Katherine Brown



Katherine has the uncanny ability to look at each situation from a variety of angles and provide an unexpected perspective. She grew up with a parent who worked in clean energy, and she eventually found her niche leading qualitative research to provide customer insights. At EMI, she loves that she can help structure the energy system in a way that improves the planet, without requiring people to sacrifice important daily habits (or their incomes).


(composting) worms live in a bucket in my living room


number of times I moved between 2011 and 2017 before settling in Seattle


years of martial arts training (and 1 black belt to show for it) across 2 different styles

  • How did you get into the clean energy field?

    My dad works in clean energy, so I grew up around it, but I came into it through my research experience and a realization that the energy sector has been lacking a perspective about qualitative research that I can bring. It’s an exciting challenge to work with quantitative-focused clients who can benefit from a more qualitative approach on such pressing issues.

  • What are you passionate about? What are the ideas that drive you?

    In a word: equity. I have worked with women, those who are homeless, refugees, and other groups who have a lot of systems working against them. Finding solutions to the problems people encounter on a daily basis is what drives my work.

  • How do you spend your time on the weekends?

    Hiking, skiing, gardening, visiting or hosting friends from out of town, and occasionally playing multiple-hour long strategy games—Twilight Struggle if I'm feeling like a board game, or Sid Meyer's Civilization if I'm in the mood to stare at a screen some more.