J. Drake Hamilton // Science Policy Director
J.’s responsibilities include scientific analysis, policy development, and advocacy of clean energy solutions to global warming that will maximize economic opportunities for the Midwest. Each year, she gives more than 50 invited presentations on solutions at the scale of our energy problems. Her recent audiences around the country include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Xcel Energy, Target, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, and Great River Energy. J.’s frequent media appearances include television, Minnesota Public Radio and many other stations, and the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press. J. earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in physical geography from Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis on climatology and water resources. She was formerly assistant professor at The George Washington University, and relishes using her science communications skills in advocating global warming solutions. J. was awarded an international leaders fellowship from the European Union, and used that award to study climate policy solutions. She serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Climate Action Network. J. joined Fresh Energy in 1995. She and her husband grow organic peaches and plums that have won blue ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair.