FutureFirst SA Announces Appointment of Inaugural Research Fellow

SAN ANTONIO, TX – FutureFirst SA, a newly established nonpartisan public policy think tank dedicated to pioneering innovative policy solutions for San Antonio, is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Varun Rai as its inaugural Research Fellow. Dr. Rai, a distinguished public policy expert, will help lead the organization’s policy research and guide FutureFirst SA’s mission of driving impactful public policy initiatives for San Antonio.

Dr. Rai brings a wealth of experience from his ongoing faculty role at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has held several prestigious roles including Associate Dean for Research at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Director of the University of Texas Energy Institute. Dr. Rai’s expertise is expected to greatly enhance FutureFirst SA’s research capabilities. He holds a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and has been deeply involved in extensive research on energy innovation and climate policy.

In his role, Dr. Rai will also help lead initiatives aimed at developing sustainable energy policies that not only address today’s environmental issues but also prepare CPS Energy for future challenges. His work will particularly focus on leveraging his vast knowledge in solar energy advancements and storage technology adoption to foster sustainable growth and innovation for San Antonio’s city owned electric utility.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Rai to our team,” said Rolando Pablos, Founder of FutureFirst SA. “His remarkable track record in public policy research and commitment to practical, evidence-based policy solutions will be invaluable as we strive to meet and exceed our policy development and research goals.”

Dr. Rai expressed his enthusiasm about his new role, stating, “I am honored to join FutureFirst SA and contribute to impactful policy solutions that are critically needed for the future of San Antonio. I look forward to collaborating with the team and the entire San Antonio community to help develop the optimal public policy priority agenda for San Antonio.”

Dr. Rai’s appointment is effective immediately.

For more information about Dr. Rai’s work and Future First SA’s initiatives, please visit www.futurefirstsa.org.