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 worked to push major internet technology companies, including Apple and Amazon, 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.

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 organized in communities in Ohio and New England for federal climate change and toxic chemical legislation. He previously worked as a reporter for newspapers in Boston and New York City.

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 AndersonDave 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.

Daniel Tait, Research and Communications Manager

Daniel Tait is a Research and Communication Manager for the Energy and Policy Institute. Prior to joining EPI, he was CEO of Energy Alabama, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization accelerating Alabama’s transition to sustainable energy through education, advocacy, and technical assistance.

Mr. Tait has worked in sustainable energy since 2011 when a tornado outbreak in North Alabama motivated him to get involved with local efforts to build a more resilient and sustainable energy infrastructure. Since 2011, Mr. Tait has upgraded more than 7 million square feet of residential building space to make it more energy efficient, saving $1.5 million in energy costs. He is also responsible for more than 20 million square feet of commercial building space committing to save 20% of their energy consumption and more than 1 megawatt of solar development in North Alabama.

Mr. Tait was named the 2015 International Young Energy Professional of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers and acts as Treasurer of the Association of Energy Engineers, Huntsville Chapter.

Mr. Tait is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County’s Connect Program, Class 15 and the Alabama Leadership Initiative, class of 2016. He graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a degree in International Trade and Foreign Language and resides in Huntsville, Alabama with his wife and son.

Charlotte Grubb, Research and Communications Manager

Before joining EPI, Charlotte was the staff economist for three years at Oceana, where she provided economic analysis for marine habitat and fisheries policy and mentored staff in campaign strategy. Her work included a global report on the economic potential of well-managed fisheries. Prior to Oceana, Charlotte has worked on farms, for USAID contractors, and also lived in East Africa for two years working on forestry and wildlife management issues. She has also spent substantial time supporting frontline communities in the US against pipelines. She has published work in technical reports, newspapers, and academic journals.

Charlotte earned a Master’s in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh and a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Senior Fellows

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.

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.

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