Abby Arnold, Executive Director
Abby Arnold, who served as AWWI’s interim director during its founding, rejoined AWWI as Executive Director in March 2010. Abby is known for designing collaborative processes that bring diverse stakeholders together, elevate the best available science into decision-making processes, and achieve results. As Executive Director, Abby has worked with the AWWI Board of Directors and AWWI partners to establish a Strategic Plan, adopt a five-year national Research Program Plan, implement key program initiatives, and offer a forum for dialogue. As Senior Mediator and Vice President at the Washington DC-based firm of Kearns & West, Abby has been lead facilitator and strategic advisor for the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative, the Department of the Interior’s Wind Turbine Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee, and many other regional and national collaborations. Abby holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in Environmental Planning and Politics from UC Santa Cruz.
Taber Allison, Ph.D., Director of Research and Evaluation
Taber Allison is an ecologist with special expertise in wind-wildlife impacts. He joined AWWI in December 2010 to direct all research initiatives. Previously, Taber was Vice President for Science, Policy and Climate Change at the Massachusetts Audubon Society, where he led Mass Audubon’s environmental evaluation of wind energy and climate change. Taber has served at the National Science Foundation, was Director of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and taught at Ohio State University and the University of Colorado. Taber serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative and is a member of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.A. degree in Biology from Wesleyan University.
Stacie Sears, Director of Development
Stacie Sears joined AWWI in May 2011 and brings with her over 12 years experience as a nonprofit and higher education fundraiser. She has held senior fundraising and management positions with Environmental Defense Fund, St. Lawrence University, Middlebury College and Naropa University. In addition, she has volunteered as a Presidential campaign fundraiser and served on several non-profit boards. Stacie is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, from which she received a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Economics.
Lauren Flinn, Program Manager and Facilitator
Lauren Flinn supports operations and program work, including facilitating the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC). She has over 8 years of experience working on environmental issues at the local, national, and international level, and she brings experience in project management, facilitation, meeting planning, consensus building, regulatory analysis, and outreach to AWWI. Prior to joining AWWI, Lauren supported the NWCC at RESOLVE and was an associate with ICF International in the company’s Energy and Resources Practice. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Williams College.
Ian Evans, Research Associate
Ian Evans is a Research Associate for the American Wind Wildlife Institute. He supports AWWI’s research program work to promote timely and responsible development of wind energy while protecting wildlife and habitat. Prior to AWWI Ian conducted research, organized, and advocated for renewable energy and climate adaptation at the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC. He has worked in the field studying passerines, coastal ecology, endangered shorebirds, and wolves. He received a BA in Conservation Biology from Middlebury College, where he studied Conservation Biology and conducted research to assess human impact to ecosystems and landscape. Ian is originally from Santa Cruz, California.
Jessica Zelt, Project Coordinator, American Wind Wildlife Information Center
Jessica Zelt joined AWWI in August 2015 with more than ten years of experience working in bird research, data management, and program development. She previously worked as Program Coordinator for the North American Bird Phenology Program at USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. In that position, Jessica built a worldwide citizen science program to illuminate the effects of climate change on migratory bird patterns throughout North America. Before working for USGS, Jessica worked for the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, the Conservancy for Southwest Florida, and Colorado State University on various ornithological research studies and environmental education. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Towson University.
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