Emily Schapira has been the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) since 2016 and a member of the board since 2011. Emily joined PEA to develop and execute the Philadelphia Energy Campaign, a $1 billion, 10-year initiative to advance energy efficiency and clean energy across Philadelphia, while creating over 10,000 jobs.
Prior to joining PEA full time, Emily was Director of Global Accounts – Lighting at WESCO Distribution, a Fortune 500 electrical supply company. WESCO acquired Aelux, a national lighting and controls retrofitter serving C&I and MUSH sectors, where Emily was Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Emily worked on sustainability for Verizon and Intel, and started and ran the Wharton School’s Sustainability Program, based in Wharton’s facilities management group. Emily’s sustainability work focused on operational eco-efficiency and behavior change, including LEED certifications and stakeholder engagement. Emily also spent five years running a consumer heating oil co-op in Philadelphia and advocating for low-income energy assistance. Emily has an MBA from Wharton and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She sits on the Alumni Advisory Board of Penn’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership.