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The History of Renewable Northwest

Founded in 1994, Renewable Northwest has grown to become one of the nation’s most impactful renewable energy advocacy organizations. Our strength comes from our members, a unique and powerful coalition of renewable energy professionals, energy buyers and marketers, ratepayer advocates, and environmental NGOs. Together, these groups contribute their respective talents towards the socially and environmentally responsible advancement of clean energy projects across our region.

To date we have supported state and regional policies that have brought the region over 9,400 MWs of new solar, wind and geothermal projects—enough to serve 2,000,000 customers. As renewables replace fossil fuels as the backbone of our nation’s electricity grid, the responsibility for integrating and balancing a much more diverse portfolio of clean energy resources will be ours to shoulder.

Join with Renewable Northwest and help us create the policy, regulatory and market frameworks necessary to ensure our communities benefit from the transition to an electricity sector powered solely by clean energy resources.

Our Mission

Our mission is to decarbonize the region by accelerating the transition to renewable electricity.

Our Vision

Our vision is for every home, business, and vehicle in the Northwest to be powered by renewable, affordable, carbon-free electricity.

Our People

  • Board

    Adam Capage

    Board Chair

    Adam currently serves as Vice President of Corporate and Government Affairs at 3Degrees; this role includes oversight of market intelligence and regulatory affairs. Adam joined 3Degrees in 2006, leading the company’s Utility Partnership team; in this capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of operating 3Degrees’ existing utility partnerships and launching new partnerships around the United States. Prior to 3Degrees, Adam was a Director of the Renewable Energy Service at ESource, then a subsidiary of Platts....Read more

    Adam currently serves as Vice President of Corporate and Government Affairs at 3Degrees; this role includes oversight of market intelligence and regulatory affairs. Adam joined 3Degrees in 2006, leading the company’s Utility Partnership team; in this capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of operating 3Degrees’ existing utility partnerships and launching new partnerships around the United States. Prior to 3Degrees, Adam was a Director of the Renewable Energy Service at ESource, then a subsidiary of Platts. In this role Adam researched, wrote and consulted about utility strategy for incorporating renewable energy.

    Adam’s twenty-year career in the energy industry has included work in both the public and private sectors. Adam has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. In addition to serving on the board of Renewable Northwest, Adam is as an Advisory Board member for the Master’s in Climate Science and Solutions Program at Northern Arizona University.

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    Jon Chase

    Jon Chase

    At Large

    Jon Chase is Vice President of Public Affairs at Vestas.

    Mike Goetz

    Mike Goetz

    At Large

    Mike Goetz is the General Counsel for the Oregon Citizens' Utility Board (CUB). Established in 1984, CUB is the ratepayer advocate for the residential customers of Oregon's electric and natural gas investor-owned utilities. In his practice, Mike focuses on regulatory matters before the Public Utility Commission of Oregon as well as issues before the Oregon legislature....Read more

    Mike Goetz is the General Counsel for the Oregon Citizens' Utility Board (CUB). Established in 1984, CUB is the ratepayer advocate for the residential customers of Oregon's electric and natural gas investor-owned utilities. In his practice, Mike focuses on regulatory matters before the Public Utility Commission of Oregon as well as issues before the Oregon legislature. CUB routinely intervenes in a wide variety of utility cases, including general rate cases, annual power cost filings, integrated resource plans, resource procurement dockets, utility mergers and acquisitions, rulemaking proceedings, and various policy investigations. Prior to joining CUB, he completed an Energy Law & Policy Fellowship through the University of Oregon, worked as a law clerk and attorney at several public interest non-profit organizations, as an attorney for a Portland-based environmental attorney, and as an associate attorney at a plaintiff’s side civil litigation firm. Mike holds a BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a JD from the University of Oregon School of Law with a Statement of Completion in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. He serves on the executive committee of the Oregon State Bar's Energy, Telecom, & Utility section as well as the Portfolio Options Committee, providing oversight to utility voluntary renewable energy programs.

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    Anne Hedges

    At Large

    Anne Hedges is Co-Director and Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Montana Environmental Information Center where she has worked for nearly three decades. MEIC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the land, air, water, and life-sustaining climate of Montana. MEIC advocates, educates, and empowers people in service of a clean and healthful environment for present and future generations....Read more

    Anne Hedges is Co-Director and Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Montana Environmental Information Center where she has worked for nearly three decades. MEIC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the land, air, water, and life-sustaining climate of Montana. MEIC advocates, educates, and empowers people in service of a clean and healthful environment for present and future generations. For the past two decades she has focused primarily on the climate crisis and the need for a swift and just transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.

