Mandy Gunasekara joins to discuss this month’s policy focus: The Painful Reality of Expensive Heat. It’s no coincidence that we picked this topic for February, typically the coldest month of the year. We look at the reasons you are paying more than ever to heat your home, why rolling brownouts and blackouts are more common, and why the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) trend ultimately increases global emissions. Finally, we discuss the launch of the new Center for Energy and Conservation.


Mandy Gunasekara is a senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Forum. She is a veteran Republican climate and energy strategist, communicator, and environmental attorney with a well-earned reputation for delivering results. In 2020, she became a Principal at Section VII Strategies, a boutique energy, environmental, and tax policy consulting firm. Previously, Mandy served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she set and implemented environmental policy priorities for the Trump-Pence administration. Prior to that, Mandy was the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. In this role, Mandy was the chief architect of the Paris Accord withdrawal and the repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

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