Jessie Knapstein came to Berkeley from Washington, DC where she worked at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Building Technologies Office. During her time there, she worked on funding and deploying energy efficient technologies, engaging students in energy efficiency issues, and deploying data tools to enable energy policy decision making. Prior to working at the DOE, Jessie interned with the a Democratic congressman in the House of Representatives where she tracked energy and environmental legislation and wrote a report outlining the solar energy potential of the region.
Before moving to DC, Jessie worked for NewForesight, a sustainable consulting firm in the Netherlands that focused on greening the supply chain of large firms including Nestle, Mars, and Hershey's. She also worked with the sister company, ScopeInsight, which focused on facilitating access to capital for small sustainable farms in developing regions.
During her time at UC Berkeley, Jessie has been working with the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) as a project consultant where she assists on various projects including the annual Philomathia Forum which brings together thought leaders from around the world to address some of the most pressing energy issues of today. She is also the Vice President of Events and Programs for the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC). Her duties include managing a team of five to host many annual field trips, BERC lunches, and BERC shops - including the Resources Roundtable. She also manages a team of four to execute BERC's programs: the BERC Innovative Solutions team - which is an energy and resource focused consulting program comprised of teams of graduate students consulting pro-bono for well known industry partners, and the Students for Environmental Energy Development (SEED) program - which is a group of UC Berkeley students and community members educating local public school students about the science of energy use and conversion using activity-based lessons and student-driven projects.
As a dual degree Goldman School of Public Policy and Energy & Resources Group student, Jessie hopes to gain the skills necessary to confront the ever escalating climate change issues through sound energy policy. Accounting for the federal gridlock surrounding these issues, she is currently focusing on how states can lead the way and hopefully set a precedent for the nation.
Jessie graduated from the University of Florida in 2011 with a BA in Physics and Business Administration.