Jonathan Frost is an International Fellow at Ecologic Institute from 2020 through 2021. Jonathan's research is focused on climate change vulnerability and climate adaptation in the energy sector, with a focus on electricity systems. Jonathan is conducting this research at Ecologic Institute courtesy of a grant from the Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellowship. He is a native English speaker with intermediate proficiency in German and Spanish.
At Ecologic Institute, Jonathan is working under the mentorship of Jenny Tröltzsch to evaluate the risks that climate change poses to the U.S. and German energy systems and opportunities for adaptive investments and policies. The analyses and recommendations from Jonathan’s research will help inform policymakers and energy industry stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic.
Prior to joining Ecologic Institute, Jonathan was a regulatory analyst at the State of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) from 2016 to 2020. He managed the State's program for converting electric distribution facilities from overhead to underground and led a regulatory proceeding and audit to reform the program. Additionally, Jonathan developed protocols for the utilities' proactive de-energization programs to enhance their coordination and communication with emergency responders, local jurisdictions, critical infrastructure entities and customers during high wildfire danger conditions. From 2015 to 2016, Jonathan worked in market and business development at E.ON Climate and Renewables and EDF Renewable Energy, where he supported the expansion into U.S. markets and bid renewable energy projects for electricity suppliers and large commercial and industrial companies.
Jonathan holds an MA in International Relations with a focus on Environmental Policy from the University of California at San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy. He also received a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.