Vice President of Energy Markets, FirstFuel Software
Austin Whitman is Vice President of Energy Markets at FirstFuel Software. In his current position he oversees FirstFuel’s strategic vision and works closely with utility clients on new product innovation efforts. Austin previously led FirstFuel’s regulatory affairs team, which advocated for utility industry adoption of data analytics and cloud computing solutions. Over his 19-year career he has focused on building innovative companies and programs focused mainly on energy and environmental issues. He has worked with some of the world’s largest utilities, investors, and non-profits. Austin began his career working in technology at a startup focused on human capital management that offered one of the industry’s first enterprise SaaS platforms. There he led marketing and strategy. He earned master’s degrees in business and environmental management from Yale, with concentrations in finance, policy, economics, and law. He then took on roles in finance and consulting at Cambridge Associates, Climate Change Capital, and M.J. Bradley & Associates. During this period he advised dozens of institutional investors, utilities, government agencies, and non-profits, to whom he brought expertise in climate change and renewable energy investing, energy and environmental markets, and policy. Austin has written articles in Public Utilities Fortnightly, Dataconomy, GreenBiz, EnergyCentral, and other energy trade publications, and he has been quoted in CNN, Bloomberg, the Boston Globe, Electric Light & Power, and other media outlets. He has guest lectured at the Boston University School of Business and speaks regularly at industry conferences and forums.