Jesse Jenkins

Graduate Student, MIT

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Jesse Jenkins is a graduate student and researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned an MS in Technology & Policy in 2014 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Engineering Systems. Jesse works as a researcher with the Utility of the Future project, a multidisciplinary MIT Energy Initiative research consortium studying the evolution of the delivery of electricity services and the role of distributed energy resources in the power system of the future. He is also a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and an Enel-MIT Energy Initiative Energy Fellow.

Before attending MIT, Jesse served as Director of the Breakthrough Institute's Energy and Climate Program, leading the development of the Institute's research and recommendations on energy, climate change, and innovation policy. He is the lead or co-author of numerous Breakthrough publications and reports, including "Beyond Boom and Bust," "Bridging the Clean Energy Valleys of Death," "Where Good Technologies Come From," "Climate Pragmatism," "Taking on the Three Deficits," "Post-Partisan Power," and "Energy Emergence." As co-founder and Associate Director of Breakthrough Generation, Jesse also helped lead the Institute's competitive 10-week fellowship program for early-career policy professionals and graduate students, designing curriculum and research, and training, mentoring, and managing 39 fellows over four summers.

Jesse has written widely on energy, climate change, technology, and innovation, including for Discover Magazine, Making It: the Magazine of the UN Industrial Development Organization, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Baltimore Sun, the National Journal, Issues in Science and Technology,,, and His research and analysis has been featured by National Public Radio, Fox News, MSNBC, the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Fortune, and other major media outlets. Jesse has also delivered invited testimony on clean energy innovation policy before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

You can follow or contact Jesse on Twitter @JesseJenkins