Suzanne currently serves as ACEEE’s lead for its Ally Membership Program. Initiated in 2007, the Ally Program provides a forum for friends and colleagues to help support ACEEE’s important mission and jointly advance the broad vision of an energy-efficient future. Suzanne formally served for nine years as ACEEE’s Policy Program Director starting in 2008, where she worked with ACEEE staff and external partners to determine how ACEEE’s analysis and expertise could best be directed to create the policy opportunities needed for optimal outcomes in the interest of ever greater energy efficiency leading to a stronger national economy.
Prior to joining ACEEE in 2008, she served as the director for the Office of Innovation at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, as energy and climate policy director for the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NASCUM), a not-for-profit firm in Boston, as senior policy advisor for the Northeast-Midwest House and Senate Coalitions on Capitol Hill, and as founder and director of the Maine Environment & Energy Center (E2 Center). Suzanne has worked extensively on the linkages between energy policy, environmental quality, and economic development issues from the early nineties to today. Watson received her BA in political theory from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and was awarded a juris doctor and master of intellectual property law from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire.