Board of Directors
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.
Keith Harrison is the General Manager of Environmental Affairs for Southern Power Company where he is responsible for environmental policy, due diligence, permitting, and compliance with all air, water, waste and natural resources environmental requirements across Southern Power’s fleet of wind, solar, natural gas and biomass facilities in the US. A significant part of his team’s responsibilities involves negotiating permitting strategies and managing compliance programs addressing avian, bat, and other wildlife issues.
Keith has over 20 years of experience with Southern Company serving in various leadership roles in research and environmental affairs, strategic generation planning, and fuel services. Throughout his career, he has worked to direct collaborative research to develop, demonstrate, and deploy technologies to minimize environmental impacts and is happy to support AWWI’s mission to do just that.
Keith holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Auburn University (War Eagle!).
National Wildlife Federation
Jim Murphy is Director, Legal Advocacy with National Wildlife Federation where he leads National Wildlife Federation’s national legal work with an extensive focus on climate and energy matters with the goal of reducing carbon pollution to protect wildlife. In particular, he works on an array of climate related issues, including advancing regulatory solutions to carbon pollution, protecting wildlife from harmful fossil fuel projects, and promoting clean, wildlife-friendly renewable energy. He also has worked extensively protecting wildlife and natural resources through legal actions involving the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental statutes. Prior to joining NWF in 2003, he worked with the Conservation Law Foundation, in private practice, and on Capitol Hill. He has an LL.M., summa cum laude, in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, a J.D. from Boston College Law School, and B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Vermont.
Union of Concerned Scientists
John Rogers is a senior analyst in the Climate & Energy Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and analytic lead for the organization’s energy campaign, with three decades of expertise in clean energy technologies and policies, and a focus on wind and solar. He has served as lead or co-author on many UCS analyses, reports, and publications. He joined the board of AWWI in January 2019, also serves on the board of directors of RENEW Northeast and was a co-founder of the US Offshore Wind Collaborative. He has been interviewed numerous times on public and commercial radio, and on television, and has been cited in publications ranging from The New York Times and The Boston Globe to Popular Mechanics and Good Housekeeping. John joined UCS in 2006 after working for 15 years on private and public clean energy initiatives, including as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, and as a co-founder of a leading developer of clean energy solutions for rural markets in developing countries. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Christi Calabrese is Director of Permitting and Environmental Affairs for EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA). Christi and her team manage environmental permitting and permit compliance for EDPR NA’s projects in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, from planning phases through implementation and operations, including developing strategies to avoid and minimize environmental impacts. In addition, Christi develops environmental corporate standards and procedures for EDPR NA and advises EDPR NA’s CEO and Executive Team on environmental regulations and policy issues pertaining to wind energy development and operations.
Christi currently chairs the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Bat Subcommittee and serves on the Board of the American Wind and Wildlife Institute (AWWI). She also served as chair for the AWEA Wildlife and Federal Permitting Committee. Christi was the recipient of AWEA’s 2016 Andy Linehan Environmental Excellence Award.
Christi has a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Florida and a Masters Degree in Marine Resources Management from Texas A&M Galveston. She has over thirteen years of professional experience in the environmental field and eleven years of experience working in the renewable energy industry, primarily on environmental and siting issues related to wind energy projects.
Kyle Boudreaux is a Project Manager for NextEra Energy’s Corporate Environmental Services where he responsible for the tracking and analysis of emerging environmental regulations, programs and policies at the state, regional and federal levels across 48 states and Canada. He is responsible for issues covering all environmental media that could affect any of NextEra Energy’s renewable, fossil, nuclear or gas infrastructure assets. Kyle has been with NextEra for 18 years and has over 25 years’ experience in the environmental field. His background includes working for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as well in the private sector as a hazardous material and oil spill response, disposal and cleanup specialist. He is a certified Professional Environmental Compliance Auditor and has extensive experience in climate change regulatory development, species policy issues, and hazardous waste and materials regulation. Kyle received his Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State University’s College of Agriculture.
Pattern Energy Group
Rene Braud is the Director of Environmental Policy for Pattern Energy Group, Inc. (Pattern Energy). Her role largely focuses on protecting wildlife.
