Director, Center for Partnerships & Innovation
Danielle Sass Byrnett has been the Director of the Center for Partnerships & Innovation since late 2017. She leads this technical assistance team focused on identifying emerging challenges and connecting the 54 state public utility commissions with expertise and strategies to navigate their complex decision-making. CPI builds relationships, develops resources, and delivers training in areas ranging from energy efficiency and distributed energy resources to comprehensive electricity planning to natural gas infrastructure modernization to resilience, cybersecurity, and more. Danielle’s subject matter expertise includes energy efficiency policies and programs, electricity system planning processes, stakeholder engagement, distributed energy resources, combined heat and power, and related topics.
Prior to joining NARUC, Danielle served in the federal government and consulting roles at the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Swarthmore College.