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Eliana Lins

elianaEliana is a senior studying public administration at Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil. She has previously interned in Brazil in research projects at her university’s Public Administration and Government Study Center. Her previous research subjects were local government, development of indicators for municipal management in Brazil, and racial segregation in the primary school system in the city of São Paulo. Now at Climate Institute she applies the GIS skills she learned in those previous experiences to the Clean and Secure Grid Initiative, on which she will be working until December.


Michael Damasco

damascoA senior at the University of California, Los Angeles, he is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Environmental Systems and Society. At UCLA, he serves as a member of the Ecology, Economy, and Equity Club. He plans on attending law school next year in the hopes of eventually gaining a career in environmental law. He is currently researching environmental justice and hopes to one day apply this research and further expand on it in order to protect the rights of minority communities. Other interests include keeping up to date on current events, drawing, and reading any comic he can get his hands on. 

At the Climate Institute, Michael is working on political advocacy, trying to build a coalition to support the Clean and Secure Grid. He is also looking for new projects for the Climate Institute to tackle. 


Hannah Klaus

hannahHannah is the social media and blog manager for the Climate Institute. She is an undergraduate student at American University double majoring environmental studies and international economics. She is passionate about environmental justice issues. 


Xie (Emma) He

emmaXie is a graduate research fellow working with the Clean and Secure Grid Initiative. With a background in marine science and power markets, she applies spatial and quantitative skills to understand the feasibility and environmental impacts of HVDC system. She also leads the design of our building efficiency project in Dubai. 

Xie is a recent graduate from Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, concentrating in environmental economics and policy. Prior to Duke, Xie received her BS in Mathematics and Environmental Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is interested in power markets, renewable energy, climate change, ecosystem services, and social entrepreneurship.


Matthew Acho

mattMatthew Acho is a second year Master’s student in the School of International Service at American University. He studies energy and nuclear security issues with a focus on geopolitics in East Asia and the Pacific. He has previously interned at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland at College Park where he studied issues concerning nuclear trade and proliferation. He has also done extensive research on the changing state of Arctic relations in regards to energy security. He plans to graduate with his Master’s in global security in May 2017.

Matthew is currently serving as a Graduate Research Fellow at the Climate Institute. He is in charge of the national security and energy security implications of the Clean and Secure Grid project.


Xin Li

xin-li-photoXin graduated from Boston University School of Law as an LL.M after earning her post-graduate degree in China University of Political Science and Law. Xin had passed Chinese bar examination in 2014. Before coming to study in U.S. she had completed an internship in a Beijing law firm.

Right now Xin is a legal research fellow working with the Clean and Secure Grid Initiative researching rules and procedures that would have to be considered for implementing the proposal.