Ms. Braud has worked for Pattern Energy since 2011. Her career spans over 40 years in environmental sciences and management, with 20 years in the wind industry working with companies such as NextEra, BP, and EDPR. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Biology from University of Houston, attended graduate school at the University of Texas, and holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law.
Ms. Braud was recently awarded the Andrew Linehan Award for Environmental Excellence by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). In 2010, she was also the first recipient of the Special Achievement in Environmental Leadership award from AWEA. Ms. Braud serves on numerous committees in the Wind Industry, including AWEA Wildlife Steering Committee and is the lead for the Eagle Subcommittee. She is a Founder and sits on the Board of Directors for the American Wind Wildlife Institute, and is also a founder and sits on the Steering and Policy Committees for the Energy Wildlife Action Coalition. She was appointed by the Secretary of Interior to serve on the USFWS Wind Turbine Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee from 2007-2012.
Ms. Braud travels to Africa twice a year, where she photographs wildlife. She is also an avid birder and is passionate about wildlife and wildlife photography. Conserving and protecting wildlife are truly her life’s passions.
Bill Corcoran is Director of State Strategies for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. He provides strategic guidance for all aspects of the campaign’s work in the individual states to end the use of fossil fuels in the electricity and building sectors and replace them with clean energy. He has been with the campaign for ten years. During his 23-year staff career with Sierra Club, he has worked on lands and wildlife protection in addition to closing coal plants, stopping the gas rush, and accelerating clean energy and beneficial electrification. Bill led Sierra Club participation in several negotiated settlements protecting large areas of habitat, including the Tejon Ranch conservation agreement, as well as being a leader in legislatively establishing wilderness areas and two national monuments. A graduate of UCLA, Bill is a senior student and board member at the Zen Center of Los Angeles.
Defenders of Wildlife
Bio coming soon!
The Wilderness Society
Chase serves as Vice President for Strategy and Results at The Wilderness Society, the leading conservation organization working to unite people to protect America’s wild places. In this role, he helps set strategic direction, leads program and policy innovation, and ensures programmatic outcomes are centered on equity and justice, including protecting 30% of US lands and waters, ensuring all people in the US benefit equitably from public lands, and achieving eliminating fossil fuel emissions from federal public lands. Chase has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit and government sectors evaluating policy options and building coalitions to advocate for climate smart management of public lands.
National Audubon Society
Garry George started his Audubon career as a volunteer for Los Angeles Audubon with KILL YOUR LAWN, a program modeled after his own yard to reduce water use and greenhouse gases from mowers and blowers, and to create native plant habitat to attract birds and other wildlife. He served in several leadership capacities for both LA Audubon and Audubon California before being named to his current role as clean energy director for Audubon in 2017, specializing in the intersection of utility-scale wind, solar, geothermal energies and transmission, climate, and birds.
“Garry understands better than just about anyone that if you care about protecting birds, you should care about clean energy,” said David O’Neill, chief conservation officer at the National Audubon Society. “He is an invaluable authority on clean energy and a steadfast champion of wildlife and a great partner with industry. AWWI is fortunate to have him in this position and we’re proud to be an AWWI partner.”
He also holds seats representing Audubon on several stakeholder groups including Avian Solar Work Group, California Offshore Wind Working Group and Regional Science Entity Work Group for Atlantic Offshore Wind to facilitate research and new technologies to develop environmentally responsible utility-scale clean energy, as well as collaborations with USFWS and other federal and state agencies and our NGO partners. He leads the Audubon network in clean energy planning, permitting policies, individual projects and transmission planning to reach the organization’s clean energy goals while protecting birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
Garry is a graduate of NYU and lives in Los Angeles. When not working for Audubon he travels the world looking for rare birds and has racked up a life list of over 7,500 species, so far.
Natural Resources Defense Council
Nathanael Greene is NRDC’s senior renewable energy policy advocate. His expertise is in renewable energy, its research and development, and the economic challenges that must be overcome so that they can be deployed quickly and with the greatest environmental benefits.
