Susan F. Tierney
Senior Advisor, Analysis Group
Sue Tierney is a senior advisor at Analysis Group, an economic consulting firm headquartered in Boston. She was a managing principal in the company’s Boston office from 2003 through 2016, and now works out of Analysis Group’s Denver office. Sue is an expert on energy and climate mitigation policy, and on economic and environmental regulation of the electric and gas industries. She has consulted to businesses, government agencies, foundations, tribes, environmental groups, and other organizations.
Sue previously served as assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Energy. In Massachusetts, she served as secretary for environmental affairs, commissioner of the Department of Public Utilities, chair of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority board, and chair of the Massachusetts Oceans Commission. She taught in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and at the University of California, Irvine, and was a visiting fellow in policy practice at the Energy Policy Institute of the University of Chicago.
Sue serves as chair of the Resources for the Future board. She also serves on the board of the World Resources Institute, on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s External Advisory Council, and as an Advisor to the Board of the Oak Foundation. She previously chaired the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee. She is a member of the National Academies of Sciences committee on Committee on Accelerating Decarbonization in the United States.
Sue earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Scripps College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in regional planning from Cornell University. After living in the Boston area for three and a half decades and raising her two now-adult sons there, she recently moved with her husband to his native Denver.