Atlas Public Policy equips businesses and policymakers to make strategic, informed decisions that serve the public interest. Atlas builds analytical tools and dashboards using powerful, accessible technology, and offers expert advisory services to tackle the pressing issues of the day.

Our key work areas currently include transportation and building electrification, climate policy, and disinformation tracking.

Public data is flooding the internet at an unprecedented pace. Collecting and interpreting that information is a key challenge for policymakers looking to address the social problems of today, and for businesses looking to offer solutions. Too often, this information is obscured, hidden behind paywalls, or otherwise inaccessible – requiring government, industry, and non-profits to waste valuable time and resources. If left unchecked, these challenges will intensify as an increasingly aware and critical public scrutinizes the use of public funds.

As industry, policymakers, and non-profits become increasingly interdependent on publicly available information, the need for sophisticated technology to interpret that information grows. To address emerging societal challenges, policymakers must develop and implement policies and regulations that encourage the use of new technology and products as well as changes in consumer behavior. Businesses must grow new markets for their products that overcome entrenched interests.

Atlas Focus Areas

  • Access: Aggregate and disseminate publicly available information

  • Interpret: Create dashboards and tools to spur insights and conduct data-driven analyses

  • Empower: Strengthen the ability of policymakers, businesses, and non-profits to meet emerging challenges and identify opportunities that serve the public interest

Staff

Peter Benzoni
Peter BenzoniData Analyst

Peter is a Data Analyst at Atlas Public Policy. Peter is responsible for overseeing how Atlas ingests, manipulates, and presents data for several ongoing projects.  He leads the scoping and development of complex data management projects. He brings an expertise in database development, data analysis, and data visualization in dashboards and websites. At Atlas, he has successfully led projects analyzing online behaviors of media, such as the Hamilton Dashboard, and several projects surrounding electric vehicle charging station behaviors, such as EV Shared Mobility. On any given day, he can be found designing database tables, tweaking ingest scripts, crafting dashboards, and writing documentation. Peter also provides technical support to the other members of Atlas and assists in analyses, requirements gathering, and data management.

Peter brings his knowledge of Power BI, Social Media APIs, and NodeJS to many of Atlas’s projects. He also gained much of his technical expertise as a consultant for Accenture Federal Services, where he worked for three and a half years before joining Atlas. At Accenture, he developed his expertise in visualizing data, helping develop a host of interactive dashboards, reports, and alerts for their government clients, gaining fluency in SQL, JavaScript, Java, and Qlik. This experience and his prior work at the U.S. Department of Energy and at the U.S. Mission to NATO, have made him skilled at understanding and safely manipulating public sector information.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from Iowa State University.

Spencer Burget
Spencer BurgetPolicy Associate

Spencer is a Policy Associate at Atlas Public Policy where he contributes original research and policy analysis on transportation and building electrification. Spencer’s primary responsibilities are to support data collection and website content for the Atlas Buildings Hub and EV Hub. Spencer brings a wide variety of experience as a clean energy professional in the non-profit and private sector spanning vehicle and building electrification, renewable energy, and battery storage.

Prior to joining Atlas, Spencer worked as an independent consultant providing project support and market research for Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and other leading clean energy organizations. Spencer first joined EDF as a summer intern conducting marginal abatement analysis for building electrification. Following his internship, Spencer joined EDF as a full-time consultant managing fleet engagement initiatives and developing market research and policy analysis for zero-emissions medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

Spencer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environment, Economics, and Politics from Pitzer College.

James Di Filippo
James Di FilippoSenior Policy Analyst

James Di Filippo is a Senior Policy Analyst at Atlas Public Policy where he leads and contributes to research and analysis on transportation electrification projects. James specializes in quantitative policy analysis and modeling and brings expertise in policy and planning for vehicle electrification in both light and heavy duty sectors.

Previously, James was a researcher at UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation where he conducted applied research on clean vehicle incentive design, electric vehicle charging infrastructure planning, climate policy, and the air quality impacts of decarbonization. At the Luskin Center, he worked with public, non-profit and private sector clients such as the California Air Resources Board, the Southern California Association of Governments, and EVgo. His work included analysis and modeling to inform incentive design for heavy duty vehicles, planning for EV infrastructure in workplaces and multi-family housing, and evaluating a fast charging pilot program.

James Holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a Bachelors of Government from California State University, Sacramento.

