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Kerry C. Duggan

Kerry C. Duggan

Founder and Principal


Kerry C. Duggan is the founder and principal of SustainabilD, a sustainability and strategy consulting firm. She previously worked as deputy director for policy in the Obama-Biden White House for then Vice President Biden and held several senior roles at the Department of Energy, mainly in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. She also served as deputy director of the Obama-era Detroit task force, where she championed a citywide LED streetlight conversion. Duggan was a member of the 2020-2021 Biden-Harris Transition Team’s Department of Energy Agency Review Team, and in 2020, she was named a member of the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force, serving as one of Biden’s five delegates on the climate change policy committee. She previously worked at the League of Conservation Voters.

Recently, Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed Duggan to the State of Michigan’s Council on Climate Solutions to support the transition toward economy-wide carbon neutrality. After her time in federal service, Duggan co-founded the Smart Cities Lab, was a partner with the Honorable Thomas J. Ridge’s firm and has served on several boards including at the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and the Global Council for Science and the Environment.

In 2018, Duggan was named to the prestigious “40 Under 40” list by Crain’s Detroit Business, and she is currently a Board Director of Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: PESI), a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists and a Member of the International Women’s Forum. She sits on the corporate advisory boards of RockCreek Global Investment, Aclima, Inc., Walker-Miller Energy Services, Arctaris Impact Investors Opportunity Zone Fund, and HeatX. Duggan earned a bachelor's in environmental studies from the University of Vermont and a master's in natural resource policy and behavior from the University of Michigan.

Recent Publications

March 23, 2023

Comments to DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions Regarding the Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI)

FESI is an idea whose time has come. DOE drives action toward many of the United States’ most vital goals: a strong, secure economy; global leadership in science and technology; eliminating climate pollution at home and around the world, and much more. Congress seized an historic opportunity to accelerate progress toward these goals by authorizing DOE to establish and collaborate closely with FESI.

August 2, 2022

The Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation: A Flexible New Tool to Build the Economy, Strengthen Science, and Fight Climate Change

In July 2022, Congress authorized DOE to establish and collaborate closely with a new non-profit Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI), an idea that the Center developed over the previous five years. ITIF is working to ensure that FESI gets off to a fast start and contributes to DOE’s vital missions right away.

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