Former Department of Energy Staffer Madeline Salzman Joins Earth Advantage as Head of Strategic Partnership

October 4, 2023

Portland, Ore., October  04, 2023 – Earth Advantage is pleased to announce the addition of industry veteran Madeline (Maddy) Salzman to its senior management team as Head of Strategic Partnerships. In this role she will act as liaison between Earth Advantage and key national, state and local government entities to support the development of equitable building decarbonization policies. 

Salzman comes to Earth Advantage from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where she spent the past eight years working on programs at the intersection of energy and housing policy. She most recently served as an Implementation Advisor in the Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP), supporting the rollout of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and co-authoring the administrative and legal requirements document (ALRD) for the Home Efficiency Rebates (HOMES) and Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates (HEAR) programs. Prior to that she led the Building Technologies Office’s efforts to increase access to accurate information on energy efficient technologies, including managing the Home Energy Score program and Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator. 

Prior to joining DOE, Salzman worked on residential energy initiatives in India, Arkansas, and Missouri. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas. 

“We are very excited to have Maddy join our team,” said David Heslam, executive director at Earth Advantage. “Maddy’s contributions to energy and housing policy have helped to lay the foundation needed to make climate-friendly housing accessible for more people. Her ability to connect key policy stakeholders from across market sectors will be invaluable as we work to uncover new opportunities to realize our mission of advancing a more informed and humane housing market.” 

“After spending most of my career at the federal level, I’m excited to focus my efforts on community-based solutions for equitable building carbonization that can be scaled nationally,” Salzman said. “Earth Advantage has an excellent track record of designing and implementing community- based solutions that systemically address climate risk in the housing market. I’m excited by the prospect of what we can achieve together.”

About Earth Advantage
Earth Advantage is a non-profit organization helping to advance a more informed and humane housing market. We work to ensure the US housing market recognizes the elements of homes that create climate risk and values the characteristics of homes that provide climate solutions. Our teams partner with entities across the country to develop tangible, systemic solutions for climate-friendly housing. For more information visit