Noah Gabriel
Noah GabrielPolicy Associate

Noah is a Policy Associate at Atlas Public Policy where he analyzes data and policies related to transportation and building electrification and decarbonization. Noah’s primary responsibilities include data collection and website content for the Atlas EV Hub and Buildings Hub. Noah brings a solid understanding of energy markets and technologies from his focus on energy economics during his undergraduate studies.

Before joining Atlas, Noah worked as a Professional Services Engineer for ML/AI training data company Appen, where he gained myriad skills surrounding data acquisition and front-end design. His other data-related experience includes an internship at the World Bank Group where he conducted analyses around poverty measurement techniques in Southern Africa.

Noah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from Oberlin College.

Sarah Goldmuntz
Sarah GoldmuntzPolicy Analyst

Sarah Goldmuntz is a Policy Analyst at Atlas Public Policy. Sarah leads the writing of briefs and reports on original and synthesis research. She also supports original research and sophisticated analyses on electric transportation, building decarbonization, and other areas of climate policy.

Before joining Atlas, Sarah interned at ICF, where she researched how regulatory and market operation changes throughout the Western Electricity Coordinating Council impact participants in the energy transition. She was simultaneously a graduate student researcher at UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation, examining regulatory changes at the California Public Utilities Commission and market changes at the California Independent System Operator. As part of this work, she supported the center’s written publications, including contributing to the published state-level 100 percent clean energy policies and community choice aggregation programs reports. Sarah also served as an analyst at San Francisco’s municipal utility, the SFPUC. She collaborated with teams throughout the SFPUC to schedule the city’s generation in the CAISO’s markets, ensured regulatory compliance with state resource adequacy and renewable portfolio standards requirements, and collaborated with outside consultants to manage electricity generation modeling software.

Sarah holds a Master of Public Policy from UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts in World Politics and Biology from Hamilton College.

Kim Latham
Kim LathamProject Manager

Kim brings unique expertise in managing a range of public-private partnerships to implement pilot programs and innovative policy practices, as Atlas’s project manager. Kim has managed a range of innovative programs and projects, with mixed-methods research to promote policy areas in vehicle electrification, value-based health care delivery, marijuana legalization, and racial equity in public policy and education. At Atlas, she previously managed a federal award analyzing the adoption of electric vehicles in shared mobility services and now supports a diverse portfolio of Atlas’s projects and products. Kim is a Certified Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitator in strategic planning and consensus building and has extensive experience in contract management, budget planning, and timeline accountability.

Prior to Atlas, Kim worked at Foundation for Healthy Generation and Casey Family Programs, where she managed internal controls, cash flow, contracts, and program implementation. During her time at Casey Family Programs, she provided research detailing the alignment of public and private funding opportunities in health and human services, which sparked her interested in pursuing a graduate degree focused in public policy, nonprofit management, and equity. After finishing her degree, she went on to manage Foundation for Healthy Generation’s portfolio of programs in health care transformation, community-based health care, and Statewide taskforces.

Kim holds a Master in Public Administration from the University of Washington’s Evan’s School of public Policy and Governance, and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Willamette University.

Nicole Lepre
Nicole LeprePolicy Analyst

Nicole Lepre is a Policy Analyst at Atlas Public Policy. Nicole works with the Atlas team to conduct original research and analysis on electric vehicle policy and manage data projects to support Atlas’s transportation and power sector customers. Nicole has worked on topics such as utility investment in EV programs, best practices for EV charging at multi-family dwellings, integration of EVs with the electrical grid, and the economic case for electrification. Nicole also brings her talent for public speaking as a frequent guest speaker and panelist at various EV Community events, and as a contributor to Atlas’s EV Hub Live podcast. Nicole has authored and co-authorized reports for NGOs, government entities, and electric utilities. Nicole also works closely with Atlas’s data analysts to build analytical tools for the EV Hub and manage large data projects for customers.

Nicole started her energy career at Consolidated Edison’s Clean Energy Businesses, working to develop and manage solar and wind projects across the United States.

Nicole holds a Master’s degree in Energy Regulation and Law from Vermont Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Math and Philosophy from Wesleyan University.

Lucy McKenzie
Lucy McKenzieDirector

Lucy is a Director at Atlas Public Policy, where she is leading and contributing to a variety of electric vehicle projects. Previously, she was a Director at Energy and Environmental Economics (E3), where she focused on quantifying and realizing the climate and economic benefits of EVs for utilities, regulators, technology companies and transit agencies across the United States. She worked with utility and government clients and a wide array of stakeholders to develop industry-leading strategic roadmaps to electrify transportation. She also developed e-bus rate designs for the California Transit Association, identified optimal locations and best practices for public EV charging for Pacific Gas & Electric, and quantified economic and greenhouse gas benefits of EVs for utilities and ratepayers around the country.

