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Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis Staff

The Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) seeks to guide the transformation of the global energy economy through comprehensive, transdisciplinary research focused on the nexus of energy, finance, and society.

Jill Engel-Cox, Ph.D.—Director

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Jill Engel-Cox is director of JISEA. Over her 25-year career, Engel-Cox has been an engineer, researcher, program manager, and strategic planner for a diverse suite of renewable energy, clean technology, and environmental programs in the United States, Asia, and Middle East. Her first job was climbing smokestacks in Los Angeles, followed by leading industrial pollution prevention programs for small and medium sized businesses and R&D laboratories in the United States and internationally. In the past decade, she has led international strategic planning and technology assessments for renewable energy and environmental sustainability research programs, working extensively in Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. She also teaches industrial processes and environmental communications courses at Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals Program.

Liz Weber—Project Manager

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Liz Weber joined JISEA in 2018. In her role, she provides project management for JISEA programs and studies related to natural gas and the U.S. electricity sector, energy storage, and other power sector issues. Her primary responsibilities include planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, and financial analysis. Weber also provides program support for International and DOE projects across the lab.

Prior to joining JISEA, Weber was the Western regional manager for the American Forest Foundation, where she managed a portfolio of collaborative partnerships across five states. Her experience includes working with federal and state agencies, universities, and local nonprofit organizations across the West to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and safeguard the watersheds on which local communities depend. Weber also held positions with the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife and the City of Boulder working on invasive species programs and policy.

Weber holds a master of environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School. She also holds a master of environmental science and a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Colorado.

Sharon Andersen—Business Support

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Sharon Andersen joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 2019, where she provided business support to several groups within the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. In 2021, she transitioned to JISEA, where she manages the institute’s day-to-day activities, providing financial oversight and project tracking, as well as coordinating special meetings and events.

Prior to working at NREL, Sharon worked in the nonprofit world, focusing on business support, customer service, programming, event planning, and education. She studied writing, communications, and cultural anthropology. In her free time, Sharon enjoys baking, photography, reading, and spending time with her three daughters and two dogs.