Margaret Hansbrough is the Director of Waxman Strategies’ heavy industry work. She also contributes to work related to bioenergy and biofuels, both global and domestic. She has expertise in renewable energy, electricity markets, industrial processes, energy efficiency, green building and construction, bioenergy, land-use, carbon markets, and various other climate issues. She has over two decades of experience working on local, national, and international political and advocacy campaigns and served in local government as well. Margaret also lends her expertise to service clean tech clients for Waxman’s technology practice.
Margaret has led Mighty Earth’s groundbreaking campaign focused on the steel industry from day one and is the author of two steel industry reports, Cold Steel Hot Climate and Construction Destruction. She has led campaign activities that resulted in the largest steel company in the world, ArcelorMittal, to produce the first ever steel industry climate report and commit to carbon neutrality for its European operations. She leads Mighty Earth’s work and membership activities in the first ever global standard and certification group for steel, ResponsibleSteel™, which is a collaborative group representative of both industry and civil society that will begin certifying steel sites and products in 2020.
Previously, Margaret worked for Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago, 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 and led the City’s activity with the C40 Clean Energy Network. During her tenure with 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 and campaign teams 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.