Steven Blumenfeld recently joined Opower as a Policy & Research Analyst on the Regulatory Team. In this role, Steven will explore the energy policy landscape—both domestically and internationally—to help Opower thrive within existing markets and grow into new ones.
Prior to joining Opower, Steven worked as a consultant in the national security arena where he helped clients identify risks and opportunities through an analysis of government spending trends, shifting policies, and technological developments. Through this role, he worked on issues ranging from DNA forensics to the counter-improvised explosive device market to supply chain security.
Steven also took part in internships at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Environmental Policy in Washington DC and the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, where he focused on energy and water issues, respectively. Steven completed his Bachelor of Arts at Yale University as a Political Science and International Studies double-major.
1. What made you want to join Opower?
My interest in energy policy began when I noticed solar panels in a hut in Swaziland and has taken me all the way South to explore the world’s only educational base in Antarctica powered entirely off renewable energy. I was very excited to learn about the innovative and entrepreneurial steps Opower is taking to engage consumers about their energy use to help them save power, money, and emissions. After learning a bit more about Opower and meeting other employees during the interview process, I was set on taking this leap to further pursue my passion for energy and environmental issues while working on something exciting, challenging, and meaningful.
2. What has been your favorite thing about Opower so far?
It is such a fantastic opportunity to know that the work I do each day is not only aimed at growing our business, but that in doing so we are also creating a fundamental shift in our energy system by empowering consumers with the information necessary to make informed decisions about their energy use. In addition to the “double bottom line” nature of our company, it is awesome to work with such a talented and diverse group of people in a work environment that fosters collaboration, creativity, and fun!
3. What are some of your hobbies?
When not in the office, you can find me checking outthe many street fairs and new restaurants in DC, inhaling the chocolate milk at the Dupont farmers market each Sunday (while also stocking up on produce), and making the occasional day-trip for a new outdoor adventure!