Home Region

Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.

Current Position

  • Lead Program Manager
  • National Grid
  • Boston

HBS Activities

  • Clean Tech IXP, 2011
  • Chief Marketing Officer, HBS Energy Symposium, 2012
  • Harvard Energy Journal Club
  • MIT Energy Club
  • South Asian Business Association
  • Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with 10 other HBS students, 2012

Previous Business Experience

  • EnerNOC, Energy Markets Region Lead
  • Tigo Energy, summer 2011 and part-time 2011-2012 academic year
  • McMaster-Carr Supply Co., Sales Distribution Manager, 2007-2010

Undergraduate Education

University of Chicago, BA with honors, physics, 2007

“When I came to HBS, I knew I wanted to transition into a technical career with a social impact,” says Smriti Mishra (MBA 2012), a University of Chicago physics major who worked at manufacturing supplier McMaster-Carr before arriving at Soldiers Field. Now a lead program manager at National Grid, Mishra is overseeing development of a business plan and investment strategy for a residential solar-plus battery program. “What we’re doing is essentially an internal startup,” Mishra says from her office in Waltham, Massachusetts. “It’s been really exciting to be pulled for a project like this and basically be given a budget, a team, and a blank sheet of paper to figure it all out.”

“Drive through—there’s so much to learn and so many opportunities. Coming from a strong educational background gives you the luxury to spend time finding the right opportunities. It’s worth doing that to make a positive difference in the world.”

At HBS, Mishra and a handful of fellow students collaborated with Professor Rebecca Henderson on a reading group that fed into curriculum development for Reimagining Capitalism, a course that examines the intersection between environmental pressures and the evolving role of business leaders. She cites that experience and serving as marketing chair for the annual HBS Energy Symposium as a source for ongoing contacts in a field that doesn’t necessarily follow a traditional recruitment process.

“Getting into clean tech is a network hunt,” explains Mishra, noting that a summer internship at Tigo Energy (funded through the Rock Center) came about through an alumni connection, as did a position immediately following HBS at EnerNOC, a provider of energy intelligence software where Mishra was the P&L owner for several demand-response portfolios. “Demand-response is a relatively new sector,” she recalls. “I had to understand the regulatory requirements and how it all tied into operations and the financial impact.” That experience has direct relevance for her current role at National Grid: “The old electricity model operates on a hub-and-spoke system. We’re changing that. Working in the new system of distributed energy resources is really exciting to me.”

Mishra concedes that it can seem daunting to enter the clean energy sector, but has three words of advice for MBAs interested in the field: stay with it. “Drive through—there’s so much to learn and so many opportunities. Coming from a strong educational background gives you the luxury to spend time finding the right opportunities. It’s worth doing that to make a positive difference in the world.”