Eileen V. Quigley
Founder & Executive Director
Eileen V. Quigley is Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Energy Transition Institute, which promotes strategies to achieve deep decarbonization and accelerate the transition from fossil fuel to clean energy, with particular focus on the low-carbon pathways, urban carbon pollution reduction, and clean energy economics.
Eileen spent seven years at Climate Solutions identifying the transition pathways off oil and coal to a low-carbon future in Washington and Oregon. She built and led the New Energy Cities program, which partners with Northwest communities to reduce carbon emissions through climate-smart, clean energy solutions, helping develop strategies for 22 Northwest cities and counties.
As Director of Strategic Innovations, Eileen oversaw New Energy Cities, as well as Sustainable Advanced Fuels, which worked to accelerate the development of advanced low-carbon fuels for aviation, marine, and fleets and the Northwest Biocarbon Initiative, which aimed to demonstrate the role that natural systems play in reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide.
In recognition of her expertise in city-led clean energy innovation, Quigley was invited to deliver a paper and presentation, Revolution Required: Meeting Current and Future Energy Challenges, at Kühne Logistics Universität in Hamburg, Germany for the City of Tomorrow Series in May 2015.
She co-authored Roadmap to Developing Sustainable Aviation in Singapore in June 2014, as well as Natural Infrastructure: A Climate-Smart Solution, a paper on the role that natural infrastructure plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, removing carbon pollution, and building resilience to impacts of climate change (August 2013); Powering the New Energy Future from the Ground Up: Priorities in City-Led Energy Innovation, a report on 34 American cities with fewer than 250,000 residents that are reducing their dependence upon fossil fuels for energy (July 2012), and Energizing Cities: New Models for Driving Clean Energy Investment (May 2010), a paper on energy efficiency financing models.
A seasoned manager of for-profit and nonprofit businesses, Eileen served as Executive Director for three nonprofit organizations for a decade and ran RealNetworks’ Nonprofit Affairs Division for seven years, helping nonprofit organizations use the Internet for social change. She spent five years as a magazine and newspaper journalist in Washington, DC and New York, NY, covering business and national politics, and three years editing a quarterly journal of public policy, economics, and culture for the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.
Since moving to the Northwest in 1988, Eileen has been a civic leader in the Puget Sound, running the Municipal League of King County and serving on numerous Puget Sound nonprofit boards and civic taskforces. She currently serves on the board of Stockholm Environment Institute-US as well as the advisory board of the Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington.
Eileen received her Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in 1983 and her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Yale University in 1980. Twitter: @evquigley.
Bruce Jacobsen has served in a range of roles including President/Chief Operating Officer of a public company, Chief Operating Officer of a college in Rwanda, and Chief Executive Officer of his own company. He worked at Microsoft for a decade, including co-running their joint venture with DreamWorks.
He has served on various boards, including Trust for Public Land, as Board Chairman of College Access Now, and currently is Treasurer of Conservation Northwest. He holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Yale.
Marc has over 35 years of international consulting and management experience in the fields of energy, climate, resiliency, resource conservation, and sustainability. Marc provides deep expertise in strategic planning, facilitation, program design, implementation, and evaluation. Marc brings a business lens and systems thinking to his practice and is proficient at working across the public, private, and non-profit sectors to achieve client outcomes.
Marc’s energy and climate related planning experience spans decades and includes policy analysis and least cost planning for utilities, developing comprehensive cross-sector energy strategies for the countries of Sudan and Pakistan, advising foundations investing in climate and clean energy solutions, assisting the state of Hawaii formulate a clean energy innovation strategic plan, and developing climate action plans for local governments in the Northwest including the City of Seattle, King County, Ashland Oregon, and the Methow Valley.
Marc has led and/or facilitated major projects to create strategic action plans in Washington State related to 1) safely managing and living with wildland fire, 2) the future of recycling, 3) biodiversity conservation, 4) the eliminating waste (moving “beyond waste”), and 5) achieving a sustainable future for the state. Many of these projects have involved designing and facilitating multi-stakeholder processes including organizing and facilitating technical working groups and translating complex science and analysis into clear, compelling presentations accessible by a wide range of stakeholders and the general public.
