AWWI’s board sits together at a common table to collaborate on shared goals. Board members are drawn equally from the wind industry and science and conservation organizations. This diversity and balance is an essential part of AWWI’s charter and is required by our bylaws.
Jan (Blittersdorf) Blomstrann is the president and CEO of Renewable NRG Systems, a manufacturer of decision support tools for the utility-scale renewable energy industry. She joined the company in 1987 and helped build a global organization that now serves more than 150 countries around the world. She also serves on the board of directors for the American Wind Energy Association, the Women of Wind Energy, the Institute for Sustainable Communities, and the Fairbanks Museum.
Scott Davis is the Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy’s 19-state Central Division, focusing on large multi-state conservation initiatives ranging from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. He has worked for The Nature Conservancy for 16 years, previously serving as the Director of Conservation Programs and Associate State Director in Ohio, the acting State Director in Wisconsin, and the State Director of the Tennessee Chapter. Scott holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in aquatic ecology from Miami University and Texas A&M University respectively.
Roy Elicker is the Director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and has worked for ODFW since 1993 when he was hired as a Watershed Health Program Coordinator. Other positions held include Fish Screening Program Manager, Fish Division Deputy Administrator, Legislative Coordinator, and Deputy Director for Fish and Wildlife Programs. He was appointed Director on August 3, 2007 after serving as Acting Director on two separate occasions; and reappointed to a second term in October 2011.
Elicker serves on numerous national organizations. He is Chair of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Ad Hoc Lead Group and the WAFWA Hunter, Angler, Shooting Sports and Wildlife Recreation Participation and Resolutions Committees, and he is active in the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Elicker is currently serving a second two-year term on the federal Sports Fishing and Boating Partnership Council. He is also the Oregon Commissioner for the Pacific Salmon Commission which deals with salmon harvest and jurisdictional issues between the United States and Canada.
An avid duck hunter and outdoor enthusiast, Elicker earned a Master’s Degree in wildlife biology from Rutgers University in 1982 and an environmental law degree from Lewis and Clark College Northwest School of Law. He lives in Portland and has three sons.
Peter Frumhoff is the Director of Science and Policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and chief scientist of the UCS Climate Campaign. He has published and lectured widely on topics including climate change impacts, climate science and policy, tropical forest conservation and management, and biological diversity. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and an M.A. in Zoology from the University of California-Davis.
Joe Grennan has almost 20 years of experience in the environmental and energy industry and over a decade of experience siting transmission and energy facilities throughout the United States. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kansas in Environmental Studies and a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas in Energy and Mineral Resources. He is an active participant in the development of wind energy environmental policy and currently serves on the American Wind Energy Association Steering Committee for Siting.
Tim Hayes is the Environmental Director for Duke Energy Renewables. He has been with Duke Energy and its predecessor companies Cinergy Corp., PSI Energy and Public Service Company of Indiana for 27 years. He has a B.S. from Indiana State University Life Science. He has been named the Indiana Izak Walton League Conservation Partner of the Year, the Ducks Unlimited Indiana Conservationist of the Year, and received the Hoosier Life-Time Achievement Wildlife Award from the Wildlife Society.
Eric Holst is the Senior Director, Working Lands, at the Environmental Defense Fund. Holst previously served as executive director of the Resources Legacy Fund and Program Officer for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and a B.S. from the University of California, Davis.
Michael Horn is the Director of Market Development for GE’s Renewable Energy business. Mike holds an M.S. in Natural Resource & Environmental Policy and a MBA, both from the University of Michigan, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business from Lafayette College. He was previously a manager with Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Services group.
John Kostyack is Vice President of Wildlife Conservation for the National Wildlife Federation. An expert on climate change adaptation and a longtime leading advocate on the Endangered Species Act, John leads NWF’s wildlife and habitat conservation programs. He holds a J.D. cum laude from Stetson University College of Law.
Ginny Kreitler is the Senior Advisor on Energy & Environment at the National Audubon Society, where she works on energy and climate issues. Prior to joining Audubon, she worked as a consultant on energy and land conservation matters for 25 years. She has a M.S. in Energy Policy and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Roby Roberts is the Vice President, Communications and Government Affairs, at EDP Renewables. He brings more than 20 years of experience in renewable-energy policy, communications, business development and regulatory affairs. He has been chair and board member of the American Wind Energy Association and is currently chair of the Canadian Wind Energy Association.
Johanna Wald is a Senior Counselor, Land & Wildlife Program, at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she has worked for over 40 years. A graduate of the Yale Law School, she is a nationally recognized expert on issues relating to the management of federal lands and resources, including their renewable resources.
Jim Walker is Vice Chairman of the Board and former CEO of EDF Renewable Energy. He is a past board member and president of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), a former member of the California Energy Commission and served in the Nixon and Ford Administrations. He has a B.A. in physics from Princeton University and a Doctorate from Harvard Business School.
Stu Webster is the Director, Permitting & Environmental Affairs, at Iberdrola Renewables, where he oversees the company’s environmental program for project development as well as for the ~5,000 operational megawatts owned by Iberdrola in the United States. Mr. Webster serves as Vice-Chair of the AWEA Siting Committee and Chair of the AWEA Wildlife Sub-Committee. He has a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, Santa Barbara, CA.
AWWI’s priorities, initiatives, and operations are guided by balanced committees made up of staff from Partner and Friend organizations with relevant expertise.
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