    Anne received her B.S. in environmental policy analysis and planning from the University of California at Davis and a Master’s of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.

     

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    Nancy Hirsh

    Nancy Hirsh

    At Large

    Nancy Hirsh is Executive Director for the NW Energy Coalition. Nancy directs the Coalition’s efforts to enhance investments in energy efficiency, renewable resources, and low-income energy services through work with utilities, commissioners, regulators, and legislators. She serves on the board of Renewable Northwest and the Centralia Coal Transition Board. She is also on the advisory committee for the Institute for Energy Studies at Western Washington University....Read more

    Nancy Hirsh is Executive Director for the NW Energy Coalition. Nancy directs the Coalition’s efforts to enhance investments in energy efficiency, renewable resources, and low-income energy services through work with utilities, commissioners, regulators, and legislators. She serves on the board of Renewable Northwest and the Centralia Coal Transition Board. She is also on the advisory committee for the Institute for Energy Studies at Western Washington University. From 1996 through 2014 she served as the Coalition’s policy director. Before joining the Coalition, she spent twelve years in Washington, DC working on national energy policy issues for the Environmental Action Foundation and the National Wildlife Federation. She lives in Seattle with her husband, children and dog. When not advocating clean energy solutions, she is an avid backpacker and hiker. 

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    Nancy Kelly

    Nancy Kelly

    At Large

    Nancy Kelly is a Senior Policy Advisor in Western Resource Advocates’ Clean Energy Program. WRA is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting the West’s land, air, and water, and the Clean Energy Program seeks to reduce the environmental impact of electricity production in the Interior West....Read more

    Nancy Kelly is a Senior Policy Advisor in Western Resource Advocates’ Clean Energy Program. WRA is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting the West’s land, air, and water, and the Clean Energy Program seeks to reduce the environmental impact of electricity production in the Interior West. Nancy represents WRA in regulatory, political, and other policy forums, and works directly with the region’s electric utilities, regulatory staff, consumer advocates, and other conservation advocates. She has more than twenty years of electric industry experience, including fourteen years as a member of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining WRA in 2008, Nancy advocated for Utah’s residential and small commercial customers. She began her professional career as an academic economist at Idaho State University where she served as a faculty member in the Department of Economics and as the economist in the local business bureau. Nancy’s educational background is in economics.

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    Kenneth Labeja

    Board Treasurer

    Labeja is originally from Uganda and uses Labeja as his first name in accordance with family tradition. He is the Chief Financial Officer of Triple Oak Power, a wind developer headquartered in and focused on the Pacific Northwest.

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    Labeja is originally from Uganda and uses Labeja as his first name in accordance with family tradition. He is the Chief Financial Officer of Triple Oak Power, a wind developer headquartered in and focused on the Pacific Northwest.

    Labeja has project finance, M&A and accounting in his tool-kit and has spent the last 15 years “gittin it done” in the power and renewables sector. Labeja graduated with a first class Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting at the University of Lesotho and with an MBA from that University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He also completed the necessary exams and experience and became a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the UK.

    Labeja sees his board membership as an opportunity to add his unique voice and background to what is traditionally a monoculture industry. He is excited to promote diversity which ultimately leads to more robust and inclusive project solutions for stakeholders.

     

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    Noah Long

    Noah Long

    At Large

    Noah Long is the Western Region Director for Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) Climate and Clean Energy Program. For over a decade, Noah has worked to advance policies for deploying renewable energy, increasing energy efficiency, and advancing cleaner cars and electric vehicles. His work includes a focus on creating a fast, just, and sustainable transition to clean energy to address the climate crisis in the west....Read more

    Noah Long is the Western Region Director for Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) Climate and Clean Energy Program. For over a decade, Noah has worked to advance policies for deploying renewable energy, increasing energy efficiency, and advancing cleaner cars and electric vehicles. His work includes a focus on creating a fast, just, and sustainable transition to clean energy to address the climate crisis in the west. In Long’s first project with NRDC, he helped initiate a successful campaign to protect the wildlife, wildlands, and communities of Chile’s Patagonia from damages associated with large-scale hydrological development. Currently, Long co-directs NRDC’s western clean energy and climate policy initiatives with Peter Miller. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College, a master's in international development and environmental policy from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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    Kevin Lynch

