The PowerHouse Texas Energy Policy Fellowship Program is a paid fellowship program that pairs fellows with bipartisan members of the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate based on their aligned policy interest and areas of expertise.
The Fellowship program is specifically intended for individuals with a background in science, engineering or environmental sciences who are interested in gaining hands-on experience in policymaking and the legislative process. Additionally, fellows meet regularly with energy technology experts, legislative staff, researchers, academics and stakeholder groups.
This program is the only undergraduate and graduate-level fellowship program in the Texas State Capitol focused on energy policy. You can learn more about our inaugural fellows and participating legislative offices below.
Natalie Villafranca is from Dallas and worked in Rep. Rafael Anchía's office on issues relating to market design, grid reliability, and the environment. She staffed Rep. Anchia on the House Committees on Energy Resources and State Affairs. Natalie recently graduated with a M.S. in Biology from Texas State University. After the fellowship, she will be starting a Ph.D. in Marine and Environmental Biology at the University of Southern California.
Representative Drew Darby is serving his ninth term in the Texas Legislature, representing District 72 (San Angelo). Rep. Darby previously served as a member of the House Committee on Energy Resources and the House Committee on Licensing & Administrative Procedures. He has also served as a member of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas Advisory Committee, chairman of the House Committee on Redistricting, and as a subcommittee chairman for the House Committee on Appropriations.