Marc joins the Clean Energy Transition Institute as a Senior Fellow in 2020 after serving as Founding President of CETI’s Board of Directors. He previously founded and served as President of Cascadia Consulting Group from 1993-2015 and most recently has provided strategic consulting services through The Caspian Group LLC. He has a master’s degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University.
Technical Modeling Consultant
Jeremy is a Principal at Evolved Energy Research and an expert in energy systems analysis, focusing on least-cost electricity system planning and distributed energy resource evaluation. Jeremy’s consulting insights into long-term grid-scale and distributed resource planning challenges have helped utilities and investors navigate the prospect of a high renewable future while minimizing impacts to customers.
His portfolio of domestic and international work contains many examples where he has leveraged impactful analysis to inform energy policy development. His education includes a doctor of philosophy degree, focused on energy systems optimization, and a master’s degree in environmental management and economics, both from the Johns Hopkins University. He also holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College, London.
Nicole E. Chevalier
Nicole is an independent consultant focused on assisting organizations in developing resources and impacting communities. Prior to becoming a consultant, she was a staff member at the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (EHTF), a family foundation focused on supporting non-profit programs throughout the nation in the areas of contemporary visual art, the environment and learning disabilities.
Throughout her 18 years at the foundation, she assumed a variety of responsibilities and roles including Program Officer, Program Director, and Interim Chief Executive Officer. During her tenure, the environment program focused on sustainable forestry, state and federal climate change mitigation efforts, and integrated sustainability at the municipal level.
Before EHTF, Ms. Chevalier was involved in wetland biology research and environmental education efforts to reduce sources of pollution to watersheds. She has served on several non profit Boards and Advisory Committees in a variety of fields. Ms. Chevalier received her graduate degree from Yale University and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University.
Digital Communications Manager
Caleb Smith is the Digital Communications Manager for the Clean Energy Transition Institute. He is the gatekeeper for the Institute’s website, managing our blog and overseeing all email list communication, including the Institute’s Newsletter.
Caleb is the founder and director of Modern Trailhead, a digital media consulting agency that specializes in video production and website design. Caleb also serves on the Board of the nonprofit New Dawn Guatemala, an organization that works to foster ecological sustainability, economic vitality, and educational advancement in rural Guatemalan communities.
As the former Washington Policy Associate for the Seattle-based clean energy economy nonprofit, Climate Solutions, he served as the lead analyst for legislative and regulatory policy development covering state and federal climate policy, clean energy, carbon markets, utility regulation, and transportation fuels.
Most recently, Caleb worked as a research partner with a cohort of urban sustainability professionals, developing a report identifying pathways to improve the efficacy of urban climate action programs.
When he isn’t working, his bags are packed and he’s on the move, with the goal of visiting a new country every year. He runs the online travel gear guide, Art of the Pack, a website designed to help consumers select the best travel clothing and gear for destinations around the globe.
As an undergraduate at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, Caleb spent a semester abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, where he studied multilateral diplomacy and worked with the Global Institute for Water, Environment, and Health. While there, he researched Swiss renewable energy systems and Social Entrepreneurship. Caleb then spent a semester abroad in Cadiz, Spain, where he studied the Spanish language and tutored the mentally handicap in English.
Caleb received his Bachelor of Arts in International Development from the University of Washington with a Minor in Spanish in 2014.
Nicole graduated from Pomona College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy Analysis focusing in Environmental Analysis. She wrote her senior thesis on policy mechanisms to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.
Nicole worked as a Project Development Intern at OneEnergy Renewables, where she gained experience working to decarbonize the electricity grid developing large-scale and community solar projects. She also worked on decarbonizing transportation as an intern at Los Angles Cleantech Incubator. As the Head EcoRep liaison between students and the Sustainability Office at Pomona College, she built coalitions to address waste and energy use. In her free time, you can often find her in the mountains hiking or skiing, or cultivating her organic vegetable garden.