Susan Tierney | Alliance to Save Energy
Board Director
Director’s Circle
EE Commission Member

Dr. Susan Tierney

Senior Advisor
Board Member since March 2011
Nominating Committee, Audit & Finance Committee

Sue Tierney, a Senior Advisor at Analysis Group, is an expert on energy economics, regulation and policy, particularly in the electric and gas industries.  She has consulted to businesses, government, Indian tribes, environmental groups, foundations, large energy customers, and other organizations. 

Previously, she served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy.  In Massachusetts, she was the Secretary for Environmental Affairs, a Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and executive director of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Council. 

She currently serves on a number of boards of directors and advisory committees, including chairing the External Advisory Council of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the board of ClimateWorks Foundation.  She is a director of the World Resources Institute, the Alliance to Save Energy, and the Energy Foundation, and is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee. 

She previously co-chaired the NAESB Gas-Electric Harmonization Committee; co-chaired the National Commission on Energy Policy; served on the Alliance Commission for Energy Efficiency Policy; chaired the Policy Subgroup of the National Petroleum Council’s study of the natural gas resource base in North America; was co-lead author of the energy chapter of the National Climate Assessment; and served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (and its Shale Gas Subcommittee). 

She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in regional planning at Cornell University.