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Managing Director Energy Equity & Just Transitions

Holmes Hummel, PhD

Managing Director Energy Equity & Just Transitions, Precourt Institute for Energy
Dr. Holmes Hummel is an interdisciplinary solutionary focused at the intersections of energy policy, technology, and finance. At Stanford, Dr. Hummel is drawing on two decades of experience that includes work in academia, private sector, public policy, and civil society organizations in order to accelerate just transitions by integrating concepts and practices of energy equity into energy education and research.

In collaboration with field partners, Dr. Hummel is also the founding co-director of Clean Energy Works, a public interest organization that accelerates investments in the clean energy economy by bridging multiple clean energy divides with inclusive financial solutions such as inclusive utility investment.

Previously, Dr. Hummel served as the Senior Policy Advisor in the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy & International Affairs during the Recovery Act era of 2009-2013. In that capacity, Holmes brought insight gained as a Congressional Science Fellow selected by American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), serving in the office of Jay Inslee, currently Governor of Washington, who served in Congress at that time. Dr. Hummel has also served on the Board of Cleantech Open, the world's largest cleantech accelerator.

In addition to prior work with energy innovators in the Silicon Valley, Dr. Hummel earned a doctorate degree from Stanford University’s E-IPER program for interdisciplinary research on energy technology scenarios that achieve 100% clean energy.

While in the pursuit of solutions that accelerate just energy transitions, Dr. Hummel has taught Climate Policy Design at the Energy Resources Group at University of California in Berkeley and co-founded four new courses at Stanford, including Racial Equity in Energy and Quest for an Inclusive Clean Energy Economy, and the Justice 40 Policy Lab.

At Stanford, Holmes is the founding Resident Fellow of Explore Energy House, a residence hall with more than 80 co-housed undergraduate scholars with a shared interest in energy as an academic theme for their residential education. The Explore Energy Seminar hosted by the House welcomes participants from across the University community each quarter and features experiential education opportunities that are reinforced by Stanford’s Explore Energy program.


Ph.D., Stanford University, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (2006)
M.S., Stanford University, Engineering (1999)
B.S., Stanford University, Energy Engineering (Individually Designed Major) (1999)


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