Catrina Rorke is director of energy policy and a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, founding and leading the institute’s energy program that seeks to help lawmakers, stakeholders, coalition partners and the policy community make informed decisions about such issues as infrastructure, wholesale and retail electricity, fuel diversity, energy choice and climate adaptation and mitigation.
Before joining R Street, Catrina founded the energy program at the American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute that specializes in actionable research and analysis. While at AAF, she emphasized free-market policies and critiqued administration regulatory efforts.
Catrina got her start as a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As part of her fellowship, she did a six-month rotation to the office of former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C. That six months stretched to two years, during which she served as his staff to the House Committee on Science and Technology and helped him craft the first Republican-sponsored carbon tax bill.
Catrina has been published in a number of national and local publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Politico, The Weekly Standard and The American Conservative. In 2016, she was named among The Hill’s 10 “rising stars” in the energy and environment world, a list that included senators, representatives and founders of leading policy institutions. Her work has also been profiled by National Journal and E&E News, among other publications.
Catrina is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied public health, creative writing and basketball dynasties. She also has a Master of Public Administration degree in environmental science and policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.