Alisa Ferguson is a consultant and writer focused on accelerating clean energy innovation
Alisa works with clients to develop strategic communications, new policy and regulation, and relationships with partners seeking to accelerate action and amplify impact on energy and climate change issues. She enjoys launching new initiatives, creating order from chaos, and forging unconventional alliances. She publishes regularly on the role of innovation in solving global energy challenges, and her novel-in-progress is a story of how nature connects and nurtures us.
Alisa has advised a wide variety of organizations in the private sector, ranging from Fortune 500 companies such as Google, GE, Applied Materials, JP Morgan Chase, The Boeing Company, and Honeywell International to the venture capital community, early-stage cleantech companies, trade associations, national laboratories, and non-profit organizations. She currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Energy Consumer Market Alignment Project (EC-MAP), a nonprofit think tank focused on how digital technologies can drive greater transparency, fair competition, and consumer choice in the energy sector. From 2013 to 2018, Alisa led multiple projects for the XPRIZE Foundation, including the design of the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE and the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. She was also the 2016 Bold Innovator for the National Research Foundation Singapore Desalination XPRIZE Visioneers team.
From 2009 to 2013, Alisa co-led the cleantech practice at Washington, DC-based McBee Strategic Consulting (now Signal Group). Prior to working in the private sector, she spent nearly a decade on Capitol Hill, guiding strategy and policy for the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology and playing a lead role in the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), clean energy programs in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and Department of Energy R&D programs focused on advanced vehicles, biofuels, carbon capture, renewable energy, and smart grid technologies.
Alisa holds a B.S.F.S., cum laude, from the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She lives in Southern California.