Aileen Nowlan

Senior Manager, EDF+Business


Areas of expertise:
Smart cities, air pollution technology, innovation, clean energy, corporate partnerships, methane regulatory process

Aileen Nowlan leads the EDF+Business work to identify, accelerate, and scale transformative environmental innovations. Aileen focuses on empowering cities and companies to monitor and map air pollution at a hyperlocal scale, and to use air quality data to curate and achieve solutions for high-priority urban challenges including climate change. Previously, she led an innovative collaboration to minimize methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry by developing and deploying technologies that continuously detect leaks. This collaboration dramatically accelerated the pace and improved the quality of methane detection solutions.


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.

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