Nikki is the Director of Research, Strategy, and Programs for the Renewable Thermal Alliance. In this capacity, she is developing new policy mechanisms to accelerate the adoption of renewable thermal technologies for heating and cooling in residential, corporate, municipal, and industrial sectors. She is also a Research Fellow at CBEY and assists in a number of renewable energy-related research projects with faculty and students.
Nikki earned both a MBA and a PhD in Environmental Management from Yale in 2018. Her dissertation research explored the economic, policy, and environmental drivers of utility-scale renewable energy development on public lands in the western United States. She was a teaching fellow for numerous courses at both SOM and FES and also worked for the Yale Office of Sustainability. Prior to Yale, Nikki was part of the facility management team at Walmart’s corporate office and helped develop and implement a number of sustainability initiatives throughout the company’s domestic portfolio. She also has experience at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Walt Disney Imagineering, and several planning and design firms in New York and Shanghai.
Nikki holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from MIT (2004). She has a Master in Landscape Planning (2008) and a Master in Urban Development (2008), both from Harvard University. She was the 2010 Garvan Chair & Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Arkansas.