Nathanael started at NRDC right out of college in 1992. After two years he left to attend grad school, where he also worked for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He returned to work with NRDC in 1996. His background in science, engineering, and economics allows him to translate cutting edge technology developments into policy recommendations. He holds a degree in public policy from Brown University and a master’s degree from Berkeley. Read More
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions
Bio coming soon!
Clearway Energy Group
Raymond Kelly is Director, Environmental for Clearway Energy’s portfolio of operating wind and photovoltaic (PV) electric generation facilities. With over 30 years of experience permitting, performing environmental due diligence reviews and providing compliance oversight in the power and energy sectors, he leads the Clearway Energy’s environmental group supporting renewable energy facility construction and operation. In this role, Ray develops environmental corporate standards and procedures for Clearway and advises the company on environmental regulations and policy issues related to renewable energy.
Prior to joining Clearway Energy, Ray was Director, Permitting & Environmental for NRG Energy where he supervised the environmental reviews, permitting and compliance assurance for renewable facilities. During his time at NRG, he was involved with the due diligence review, acquisition, development and/or construction of over 5,000 MW of wind and solar renewable energy projects.
Ray presently serves on the Board of the American Wind and Wildlife Institute as Clearway’s representative and with the Avian Solar Working Group and Wind Wildlife Research Fund Advisory Council.
Ray received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from San Diego State University, San Diego, California.
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Brad Loveless was raised in Ohio and received a B.S. in Zoology from Ohio State University and an M.S. in Biology from University of Kansas. Brad worked for Westar Energy for 34 years, the first 12 years being at Wolf Creek Nuclear Station. He is currently the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
At Westar, Brad worked in Topeka and focused on avoidance of environmental impacts through proper design and siting of electrical generation and distribution facilities, and mitigation of those impacts, when they occur. He helped plan company actions to address climate change and to lead the Green Team, a volunteer group of employees and retirees that have been helping with habitat improvement, environmental access and education, and enhancement of sensitive species for 30 years.
In 2013, Brad was awarded the Kansas State Forester’s Award for Community Forestry. In 2009, he was recognized by the Kansas Wildlife Federation as Wildlife Conservationist of the Year and by the Kansas Association of Conservation and Environmental Education as their Strickler Award winner for Environmental Education. He serves on the board of the Kansas Historical Foundation, Kansas Land Trust, and on the Kansas Water Authority. Brad is on the Kansas Forest Service Advisory Council and Chairman of the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams.
Brad is married to Mindy, has three boys, and enjoys working on church initiatives, fishing, hunting, gardening, beekeeping, and volunteering for CASA and Green Team projects.
Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Jenny McIvor is the Vice President, Environmental Policy and Chief Environmental Counsel for Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Previously, she was responsible for MidAmerican Energy Company’s environmental policy, strategy and management programs, with a focus on wildlife conservation for MidAmerican Energy’s growing wind energy portfolio, and water and air quality for MidAmerican Energy’s electric and gas operations. She serves on MidAmerican Energy’s board of directors. She earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University, a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, a juris doctorate from Vermont Law School.
Rick Miller joined EDF Renewables in September 2009 as a Permitting Manager. As Permitting Manager, he oversaw the environmental permitting and planning activities for renewable power generation and electrical power transmission projects in the WECC. In 2012, Rick was promoted to Director of Wind Business Development, where he is directly responsible for the planning, management and oversight of renewable project development including land, permitting, stakeholder engagement, interconnection, acquisition due diligence, origination and pre-construction activities for wind development projects for the West Region. He holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University.
