Melissa is Director: Clean Energy & Grid Transition at Acadia Center where she focuses on accelerating the development of clean energy and building a clean electric power grid, including regional power grid reforms at ISO-New England (ISO-NE), matters at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and related state and regional policies to decarbonize the grid. Previously, Melissa was attorney at Keyes & Fox LLP where she represented clean energy companies, non-profits organizations, and government agencies and was Senior Attorney at Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and as CLF’s New Hampshire state lead for energy matters. Melissa began her legal career at Spiegel & McDiarmid focusing on FERC and state energy policy. She holds a JD from Georgetown Law Center, an MA in Asian Languages and Culture from UCLA, and graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr with a major in East Asian Studies.

mbirchard@acadiacenter.org