Nicole Hughes, Executive Director, joined the organization in 2018. She has over 20 years of experience in the renewable energy industry; including work in project development, construction, finance, permitting and policy for utility-scale wind and solar. Previously, she worked at AWS Truepower, HDR, Element Power, RES Americas, Tetra Tech, and The Bonneville Power Administration. Through her diverse background in the industry, Nicole has learned the importance of relationship and coalition building among diverse stakeholders to move the region 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 board of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies. 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.