Nexight Group is happy to welcome Pat Siebenlist to the team as our new Research Analyst. Pat previously worked for the Pew Charitable Trusts and graduated from Bates College with a BA in Environmental Studies. We sat down with Pat to ask him a few questions about himself, his views, and his new role at Nexight.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
Prior to joining Nexight, I worked for the Pew Charitable Trusts where I advocated for national energy policies that provided economic, national security, and environmental benefits for businesses and consumers in the United States. Before that, I was an intern at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, working on research projects related to federal rulemakings. In these positions, I conducted technical analyses and engaged industry stakeholders to advance policy solutions.
I’m a Maryland native, Baltimore Orioles fan, and a Bates Bobcat. I love long backpacking trips and fly fishing (mostly fishing, not catching) on the Potomac.
Q: What are the most important skills you gained from your previous positions?
My previous positions challenged me to think analytically and to design strategies to communicate the impact of various federal policies. At Pew, I led efforts to advance national clean energy policies in federal legislation and regulations by collecting and synthesizing statistical data to explore energy issues and to highlight solutions to those issues. For one project, I helped model the economic impact of federal clean energy research and development investments. The results were featured in advocacy materials developed for congressional staff.
Q: What made you want to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies?
Environmental issues have always interested me, particularly their relationship to the economy and political systems. The Environmental Studies program at Bates drew on concepts from several different fields, providing me with an opportunity to learn about natural resources within biological, economic, and social contexts. This interdisciplinary approach taught me to analyze issues with different tools and from various perspectives.
I wrote my senior thesis on federal nature resource management approaches and authorities, which included critically analyzing academic papers and interviewing diverse government officials. I concluded there is no silver bullet when it comes to effectively managing natural resources; instead, there is silver buckshot—an array of different strategies that work on different scales and geographies.
Q: Why did you decide to join Nexight?
Company culture is the number one reason. The atmosphere here creates a space for all employees to learn, grow, and be challenged to produce high-quality work. Additionally, I was attracted to this position because it provides an opportunity to collaborate with engaging people and make meaningful contributions to clients in industries that are important to me.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about your new role at Nexight?
I am looking forward to working with clients to develop high-quality solutions that fit their unique problems. I am particularly excited to help government clients track their performance and communicate the value of their vital programs to stakeholders.