Erin Grossi joins CNT from UI LABS, where she served as the principal business strategist and thought-leadership platform developer for the organization. She oversaw a portfolio including water/flooding solutions, smart building solutions and other technology projects.
Prior to joining UI LABS, Ms. Grossi spent 11 years with the nonprofit Underwriters Laboratories (UL), most recently as the company’s first-ever Chief Economist and Director of Innovation. In that capacity, she was the organization’s lead economic strategist, providing the enterprise with solid macroeconomic analysis to support and expand its business portfolio. She was responsible for identifying and pursuing service innovation opportunities to meet growing needs for environmental sustainability, energy transformation and health and wellness.
Ms. Grossi led the development of several large-scale economic-research efforts to illuminate business opportunities created by digital disruption in traditional industries. Her 2015 study “Putting the Pieces Together: Transition and Transformation in Global Energy Markets" has been covered by major energy media, translated into eight languages, and disseminated globally. It earned Ms. Grossi the distinction of being included in Midwest Energy News' "40 Under 40" cohort, recognizing thought leaders developing the clean energy economy.
In 2014, Ms. Grossi led a similar research effort and media campaign around her economic work on sustainable building and global shifts to high-performance building assessments. That work, titled "Dawn of the Building Performance Era," garnered significant industry and media attention and buttressed the launch of UL's new building indoor air quality certification service, which she led a team to create and launch. During her tenure at UL, Ms. Grossi also served as UL’s Director of Global Government Affairs in Washington, DC for six years, and was responsible for managing UL’s trade policy portfolio and developing international government relationships in the key countries where UL has a physical presence overseas.
Prior to joining UL in 2005, she held a variety of roles in the financial sector. She was the Director of the Bretton Woods Committee, a constituency supporting the work of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Regional Development Banks, and a legislative consultant to banks and brokerages at Federal Financial Analytics. Ms. Grossi was awarded a John Kenneth Galbraith Fellowship by the Americans for Democratic Action Education Fund and published a treatise on “Macro-Prudential Indicators of Financial Crises” for the International Monetary Fund.
A Midwest native, Ms. Grossi received an Honors B.A. from Marquette University in International Relations and Spanish Language and Literature. She holds an M.A. and a Doctorate from Georgetown in International Commerce and Trade, with a focus on US-Mexico Commercial Relations. She is fluent in Spanish.