Kai Salem

Regional Network: 
New England Regional Network
Class Year: 
2019
Position: 
Program Associate
Organization: 
Green Energy Consumers Alliance
Location: 
Providence, RI

Kai Salem is a policy advocate at Green Energy Consumers Alliance, a nonprofit based in Providence, RI, and Boston, MA that is dedicated to harnessing the power of energy consumers to speed the transition to a low carbon energy system. Kai advocates for ambitious, practical clean energy legislation and regulation in Rhode Island. She focuses on (and is fascinated by) policy that advances clean transportation, improves electric and gas utility regulation, expands demand response, and supports renewable energy.

Kai lives in the West End of Providence, Rhode Island. She loves to browse the farmer's market right outside her front door, check out the local music venues and pop up art galleries, and enjoy Providence's amazing food scene. As a board member of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, Kai aims to engage her community in climate justice and environmental activism.

Kai graduated from Brown University with honors in Environmental Studies. While at Brown, she worked as coordinator of the EnergizeRI Coalition to advance carbon pricing in the Rhode Island State House. Kai's senior honors thesis, which applied policy process theory to case studies of Rhode Island energy policy, was recognized with the Voss Fellowship, the Swearer Center Engaged Scholarship award, and the Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Studies award.