Interested in energy, the environment and climate change but not sure how to make a career out of it? There are a wide array of exciting career pathways to choose from across these topics for young people with various skill sets and passions. To provide UChicago students of all levels and schools with insight into the range of opportunities and what’s it’s like to work in these positions, EPIC is hosting a virtual career series with young UChicago alumni—starting with EPIC’s own former Bartlett and DRW Fellows. Alumni will share insights into their day-to-day lives, how they got to where they are, and what they wish they knew when they were UChicago students.

Join us as we welcome Harris Public Policy ’20 graduate Anna-Elise Smith, Project Analyst at Resource Innovations.


Anna-Elise Smith is a Project Analyst in Resource Innovations’ Behavioral Science & Analytics group located in the Louisville, CO office where she focuses on demand-side management program measurement and evaluation, outage cost estimation, and energy efficiency program evaluation. She has expertise applying econometric and statistical analysis to develop insight and solutions to complex energy issues. Anna-Elise has worked on a variety of projects since joining Resource Innovations and has been responsible for estimating the load impacts and cost-effectiveness of ComEd’s Peak Time Savings program and modelling the peak load impacts, conservation effects and societal net benefits associated with Elevate Energy’s Hourly Pricing program. Prior to joining Resource Innovations, she was an MRV Initiatives Associate at The Climate Registry where she specialized in providing accessible GHG accounting tools and development of GHG quantification methods for wastewater treatment plants in California. Anna-Elise also served as a research assistant at The Energy Policy Institute at Chicago where she analyzed the costs associated with policy affecting international shipments of oil and gas. Anna-Elise holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago as well as a BA in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado Boulder.