Ben Bovarnick is a first year Masters of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, focusing on the policy and financial mechanisms driving clean energy deployment and integration within existing energy infrastructure. Prior to Yale, Ben worked for three years as a Research Assistant with the Energy Policy team at the Center for American Progress. At CAP, Ben studied and developed state and federal policies designed to bolster the finance and deployment of renewable energy and US engagement in international climate mitigation efforts. His research included US energy storage markets, low-income solar access, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, international fossil fuel subsidies reform, climate-related risk insurance, the UNFCCC, the Green Climate Fund, and wastewater infrastructure resilience efforts. Ben graduated from the University of Rochester with a bachelor of arts in chemistry and political science. He is originally from Oakland, California, and is an avid Bay Area sports fan.