Lara Ettenson coordinates NRDC's energy efficiency policy and clean energy workforce activities. She collaborates with consumer advocates, social justice advocates, and labor representatives, as well as energy agencies and utilities, to ensure that efficiency is the first option utilities use to serve customers. Ettenson advocates for a strong clean energy workforce and efficiency programs that are accessible to everyone. Prior to joining NRDC, Ettenson worked on clean energy projects for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. She was also an elementary school science teacher. Ettenson holds a bachelor's degree in biology and environmental studies from Oberlin College, as well as a master's degree in environmental science and policy from Columbia University, and another in education from San Francisco State University. She is based in NRDC's San Francisco office.