Dr. Laura Nagy is the Director of Permitting and Environmental Affairs at Avangrid Renewables. Dr. Nagy is an ecologist with over 20 years of experience, specializing in avian systems, population ecology, and statistical ecology. Dr. Nagy has experience in strategic planning for wildlife issues including technical study design, identification of avoidance and minimization measures, development of mitigation measures, and project-specific wildlife monitoring. Dr. Nagy’s has been providing biological support to the wind industry on wildlife related issues on emerging regulatory issues such as eagles and endangered species and their associated Eagle Conservation Plans (ECPs), Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs), and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents. She previously worked as a consultant for the wind and solar industries at DNV GL and Tetra Tech and completed her post-doctoral research at the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Stanford University (Advisory Member)
Terry L. Root is Senior Fellow (University Faculty) Emerita in Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Her research addressed how plants and animals are changing with the changing climate. She was a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change 4th Assessment Report that in 2007 was co-awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore. Also, she was a lead author for the 3rd Assessment Report (2001) and a Review Editor for the 5th Assessment Report (2014). In addition to other honors, Root was awarded the Spirit of Defenders Award for Science by Defenders of Wildlife in 2010, and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 from the conservation organization Point Blue. She serves as science advisor to several non-governmental organizations, has served on the boards of many environmental organizations, and is currently serving on the board of Defenders of Wildlife and BirdCaribbean.
Root earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of New Mexico, her master’s degree in Biology from the University of Colorado and her doctorate in Biology from Princeton University. She was a Professor at the University of Michigan for 14 years, until she moved to Stanford University where she was on the faculty for 15 years. She retired and moved to Sarasota, FL, in the summer of 2015.
Johann Walker is Ducks Unlimited’s Director of Operations for the 7-state Great Plains Region. Johann began his career with Ducks Unlimited in 2004 as a research biologist at the Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck, North Dakota. During 2010 – 2013, Johann directed science and planning efforts for Ducks Unlimited’s Great Plains Region, conducting research on habitat relationships of breeding waterfowl, land-use change, and conservation strategy. During 2013 – 2019 Johann directed a conservation delivery team that conserved more than 800,000 acres of wetland and grassland habitat in the Dakotas and Montana. Johann is a Fellow of the National Conservation Leadership Institute. He lives in Bismarck, North Dakota with his wife Amy and four children and spends as much of his free time as possible recreating outdoors with his family.
Apex Clean Energy
As chief operating officer at Apex, Ken Young leads the Apex team in its execution of core business operations with the purpose of delivering world-class renewable energy projects. He holds responsibility for the development, engineering and construction, asset management, and direct support departments including environmental permitting and public / governmental affairs. Prior to joining Apex, Young worked for Vestas Wind Systems as a chief program manager, overseeing technology support throughout the Americas. He also spent several years leading asset management, operations, and other functions at two start-up renewable energy companies. Young is a former U.S. Army infantry officer; he served in Europe and as part of The Old Guard, the army’s premier ceremonial unit, in Arlington, Virginia. He holds a bachelor of science in political science and systems engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master of business administration from the University of Notre Dame.
American Clean Power Association (Advisory Member)
Heather Zichal has had a long career battling global climate change and brings deep experience in the public and private sector. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the Blue Prosperity Coalition, a global network of governments, NGOs, scientists and ocean experts working to advance sustainable, blue economy goals. She previously served as the Vice President of Corporate Engagement for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), coordinating engagement with multilateral corporations to advance innovative approaches to some of the world’s most complex sustainability challenges. In government, Zichal served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change during the Obama Administration, where she coordinated the administration’s energy and climate policy, as well as the groundbreaking Climate Action Plan. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Zichal served as Legislative Director to one of the Senate’s leading environmentalists, then-Senator John Kerry.
The Conservation Fund
Roberta Zwier is the Director of The Conservation Fund’s Mitigation Solutions Program. She oversees the development and implementation of mitigation strategies for unavoidable impacts to sensitive resources such as listed species, cultural and historic resources, and state and federal lands. Prior to joining The Conservation Fund, Roberta worked in the natural gas industry where she managed the environmental permitting department of an interstate natural gas company and was responsible for permitting large-scale capital expansion projects. Roberta received a M.S. in Environmental Biology (Wildlife Focus) from California University of Pennsylvania, a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and holds a Project Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute.
Abby S. Arnold
Abby S. Arnold is Executive Director of AWWI. From an early age, Abby has been a passionate advocate for developing policy based on sound science. She recognizes that decisions about renewables and conservation we make today will impact future generations. As a practicing mediator for over 25 years, Abby convened many collaborative efforts including how to site and build biofuels, geothermal, on and offshore wind, and solar power, while conserving wildlife. She has facilitated efforts of the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative since 1994, was lead mediator for the Department of the Interior’s Land Based Wind Energy Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee, and many other regional and national collaborations. Abby advised on founding AWWI and has led the organization for over a decade. Abby holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in Environmental Planning and Politics from UC Santa Cruz, with Honors. She is a proud mother of three adult children, lives in Washington D.C. with her husband, and annually returns to Juneau, AK, a second home, where she enjoys the great outdoors.
