Clean Energy and Climate Planner II
Sasha joined MAPC as Clean Energy and Climate Planner II in May 2018 in the Clean Energy Department. She works on a variety of clean energy and climate projects including supporting the Metro Mayors Coalition Climate Preparedness Taskforce. Her work includes supporting communities on both climate mitigation and adaptation, including efforts on renewables, district energy, and resilience planning.
Sasha manages the Metro Mayors Climate Preparedness Taskforce, a 15-municipality coalition that collaborates on preparing the region for climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Sasha provides support on the Preparedness and Mitigation Commitments made by municipalities in the Taskforce, and oversees and coordinates membership and meetings. She also supports building networks and relationships between members and relevant agencies, coordinates projects and programs under the Taskforce, and engages with community stakeholders.
Sasha coordinates climate resiliency programs that are at the intersection of mitigation and adaptation efforts for agency-specific projects and external partners. She also leads research and analysis and develops reports and other materials on clean energy and climate mitigation and adaptation policies.
Prior to joining MAPC, Sasha worked as a Senior Analyst at Meister Consultants Group, A Cadmus Company, where she specialized in clean energy, sustainable infrastructure, and climate resilience. She provided technical assistance and training to local governments to reduce solar soft-costs, lower barriers, and improve local solar policies. She worked on several U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs, including SolSmart and Solar in Your Community Challenge, as well as solar programs in New York State and Massachusetts. Sasha also led research and work on market development and financing innovations for sustainable infrastructure and climate adaptation. Prior to becoming a planner, Sasha managed the national organizing team of the Sierra Student Coalition, the student/youth chapter of the national Sierra Club.
Sasha holds a Master in City Planning (MCP) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with a Certificate in Environmental Policy and Planning, as well as a B.A. in Anthropology from Reed College in Portland, OR.
Areas of expertise: Clean energy policy, solar policy design and solar zoning, sustainable infrastructure development and finance, climate adaptation and resilience planning, and training development and delivery for local government.