Alex Dane is a senior consultant at Spark Policy Institute, bringing over a decade of experience in community development program design, strategic planning and project management. His work at Spark includes managing research on the collective impact framework, supporting the development of equity strategies in healthcare delivery and facilitating new pathways for philanthropic finance and funding to impact international climate action and systems change.
Prior to joining the Spark team, Alex worked for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as technical project lead. While at NREL, he oversaw program design and implementation of a number of federal initiatives focused on climate resiliency and sustainability, working in collaboration with city, state, tribal and international governments. This experience included NREL’s support for DOE’s Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) program, management of DOE Tribal Energy Program; and authoring DOE’s Tribal Strategic Energy Plan and Planning Handbook.
As part of his work, he was a lead facilitator for the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality’s Preparedness Pilot and the subsequent development of NREL’s Resiliency Roadmap, a framework for interjurisdictional strategic planning and stakeholder collaboration. Also, while at NREL, Alexander led the development of the subnational initiative for the internationally focused Clean Energy Solution Center. In this capacity, he developed a number of global partnerships that aligned U.S. Department of State funding with international partners and fostered clean energy climate policy impact in Southeast Asia, South Africa, Brazil and Mongolia.
Mr. Dane holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning and a Masters of Public Administration from University of Colorado – Denver, as well as Bachelors Degrees in Environmental Studies and Psychology from Indiana University – Bloomington. He is a national certified urban planner through the American Planning Association with an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) distinction. Since 2014, he has served in an appointed position with the City of Denver’s Sustainability Advisory Council.
Beyond work, Alex enjoys the outdoors and making the most of Colorado’s sunshine alongside his wife and daughter.