Prof. Shalanda H. Baker is my guest on Episode 63 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley. Now Deputy Director of the US Department of Energy for Biden Kamala Administration.
Shalanda is a professor of law, public policy, and urban affairs at Northeastern University. She has spent more than a decade conducting research on the equity dimensions of the global transition away from fossil fuel energy to cleaner energy resources. She teaches courses on renewable energy development, energy justice, and environmental law. In 2015, she was awarded a 2016–2017 Fulbright–García Robles grant to explore Mexico’s energy reform, climate change, and indigenous rights.
Before joining Northeastern’s faculty, Shalanda spent three years as an associate professor of law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i, where she was the founding director of the Energy Justice Program. Prior to that, she served on the faculty at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She holds a bachelor of science degree in political science from the United States Air Force Academy, a juris doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, and an LLM from the University of Wisconsin School of Law, where she also served as a William H. Hastie fellow.
Immediately after law school, before working as a corporate and project finance attorney in both the Boston and Tokyo offices of the law firm of Bingham McCutchen, Shalanda clerked for Associate Justice Roderick Ireland of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Shalanda is also a veteran and former Air Force officer who fought to end the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
She is the author of over a dozen articles, book chapters, and essays on renewable energy law, policy, and development. She is the co-founder and codirector of the Initiative for Energy Justice, an organization committed to providing technical law and policy support to communities on the front lines of climate change. She also serves on the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board, the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee Climate Justice Working Group, the Board of the Solutions Project, the Board of the Clean Energy Group, and the Board of Solstice Solar.
Revolutionary Power: An Activist's Guide to the Energy Transition (Pub Date: Jan. 14, 2021).
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