Schuur 2020

Managing Consultant

Arah joined Optimal Energy in 2020, bringing 15 years of experience in energy efficiency and clean energy policy development and program implementation as well as green building and climate mitigation and resilience expertise. She has extensive experience leading teams and organizations in the public and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Arah was the Vice President of Climate and Energy at Acadia Center, a research and advocacy organization working toward a clean energy economy for the Northeast.  Previously, she served as the Director of the Energy Efficiency Division at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. In this role, she led the state’s energy efficiency-related policy and program portfolio, including the planning and implementation of Massachusetts’ nation-leading energy efficiency plans. Arah has also worked on national energy efficiency programs and policy. She led the Commercial Buildings Integration team at the U.S. Department of Energy and served as Senior Energy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to her work in Washington D.C., Arah was at the Clinton Climate Initiative, where she directed a global program that planned and implemented large building energy efficiency retrofits.

M.C.P., City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S., Real Estate Development, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., Biology, Yale University