Atlas Public Policy’s 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.

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 Key Focus Areas

  • Access: Collect and disseminate publicly available information.

  • Interpret: Create technology to spur insights and conduct data-driven analyses.

  • Empower: Strengthen policymakers, businesses, and non-profits’ ability to meet emerging challenges and identify and seize opportunities.

Staff

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. 

Nick Nigro
Nick NigroFounder

Nick Nigro is the founder of Atlas Public Policy. Nick brings a data-driven approach to the public policy field through the greater use of new technology. He is a nationally known expert on alternative fuel vehicle financing, policy, and technology. 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 advanced vehicle technology and other transportation-related energy and environmental issues, and has expert knowledge in web and other computer-related technology. 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.

Before creating 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. He led two multi-year initiatives focused on innovative business models and state policy frameworks to accelerate the deployment low-carbon vehicles. While at C2ES, Nick wrote 14 reports on private finance, electric vehicles, lifecycle emissions from vehicle and fuels, federal transportation legislation, ridesharing, and related topics. He also managed a comprehensive report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. transportation.

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. While at Oasis, Nick developed a reputation for successful and timely client delivery.

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.

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.