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 many of Atlas’s ongoing projects. On a daily basis, 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 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.

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 public-private funded programs in health care transformation, mixed-methods research in community 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 is a Policy Analyst at Atlas Public Policy. Nicole works with the Atlas team to conduct original research and analysis on electric vehicles and their integration with the electrical grid. Nicole assesses equity-related issues and business development opportunities, and generally provides research and analytical support to Atlas’s transportation and power sector customers. Nicole comes to Atlas with five years of experience in renewable energy project development.

Nicole started her energy career at Consolidated Edison’s Clean Energy Businesses, working to develop, manage, and optimize solar and wind assets across the United States. Nicole spent her first three years at ConEdison working in business development, where she conducted market research, worked with financial models, and produced proposals in order to help grow the company’s renewable energy portfolio. Nicole then worked on asset management at Con Edison, where she was responsible for the management and optimization of approximately 30 solar and wind assets.

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.

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.

Charles Satterfield
Charles SatterfieldSenior Project Manager

Charles Satterfield is a Senior Project Manager at Atlas Public Policy. Charles brings a deep background in public project management and has worked with a number of states across the nation to help them meet their goals. He is currently the project manager for the EV Shared Mobility project and works on all data analytics efforts related to the integration of electric vehicles into mobility services. Charles also leads the business case assessments for the electrification of public and private fleets.

Prior to joining Atlas, Charles worked in the financial consulting division at Maximus Consulting for nearly eight years, including five years as a project manager. While at Maximus, he managed his office’s largest portfolio of public sector clients and was accountable for all aspects of project management including complex financial analysis, stakeholder management, business development, federal negotiation, and audit defense. His work on the New York State IT Consolidation effort helped guide the State of New York through the creation of a multi-billion dollar IT enterprise and ensure that clients experienced a smooth transition from their previous IT support with minimal disruption in service. Charles also managed the Metro Washington Airport Authority’s oversight of the construction of the Silver Line Metro, which will provide access for Washington, D.C. residents to Dulles International Airport. His close work with the public sector provided Charles with insight into how public policy operated at a ground level and drove his interest in the field, leading him to pursue a graduate degree in economics before ultimately joining the team at Atlas.

Charles holds a Master of Science in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Psychology from the University of Virginia.

Conner Smith
Conner SmithPolicy Associate

Conner is a Policy Associate at Atlas Public Policy. Conner draws from his background in energy and resources policy to contribute original content and research to a variety of projects as Atlas. Conner brings his experience as a researcher for the Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All Campaign to research a range of topics including public spending on transportation electrification and electric vehicle policies and incentives. At Atlas, Conner is also responsible for creating the EV Hub weekly digest.

Prior to joining Atlas, Conner also worked as a program associate for the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Climate Initiative where he contributed to the execution of renewable energy transitions in island nations. Here, he worked with partners at the Rocky Mountain Institute to develop strategies to help island nations meet long term renewable energy and climate change mitigation goals. This work included analyses of policy options and recommendations to different government agencies.

Conner holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.