BRITEside Chat with Anna Siefken
Anna Siefken is the inaugural Executive Director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
As a hub for energy entrepreneurs, BRITE brings together a variety of stakeholders to advance energy technologies and support startups in the region. The monthly BRITEside Chat series is speaker-driven networking event for entrepreneurs to learn and connect. Each BRITEside Chat features a notable innovator with expertise to share with our community. After brief networking, the speaker shares their insight and engages with attendees. The event is free, and we hope you can join us!
Anna J. Siefken, LEED AP BD+C, has spent her career making the business case for energy efficiency, cleantech innovation, and building performance as a means to address the world’s energy challenges and the global urgency of climate change. She is the inaugural Executive Director of The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University. www.cmu.edu/energy. Through programming, targeted outreach, and partnerships, she guides the Institute’s efforts to optimize energy resources, reduce the environmental impacts of energy production and use, and develop breakthrough technologies that will have meaningful impact and accelerate the transition to a sustainable, low carbon energy future. Her focus is on moving energy and cleantech innovation from the research lab to market.
Prior to CMU, Siefken was the Pittsburgh 2030 District Director and Vice President of Strategic Engagement for the Green Building Alliance, one of the U.S. Green Building Council’s largest chapters. She shaped the governance and was a founding member of the national 2030 District Network’s Board of Governors. Previously, she was Principal at ICF International, where she led marketplace adoption of Energy Star products; before that, she served as head Merchant for energy efficient and sustainable product procurement at The Home Depot. Siefken graduated from Duke University.
A member of Leadership Pittsburgh XXXII, Siefken has been honored with the 2019 Women of Influence Award from the Pittsburgh Business Times, The Carnegie Mellon University 2018 Andy Award for Innovative and Creative Contributions, the 2018 Women of Achievement Award from Cribs for Kids, and the Pittsburgh Business Times’ 2016 Women in Energy Leadership Award and the 2015 Energy Leadership Award for Corporate Social Engagement.