Research and Modeling Manager
Rachel is a Research and Modeling Manager at Energy Innovation, focused on the firm’s Modeling and Analysis Program, where she oversees energy policy research projects and collaborates with external partners and decision-makers to identify decarbonization opportunities. Rachel analyzes emissions trajectories using the firm’s Energy Policy Simulator and communicates key insights from those results.
Rachel’s professional background is in renewable energy market intelligence, policy research, and advocacy. Most recently, she was a Solar Research Analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables, where she focused primarily on U.S. community solar and solar-plus-storage as part of the team’s Distributed Solar Practice. She managed the production of the biannual U.S. Community Solar Insight Report series and contributed to the quarterly publication of the U.S. Solar Market Insight in collaboration with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Previously, Rachel was a solar and storage analyst at the SEIA, where she conducted research for industry policy and regulatory topics and led database management and maintenance.
Rachel holds a B.A. in environmental biology and environmental engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.S. in energy policy and climate science from Johns Hopkins University. She is an alumnus of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute and the Green Corps Field School for Environmental Organizing. She has held numerous volunteer roles on local climate and environmental justice advocacy work in the D.C. metro area. Outside of the office, Rachel enjoys rock climbing, cycling, and other outdoor adventures, as well as exploring the local music scene.