2014 - Present
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is the United Kingdom's ministry for foreign affairs, equivalent to the US State Department.
Based at the San Francisco Consulate-General, I lead the United Kingdom's energy and climate change diplomacy across the Western USA. Part of a DC-based team covering the full breadth of UK-US relations on energy and the environment, I analyze and report on policies, markets, and technology development within my region, managing relationships with key stakeholders in government and business and advising UK government on relevant energy and environment issues.
Currently I am focused in particular on:
- State level climate change policies (in particular carbon pricing) and the role of sub-national regions in global climate action
- The implementation of federal policies at the state and regional level (in particular the EPA Clean Power Plan)
- The development and deployment of innovative energy technologies, e.g. advanced solar and energy storage (primarily at universities, national laboratories, and start-up companies)
- Global and regional markets for energy commodities (oil, gas, coal) and new energy technologies (solar, storage, CCS, nuclear)
- Political, economic, and social dimensions of the changing Arctic
- The roles of innovation, investment, trade, and regulation in shaping energy policy and markets
- The relationship between the financial system, the energy economy, and the climate. This includes coverage of the divestment movement, carbon-related shareholder advocacy campaigns, and the growing role of environmental, social, and governance factors in capital allocation.