in the private sector. Paul has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering - Transportation from MIT.

 

Brian La Shier
Policy Associate
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Brian leads EESI's Energy and Climate Program, which focuses on renewable energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and other environmental issues. He is also the editor of EESI's flagship weekly newsletter, Climate Change News. Brian has previously worked at the Virginia General Assembly, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Energy. He holds an MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan and a BS in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University.

 

Amaury Laporte
Communications Director
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Amaury is in charge of communications for EESI, including media relations, social media, and maintaining this website. He is also responsible for briefing logistics and outreach. Amaury honed his skills at the French Embassy before joining EESI to focus on clean energy, a long-standing interest of his. Born and raised in Washington D.C., Amaury holds an MA in Strategic Management from the University of Nottingham and is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.

 

Adanna Okpala
Operations Associate
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Adanna provides internal support for EESI's program activities and operations. She also manages the internship program, EESI’s state and local charitable registrations, outreach for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), and coordinates special events and briefings. She brings years of experience in logistics planning and developing strategies for sustainability. Adanna studied environmental and political science at the Rochester Institute of Technology and holds an MSc in Geographical Information Science from the University of Edinburgh.

 

David Robison
Director of Finance and Administration
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David works collaboratively with EESI staff and the Board of Directors to ensure that the organization is financially strong, accountable, and operationally efficient as it fulfills its mission. During his tenure at EESI, he has led the development of a Policy for Socially Responsible Investment (including fossil-free retirement investment options), helped lead the website redesign and development project, and organized the adoption of a Theory of Change framework to maximize long-term impact. David brings more than 14 years of experience leading not-for-profit finance, operations and strategy, including setting up the financial and HR infrastructure for Food and Water Watch. He holds a Master of Business Administration as well as a music degree from East Carolina University.

 

Jessie Stolark
Policy Associate
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Jessie leads EESI's Sustainable Biomass Program, which covers issues pertaining to climate and biomass, including biofuels, bioenergy, agriculture, and forestry. Additionally, Jessie is the editor for EESI's weekly newsletter, Sustainable Bioenergy, Farms, and Forests (SBFF). Jessie holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Ellen Vaughan
Policy Director, Sustainable Buildings
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Ellen leads EESI’s High Performance Green Building Initiative, which she originally launched. She develops and promotes policies that maximize the use of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable materials in buildings. Ellen has more than 25 years of experience on building-related policy issues, having previously worked for Steven Winter Associates, a research, design and consulting firm for high-performance buildings, and for the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. She has participated on National Academy panels, testified before the U.S. Congress, and authored or coauthored a number of significant articles on buildings and energy, including “Beyond Green: High Performance Buildings,” and “Advancing a Blueprint for High-Performance Homes.”

 

Susan Williams
Director of Development
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Susan leads EESI’s fundraising. She collaborates with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, other staff, and donors to enhance organizational sustainability and communications. Susan brings significant experience in development for energy and environmental issues, having previously worked at Conservation International and Green Empowerment. She has also worked in consulting on climate change and other environmental issues. She brings a passion for working to help solve climate change. Susan holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, with a concentration in international environment and resource policy.

 

Miguel Yanez
Program Associate
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Miguel is a project associate for EESI’s on-bill financing initiative to improve the energy efficiency of homes served by rural electric cooperatives and public utilities. Prior to joining EESI in 2014, Miguel served as a Market Research Analyst for Abengoa Solar in Washington, DC. He holds a graduate degree in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the New School University in New York City, and an undergraduate degree in Geography and Urban Planning from the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain.