About

David Gardiner and Associates is a strategic advisory firm with a mission to accelerate clean energy solutions and policy to achieve transformational decarbonization

We help our business and non-profit clients by delivering practical, innovative, and tailored solutions through research and analysis, strategic advice and planning, policy advocacy, and alliance building. Our extensive and practical energy and sustainability knowledge, deep involvement in federal and state policy, and laser focus on your objectives provide the solutions necessary for you to meet your climate and clean energy goals.

 

Strategic Advice & Planning

DGA helps nonprofits and businesses develop, execute, and evaluate strategies to meet their climate and clean energy goals.

Research & Analysis

DGA produces insightful reports which inform and guide its clients’ strategic decisions, as well as external audiences.

Policy Advocacy & Alliance Building

DGA helps its clients understand and advocate for new federal and state policies. To effectively press for those policies, we often bring together diverse coalitions, including businesses, environmental, labor, and consumer groups.

Meet our team members

David Gardiner

David Gardiner

Principal, President

David Gardiner has more than 35 years of experience analyzing and shaping successful domestic and global clean energy and sustainability strategies in both the public and private sectors. As principal of DGA, he provides high-level strategic guidance to the corporate executives and non-profit leaders with whom the firm works. Among his principal areas of expertise are renewable energy, energy efficiency, thermal energy, clean air policy, sustainable transportation, and forest and land issues. David uses this knowledge, coupled with his strong ability to make sense of complicated issues, to help clients develop informed, thoughtful strategies to maximize bottom line impact.

Prior to founding DGA, David served as the Executive Director of the White House Climate Change Task Force during the Clinton Administration, where he participated in development of domestic policy and in international climate negotiations. As EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Policy, David led EPA’s climate change efforts, as well as programs to reinvent EPA’s approaches to key sectors such as transportation, agriculture, metal finishing, and real estate development. Prior to joining the Clinton administration, David was Legislative Director for the Sierra Club in Washington, D.C. David has a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Harvard College.

Blaine Collison

Blaine Collison

Senior Vice President

Blaine Collison has an extensive background in helping companies and institutions evaluate, implement, and communicate renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate change initiatives. After several decades working in partnership with the business community, governments, and other institutions which are seeking a low-carbon future, Blaine joined DGA as senior vice president in 2018 to assist our clients in advancing clean energy.

Before joining DGA, Blaine was the Managing Director of Marketing & Partnerships at Altenex, an Edison Energy company, where he led the development of Altenex’s corporate sustainability services, communications, and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Altenex in April 2014, Blaine served 17 years at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, with multiple roles in the ENERGY STAR program and a decade leading the Green Power Partnership. Blaine has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Anjali G. Patel

Anjali G. Patel

Vice President for Clean Energy

Lynn A. Kirshbaum

Lynn A. Kirshbaum

Project and Research Director

Lynn A. Kirshbaum has a background in energy and environmental policy and years of experience working with state lawmakers, government agencies, and industry professionals. As a senior associate with DGA, Lynn manages various renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and produces research materials and reports. She serves as the Deputy Director of the Combined Heat and Power Alliance, leading the Alliance’s policy work at the state level and engaging with regional and state partners.

Before joining DGA, Lynn worked in the Legislative Commissioners’ Office at the Connecticut General Assembly for four legislative sessions where she staffed the Energy and Technology and Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committees. Lynn drafted legislation concerning the state’s procurement of electricity from offshore wind, the system of compensation for distributed renewable energy generation used in the state, renewable portfolio standards and energy efficiency standards for products. She also previously worked with the California Air Resources Board and the California Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and was a law clerk at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Lynn has a B.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis.

Julie Lush

Julie Lush

Chief Operations Officer

Julie Lush serves as the Chief Operations Officer for David Gardiner and Associates. She oversees all aspects of the firm’s finances, operations, and human resources. Julie came to DGA after a decade with M+R, a strategic communications firm that works with non-profit organizations focused on alleviating suffering, human rights, and democracy, dismantling inequality, making art and knowledge accessible to everyone, and fostering a healthier and sustainable world. At M+R, Julie oversaw strategic planning and budgeting, business operations, and a wide array of human resources issues. Julie also spent two years working at Grassroots Campaigns, Inc., where she ran all operations for fundraising and public outreach campaigns for a wide array of non-profit organizations. She has her Master of Business Administration from American University and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Denison University.

Betsy Gardiner

Betsy Gardiner

Chief Operating Officer

Betsy Gardiner, DGA’s chief operating officer since 2008, manages the firm’s day-to-day operations including Human Resources, Finances, IT/Systems, and Project Management. Prior to joining DGA, Betsy founded and managed a patient advocacy consulting firm, helping people with significant health issues navigate the health care system. Her diverse professional background includes work as a Registered Nurse specializing in Hospice Care, a faculty member at the George Washington University Medical School, and NPR Reference Librarian.

Betsy has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston University and a Master of Science in Library Science from The Catholic University of America.

William Sherman

William Sherman

Client and Research Manager

William Sherman has a background in environmental policy and research, with an emphasis on climate and sustainability issues. As a client and research manager with DGA, William concentrates primarily on corporate sustainability, and conducts research and data analysis for various client projects. He contributed to multiple published works, including a report on the growing demand for renewable energy among major global manufacturers and a report highlighting the need for transmission upgrades to meet corporate America’s growing demand for clean energy.

Before DGA, William taught students of all ages about marine biology and ocean conservation in the Florida Keys. He earned a B.A. in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia, focusing on ecology and hydrology. Throughout his undergraduate years, he would spend his summers leading month-long canoe expeditions in the wilderness of Northern Ontario, and those experiences are why he decided to pursue a career in environmental policy.

Sabreen Ahmed

Sabreen Ahmed

Research Associate

Sabreen Ahmed brings a background in data analysis, marketing, and communications to support a variety of renewable energy initiatives at DGA. As Research Associate, she works side-by-side with DGA executive and other senior staff, and directly with clients on projects involving such issues as climate change, renewable energy, and high-voltage transmission infrastructure. Sabreen contributes to these projects with research, analysis, writing, project organization, and strategic communications work.

Sabreen received a B.A. in Statistics with a minor in Global Sustainability from the University of Virginia, where she led on-campus activities on diversity and climate change advocacy. She developed her environmental communications skills and clean energy knowledge through her training received from the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, climate policy advocacy through the Environmental Defense Fund’s Defend Our Future project, and previous time spent as an intern at a solar development company. She is driven to advance equity within the clean energy transition and frequently volunteers her free time to The Climate Reality Project and other environmental justice and humanitarian aid non-profits within her community.

Celia Lane

Celia Lane

Research Associate

Our clients include non-profit organizations, foundations, corporations and trade associations

Non-Profits & Foundations

  • Americans for a Clean Energy Grid
  • Ceres
  • Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy
  • Conservation International
  • Edwards Mother Earth Foundation
  • Energy Foundation
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Second Nature
  • World Wildlife Fund

Corporations & Trade Associations

  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Forest and Paper Association
  • American Gas Association
  • American Public Transportation Association
  • Retail Industry Leadership Association
  • A leading global food and beverage company
  • A global marketer of athletic apparel
  • A global provider of information technology
  • A global publisher’s North American operations
  • A midrange retail department store
  • A leading solar manufacturer and provider

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