Staff

Hal Harvey PortraitHal Harvey is the CEO of Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC. He is also a Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Paulson Institute located at the University of Chicago.  Previously, he was the founder and CEO of ClimateWorks Foundation, a network of 13 regional foundations and expert teams who 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, Mr. Harvey served as founder and President of the Energy Foundation, a joint initiative of six large U.S. Foundations. Mr. Harvey has served on energy panels appointed by Presidents Bush (41) and Clinton, has published two books and dozens of articles on energy and national security issues, and speaks widely on energy topics. He is President of the Board of Directors of the New-Land Foundation, and Chairman of the Board of MB Financial Corporation, a $10 billion Chicago bank holding company. Earlier in his career, he designed and built solar homes. In 2005, Mr. Harvey served as Rhodes Chair and Lecturer in Public Policy at Arizona State University. Mr. Harvey has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University in Engineering, specializing in Energy Planning.

Portrait- SoniaSonia Aggarwal is the Director of Strategy at Energy Innovation. She leads the organization’s work to develop a set of policies that can support a higher share of renewables on the grid while maintaining reliability and keeping costs low. Her work spans wholesale power market structures, utility business models, grid operations, innovation policy, and quantification of policy impact. Before joining Energy Innovation, Sonia was the Global Research Manager at ClimateWorks Foundation, where she worked with the Major Economies Forum, Japanese and Chinese governments, several U.S. Senators, the White House, and the American Energy Innovation Council. She also served as an advisor to the International Energy Agency’s “Accelerating Technology Transitions” project. Earlier in her career, she worked in accident prevention design engineering for a nuclear power plant in Ohio and later 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.

Chris_cropped2Chris Busch is the Director of Research at Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC, where he leads the company’s work on Urbanization in China and Unconventional Natural Gas. Prior to joining Energy Innovation, Chris worked in the nonprofit sector for six years, serving as a Climate Economist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, Policy Director for the Center for Resource Solutions, and Policy Director for the BlueGreen Alliance. His work during those years helped to shape the design of California’s cap-and-trade program. In 2009, he was appointed by the California Air Resources Board to the state’s AB 32 Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee. Chris has published extensively, including the recent article, “The Upside Hedge Value of California’s Global Warming Policy Given Uncertain World Oil Prices,” (Energy Policy: Vol. 44, pp. 45-51). In the 1990s, he worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a Senior Research Associate in the International Energy Studies Group. Chris holds a Ph.D. in environmental economics (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics) and a master’s degree in public policy, both from the University of California, Berkeley. He received a B.A. in economics and history with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.

Portrait- AnabelAnabel Cassady is the Associate Director of Operations at Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC, where she manages the company’s human resources operations, and 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, Anabel worked at the ClimateWorks Foundation shortly after graduating from the University of San Francisco (USF). During her tenure at USF, Anabel interned for the human rights organization, Amnesty International and for former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. She holds a B.A. in Politics with a minor in Legal Studies from USF, where she graduated summa cum laude and as Valedictorian finalist.

 

Dana HeadshotDana Hagan is the Executive Assistant at Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC. 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.

 

 

 

CC_cropped2CC Huang joined Energy Innovation as a Policy Analyst in July 2014. Prior to joining Energy Innovation, CC worked at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory on international best practices on 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.

Portrait- HallieHallie Kennan is the Research and Communications Associate for Energy Innovation, where she is responsible for organizing the company’s communications activities and outreach strategy. Prior to this position, she worked for Energy Innovation as Research Assistant in 2013 and interned with the company 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.

 

 

Portrait- VeeryVeery Maxwell is the Director of Philanthropic Services for Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC, 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.

Michael O’Boyle joined Energy Innovation as a Policy Analyst in August 2014. 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. While attending law school, he worked for the Energy Policy Innovation Council (EPIC) at ASU as a student researcher, writing various briefs on renewable energy policy developments in Arizona to inform local policymakers. He also presented his research paper on international institutional design representing ASU’s Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at the Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany in June, 2013. Prior to law school, Michael attended Vanderbilt University, where he double-majored in philosophy and Asian Studies, with a minor in Economics. During college, Michael also lived and studied abroad in Shanghai, China at Donghua University where he studied Mandarin Chinese and the Chinese Economy.

Robbie_cropped2Robbie Orvis joined Energy Innovation as a Policy Analyst in August 2014. He graduated with a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he focused on energy policy. Robbie has worked extensively on a variety of energy issues, from evaluating the effectiveness of electricity market rate decoupling to designing city-wide energy efficiency policy through the Better Buildings Case Competition. Prior to graduate school, Robbie worked for two years as a Research Analyst at the Environmental Integrity Project in Washington, D.C. He graduated with honors in 2010 from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Society and Environment. In between his junior and senior year, Robbie interned at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C., working to help pass the cap-and-trade climate bill in the House of Representatives.

Portrait- JeffJeffrey Rissman is a Senior Analyst with Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC. He is head of methodology for the company’s policy impact modeling study and leads the Technological Innovation focus area. Previously, he supported the activities of the American Energy Innovation Council. Prior to joining Energy Innovation, Jeffrey served as a Research Fellow at the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment, where he studied the environmental and public health impacts of aircraft emissions for the Federal Aviation Administration. Jeffrey holds an M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering as well as 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. Jeffrey has authored publications on atmospheric science, energy, and R&D policy.