Eileen V. Quigley

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.