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Maria Brun, Graduate Research Fellow

Maria Brun

Maria Brun is a fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of International Affairs, Office of European and Asian Pacific Affairs, and a PhD student at the University of California, Davis in the Graduate Group in Ecology and Department of Environmental Science and Policy.

A native of Robbinsdale, Minnesota, her research focuses specifically on the policies Minnesota cities pass related to energy sourcing and conservation, paying particular attention to how utility service providers can influence or constrain this policy making. Believing cities will be key actors in moving Minnesota toward a smaller environmental footprint, she hopes to reveal where synergies or conflicts between the State, its cities, and its utilities exist and can be utilized or addressed to create efficient pathways to a more sustainable energy future.

Maria received her B.A. in Economics at the University of Minnesota, Morris and a Master of Science in Development Studies at the London School of Economics. In the past, she has worked as an analyst for Target Corporation and Ameriprise Financial in Minneapolis and was an independent renewable energy consultant working with the University of Minnesota and Eutectics, LLC.