Mark Silberg is RMI’s eLab network manager, leading external engagement for the Electricity Innovation Lab: eLab. In that role, Mark supports strategy, new initiatives, and business development; manages collaborations and partnerships; and sustains the lab’s communication and fundraising efforts. In 2016, Mark was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Energy.
Before joining RMI, Mark was based in Chicago, where he founded the nonprofit Spark Clean Energy, a cleantech entrepreneurship program that administered the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cleantech University Prize. He simultaneously worked as a researcher in the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University with the economist Lynne Kiesling. Their publications explore how market structures and regulatory design influence technological experimentation in the electricity sector. Mark has also served as a research analyst for E9 Energy Insight, an information services company focused on the leading areas of new clean energy and consumer technologies transforming the utility industry. His state-level regulatory overviews offered insight for clients ranging from CERES to the U.S. Department of Energy, Mission Data, and others. He has interned with the Center for Environmental Initiatives, Clean Energy Trust, and The Sustainability Exchange, and has conducted research projects focused on environmental ethics, fuel poverty, and the history of international climate change negotiation—concluding with the book Changing Climate Politics: U.S. Policies and Civic Action (Yael Wolinsky-Nahmias, Editor; CQ Press, 2014). He has been an advisor and supporter to Engineers for a Sustainable World, Energy Thought Summit, Village Capital, Rocky Mountain Hyperloop Consortium, The Tapscott Group, and the Echoing Green Fellowship.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
BA, Philosophy, Northwestern University
Forbes 30 Under 30, Energy, 2016
WHY I LOVE WORKING AT RMI
“I have never found colleagues so dedicated, so qualified, and so unassuming in their advance of the clean energy future. Humbled by their skill and focus, I’m inspired to work with enduring determination in pursuit of new solutions to accelerate the electricity sector toward innovation and sustainability.”