Margaret Hansbrough

Director

Margaret is the Director for the heavy industrial clean energy campaign.  She has expertise in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other energy and climate issues. She has over a decade of experience working in local government, as well as local and national political campaigns.  She has been involved in progressive organizing in one form or another for nearly two decades and has a passion for building inclusive communities and finding pragmatic and effective ways to fight climate change.

She has a background in grassroots organizing, electoral campaigns, fundraising, and campaign management.  Her experience includes policy research, design, and implementation.  She is adept at communicating with diverse stakeholders, coalition building, and creating winning political strategies.

Prior to joining Waxman Strategies, Margaret worked for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, where she led work to commit all public buildings in Chicago to procuring 100 percent renewable electricity by 2025.  During her time at with the City of Chicago she also contributed to the C40 award winning initiative, Retrofit Chicago, focused on advancing energy efficiency in Chicago’s buildings. While at the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) she worked with cities and the private sector to advance energy efficiency in buildings.  In 2017 she contributed to the America’s Pledge report which was released during COP23 in Bonn, Germany. Before Chicago, Margaret served on the policy team for Mayor Sly James in Kansas City, Missouri and served on the Obama campaign in 2007-2008.

Margaret completed her B.A. in Economics and Political science at Rockhurst University and her MPP at Loyola University Chicago.

  • Committed to building inclusive communities and finding pragmatic and effective ways to fight climate change
  • Led work on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s effort to commit all public buildings in Chicago to procuring 100 percent renewable electricity by 2025
  • Served on the policy team for Mayor Sly James in Kansas City, Missouri