Susan F. Tierney
Senior Advisor, Analysis Group, 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 2014, and now works out of Analysis Group’s Denver office. Sue is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries. She has consulted to businesses, government agencies, foundations, tribes, environmental groups, and other organizations on energy markets, economic and environmental regulation, and strategy. She has also participated as an expert in civil litigation cases, regulatory proceedings before state and federal agencies, and business consulting engagements.
Sue previously served as assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Energy and later co-led that agency’s transition team during the Obama/Biden presidential transition. 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 has taught in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and at the University of California, Irvine. In May 2017, she was appointed a visiting fellow in policy practice at the Energy Policy Institute of the University of Chicago.
Sue serves as chair of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s External Advisory Council and the ClimateWorks Foundation board. She also serves on the boards of the World Resources Institute, Resources for the Future, the Alliance to Save Energy, the Energy Foundation, and the Keystone Center, and on advisory councils at New York University, Duke University, and Columbia University. Until recently, she chaired the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee.
Sue earned a bachelor’s degree from Scripps College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in regional planning and public policy from Cornell University. After living in the Boston area for more than three decades and raising her two now-adult sons there, she recently moved to her husband’s native Denver.