Associate Director for Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Energy Institute
Anna J. Siefken, Associate Director for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University
In her role at CMU’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Anna J. Siefken cultivates corporate and industrial partnerships, fostering energy-related initiatives across the Carnegie Mellon University campuses to create synergistic relationships and new opportunities including commercialization. She links together industry, faculty and staff, start-ups, other universities, regional and nonprofit organizations, corporate foundations, and government agencies. Smart Business Pittsburgh Magazine named Siefken to its 2017 “Who to Watch” list, and she was awarded the Pittsburgh Business Time’s 2016 Women in Energy Leadership Award.
Prior to joining CMU, Siefken served simultaneously as the Pittsburgh 2030 District Director and as Vice President of Strategic Engagement for the Green Building Alliance, one of the largest chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council. During her tenure, the Pittsburgh 2030 District tripled in size while exceeding incremental energy and water reductions goals. The District received the 2015 International Downtown Association’s (IDA) Achievement Award for Economic and Business Development; in 2016, the initiative received both the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award. Siefken was recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times with the 2015 Energy Leadership Award for Corporate Social Engagement.
Siefken is a founding board member of the national 2030 Districts Network’s Board of Governors. She previously worked as Principal consultant at ICF International in Washington, DC, managing corporate and manufacturer relationships for both the EPA and DOE on the Energy Star retail and products programs. She earned her green (and orange) stripes as a product merchant and environmental program manager at The Home Depot headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Siefken is a graduate of Duke University.