Sharlene works with insurers, insurance regulators and investors to raise awareness of climate risk within the insurance industry and to discover opportunities for business innovation in responding to climate change. Her focus includes the role insurers and risk modelers play in driving climate adaptation within the public and private sectors; climate investment risks and opportunities with a particular focus on municipal bonds and energy efficiency finance; and product innovation in response to climate change.
Before coming to Ceres, she was a fellow in the MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she focused on the role of science in multi-stakeholder resource planning and dispute resolution. Her professional experience also includes intellectual property prosecution at the United States Patent and Trademark Office where she specialized in semiconductors and nanotechnology.
She holds a BA in Physics and English from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.