Taber Allison, Ph.D.
Director of Research
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. 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.
Director of Programs and Operations
Lauren Flinn serves as the Director of Programs and Operations at AWWI. She oversee all operational and administrative functions of the organization and helps orchestrate program development and implementation. In her operational role, she is responsible for finances, human resources, IT, legal, governance, and compliance. She has a key role in managing the organization’s fiscal stability, internal structure, and strategic planning.
She joined AWWI in 2011 as a program manager and facilitator focusing on program implementation, including management of the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC), development of the American Wind Wildlife Information Center (AWWIC), and planning of the Wind Wildlife Research Meeting. 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.
Senior Research Manager/Scientist
Isabel serves as the Senior Research Manager/Scientist for AWWI. She supports all aspects of AWWI’s wind research portfolio and the expansion of the organization’s scope to include solar energy. Isabel was previously employed by AWWI and managed the technology innovation program. In her time away from AWWI, Isabel has worked as an environmental consultant for renewable energy projects, working primarily on pre-construction wind and solar developments overseeing ecological and wildlife studies and developing conservation strategies. She returns to AWWI with 15 years of experience spanning wildlife conservation and research across many taxa but focused on birds, renewable energy development (wind, solar, biofuels), urban ecology, and community conservation. She has managed projects and programs for the past 10 years in academic, non-profit, and consulting environments. She holds an MS in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida, and a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science from Trinity College.
Technology Innovation Manager
Katy Battle manages projects within AWWI’s Technology Innovation Program. She ensures that AWWI, as well as its Partners and Friends, support the development and implementation of technologies that minimize wind energy risks to wildlife. Katy brings to AWWI 5 years of technical and administrative experience in wildlife conservation and has conducted and published research in ecological statistics, avian biology, and conservation. Katy holds a M.S. degree from North Carolina State University in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology with a minor in Statistics as well as a B.S. degree in Wildlife Sciences from Virginia Tech.
American Wind Wildlife Information Center Manager
Ryan Butryn manages the American Wind Wildlife Information Center (AWWIC). He works with industry partners and friends to get their data contributions accurately and securely housed in the database. He also works closely with researchers to prepare AWWIC data for scientific analysis. Previously, Ryan has worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the Vermont Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, and the U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center supporting ecological research with his skills in geographic information systems and data analysis. He has a M.S. degree in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources and a B.S. degree in Environmental Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Head of Outreach and Engagement
Paige Johnson manages AWWI’s outreach and communications efforts to engage with collaborators and share AWWI’s research and mission. She has a decade of professional experience in science writing, editing, outreach, and communication, and in project and program management at environmental NGOs, academia, and museums. She has also conducted research studying the interface between environmental research and policymaking. Paige holds an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford, an M.S. in Science Communication from Drexel University, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Occidental College.
As Program Coordinator, Christina works across AWWI’s programs to support projects and ensures AWWI’s work is timely and organized. Predominantly working with outreach, operations, and the Executive Director, Christina works at the DC office to ensure every project runs smoothly. She has over 4 years of public relations experience and volunteered teaching classes about political engagement to elementary students in the South Bronx. Her education focused on environmental justice with a historical perspective. She received a B.A. in Politics and History from The New School, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.
Outreach & Communications Associate
As the Communications and Outreach Associate, Leah collaborates on efforts to promote AWWI’s research and mission including assisting the Head of Outreach and Engagement and contributing to AWWI’s fundraising efforts. She has a variety of experience in the sustainability and conservation field including serving as a Peace Corps Food Security Volunteer in Nepal, field researcher on tiger conservation in Thailand, sustainability analyst for green business certifications, and ocean conservation advocate. She holds a B.S. in Conservation Biology from The University of Minnesota and a M.A. in Global Sustainability from University of South Florida.