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Hal Harvey

CEO

Hal Harvey is the CEO of Energy Innovation. He is also a Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Paulson Institute. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of ClimateWorks Foundation, a network of foundations that promote polices to reduce the threat of climate change. From 2001-2008, he served as Environment Program Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. From 1990 through 2001, Hal served as founder and President of the Energy Foundation. Hal has served on energy panels appointed by Presidents Bush (41) and Clinton and has published two books and dozens of articles on energy and national security issues. He is President of the Board of Directors of the New-Land Foundation, and Chairman of the Board of MB Financial Corporation. Hal has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University in Engineering, specializing in Energy Planning.

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Sonia Aggarwal

Director of Strategy

Sonia Aggarwal is the Director of Strategy at Energy Innovation, where she leads America's Power Plan, focusing on policies that can transform the electric grid into a clean, reliable, and affordable system.  She also leads the company's work in analyzing the top energy policies to reduce emissions—both quantitatively and qualitatively. Before joining Energy Innovation, Sonia was the Global Research Manager at ClimateWorks Foundation, and served as an advisor to the International Energy Agency’s “Accelerating Technology Transitions” project. She has also worked in accident prevention design engineering for a nuclear power plant in Ohio and advised clean energy companies on technology and financial communications. Sonia holds a B.S. from Haverford College in astronomy and physics, and an M.S. from Stanford University in engineering, with a focus on energy.

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Chris Busch

Director of Research

Chris Busch is Energy Innovation’s Director of Research. He leads the urban sustainability program area and is an expert on energy and climate policy. With more than 20 years of professional experience, Chris has worked on a diverse set of projects covering electricity generation, buildings, vehicles, appliance and lighting efficiency, manufacturing, methane emissions, agriculture, and forestry. Previously, Chris served as Policy Director for the BlueGreen Alliance and as Climate Economist for the Union of Concerned Scientists. In 2009, he was unanimously confirmed by the California Air Resources Board as a member of the state’s Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee. Chris has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals including Energy Policy and Land Economics. He earned two graduate degrees (a PhD in Environmental Economics and a Master of Public Policy) from UC Berkeley.

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Eric Gimon

Senior Fellow

Eric Gimon consults as a technical expert, research scholar, and policy adviser with Energy Innovation. He is a main contributor to America’s Power Plan, working on questions of renewable energy integration both in the context of today's challenges as well as for future pathways. Eric also acts as an adviser for non-profits and foundations interested in these questions and broader climate and energy issues. Eric holds a B.S./M.S. from Stanford University in mathematics and physics, as well as a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California in Santa Barbara. He has a 15-year active career as a researcher in quantum gravity and high energy physics in some of the world’s top research institutions. Eric’s work at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley, as well as an AAAS fellowship with two Offices in the Department of Energy inspired his transition to climate and energy policy.

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Christina Fernandes

Director of Operations

Christina Fernandes is the Director of Operations at Energy Innovation, where she manages the company’s human resource operations, as well as its internal financial and accounting systems. She is also responsible for structuring the company’s policies and procedures, and overseeing the company’s fiscal and legal compliance. Prior to joining Energy Innovation, Christina oversaw business operations in a higher education setting. She earned a MBA degree from California State University East Bay with a concentration in global innovation. Christina also received a B.A. degree cum laude in Sociology with a focus on Race and Ethnicity, coupled with a minor in Criminology from University of San Francisco.

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Dana Cunningham

Executive Assistant

Dana Cunningham is the Executive Assistant at Energy Innovation. Prior to joining Energy Innovation, she spent three years at ClimateWorks Foundation working on the operations team, and most recently, on the finance team as a Grant Associate. Dana holds a B.A. in English Literature, with a focus on modern poetry and coupled with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont.

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CC Huang

Policy Analyst

CC Huang is a Policy Analyst for Energy Innovation's Urban Sustainability program area. Prior to joining Energy Innovation, she worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on international best practices of energy governance. She has also worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council in their Beijing office. CC received an MPA in Economics and Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University with a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. She also graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from George Washington University in International Affairs with a minor in Philosophy. CC is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, having studied international affairs and philosophy at Peking University and was a recipient of the U.S. State Department's Critical Language Scholarship.

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Hallie Kennan

Research and Communications Associate

Hallie Kennan is the Research and Communications Associate for Energy Innovation, where she leads the company's communications activities and assists in developing outreach strategies for the company's program areas. Prior to this position, she worked for Energy Innovation as Research Assistant in 2013 and as Research and Communications Intern in 2012. Hallie graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with minors in Economics and Spanish. While attending Bucknell, Hallie interned for the University’s Environmental Center to design and implement a campus-wide waste audit, which later became the basis for her senior thesis.

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Veery Maxwell

Director of Philanthropic Services

Veery Maxwell is the Director of Philanthropic Services for Energy Innovation, where she helps clients achieve their goals in climate and energy philanthropy. Veery earned a JD degree with honors from UC Hastings School of the Law where she focused on environmental issues. She was Managing Editor of West-Northwest, the Hastings environmental law and policy journal, and published a paper entitled, “Wind Energy Development: Can Wind Power Overcome Substantial Hurdles to Reach the Grid?” Veery received a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a double major in finance and international business. She spent her junior year at the London School of Economics. While she attended Georgetown and Hastings, Veery worked for The Nature Conservancy, ClimateWorks Foundation, and the environmental law division of Union Pacific.

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Michael O’Boyle

Policy Analyst

Michael O'Boyle is a Policy Analyst for Energy Innovation's Power Sector Transformation program area. He graduated cum laude from Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, where he was a staff writer for the Arizona State Law Journal and authored an article on national renewable energy policy. During law school, Michael worked for the Energy Policy Innovation Council, writing briefs on renewable energy policy developments for local policymakers. In 2013, he presented his research paper on international institutional design at the Climate Change Conference in Germany. Prior to law school, Michael attended Vanderbilt University, where he double-majored in Philosophy and Asian Studies, and minored in Economics. During college, he studied abroad in Shanghai, where he studied Mandarin Chinese and the Chinese Economy.

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Robbie Orvis

Policy Analyst

Robbie Orvis is a Policy Analyst for Energy Innovation's Smart Energy Policy program area. He graduated with a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with a focus in energy policy. Robbie has worked on a variety of energy issues, from evaluating electricity market rate decoupling to designing city-wide energy efficiency policy through the Better Buildings Case Competition. Prior to graduate school, Robbie worked as a Research Analyst at the Environmental Integrity Project in Washington, D.C. In 2010, he graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Society and Environment. Between his junior and senior years, Robbie interned at the Natural Resources Defense Council in D.C., working to help pass the cap-and-trade climate bill in the House of Representatives.

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Jeffrey Rissman

Senior Analyst

Jeffrey Rissman is a Senior Analyst with Energy Innovation. He leads the company’s work on energy policy solutions, which identifies the effects of various policies and offers best practices for their design. Jeff has developed a computer model for China's central government, which estimates how different policies affect pollutant emissions. Previously, Jeff worked on policies to support R&D for clean energy and efficiency technologies. Prior to joining Energy Innovation, he was a Research Fellow at the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment, where he studied aircraft emissions for the Federal Aviation Administration. Jeff holds an M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering and a Masters in City and Regional Planning, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds a B.A. in International Relations with Honors from Stanford University.

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