Jesse is currently a graduate student and researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is a candidate for a Masters of Science in Technology & Policy. Jesse works as a researcher with the MIT "Production in the Innovation Economy" project, an institute-wide initiative exploring the future of advanced manufacturing and innovation in the United States. He is also a 2012 Enel-MIT Energy Initiative Energy Fellow and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.
Before attending MIT, Jesse served for four years as Director of the Energy and Climate Program at the Breakthrough Institute, an independent public policy think tank in Oakland, California. In that role, he led the development of the Institute's research and recommendations on energy, climate change, and innovation policy. He is the lead or co-author of numerous Breakthrough publications and reports, including "Beyond Boom and Bust," "Bridging the Clean Energy Valleys of Death," "Where Good Technologies Come From," "Climate Pragmatism," "Taking on the Three Deficits," "Post-Partisan Power," and "Energy Emergence." As co-founder and Associate Director of Breakthrough Generation, Jesse also helped lead the Institute's competitive 10-week fellowship program for early-career policy professionals and graduate students, designing curriculum and research, and training, mentoring, and managing 39 fellows over four summers.
Jesse has written widely on energy, climate change, technology, and innovation, including for Discover Magazine, Making It: the Magazine of the UN Industrial Development Organization, the San Francisco Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, National Journal, Issues in Science and Technology, Forbes.com, Grist.org, and TheEnergyCollective.com. His research and analysis has been featured by National Public Radio, Fox News, MSNBC, the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Fortune, and other major media outlets. Jesse has also delivered invited testimony on clean energy innovation policy before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Jesse is a graduate of the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon (magna cum laude), where he completed an interdisciplinary course of study in computer science, philosophy, political science, and energy studies. In fulfillment of his honors degree, he completed an undergraduate honors thesis entitled, On the Road to Replacing Oil - A Well-to-Wheels Study Exploring Alternative Transportation Fuels and Energy Sources.
Jesse currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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