Ms. Szum is a Program Manager for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBL) China Energy Group with 14 years of experience advancing U.S.-China bilateral initiatives on clean energy and climate change. She currently manages CEG’s building policy and smart grid initiatives and is Operations Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) U.S.-China Energy Research Center (CERC) Building Energy Efficiency (BEE) program.
Prior to joining LBL, Ms. Szum was a Lead Managing Consultant at ICF International (ICF) where she managed a portfolio of building energy efficiency projects for World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of State, U.S. Environmental protection Agency, U.S. DOE, and private sector clients. While at ICF, she also served as Co-chair of the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Partnership (ECP) Energy-Efficient Buildings & Design Working Group from 2012 to 2015; was a member of the ECP Smart Grid Working Group from 2012-2015; and served on the Hong Kong Building Environment Council (BEC) Energy Advisory Group from 2013 to 2015.
Ms. Szum has an M.A. in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She also holds a B.A. in International Studies and Business, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Colby College. She has studied Chinese at Middlebury College and National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan as a Rotary Scholar and is proficient in Mandarin, Chinese.