Lucy recently co-founded the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Women of Electric Vehicles (WomenOfEVs.com). She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from U.C. Berkeley, and Bachelors of Economics and Commerce (Finance, Business & Accounting) from the University of Queensland in her hometown of Brisbane, Australia.

Nick Nigro
Nick NigroFounder

Nick works to bring a data-driven approach to the public policy field through the greater use of new technology. He is a nationally known expert on climate change policy, transportation electrification, and the greater use of data in policy analysis. He has led the development of several complex financial and policy analysis tools, convened large groups of diverse stakeholders nationwide, is a frequent public speaker on energy and environmental issues, and has expert knowledge in web, database, and other advanced technologies.

Nick is the founder of Atlas Public Policy, a policy tech firm whose mission is to equip businesses and policymakers to make strategic, informed decisions through the greater use of technology that aggregates publicly available information. Atlas arms our audience with the information necessary to encourage the use of new technologies and products along with changes in consumer behavior.

With Atlas, Nick has been working with public agencies, large industries, and advocacy organizations to collect and analyze data from across the internet to inform organizational strategy and create, deploy, and evaluate innovative programs. Nick has led major research projects that required the use of sophisticated data aggregation and analytical techniques in the areas of transportation, energy use, business models, and environmental impacts. Nick led the creation of the Atlas EV Hub, the premiere information resource for over 1,000 stakeholders around the United States working on transportation electrification. The EV Hub aggregates publicly available data from many sources and makes that information readily accessible to a non-technical audience.

Before starting Atlas in early 2015, Nick was the Senior Manager of Transportation Initiatives at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, where he developed C2ES’s strategy to save oil and reduce greenhouse gases from the transportation sector. In a prior life, Nick spent six years as an engineer and manager in the high-tech industry at Oasis Semiconductor in Waltham, Massachusetts. He was a strategic part of Oasis, helping it grow from 15 to almost 100 employees in under four years, and led projects with the largest impact on company revenue.

Nick holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Josh Rosenberg
Josh RosenbergData Associate

Josh is a Data Associate at Atlas Public Policy. Josh is responsible for improving the user experience across Atlas’s products, including the Atlas EV Hub, assisting with website development, and providing technical assistance with advanced policy analyses. Josh serves as a technical lead on Atlas’s state evaluation efforts, where he brings data processing expertise to aggregate and visualize charging use and EV related data. Josh draws from his programming skillset to develop pipelines for efficient data collection and processing and uses his skills to create customized analytical tools for policymakers and decisionmakers. He successfully led the development of DRVE, a Microsoft Excel-based tool which allows users to model full fleet electrification and analyze financial and environmental results.

During his time as an undergraduate, Josh developed software applications, analyzed economic data, and developed sophisticated machine learning models. His coursework has enabled him to learn various programming languages and analytical techniques. Josh’s experience has made him well versed in dealing various types of data and transforming that data to reveal key insights.

Prior to joining Atlas, Josh spent two years as a Data Analytics intern at Gallagher, where he worked with the branch of Gallagher Benefit Services to provide valuable client support and build tools to help internal operations. At Gallagher, he used his programming skills in Python, Java and SQL to develop tools that assisted the company with data processing and audit operations. While developing his skills at Gallagher, he also assisted in developing powerful data dashboards to help clients make use of their healthcare data, as well as creating predictive models using machine learning technologies to help clients find valuable insights.

Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Economics from Rutgers University.

Tom Taylor
Tom TaylorPolicy Analyst

Tom Taylor is a Policy Analyst at Atlas Public Policy. Tom works with the Atlas team to support original research and sophisticated analyses on electric transportation, building decarbonization, and other areas of climate policy. As part of that work, Tom will support data collection and validation initiatives. Tom will also lead Atlas’s efforts to promote our work to the policy community and communicate with the broader public.

Tom formerly worked in social housing policy at the Department of Health and Human Services in Melbourne, Australia where he focused on initiatives to improve tenant outcomes through data analysis and tenant engagement. He has experience in climate and clean energy policy development from stints at the Council of the Ageing South Australia, Divest Princeton and Solar Citizens. At Solar Citizens, he led modelling, design and communications for a solar for social housing initiative.

Tom holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from New York University Abu Dhabi.