Expertise: Energy and environmental policy
Alison Cassady is the director of Domestic Energy and Environment Policy at American Progress. Cassady joined the organization after working as a senior professional staff member for Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, where she focused on unconventional oil and gas development, climate change, air quality, and nuclear issues. Cassady has a particular interest in oil and gas drilling issues. She spearheaded an investigation into hydraulic fracturing, uncovering the continued use of diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing and writing a first-of-its-kind report on the chemical components of hydraulic fracturing fluids. Cassady developed additional expertise on offshore oil and gas development as a key member of the Energy and Commerce Committee team investigating the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in 2010. She also served Rep. Waxman during his tenure as chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and helped investigate the events leading to the financial crisis in 2008. Before beginning her time in the House, Cassady was research director for Environment America and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, where she worked with staff experts to develop and release hard-hitting reports on a range of energy, environment, and consumer protection issues. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.