Sue Tierney is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries. As a senior member of Analysis Group in Boston, she has consulted to companies, government agencies, nonprofits, foundations, Indian tribes, and other organizations on energy markets, and economic and environmental regulation and strategy. She previously spent more than a dozen years in state and federal government as assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, cabinet officer for environmental affairs, public utility commissioner, and chair of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority in Massachusetts.
Tierney co-led the Obama/Biden transition team at the U.S. Department of Energy. She currently chairs the External Advisory Board of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, chairs the ClimateWorks Foundation Board, and is a director of World Resources Institute, the Alliance to Save Energy, Resources for the Future, and the Energy Foundation. She recently cochaired the NAESB Gas-Electric Harmonization Committee, was a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Energy Project, was a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel on shale gas risk, and was colead convening author of the energy chapter of the National Climate Assessment. She served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (and its Shale Gas Subcommittee). She has published widely, and frequently speaks at industry conferences and lectures at universities.
Tierney earned her M.R.P. and Ph.D. in city and regional planning at AAP, and her B.A. at Scripps College. She and her husband, John Tierney, have two grown sons, James and Tom.