Our Team Adria Wilson Manager, U.S. Policy and Advocacy

Adria is a manager of R&D policy as part of Breakthrough Energy’s U.S. Policy and Advocacy team. She helps manage and implement BE’s policy and advocacy efforts to expand federal clean energy R&D efforts, including a National Institutes of Energy Innovation. She also helps to develop relationships with stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem nationwide in support of these policy goals.

Prior to joining Breakthrough Energy, Adria was Entrepreneurial Program Lead at Chain Reaction Innovations, a lab-embedded entrepreneurship program at Argonne National Lab, where she led development of the fellowship program and educational content, mentored innovators, and developed strategic partnerships across the clean tech innovation ecosystem. Before that she was program manager at the Department of Energy, where she managed applied R&D projects aimed at advancing the widespread adoption of fuel cells. While there Adria was engaged in several technology commercialization efforts, including Energy I-Corps and SBIR program, and developed several programs to expand the innovation workforce. She also worked on energy and environment policy in the Senate as a AAAS Congressional Fellow.

Adria holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Duke University, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Drexel University. She lives in Washington D.C. with her wife and two dogs, and aside from getting into nature whenever possible, she aspires to get better at lifting heavy weights and to paint more (not at the same time), and is on a lifelong search for classic Italian movies to enjoy.