David Pomerantz, Executive Director
David Pomerantz is the executive director of the Energy and Policy Institute.
Prior to joining EPI, David spent eight years working with Greenpeace to move the electric sector away from fossil fuel and towards renewable energy. As a senior climate and energy campaigner, David coordinated Greenpeace’s “Click Clean” campaign for a greener internet. The campaign resulted in major internet technology companies, including Apple and Amazon, committing to power their data centers with 100% renewable energy. The campaign catalyzed hundreds of megawatts of new renewable energy development, and helped to defend and expand renewable energy policies and investment in the United States and abroad. David also led the development of Greenpeace’s strategy to push utilities toward renewable energy in Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia.
In addition, David designed and implemented the communications strategy for Greenpeace’s work on electricity, leading to media coverage in Bloomberg Businessweek, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Wired Magazine. He also helped to build Greenpeace’s field presence on coal-related issues in 2010 and 2011 and worked with communities in Ohio and New England in 2008 and 2009 to push members of Congress to support climate change and toxic chemical legislation. He previously worked as a reporter for newspapers in Boston and New York City.
David graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in History from Tufts University. A transplanted New Yorker, he now lives in San Francisco.
Matt Kasper, Research Director
Matt Kasper is the research director at the Energy and Policy Institute. He focuses on defending policies that further the development of clean energy sources and that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Before joining the Energy and Policy Institute, Matt was a research assistant for the Energy and Environment Policy Team at the Center for American Progress where he worked on state and local policy issues. Matt was also a fellow for Organizing for America in Indiana, and he spent time interning in Hartford, Connecticut for the state legislature. His work has appeared in Climate Progress, Greentech Media, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and other outlets.
A native of Naperville, Illinois, Matt graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Dave Anderson, Policy and Communications Manager
Dave Anderson is the policy and communications manager for the Energy and Policy Institute.
Dave has been working at the nexus of clean energy and public policy since 2008. Prior to joining the Energy and Policy Institute, he was an outreach coordinator for the climate and energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is also an alumnus of the Sierra Club and the Alliance for Climate Protection (now the Climate Reality Project).
Dave’s research has helped to spur investigations into political attacks on clean energy and climate science by powerful special interests, such as ExxonMobil and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). His work has been cited by major media outlets, such as CBS News and the Wall Street Journal, and he has served as a speaker on panels at national solar industry conferences.
Dave holds a MA in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, where he also received a BA in Humanities.
Gabe Elsner, Founder and Senior Fellow
Gabe Elsner is the founder and former Executive Director of the Energy & Policy Institute. He is an MBA Candidate in the Class of 2018 at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and serves as a Senior Fellow focused on how effective business strategies can speed the transition to clean technology.
Elsner is a thought leader on defending policies from attacks by incumbent energy interests. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, The Daily Mail, The Australian, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. The Energy & Policy Institute’s work has protected dozens of public policies that support the growth of the clean-tech industry.
Prior to founding the Institute, Elsner was the California Student Sustainability Coalition’s first statewide campaign director, helping to defeat Prop 23, an attempt to overturn California’s climate law. He also coordinated the advocacy activities of 12 organizations during the climate debate in the U.S. Congress and was on the leadership team for the largest trainings on climate change organizing: Power Shift 2007 and Power Shift 2009.
He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkley. His senior thesis was entitled, “Energy Independence in Brazil and the United States: Lessons from Success and Failure”, which compared the political-economy responses of Brazil and the United States of America after the energy crisis of the early 1970s.
He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Elizabeth Heavener.
Andrew Holland, Senior Fellow on National Security and Climate Change
Andrew Holland is the American Security Project’s Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate. He is a Washington-based expert on energy, climate change, and infrastructure policy. He works at the center of debates about how to achieve sustainable energy security and how to effectively address climate change.
He served as Legislative Assistant on Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure for United States Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska for three years from 2006 through 2008. He worked in the US House of Representatives for the House Ways and Means Committee and the Office of Congresswoman Roukema.
He holds a Master’s Degree in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Economics from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
He is originally from New York City, grew up in New Jersey, and currently resides in Alexandria, VA.
Nancy LaPlaca, J.D., Senior Fellow on Regulatory Issues
Nancy LaPlaca, J.D., served as Policy Advisory to Arizona Corporation Commissioner Paul Newman from 2009 to 2013. During that time, Nancy and Commissioner Newman helped to pass one of the most aggressive Energy Efficiency Standards in the U.S. and championed the expansion of progressive policies such as aggregated and virtual net metering, community solar, energy imbalance markets, and including so-called ‘externalized’ costs of coal-fired power. Nancy spent 3 years at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission as a clean energy advocate, pushing against utility plans to build “clean” coal power plant in Colorado and Arizona. She also authored a 2007 fact sheet on Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC, or “clean” coal) used by hundreds of activists around the U.S., and helped advocates understand why “clean” coal is uneconomic and cannot compete with solar, wind, biodigesters, efficiency and other technologies. Nancy served as co-chair of the Energy Resources and the Environment Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners for two years, working with Commissioners around the U.S. Nancy’s current work includes serving as an expert witness in avoided cost, net metering, renewable portfolio standards, and energy efficiency dockets–and helping clients navigate the complex world of energy efficiency programs.
Zane Selvans, Senior Fellow on Coal
Zane Selvans is a planetary geophysicist turned energy and climate policy wonk. In graduate school he studied the climate history of Mars and tectonics on Jupiter’s moon Europa at the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, the California Institute of Technology, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
After receiving his Ph.D. in 2009, Zane decided to re-focus his attention on the much more immediate issues of climate change and energy policy on Earth. Today he is the Director of Research and Policy at Clean Energy Action, a small non-profit in Boulder, Colorado, where he works on coal supply issues, risk pricing and allocation in utility regulation, carbon pricing, and new utility business models and financing mechanisms that can be used to deploy renewables and energy efficiency at scale. He has submitted testimony to the Colorado Public Utility Commission related to utility resource planning, and been involved in the City of Boulder’sefforts to decarbonize its electricity supply.
Zane’s influences include: Carl Sagan, Edward Abbey, Alex Steffen, Vaclav Smil and Jan Gehl. He believes that very high quality lives are available at much lower levels of energy and material resource consumption than are typically seen in the developed world today.
Kartikeya Singh, Senior Fellow on Energy Access
Kartikeya Singh, a PhD candidate at The Fletcher School and CIERP Doctoral Research Fellow, received his Master of Environmental Science degree at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University. His research interests include climate change and energy policy, innovation and the geopolitics of energy use. His current thesis focuses on firm-level characteristics that affect decentralized solar lighting technologies scaling in India while his Master’s thesis focused on effective management of access to energy for rural communities in India through various different decentralized renewable energy systems. Previously, Kartikeya was a consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund. He is the co-founder of the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN), which has served as a forum for voices of the budding youth climate movement across South Asia. He has been involved with international climate negotiations since the UN climate talks in Bali in 2007 and has served as part of the negotiating team of the government of Maldives at the climate talks from 2009 to 2012. Kartikeya received his Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Sustainable Development from Furman University.