Janessa Kirven

Clean Energy and Climate Fellow

Department: Clean Energy


Janessa Kirven joined MAPC in October 2021. As a Clean Energy and Climate Fellow, she will be working on several net zero planning projects, supporting the Green Communities program, and help build energy efficiency in affordable housing.

Recently, Janessa was an intern for the Emerald Cities Collaborative. There, she completed a landscape assessment of the Washington, DC building energy efficiency market by interviewing different government and nonprofit organizations. Her findings helped uncover the economic potential of green building policies, clean jobs, and innovative strategies to strengthen demand and supply infrastructure for economic inclusion. She also supported the planning and execution of an Energy Democracy congressional briefing.

Janessa has an M.S. in Environmental Science from American University and a B.S in Chemistry with a concentration in environmental studies from South Carolina State University. She is also obtaining a certificate from En-Road Climate Interactive on climate modeling.

Her areas of expertise include energy, net zero policy, food and waste policy, environmental justice, and climate policy. She is especially interested in making the just transition equitable to all.