Waterfront Conference 2023
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Barbara Kates-Garnick

Fletcher School, Tufts University
Professor of Practice
Barbara Kates-Garnick is a professor of practice at the Fletcher School of Tufts University with a focus on energy transition. She has served as undersecretary of energy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a commissioner of public utilities. She served as vice president of corporate affairs at KeySpan and as a consultant to NYU-Poly (now Tandon School of Engineering), where she developed the proposal for the New York City Accelerator for Clean and Renewable Energy (NYC ACRE). She was part of the founding team of New Energy, which sold the first deregulated electricity in the US. Barbara serves on for-profit and nonprofit boards including Anbaric Development Partners, PowerOptions (a pioneer in energy aggregation), and Resources for the Future, and is an Ambassador with DOE’S C3E Initiative. She received a Ph.D. in international political economy from the Fletcher School and an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College.