Ellie Curtis photo Ellie Curtis – 2021 EAN Intern

Ellie is excited to join the EAN team as a summer intern focusing on energy and climate equity. She is entering her Senior year at Dartmouth college where she studies Government and Environmental Policy, and has long been passionate about Vermont politics and climate leadership. In a previous internship for the co-chair of the Just Transitions Subcommittee as a part of Vermont’s Climate Council, she conducted research into Vermont equity programming and peer state’s approaches to an equitable transition away from fossil fuels, and is excited to continue working towards the state’s climate targets. Earlier at Dartmouth she was also a part of a team conducting research into regional transmission organizations’ (RTOs) response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequently on RTOs’ incorporation of climate risk into their planning capacities. She looks forward to a career within the energy regulatory policy space.

A lifelong Vermonter, Ellie grew up enjoying life outside and is now the captain of the Dartmouth Alpine Ski Team. In the off-season she enjoys mountain biking and loves to spread the biking joy to girls aged 7-12 through Little Bella’s Mentorship Program!

Raquel Smith Raquel Smith – EAN 2021 Intern

Raquel is joining EAN this summer as an intern researching workforce development for energy efficiency in Vermont. Raquel holds a BA in Environmental Policy and a minor in Anthropology from Middlebury College, and was introduced to EAN’s work through her senior year capstone project, during which she worked on outreach for EAN’s ‘Replace Your Ride’ network action team. She hopes to continue on a career path that combines her passions for writing, research, storytelling, and climate policy.

Although Raquel is a new resident, she has a strong love for and sense of home in Vermont and has been living in Wilmington since March of 2020. Outside of Vermont, she has spent much of her time working and traveling in Latin America, which she hopes to resume post-pandemic. In the meantime, the pandemic has spurred a growing talent for cooking, and she is enjoying hiding from the summer heat in as many swimming holes as she can find.