Sue Tierney

Managing Principal, Analysis Group

2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Sue Tierney is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries in the U.S. At Analysis Group in Boston, she has consulted to companies, governments, non-profit organizations, and others on energy markets, and economic and environmental regulation and strategy. She previously spent over a dozen years in state and federal government – as Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy; and as cabinet officer for environmental affairs, public utility commissioner, and chair of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority in Massachusetts. She chairs the External Advisory Board of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, chairs the ClimateWorks Foundation Board, and is a director of World Resources Institute, the Alliance to Save Energy, and the Energy Foundation. She is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Energy Project, and the China Sustainable Energy Program’s Policy Advisory Council. She recently co-chaired the NAESB Gas-Electric Harmonization Committee, was a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel on shale gas risk, and was co-lead author of the energy chapter of the National Climate Assessment. She served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (and its Shale Gas Subcommittee). She has published widely, and frequently speaks at industry conferences and lectures at universities. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in regional planning at Cornell University, New York (where her mentor was a female professor), and her B.A. at Scripps College (a women’s college in California). She and her husband, John Tierney, have two grown sons, James and Tom.