Dr. Marilyn A. Brown
Interim Chair, School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Marilyn A. Brown is Interim Chair of the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology where she created and co-leads the Climate and Energy Policy Lab and the Master of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management. Her research focuses on the design and modeling of energy markets and carbon reduction policies and programs, highlighting opportunities on the customer side of the electric meter—including energy end-use efficiency, rooftop-solar systems, vehicle to grid interactions, smart thermostats, and home storage devices. Using data analytics and energy-engineering models, she examines technology and market transitions at the local, regional, and global scale. In the 1990s she conducted the first national evaluation of the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program. This year she updated her review of government programs that address energy burden and published “The persistence of high energy burdens: A bibliometric analysis of vulnerability, poverty, and exclusion in the United States.”

Prior to Georgia Tech, she worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she held various leadership positions in energy efficiency and renewable energy. From 2010-2017, Dr. Brown served two terms as a Presidential appointee to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest public power provider. From 2014-2018 she served two terms on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee where she chaired the Smart Grid Subcommittee. She has written 6 books on the clean energy transition.