About Us

About Grounded

Grounded is a collaboration of two partner companies: Grounded Research and Consulting, LLC and Grounded Analytics, LLC. We are a tight-knit team of senior strategists with cross-disciplinary expertise and a depth of experience in the application of utility and program data to estimate impacts and understand customers, buildings and markets.

Jenn Mitchell Jackson
Partner & Research Consultant

Jenn Mitchell-Jackson has more than 20 years of experience working in energy and research. Jenn started her career as a writer before being trained as an interdisciplinary scientist at U.C. Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, where she focused on domestic energy use and conservation of energy resources. Jenn specializes in developing evaluation plans and performance indicators to measure the success of social programs. She has led all types of data collection efforts including numerous quantitative surveys used for baseline efforts, measuring change, and segmenting the population. She is also adept in literature reviews, in-depth interviews, focus groups, and ethnographic research to explore decision-making and all dimensions of how households, businesses, and trade allies understand and interact with energy. She has conducted hundreds of evaluations for clients across the country, including numerous market characterizations, process evaluations, and impact evaluations. Jenn holds a Masters in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University with a Bachelors in Biology.

Mary Sutter
Partner & Research Consultant

Mary Sutter has over 25 years of experience working in energy covering all aspects of research design, implementation and reporting. Her research is supported by deep knowledge in the areas of policy, social sciences, and engineering and she has a penchant for big picture program, portfolio and policy-based research. She also has a deep knowledge of traditional resource acquisition programs and non-traditional program areas such as finance, workforce training, behavior, marketing and outreach, and emerging technologies. Mary has extensive experience evaluating the success of DSM programs and her decades of experience working closely with DSM program managers as well as with multiple stakeholders has honed her ability to clearly communicate difficult concepts. Mary holds a BS in Secondary Education, a MS in Higher and Adult Education and Occupational Therapy, and a MS in Engineering (Building Systems Energy). She earned certificates in Program Evaluation and Quantitative Evaluation from The Evaluators Institute.

Stefanie Wayland
Owner & Principal Statistician

Stefanie Wayland has over a dozen years of experience working as a statistician and data analyst in energy, health care, and other data-heavy industries. She uses causal data analysis to support energy demand side management program design, quantitative evaluation, and decision making. She specializes in design of experiments, program evaluation, planning studies, and data visualization. Stefanie has considerable experience with building energy efficiency upgrades, demand response, load flexibility, distributed energy resources, rates, and income qualified programs  that allows her to deliver high value results effectively every time whether the program has 50 participants or 500,000. She applies effective data analysis methods, both novel and well established, to impact evaluation, forecasting, and data management. She has a broad suite of statistical techniques at her fingertips, including: clustering, categorization/classification, time series, frequency domain modeling, optimal design, machine learning, linear and multilevel modeling, and Bayesian method. She is also one of the authors of the forthcoming Uniform Methods Project chapter on evaluation standards for Smart Thermostats. Stefanie has a B.S. in Physics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a M.A. in Applied Statistics from U.C., Santa Barbara.


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