CLASP Expands its Policy Capacity with Three New Hires

CLASP continues to grow, and recently added three new staff members in the Washington, DC office to expand its capabilities and scale around energy efficiency policy and analysis. One new associate moved 8,000 miles from Bangkok, another gave up the New York City subway, while the third is a long-time DC communicator.


Claudia Hernandez

Communications Coordinator

Claudia joins CLASP’s communications team as a coordinator, supporting the Policy & Analysis team. Prior to joining CLASP, Claudia worked with the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University where she highlighted research, events and policy insights across the energy sector – including helping to produce the Columbia Energy Exchange podcast. Claudia holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Scripps College. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, and seeking out the best soup dumplings in the city.



Jenny Mandel

Senior Communications Associate

Jenny Mandel is a Senior Communications Associate supporting the Policy & Analysis team. Before joining the organization she spent more than a decade as a journalist with E&E News, a publication covering energy and environmental issues, where she wrote on subjects including energy technology, oil and gas, climate, federal agencies, and the national laboratories. Her path before that includes reporting for the Indian Express newspaper in Mumbai, supporting the Department of Energy’s work on hydrogen fuel cells, covering United Nations environmental negotiations, and earning a computer science-related degree from Stanford University. She’s now rooted in DC, where she lives with her husband, kids and dog, and makes time for reading, quilting and back yard nerf battles.



Sara Demartini


Sara is an Associate on the Policy & Analysis Team, working on the global cooling portfolio and compliance activities in Southeast Asia and Africa. Before joining CLASP Sara lived in Bangkok for 5 years, working for ESCAP and later as a Technical Officer for Climate Change for CARE in Thailand. She is originally from Italy, and has a Master’s in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs in Economics and Development Policy and a Post Master’s in Human Development and Environment. Sara enjoys spending time outdoors for a run or a walk and exploring new places. When at home she loves to experiment in the kitchen, especially with desserts.


The CLASP Team

CLASP staff are experts who share a vision of collaboration, transparency and service. We are currently recruiting to fill positions in Washington, DC, and Nairobi, Kenya. Visit our careers page to view the position descriptions and apply:




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