Susanne Brooks

Program Director, Office of Economic Policy & Analysis


Areas of expertise: Climate change, air quality, global warming, environmental markets

Susanne Brooks is the Program Director for the Office of Economic Policy & Analysis, focusing primarily on U.S. climate and energy policy.

Specifically, she works to develop and advocate environmentally responsible and economically sound policies aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. She provides economic analysis to program staff, Congressional staff, and media, and works to shape market-based environmental policies across a variety of program areas.


  • MPA, Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), 2008
  • BA, Economics, Colgate University, 2004

Prior to EDF, Susanne’s academic work has been largely focused on economics, environmental policy, and carbon markets. She completed a thesis at Colgate University on compliance and implementation issues relating to the Kyoto Protocol.

Later, while at Columbia University, she worked as a consultant for the City of New York to assess the potential for the city’s participation in carbon markets and for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection to evaluate biomass lifecycle emission calculation methods and the potential role of biofuels to reduce emissions from the power sector in NJ.

Prior to completing her MPA, Susanne worked in Washington, DC for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), focusing on research, analysis, and advocacy of energy efficiency policies in the industrial and agricultural sectors.

Just before starting at EDF, she worked as an analyst for New Carbon Finance, a private sector provider of clean energy industry and low carbon technology analysis.

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