Elise Ashley



BS in Mechanical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

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Elise Ashley joined Synapse as an Associate in the summer of 2023. She performs qualitative and quantitative research and analysis on topics around distributed energy resources, with focuses in energy efficiency and energy storage. Since joining Synapse, her work has included developing user-friendly Excel-based modeling tools around energy storage and heat pump impacts, supporting comments and analysis of distributed energy resource plans, and providing technical writing for a range of topics. She also supports the development and regular updating of U.S. EPA’s AVERT, an open-access tool developed by Synapse to estimate the regional emissions and generation impacts of energy policies and programs.

Prior to joining Synapse, Ms. Ashley worked as a Manager of Development Operations at The Possible Zone, designing and establishing best practices around data management and organizational strategy. Previously, she served as a Senior Engineering Consultant at Opinion Dynamics, providing expertise in the evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) of utility energy efficiency programs across the United States. More specifically, she conducted impacts across the residential and commercial sectors, verifying energy efficiency measures in lighting, hot water, weatherization, appliances, efficient products, refrigeration, and income qualifying programs, with a focus on residential heating and cooling systems. She also developed on-site data collection tools and procedures for virtual inspections of energy efficiency installations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ms. Ashley holds a BS in in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.