Margaret Hansbrough


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 industrial production and pollution renewable energy, power sector, energy efficiency, green building and construction, bioenergy, land-use change from agriculture, carbon markets, and natural climate solutions. 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 and climate tech clients for Waxman’s technology practice.

Margaret has authored two steel industry reports, Cold Steel Hot Climate and Construction Destruction for the firm’s non-profit partner Mighty Earth. 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.  She also advocates for climate and environmental policy at the federal and global level and is a sought after global expert in steel and heavy industrial decarbonization.

Previously, Margaret worked for Mayor 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 additional clean energy programs and policy. During her tenure with Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) she worked with cities and the private sector to advance decarbonization in buildings.

Margaret holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science a Master’s Degree in Public Policy.

Our Team


  • Authored two major steel industry climate reports

  • Campaigned to achieve carbon neutrality commitments from top global steel maker

  • Policy and content expertise in industrial decarbonization, bioenergy, and natural climate solutions


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