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Elizabeth practiced and taught criminal, energy and environmental law in Louisiana for 15 years, including work with the Tulane Law Clinic when it received the Distinguished Environmental Achievement Award from the American Bar Association and the Runner Up Lawyer of the Year in the National Law Journal for its groundbreaking environmental justice advocacy.
After Hurricane Katrina, she opened and directed Global Green’s Gulf Coast office, an international nonprofit that created LEED Platinum and net-zero homes with actor Brad Pitt in the Lower 9th Ward, and high-performance schools and affordable housing city- and state-wide. She created a comprehensive energy education program for which Time magazine wrote “No organization is doing more to green New Orleans,” was named a Champion of Change by the White House for managing New Orleans’ DOE Better Buildings program, and is an Aspen Institute Fellow in its flagship Henry Crown Fellowship. Elizabeth joined PosiGen Solar at its founding 8 years ago to deliver solar + energy efficiency financing and guaranteed savings to all homeowners, regardless of income or credit score – the only company in the nation to serve lower-income families, and with 15,000+ families in four states enjoying an average net savings of more than $500 per year. PosiGen’s partnership with the Connecticut Green Bank to deliver low-income clean energy access has garnered them Harvard’s Innovation in Government Award, a joint award from the Clean Energy States Alliance, and has taken Connecticut to beyond solar parity by income in less than 4 years.
When Elizabeth isn’t working to drive the solar revolution, she and her husband, Scott Galante, JD ’00 and Co-Director of Tulane’s Trial Advocacy program, enjoy serving on non-profit boards, biking a ridiculous number of miles in support of several cancer charities, and helping to open and grow two of New Orleans’ newest distilleries, Who Dat Spirits and Seven Three Distilling, to bring good spirits to Louisianans and supporters nationwide.
She is a member of the 2008 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.