    Kevin Lynch

    Board Vice Chair

    Kevin manages Avangrid Renewables’ engagement in policy, regulatory and market-structure matters across the US as well as the company’s charitable activities. He has nearly three decades of professional experience in the electric power sector, with a focus on renewable energy since 2006 at Avangrid Renewables and predecessor companies. During his Avangrid Renewables tenure, Kevin has also overseen the company’s external communications, market fundamentals, and federal affairs activities.
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    Kevin manages Avangrid Renewables’ engagement in policy, regulatory and market-structure matters across the US as well as the company’s charitable activities. He has nearly three decades of professional experience in the electric power sector, with a focus on renewable energy since 2006 at Avangrid Renewables and predecessor companies. During his Avangrid Renewables tenure, Kevin has also overseen the company’s external communications, market fundamentals, and federal affairs activities.

    Kevin spent a decade working for two members of the US House of Representatives, eight of those years as staff to the Committee on Appropriations. He focused on natural resource, public lands, Native American, energy, transportation, and arts and humanities issues.

    Kevin is President of the Interwest Energy Alliance Board of Directors, chairs the Board of the Independent Energy Producers Association of California, and serves as Vice Chair of the Renewable Northwest Board. He also is a Board Member of the American Council on Renewable Energy, the Wind Solar Alliance and the Colorado Independent Energy Association. He was appointed one of two original co-chairs of the State Policy Committee of the American Wind Energy Association in 2010, serving in that role for two years to increase the wind industry’s focus on state and regional policy and regulatory matters.

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    Sarah Qureshi

    Sarah Qureshi

    Board Secretary

    Sarah Qureshi is a dedicated clean energy professional. She currently serves as a manager on NextEra Energy Resources Political Affairs team for the West Region. Previously she worked on energy policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group in San Jose, California. Sarah began her career as a legislative aide to U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre (NC) in Washington, D.C. and has also worked in U.S. Representative Judy Chu’s office (CA) as a legal fellow.
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    Sarah Qureshi is a dedicated clean energy professional. She currently serves as a manager on NextEra Energy Resources Political Affairs team for the West Region. Previously she worked on energy policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group in San Jose, California. Sarah began her career as a legislative aide to U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre (NC) in Washington, D.C. and has also worked in U.S. Representative Judy Chu’s office (CA) as a legal fellow.
     
    Sarah is a member of the Maryland State Bar and received her J.D. from the Catholic University of America. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Government.
     

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    Virinder Singh

    At Large

    Virinder Singh is Vice President of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs at EDF Renewables (EDFR), a leading North American renewable energy development company and O&M provider in solar, wind and energy storage. As head of EDFR’s U.S. government affairs, Virinder’s work has covered a wide range of technologies including wind, solar, biogas, and energy storage, and with his able team is responsible for federal affairs and state-level policy....Read more

    Virinder Singh is Vice President of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs at EDF Renewables (EDFR), a leading North American renewable energy development company and O&M provider in solar, wind and energy storage. As head of EDFR’s U.S. government affairs, Virinder’s work has covered a wide range of technologies including wind, solar, biogas, and energy storage, and with his able team is responsible for federal affairs and state-level policy. His work includes broad market policies, critical path issues for projects in development, and issues affecting the performance of EDFR’s existing assets. His work covers demand-driving policies, procurement rules, trade policy, tax issues, transmission and distribution grid policy, and siting policy.

    Virinder serves on the Boards of Renewable Northwest, California’s Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT), the Independent Energy Producers Association of California, the national Energy Storage Association’s Leadership Circle, and others. He is aide and alternate to EDFR’s Board members at both the American Wind Energy Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association.

    He holds a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of International Affairs (environmental policy focus) from Columbia University, and an MBA from Portland State University. He has lived in Portland, Oregon since 2002 and lives with his wife and son.
     

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    Priya Sreedharan

    At Large

    Priya has been a program director with GridLab since May 2020 working to scale up GridLab’s efforts on electricity sector transformation. Drawing from a research and analysis foundation, she has held multiple technical leadership roles, and was most recently at the U.S....Read more

    Priya has been a program director with GridLab since May 2020 working to scale up GridLab’s efforts on electricity sector transformation. Drawing from a research and analysis foundation, she has held multiple technical leadership roles, and was most recently at the U.S. Agency for International Development–India for 5 years where she helped launch clean energy and air quality efforts, including India’s seminal Greening the Grid renewables integration study.

    Earlier, she was at Energy and Environmental Economics (E3) for 5 years, where she led some of the sector’s early studies on distributed energy resources, deep decarbonization, and air quality impacts; and initiated E3’s India efforts. Prior affiliations include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Integral Group.

