Jessica Kersey

BS Chemical Engineering (Virginia Tech), BA International Studies & Political Science (Virginia Tech)

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C-BEAR+ Fellow


Jess Kersey is a Fellow within the C-BEAR+ Program at RLI from July 2020 until July 2021. She is pursuing a master’s degree with the University of California Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group. She is broadly interested in decentralized and innovative energy technologies for climate mitigation and resilience and specifically how to incorporate these into the development agenda. She has a particular geographic interest in the Caribbean and Latin America. With RLI, she plans to research the dimensions of electricity access, reliability, and affordability in informal urban settlements, with a focus on Latin American cities. In addition to her work at RLI, Jess is a research affiliate of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and consults for development agencies such as the Asian Development Bank.

Jess holds dual bachelor's degrees in chemical engineering and political science from Virginia Tech. She previously worked as an energy engineer with AECOM's Energy business line providing technical, project management, and business development support for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainability projects. She has a diverse engineering background which includes experience in energy, construction management, and disaster relief both domestically and internationally including work in Haiti, Panama, El Salvador, the US Virgin Islands, Iraq, and Cuba. She enjoys applying her engineering expertise to development and humanitarian efforts and has been involved with Engineers Without Borders since 2016.