Steve Frenkel

Midwest Director

Steve Frenkel is the Midwest office director for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). He manages programs and projects aimed at addressing climate change and promoting clean energy solutions. Mr. Frenkel oversees UCS's activities throughout the region, including research, analysis, and policy advocacy work.

Prior to joining UCS, he served as the Midwest regional director for Renewable Funding, LLC, which develops solutions for renewable energy and energy efficiency financing. Mr. Frenkel also served as the chief policy advisor at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency where he helped direct the state’s climate change policy and oversaw the agency’s energy initiatives. Prior to joining Illinois EPA he served as the deputy chief of staff in the Illinois Governor’s office where he directed the state’s energy, environmental, and economic development policy. In this position, Mr. Frenkel developed initiatives to boost energy independence and address climate change, which included adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency standards and securing landmark emissions reductions from coal-fired power plants. Earlier in his career, Mr. Frenkel worked as an awarding winning journalist at the Great Lakes Radio Consortium.

Mr. Frenkel earned a B.A. in urban studies at Macalester College and a Master in public policy at the University of California, Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. 

He has appeared on CLTV and WGN’s “Midday News,” in Chicago, and been quoted in The New York Times and Chicago Tribune.

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