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Emily Lewis O'Brien
Senior Research Associate

I’m fascinated by the complex, interconnected systems that generate greenhouse gas emissions, and I’m passionate about advancing innovative solutions to transform them. Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a breadth of issues across the climate and clean energy landscape, including program design, policy development, and scientific research:

  • Senior Consultant at VEIC 2020-22. I worked in VEIC’s consulting division, helping government, utility, and private sector clients with clean energy solutions. My work at VEIC focused on designing projects to support beneficial electrification of buildings and transportation with a focus on low- to moderate-income populations.

  • Director of Climate and Energy Analysis at Acadia Center 2016-20. At Acadia Center, I led a team in conducting original policy and data analysis that supported the organization’s advocacy efforts to advance clean energy in the Northeastern U.S..

  • AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the Office of Energy Supply Security, U.S. DOE Office of Policy and Systems Analysis 2015-16. My work focused on data-driven policy analysis for power generation, power plant decommissioning, and nuclear waste issues.

  • ACS Congressional Science Fellow at the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee 2014-15. My focus area was supporting clean energy development on public lands, including advancing offshore wind, expanding utility-scale solar, and prohibiting methane venting and flaring from oil and gas wells.

  • Ph.D. in physical chemistry, Tufts University; B.S. and M.S. in chemistry, Northeastern University.

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