Joel Hicks

Joel Hicks is an adjunct professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government where he also received his Ph.D. in Public Policy. He is a former U.S. Naval Officer who served in the nuclear submarine community as well as completing multiple assignments in DoD space acquisition and operational communities. He obtained his Nuclear Engineer credentials through Naval Reactors, and his last active duty assignment was as Deputy Director, Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC), Vandenberg AFB, CA. He retired at the rank of Commander after a 20-year active-duty career. Today, he frequently writes about demand-side management (DSM) of energy systems with a focus on energy efficiency, behavioral economics, and public sector energy governance/institutions. His formal education includes: M.S. Electrical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, M.A. National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, M.A. International Science and Technology Policy, The George Washington University, and a B.S. Electrical Engineering, The George Washington University. He lives with his partner, Megan, and dog (Ginger). Mr. Hicks is the Chair of the Economic Development Committee and Vice-Chair of the Public Safety Committee. He is also the Council’s liaison to the Downtown Carlisle Association. His current term expires December 31, 2023.

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