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Chelsi Sparti

Chelsi is a Master’s student in the Energy and Resources Group. She researches resilience strategies and governance of power systems. Specifically, how government disaster recovery funds are handled in response to wildfires in California and hurricanes in Puerto Rico. She is interested in the ways risk from energy system vulnerabilities can be mitigated by policy incentives in renewable technologies. Her work aims to identify opportunities to decarbonize the grid through disaster recovery. She is also interested in measuring how environmental justice contributions identify efficient climate investments.

Chelsi centers her connection to nature in all her work. She is European and Indigenous, belonging to the Winnemem, Nomtipom, and Nomsus bands of the Northern Wintu people. Prior to graduate studies, she managed environmental nonprofit programs, served as co-author of a Congressional task force report on nuclear waste science and policy with Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49), and was a Fulbright Scholar to Borneo, Malaysia. Chelsi earned a Bachelor’s in Biology from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California.

In her free time, Chelsi enjoys getting her hands dirty in the soil, visiting family in Mexico, and playing the harmonica to accompany her singing dog.


Research Group(s):

  • EMAC (Energy Modeling, Analysis and Control – Callaway)
  • Jones Lab