Jennifer Helfrich is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), where she is the Roy Family Fellow with the Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program. Jennifer’s focus is sustainable cities: how to balance environmental impact and resource use with growth and equality in urban systems. Her projects have focused on identifying the ways in which urban mitigation strategies can be paired with poverty and inequality reduction.
Prior to HKS, Jennifer worked for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the San Francisco School District on energy efficiency programs, solar incentives, conservation management, and clean energy education. Before this, Jennifer was a researcher at the Technische Universität Berlin, where she co-authored papers on renewable energy and environmental impact assessments. She is also a contributing author for the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report. Jennifer earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies with honors from the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, misses California trail running, and makes a mean apple pie.