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Nicole W. Sitaraman

Vice President of External Affairs and Policy at Sustainable Capital Advisors
B.A. 2000
Nicole Sitaraman

Nicole Sitaraman is an experienced advocate and policy strategist with a background in clean energy policy, consumer and civil rights advocacy and stakeholder engagement.  Throughout her work, she has cultivated a broad, impactful and diverse network to advance energy justice, grid modernization and sustainability goals.

She serves as Vice President of External Affairs and Policy at Sustainable Capital Advisors, a Black-owned financial advisory and consulting firm dedicated to connecting capital to communities for inclusive sustainable infrastructure projects. Prior to joining Sustainable Capital Advisors, Nicole was a Senior Manager of Public Policy at Sunrun, Inc., the nation’s largest residential solar, battery storage and energy management services provider. Her work at Sunrun followed several years of service as an Assistant People’s Counsel in the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia where she was the chief advisor on local, regional and federal clean energy policy on behalf of DC ratepayers. She began working on energy issues after serving as an attorney at one of the nation’s leading civil rights litigation firms.

Nicole has been featured in such publications as Forbes, Utility Dive, CleanTechnica, PV Magazine, Solar Power World and the AFRO.  In addition to serving on the Advisory Board of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, Nicole serves on the Board of Directors of Black Owners of Solar Services (BOSS), Solar United Neighbors and is Chair of the Steering Committee of Interfaith Power & Light, DMV. She is also a proud member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and the NAACP. 

Nicole is a first-gen college graduate, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature at Yale University in 2000 and J.D. at Boston University School of Law in 2004.