A D.C. area native, Jessie got the first hint of her future when she convinced her parents to begin recycling when she was in the 3rd grade. But, it wasn’t until much later that her passion for writing, the environment, and science came together to form her current career in environmental policy. Living in Philadelphia and completing her master’s in geoscience, she watched the fracking revolution evolve and became fascinated with the complexity of the issues surrounding energy extraction and use.
Eager to work on the thorny issues of domestic energy policy, Jessie left academics and moved back to Washington. She landed at the Environmental and Energy Study Institute where she finally found her niche. At EESI, Jessie worked with Congressional offices and stakeholders across the political spectrum to design policies that support the use and development of low-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels, including renewable fuels, chemicals, heat and power. Before leaving EESI, she managed an organization-wide initiative on resilient infrastructure policy, which included the use of nature and nature-based infrastructure solutions to help reduce emissions and store greenhouse gases.
At Third Way, Jessie manages the team’s work on carbon capture, use, and storage and advocates for policies that will support the growth of a circular carbon economy. She also advises the Clean Energy Team on congressional strategy and advocacy. She holds a bachelor’s from Bryn Mawr College in Anthropology and Environmental Science, and a Master’s in Applied Geosciences from the University of Pennsylvania. When she’s not reimagining the carbon-based economy, she spends as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors with her husband and son.
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