    Priya has a PhD and MS in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where she developed “data science” (Bayesian statistics and optimization) techniques for environmental sensing and energy efficiency diagnostics applications.

     

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    Nicole Hughes

    Nicole Hughes

    Executive Director

    Nicole Hughes joined Renewable Northwest as Executive Director in July 2018. She has over 16 years of experience in the renewable energy industry in areas such as project development, construction, finance, permitting and policy for utility-scale wind and solar energy. She has worked for AWS Truepower, HDR, Element Power, RES Americas, Tetra Tech, and The Bonneville Power Administration....Read more

    Nicole Hughes joined Renewable Northwest as Executive Director in July 2018. She has over 16 years of experience in the renewable energy industry in areas such as project development, construction, finance, permitting and policy for utility-scale wind and solar energy. She has worked for AWS Truepower, HDR, Element Power, RES Americas, Tetra Tech, and The Bonneville Power Administration. In her previous work, Nicole engaged with Renewable Northwest 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. Nicole has served in a variety of board and volunteer positions working on issues related to support for individuals with disabilities, environmental conservation and energy issues. She currently serves on the boards of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies,  the Renewable Hydrogen Alliance and the Center for Resource Solutions Green E Governance Board. Nicole lives in Portland, OR with her husband and two kids and spends most of her free time recreating in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

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    Max Greene

    Max Greene

    Deputy Director

    Max joined Renewable Northwest in February 2018 and currently serves as the organization's Deputy Director. He supervises work on regulatory matters such as utility resource planning and procurement and on policy matters including clean energy legislation and renewable energy siting....Read more

    Max joined Renewable Northwest in February 2018 and currently serves as the organization's Deputy Director. He supervises work on regulatory matters such as utility resource planning and procurement and on policy matters including clean energy legislation and renewable energy siting. He is a member of various boards and committees including the Green-E Governance Board at the Center for Resource Solutions and the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Energy, Telecom & Utility Law Section. Prior to his work at Renewable Northwest, Max worked as a staff attorney in the Providence, Rhode Island office of the Conservation Law Foundation. 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. You can find him running Portland-area trails or dragging his family on trips around the beautiful western U.S.

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    Robin Arnold

    Robin Arnold

    Markets & Transmission Director

    Robin joined Renewable Northwest after working as a policy analyst for the Montana Public Service Commission for nearly seven years, where she worked as a lobbyist during the Montana legislative sessions and represented the PSC in regional stakeholder groups such as Northern Grid. At the PSC, she worked on a variety of issues including resource procurement plans, PURPA filings, and regional transmission organizations. Prior to joining the PSC, Robin worked at Project Vote Smart and the National Institute on Money in State Politics....Read more

    Robin joined Renewable Northwest after working as a policy analyst for the Montana Public Service Commission for nearly seven years, where she worked as a lobbyist during the Montana legislative sessions and represented the PSC in regional stakeholder groups such as Northern Grid. At the PSC, she worked on a variety of issues including resource procurement plans, PURPA filings, and regional transmission organizations. Prior to joining the PSC, Robin worked at Project Vote Smart and the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Robin earned a B.A. in International Affairs from Sweet Briar College and an MSc Econ in Political Science from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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    Katie Ware

    Katie Ware

    Senior Regulatory & Policy Manager

    Katie joined Renewable Northwest in March 2020 and currently acts as the organization’s Senior Regulatory & Policy Manager. Her work in regulatory affairs includes engagement in utility resource planning and procurement efforts, as well as various rulemakings to implement state clean energy and decarbonization policies. Her advocacy in the policy realm supports concepts to advance renewable energy penetration and regional coordination. Katie previously worked in wind and solar development with EDP Renewables. She earned a M.S. in Chemistry and a M.S....Read more

    Katie joined Renewable Northwest in March 2020 and currently acts as the organization’s Senior Regulatory & Policy Manager. Her work in regulatory affairs includes engagement in utility resource planning and procurement efforts, as well as various rulemakings to implement state clean energy and decarbonization policies. Her advocacy in the policy realm supports concepts to advance renewable energy penetration and regional coordination. Katie previously worked in wind and solar development with EDP Renewables. She earned a M.S. in Chemistry and a M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University, where she was co-chair of the Energy Leaders Association. She earned a B.A. from Hanover College. Katie lives with her husband and daughters in Seattle, where she can be found listening to KEXP and drinking niche coffee — a walking cliché.

