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.