Staff

Staff2019-01-27T08:35:38+00:00
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.

Stephanie Seki
Stephanie SekiSenior Policy Analyst

Stephanie Seki, Ph.D. is a Senior Policy Analyst at Atlas Public Policy. Stephanie brings 10 years of experience from academia, consulting, and the nonprofit/NGO worlds to provide expert analysis at the intersection of technical and policy related projects. Stephanie’s expertise is in building models to aid in complex decision-making under uncertainty. Her body of work includes analyzing the economic, environmental, and social impacts of new and emerging alternative fuels and technologies for the transportation sector.

As part of Atlas Public Policy, she is involved in all aspects of projects including research, analysis, and project management. Stephanie is responsible for projects involving electrification and shared mobility. She uses her expert research skills to inform technical reports, prepare business case analyses, and manage data on projects.

Prior to joining Atlas, Stephanie was a Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow and then a Program Officer at the Transportation Research Board, part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Prior to that, as a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, Stephanie was the lead on projects that assessed the expansion of alternative fuel infrastructure and technologies. She frequently presented at conferences and for project funders over the course her graduate school career. Her focus was on building models to aid decision-makers when the problems being addressed, like new fuel technology adoption, were highly uncertain. Stephanie’s range of work included economic analyses, environmental assessments, and social considerations with a focus on policy-oriented solutions.

Stephanie worked in civil engineering consulting prior to her graduate work at Carnegie Mellon. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Lauren Davis
Lauren DavisSenior Policy Analyst

Lauren Davis is a Senior Policy Analyst at Atlas Public Policy. Lauren uses her knowledge of operations, supply chain, product design, and mechanical design and manufacturing to effectively analyze and develop content solutions. She is currently the content manager for the Atlas EV Hub and works on all data analytics efforts at Atlas. Lauren manages and develops site content, including data, news, and publications, for the Atlas EV Hub platform, a one-stop shop for information on transportation electrification in the United States. She also conducts ad hoc analyses on transportation programs and policies for electric utility, public sector, and nonprofit sector customers.

Lauren began her foray into the policy space at Energy Solution as a Codes and Standards Intern where she performing research and analysis, including CBECC-Com energy modeling, to support recommendations for next generation of California Codes & Standards. She also wrote comment letters on behalf of California’s Utilities to the Department of Energy in response to a Request for Information related to the Executive Order on reducing regulatory burden, posted in the Federal Register. Lauren also developed a methodology for analyzing potential states to target for expanding the Codes & Standards business.

Lauren worked for nearly three years as a Senior Project Mechanical Engineer at Lutron Electronics Company in both engineering and operations. As a senior project mechanical engineer she completed mechanical design, documentation, and testing of Lumea® Dimmer and Claro® USB Receptacle, developed plastic parts for injection molding, worked with manufacturers to monitor proper mold creation and process, raised flags about potential for high levels of defects in manufacturing of Lumea®, and created a new process with the manufacturer to reduce the probability of this occurring. Lauren also implemented a company-wide process to more efficiently change materials in existing products resulting in significant reduction of line downtime.

Lauren holds a Master of Science in Energy Science, Technology, and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania.

David DeSmet
David DeSmetIntern

David DeSmet is the staff intern at Atlas Public Policy. He brings experience in the field of compliance, materials, renewable energy policy, and using data to support policy recommendations. While not working for Atlas, he also works as a contractor / research assistant for the Engineer Research and Development Center laboratory of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he has worked on uncertainty reduction in data set fusion, policy recommendations for advanced materials, and carbon dioxide sequestration. Previously, he worked as a staff engineer for Hammett & Edison, a radio frequency compliance firm out of Sonoma, California and has tried his hand at self employment by algorithmic commodities trading. He is hoping to return to academia in the fall to begin work on a PhD on renewable energy public policy.

David completed his Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering degree at Carnegie Mellon in 2018 and his Bachelor of Science in Materials Science & Engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 2014.