Shalanda Baker

Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University School of Law

Co-Founder & Co-Director, Initiative for Energy Justice

Shalanda H. Baker is the Deputy Director for Energy Justice in the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to her appointment, she was a Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. She has spent over a decade conducting research on the equity dimensions of the global transition away from fossil fuel energy to cleaner energy resources. She is the author of over a dozen articles, book chapters, and essays on renewable energy law, energy justice, energy policy, and renewable energy development. She is the Co-Founder and former Co-Director of the Initiative for Energy Justice (, an organization committed to providing technical law and policy support to communities on the frontlines of climate change. 

Sessions With Shalanda Baker

Wednesday, 3 March

  • 01:30pm - 02:00pm (CST) / 03/mar/2021 07:30 pm - 03/mar/2021 08:00 pm

    Lyceum Lab

    Energy Justice

    Workshop Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    On January 27, shortly after taking office, President Joe Biden issued an executive order launching the Justice40 Initiative, tasking his team with ensuring that 40% of benefits from federal climate action goes to disadvantaged communities. Dr. Shalanda Baker, appointed the previous week to the newly created position of Deputy Director for Energy Justice at the U.S. Department of Energy, is one of a number of senior appointees with the administration charged with carrying out this order. In this Agora session, Robert Stoner, the deputy director of the MIT Energy Initiative for Science and Technology and secretary of the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty, leads a discussion with Dr. Baker about Justice40 and her emerging role.