In her role as Groundswell's Chief Financial Officer, Emily Robichaux manages the organization's finances, advances community solar market transformation through values-based project finance, and leads the development and delivery of Groundswell's subscriber management services. Highlights of her work include leading project finance research for LIFT Solar Everywhere, a three-year DOE-funded research project led by Groundswell; developing Groundswell's proprietary SharePower subscriber management platform that leverages Human-Centered Design to put the "community" back in community solar; and directing Groundswell's engagement with the DC Department of Energy and Environment to deliver clean energy savings to more than 3,000 local households.
Prior to beginning her full-time role at Groundswell, Emily held a Clean Energy Fellowship with the organization from June 2017 to June 2018. She was a 2016-2017 Net Impact Healthy Food Fellow, providing resiliency consulting services to the DC Central Kitchen, and she was a member of the winning team of the 2017 Columbia University Energy Symposium Case Competition, which focused on virtual power plant market entry.
Emily received her MBA in Sustainability from Bard College and holds dual bachelor’s degrees in French Studies and Government from Smith College. She was honored to have received the 2018 Bard MBA L. Hunter Lovins Award for her work with Groundswell during this time for her commitment to advancing social justice as an essential element of the clean energy transition. Emily also received an American Association of University Women Career Development Grant in support of her graduate studies. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she has lived in D.C. since 2005.