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With a range of backgrounds and a dedication to their work, our staff are a key component of the organization's effectiveness. We hope these short bios give you a little insight into the depth of talent at Renewable Northwest Project.
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Nicole Hughes, Executive Director


Nicole Hughes joined Renewable Northwest as Executive Director in July 2018. Nicole has over 14 years of experience in project development and consulting for utility-scale wind and solar energy projects, working for AWS Truepower, HDR, Element Power, RES Americas and Tetra Tech. She has also contributed to policy,serving on the American Wind Energy Siting Committee and the Health and Safety Standards Committee, the Oregon Department of Lands and Conservation Division Rules Advisory Committee, and worked on Wind Energy Guidelines for Washington, Oregon and California. In her previous work, Nicole engaged with Renewable NW as a member and understands first hand the importance of the organization's coalition work between advocacy organizations and renewable energy businesses in moving the region forward towards a clean energy future.


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Jeff L. Fox, Montana Policy Manager


Jeff joined Renewable Northwest in early 2011 to further the organization’s on-the-ground presence in Montana. He has been working to bring Montana’s wind to market ever since. Since 2014, he has served on of the board of the Montana Renewable Energy Association, Montana’s leading organization representing onsite renewable energy installers and their customers. Jeff has also served on the board of Northwest Energy Coalition since 2016. The Northwest Energy Coalition is an alliance of about 100 environmental, civic, and human service organizations, progressive utilities, and businesses in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia.

Jeff’s background includes work as a wilderness ranger in Colorado and Wyoming before moving to Washington, DC to join The Wilderness Society. At The Wilderness Society he focused on campaigns to ensure extractive energy development only occurred in appropriate places on public lands and with appropriate safeguards. Missing the mountains, Jeff returned home to assist in the Montana Legacy Project, a $520 million dollar conservation purchase of 320,000 acres of private timberlands threatened by development and fragmentation. Later, he worked to organize business support for clean energy as an independent contractor with the non-profit Climate Solutions.

Jeff is a native Montanan, wilderness lover, elk hunter, and backcountry skier deeply committed to clean energy solutions for Montana and the nation. He lives in Bozeman with his wife and two young sons.


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Max Greene, Staff Counsel & Analyst


Max joined Renewable Northwest in February 2018, following five years as a staff attorney in the Providence, Rhode Island office of the Conservation Law Foundation. At CLF, his slate of work included advocacy on issues relating to energy and fossil fuel infrastructure, litigation to enforce the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and support for thoughtful food-system and transportation policy. Max has served on several boards and committees including Rhode Island's Zero-Emission Vehicles Working Group and the Rhode Island Food Policy Council. Max earned a B.A. from Carleton College and a J.D. from Roger Williams University, and he clerked for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the outdoor world with his family, burying himself in books, and attempting and appreciating a variety of culinary experiences.


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Amanda Jahshan, Washington Policy Advocate


Amanda serves as the Washington Policy Advocate for Renewable Northwest, supporting legislative, regulatory, and policy activities in the state to lead to further development of new renewable energy resources. Prior to joining Renewable Northwest, she worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council to defend communities and wildlife in the Western United States from the negative impacts of fossil fuel development. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a JD from University of North Carolina School of Law.


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Pam Mahon, Office Manager


Pam was born and raised in New England and made her way out to the great NW via Boulder, Colorado and a Master’s degree in Voice Performance. No stranger to the renewable energy world, she has worked as an administrative specialist and development coordinator for RES America Developments and Element Power, US. When she’s not organizing offices and scheduling meetings, you can find her on stage performing with the Oregon Symphony, as well as with other Portland area theatres. A few of her favorite roles thus far have been: Mazeppa in Gypsy with Portland Center Stage, Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of OZ with Pixie Dust Productions, and Papagena in The Magic Flute with the Portland Opera.


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Michael O'Brien, Regulatory Director


Michael serves as Regulatory Director, bringing a depth of legislative and technical experience as the leader of Renewable Northwest's regulatory team. Before coming to Renewable Northwest in mid-2012, Michael served in the House of Commons advising Members of Parliament on energy and climate policy in the UK. He has published numerous reports on a variety of energy issues ranging from renewable energy systems to low carbon economies. At Renewable Northwest, he will analyze renewable energy and siting policy as well as support Renewable Northwest's solar policy development in the Pacific Northwest. O'Brien holds a PhD in physics from the University of Birmingham as well as a Masters in technology policy from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.


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Rikki Seguin, Policy Director


Rikki serves as the Policy Director for Renewable Northwest, overseeing the development and implementation of a four-state policy agenda to support the responsible development of renewable energy. Before joining the Renewable Northwest team in September 2016, Rikki worked as the director of Environment Oregon for three years. In this role, Rikki advocated for environmental protections at the local, state, and national levels, including developing the legislative concept, and advocating in support of, Oregon’s community solar program. Previously, Rikki worked as a community organizer in California, New Mexico, and Texas, shaping strategies and leading campaigns to limit global warming pollution. Rikki holds degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Florida. Rikki serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association (OSEIA) and volunteers with the Mazamas Mountaineering Center’s Basic Climbing Education Program. In her spare time, you can find Rikki hiking trails across the Pacific Northwest or in her garden in Southeast Portland.


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Silvia Tanner, Senior Counsel & Analyst


Silvia joined Renewable Northwest in November 2015. She holds a B.A. in economics from Portland State University and a J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. She brings to the organization her background in utility regulation and data analysis, as well as her experience researching national and international energy issues. Silvia calls the Pacific Northwest home and dedicates a lot of her time to this community. As a student, she assisted low-income clients in areas like landlord tenant and business law. She is now a volunteer attorney with the Small Business Legal Clinic’s Pro-bono Program, and serves on the Oregon Women Lawyers’ Working Parents Committee and on the board of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. Silvia is also a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and running.


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David Wolf, Administrative Director


David joined Renewable Northwest in June 2002. David is an Oregon native and has a BA from Reed College. Prior to working for Renewable Northwest, David has been a natural foods merchandiser for Nature's Fresh Northwest, operated his own web design company, and managed a large-format digital print shop. In addition to his duties at Renewable Northwest, David serves on the board of EarthShare Oregon.

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Cameron Yourkowski, Senior Policy Manager


Cameron’s work focuses on increasing access to transmission for renewable energy resources and increasing the efficiency and capability of the transmission system to integrate variable energy resources. He is active in the policy and rate setting forums at BPA, FERC, NPCC, WGA, WECC and the state legislative and regulatory bodies. Prior to coming to Renewable Northwest in 2007, he worked for the Alaska State Legislature on energy and fisheries issues. Cameron holds a M.S. and B.A. in economics from Portland State University and the University of Montana, respectively.

Renewable Northwest Staff Photo
December 2017
(from left to right) Pam Mahon, Jeff Fox, David Wolf, Nicole Hughes, Cameron Yourkowski, Michael O'Brien, Amanda Jahshan, Rikki Seguin, Max Greene, and Silvia Tanner.
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