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    Diane Brandt

    Oregon Policy Manager

    Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Diane recently moved back to Oregon after working internationally for nearly two decades. Most recently, she worked in foreign policy for 13 years as a U.S. State Department Career Foreign Service Officer. Her postings included stints in the United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, India, and Saudi Arabia where her portfolios included everything from political and public affairs to travel visas and American citizen services. Prior to joining the State Department, Diane taught sciences in the United States and internationally....Read more

    Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Diane recently moved back to Oregon after working internationally for nearly two decades. Most recently, she worked in foreign policy for 13 years as a U.S. State Department Career Foreign Service Officer. Her postings included stints in the United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, India, and Saudi Arabia where her portfolios included everything from political and public affairs to travel visas and American citizen services. Prior to joining the State Department, Diane taught sciences in the United States and internationally. Her undergraduate studies were at the University of Washington in Zoology, Spanish Language and Literature, and a minor in Chemistry. She currently lives in Corvallis with her family and recently completed her Master’s in Public Policy, with a focus on environment and energy, at Oregon State University. Outside the office, Diane can be found exploring the many trails of Corvallis with her family or practicing her amateur gardening skills in the backyard.

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    Sashwat Roy

    Sashwat Roy

    Technology & Policy Manager

    Sashwat joined Renewable Northwest in June 2020 and currently works as the Technology and Policy Manager viewing the Pacific NW energy space through the lenses of technology, economics, and policy to inform Renewable Northwest’s engagements in utility IRPs, western market developments, state regulatory proceedings and grid-related technical forums across the broad spectrum of renewable energy, energy storage and other emerging technologies....Read more

    Sashwat joined Renewable Northwest in June 2020 and currently works as the Technology and Policy Manager viewing the Pacific NW energy space through the lenses of technology, economics, and policy to inform Renewable Northwest’s engagements in utility IRPs, western market developments, state regulatory proceedings and grid-related technical forums across the broad spectrum of renewable energy, energy storage and other emerging technologies. He recently completed his PhD in Energy and Environmental Policy from the Biden School of Public Policy & Administration at University of Delaware, with a dissertation focused on assessing the techno-economic values of hybrid solar-battery storage in multiple jurisdictions across the US.

    Prior to his work at Renewable Northwest, Sashwat was part of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF)-Department of Energy (DoE) fellowship at Quantum Energy & Sustainable Solar Technology (QESST) at ASU. At QESST, his work involved conducting detailed analysis on the techno-economic aspects of hybrid renewable energy systems particularly focused on complementing solar energy with Li-ion battery storage. Recently, his published paper on “Techno-Economics and Environmental Attributes of Utility-Scale PV+Storage in California” won the Best Publication Award at the QESST Annual Expo 2020. Sashwat has also worked in major renewable energy development and consulting firms such as First Solar and ICF International, supporting their work on renewable energy modeling and analysis and has presented his research in multiple conferences.

    Sashwat earned a BS in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering in India and a MS in Energy Systems Engineering from University of Texas at Dallas. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking with friends and family, playing soccer under the bright lights, and rooting for FC Barcelona, in addition to experimenting with different cuisines from across the world to satisfy his taste buds.

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    Emily Griffith

    Stakeholder Outreach Manager

    Emily joined Renewable Northwest in April 2022 as the Stakeholder Outreach Manager. She works toward developing relationships with communities, tribes, and local governments in the region, and ensures Renewable Northwest is aware of energy issues impacting stakeholders at the local level....Read more

    Emily joined Renewable Northwest in April 2022 as the Stakeholder Outreach Manager. She works toward developing relationships with communities, tribes, and local governments in the region, and ensures Renewable Northwest is aware of energy issues impacting stakeholders at the local level. She coordinates with tribal communities, renewable energy developers, community-based organizations, agriculture advocates, county and state governments, wildlife advocates and agencies, landowners, economic development organizations, land use attorneys, state legislatures, and other clean energy advocacy and industry organizations. She is currently working on completing her Master's of Public Policy degree at Oregon State University, with a thesis focused on institutional adaptive capacity to environmental change.

    Prior to Renewable Northwest, Emily collaborated on projects assessing community input in the environmental decision-making and regulating processes for West Coast resiliency efforts. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Washington State University and in her spare time, she enjoys hiking the gorge, taking her dog to the beach, and playing the piano.

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    Pam Mahon

    Operations Manager

    Pam was born and raised in New England and made her way out to the Pacific 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. Pam performs with the Oregon Symphony in the Kids’ Concert Series. When not performing or hiking Mt. Tabor with her dog, Zeke, she also works with Artisan Auctions.

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