Ciaran Gallagher

Staff Bio

Ciaran is working on her graduate degree in Environment and Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a concentration in energy systems and policy. She researches air quality and public health co-benefits of decarbonization measures in the energy and transportation sectors.


Previously, Ciaran has worked in the public sector on climate change mitigation and resilience through data-driven governance. She served as a CivicSpark Fellow in 2017-2018 with the cities of Hayward and Dublin with projects relating to greenhouse gas inventories and municipal energy use tracking. Ciaran then spent a year in Sacramento as an Executive Fellow with the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery. There she worked on organic waste diversion regulations, environmental justice, and electric vehicle battery end-of-life management.


Ciaran graduated from Wellesley College in May 2017 with a degree in Environmental Chemistry and a minor in Religious Studies. In her free time, Ciaran enjoys farming through a CSA worker share, cooking and preserving the plethora of fresh produce, and going on long(ish) bike rides.


Current Fellows can ask her about local or state government, waste and recycling, greenhouse gas inventories, resume and cover letter tips, networking tips, data-driven governance, and graduate school.