Emily Richardson

Residential Program Director

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As CCEF’s Residential Director, Emily oversees CCEF efforts in the development and deployment of clean energy financing across the residential sector of Colorado. Understanding the deep societal impacts posed by climate change, Emily is passionate about promoting a clean energy transition that prioritizes energy justice and reduces burdens on historically marginalized communities.

Prior to joining CCEF, Emily worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, where she staffed members of both the House Appropriations Committee and House Energy & Commerce Committee, championing initiatives in clean energy, energy efficiency, transportation electrification, and environmental protection. As a policy staffer, Emily facilitated the passage of two pieces of environmental legislation, helped manage a coalition of environmentally-focused Representatives, and co-authored a set of principles related to sustainable infrastructure development. While on the Hill, Emily was also elected President of the Women’s Congressional Staff Association, where she worked to level the playing field amongst men and women working on Capitol Hill. In addition to her work in D.C., Emily has completed consulting projects for the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) of Connecticut, Schneider Electric, and Portland General Electric, assisting each organization with goals related to clean energy deployment and carbon reduction strategies.

Emily earned a B.A. (Plan II Honors) in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin, and holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment, where she specialized in Business and Energy Systems.

Outside of work, Emily most enjoys summiting 14ers, music concerts, baking, and spending time with her beloved pup, Abbygail (also a 14ers enthusiast).