Meet Our Fellows

PlacementRep. Troy Carter

Fellowship Presented By

Christopher Koya

Energy Fellow

Christopher Oluseyi Koya was born in Jos, Nigeria and grew up in Montgomery and Prince George’s County in Maryland. He is an economist and public policy practitioner who is passionate about making the policy process more accessible and understandable for vulnerable and underserved communities. His ambitions include the pursuit of a career that enables him the opportunity to be actively involved in the creation and implementation of policies that have a direct and positive impact on society, primarily through personal interaction and collaboration with those who stand to be most affected by policy solutions.  His policy interests stem from witnessing the technical and regulatory challenges that exist whilst providing energy solutions to meet the demands of Africa’s most populous nation while with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) as well as nearly a decade spent residing in the country. Christopher also takes keen interest in the interconnectedness of race in various aspects of the policy process and the resultant policy outcomes along with the political, financial, and economic implications of public policy and government programs. During his time with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, he provided key contributions to the definition of and issues pertaining to the production of “responsible natural gas” regarding efforts to combat climate change and seeking redress for the environmental justice and civil rights implications which most profoundly affect low-income communities of color.  Christopher holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Nigeria, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from American University, Washington DC.  Christopher’s professional interests are racial equity, social policy, redistributive economic policy, energy policy and environmental justice.