Kirsten Verclas works as International Program Officer at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) in Washington, DC. NARUC is a non-profit organization dedicated to representing the State public service commissions who regulate the utilities that provide essential services such as energy, telecommunications, water, and transportation. NARUC’s members include all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. NARUC’s International Department creates sustainable programs that enable regulators from around the world to share best practices, successes, and challenges with their colleagues. NARUC member Commissioners and state commission staff volunteer to share their state and regional regulatory approaches with international regulators. At NARUC, Kirsten works on regulatory partnerships in Africa under a NARUC-U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Cooperative Agreement.
Before coming to NARUC, Kirsten was Senior Program Manager at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University, where she managed the Institute’s grant projects. She initially joined the Institute as Executive Assistant in 2003 and started working in the Institute’s Research Program in 2008.
Kirsten has written extensively on energy and climate as well as security policy in the transatlantic context. She holds a BA in International Relations with a Minor in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College and an MA in International Relations with a concentration in Security Studies from The Elliott School at The George Washington University. She also earned an MS in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University in August 2013. Kirsten is fluent in German and proficient in French.