Samantha Williams is the Midwest Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Climate & Clean Energy Program, based in Chicago. She manages Midwest strategy for a team of state advocates working at the regulatory, utility and state legislative levels to further policies that cut pollution emissions and accelerate the transition toward affordable, clean energy and an electrified economy. Previously, she was a Policy Advisor at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, where she assisted the Kentucky Energy Cabinet in developing a comprehensive energy efficiency policy, and prior to that litigated on behalf of citizens' groups in California to enforce the Clean Water Act. Samantha holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Mount Holyoke College and a J.D. from Vermont Law School.