Olivia Shanahan has served as the Energy Grants Manager in the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin-Office of Energy Innovation since 2016. She currently administers the Energy Innovation Grant Program to support the equitable transition to a zero-carbon future with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for public and private entities.
In 2021, she graduated from the State of Wisconsin Enterprise Management Development Academy, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison with double majors in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
Olivia began her state service at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where she built a career foundation in grant program administration and stakeholder engagement. She has served as an agency liaison to the DNR Urban Forestry Council and the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change, and has held leadership roles with the PSC Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Awareness, and Service (IDEAS) Council, the State Wood Energy Team, and the Wisconsin Arborist Association.
Whether planting a tree on the Capitol grounds with Smokey Bear, or donning a hardhat and stepping into a wind turbine, Olivia enjoys the continual service-learning aspect to state service and takes seriously her role as a “good news generator.