Katy Christiansen

Project Leader - DOD & FEMP


Katy Christiansen is a project manager in the Project Development and Finance Advisory Group at NREL leading resilience and sustainability efforts. Christiansen's area of expertise includes strategic planning, project development, and analysis for the defense, federal, utility, and nonprofit sectors. Her focus is in resilience analysis for complex organizations and best practices for developing advanced infrastructure systems.

Research Interests

Policies and technical solutions to increase resilience

Techno-economic evaluation and feasibility analysis

Microgrid design and integration

Utility infrastructure development


M.S., Environmental Science and Policy, Johns Hopkins University

B.S., Environmental Studies, Minor in Leadership Studies, University of Utah

B.S., Psychology, Minor in Ceramics, University of Utah

Professional Experience

Project manager, National Renewable Energy (2014–present)

Renewable energy analyst, Concurrent Technologies Corp. (2012–2014)

Communications analyst, SRA International (2009–2012)