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Hal Harvey

CEO

Hal is the CEO of Energy Innovation, an energy and environmental policy firm. He was the founder of ClimateWorks Foundation (2008) and Energy Foundation (1991), and served as Environment Program Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He served on energy panels appointed by Presidents Bush (41) and Clinton, and currently serves as President and Chairman of the Board for several financial, science, and philanthropic groups. He is also a Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Paulson Institute. 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 is Energy Innovation’s Director of Strategy, leading the firm’s Power Sector Transformation and Energy Policy Solutions programs. Sonia directs America's Power Plan, an effort to uncover and spread policy solutions for clean, reliable, and affordable power. She also leads Energy Policy Solutions, determining which policies make the biggest difference for the climate. Previously, Sonia managed an international climate and energy research program and advised clean energy companies. She has a B.S. from Haverford College in astronomy and physics, and an M.S. from Stanford University in engineering, focused on energy.

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Chris Busch, Ph.D

Director of Research

Chris is Energy Innovation’s Director of Research and leads the firm’s urban sustainability and California climate policy programs. In his urban work, Chris has focused on identifying key metrics for sustainability in cities, culminating in the program’s Green and Smart Guidelines. Chris’ California work supports establishment of a strong 2030 emissions reduction target and the policies needed to achieve it. Chris previously worked for BlueGreen Alliance, Union of Concerned Scientists, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and was a member on California EPA’s Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee.

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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.

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Christina Fernandes

Director of Operations

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

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Hallie Kennan

Communications and Social Media Lead

Hallie Kennan is Energy Innovation's Communications and Social Media lead, where she leads the company's communications activities and assists in developing outreach strategies for the company's program areas.

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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.

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Michael O’Boyle

Power Sector Tranformation Expert

Michael is Energy Innovation’s Power Sector Transformation Expert. He works for the firm’s Power Sector Transformation program to uncover solutions for a clean, reliable, and affordable U.S. electricity system. Michael is also a leading expert for America’s Power Plan, a platform for innovative thinkers working to reform the utility regulatory model and identify opportunities for grid optimization. Michael graduated cum laude from ASU’s Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, focusing on energy and international law. Michael also has a B.A from Vanderbilt University in Philosophy and Asian Studies, minoring in Economics.

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Robbie Orvis

Policy Design Projects Manager

Robbie is the Policy Design Projects Manager at Energy Innovation and works on the Energy Policy Solutions and Power Sector Transformation programs. For Energy Policy Solutions, he conducts analysis on which policies can best meet climate and energy goals, including co-leading a project for the Chinese government providing policy guidance for its 13th Five Year Plan and climate strategy. Robbie’s power sector work focuses on policy design for wholesale electricity markets and energy efficiency programs. Robbie holds a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University and a B.S. from UC Berkeley.

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Jeffrey Rissman

Head of Modeling and Energy Policy Expert

Jeffrey is Energy Innovation’s Head of Modeling and Energy Policy Expert. He leads modeling efforts for the firm’s Energy Policy Solutions focus area to determine what policies most effectively help meet climate and energy goals. He led development of the Energy Policy Simulator, a computer model quantifying cost and emissions impacts of various policy combinations. Jeff’s previous work at the firm focused on cleantech R&D. He holds an M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill, and a B.A. in International Relations with honors from Stanford University.

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