Aileen Nowlan

Senior Manager, EDF+Business


Areas of expertise:
Corporate partnerships, innovation, smart cities, clean energy, methane, regulatory progress

Aileen Nowlan leads EDF’s work to identify, accelerate, and scale transformative environmental technologies. Aileen began with an innovative collaboration to minimize methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry through continuous detection of leaks. This collaboration dramatically accelerated the pace and improved the quality of deployed solutions. Aileen is applying this successful model to air pollution, chemicals exposure, and other health and environmental challenges.


Prior to joining EDF, Aileen clerked for a federal judge in the District of Columbia and practiced law at international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York City, focused on petroleum industry clients. She is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she led the Yale Journal of International Law and advised on local and international climate change and clean energy initiatives. Aileen previously worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, then led multistakeholder collaborations to drive market transformations in clean energy, water, and housing at Ashoka in India and D.C. She is also a graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.