Deidre Sanders

Senior Managing Director – Energy Equity, Research, and Impacts


Dr. Deidre Sanders joins ILLUME as our new Senior Managing Director of Energy Equity, Research, and Impacts. In this role, Deidre provides thought leadership and subject matter expertise in qualitative and quantitative approaches to addressing issues related to equity and diversity in the energy sector. Deidre brings over 20 years of experience at the intersection of environmental justice, energy policy, and utility programs and services. She offers expertise in identifying, measuring, and providing guidance to resolve inequities across energy systems, investments, programs, and public processes.

Prior to joining ILLUME, Deidre was an independent consultant supporting the Environmental Defense Fund environmental and climate justice efforts and the United Nations in developing recommendations for including gender and youth in a client nation’s climate adaptation strategy. Deidre also informed environmental policy and environmental justice initiatives while working at Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and East Bay Community Energy. In addition, Deidre has supported organizations in developing DEI policies for staff and suppliers. Deidre’s notable contributions extend to committees and boardrooms. She serves as Policy Chair for the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), California Chapter, and on the board of the Great Plains Institute in Minneapolis. Deidre holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelor’s in History/International Relations from the University of Southern California.

Deidre is located in Phoenix, AZ.

Related Resources

Equity and Environmental Justice in Energy

In this episode of Current, Senior Managing Director of Energy Equity, Research, and Impacts, Dr. Deidre Sanders talks to Paula Glover, President of the Alliance to Save Energy about her role in energy efficiency and what we have done and need to continue to do to work towards a more equitable energy future.
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ComEd Disadvantaged Communities (DACs) Study Report

In response to the goals outlined in Illinois’ Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA), ComEd is developing initiatives for workforce development, electrification, resiliency, and the renewable energy transition – and seeks to do so in a way that equitably addresses and works to correct historic environmental injustice. ComEd enlisted ILLUME to perform a study to inform both its implementation strategy of CEJA’s goals. This report summarizes the analysis, findings, and recommendations from this study.
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