Leadership & Staff

Geronimo Energy

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.

Garry George

National Audubon Society

Chair

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.

Keith Harrison

Southern Power

Vice Chair

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!).

John Rogers

Union of Concerned Scientists

Treasurer

John Rogers is a senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists with more than a quarter century of expertise in clean energy technologies and policies, and a focus on wind, solar, and natural gas. 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

EDP Renewables

Secretary

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

NextEra Energy

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.

Rene Braud

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

Sierra Club

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.

Alex Daue

The Wilderness Society

Alex Daue is the assistant director of energy and climate at The Wilderness Society.  Alex works with conservation partners, agencies, and project developers across the West to advance responsible policy for renewable energy and transmission development and mitigation; protect wildlands and wildlife habitat; and site projects in appropriate areas on federal public lands.  Alex received his BA in biology from the University of Colorado and has been at The Wilderness Society since 2007.

Nathanael Greene

Natural Resources Defense Council

Nathanael Greene is director of NRDC’s renewable energy policy program. 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

Spencer Hanes

Duke Energy Renewables

Bio coming soon!

Ray Kelly

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.

Tom Kiernan

American Wind Energy Association (Advisory Member)

Tom Kiernan began as CEO of the American Wind Energy Association on May 28, 2013. Prior to that he spent 15 years as President of the National Parks Conservation Association.

Kiernan, a native and long-time resident of Arlington, Va., graduated from Dartmouth College in 1981 with a degree in Environmental Computer Modeling. He began his career with the Nantahala and Rocky Mountain Outdoor Centers, and in 1984, joined Arthur Andersen & Co. as a Management Consultant. Tom left the firm after three years to pursue his MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business. While at Stanford, he also served as Assistant to the Director of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality.

Upon completing his degree, Kiernan moved to Washington, D.C., to join the Environmental Protection Agency as Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator. A year later, he was promoted to Chief of Staff of the Office of Air and Radiation, and then in 1991 was appointed Deputy Assistant Administrator where he was instrumental in the Bush Administration’s efforts to implement the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. For his leadership role in negotiating consensus after 12 years of litigation on a $450 million pollution control project at the Grand Canyon, he received the Gold Medal – the Agency’s highest award for employees.

At the conclusion of the Bush Administration, Kiernan co-founded the environmental consulting firm E3 Ventures, focused on working with private sector clients to expedite Clean Air Act implementation. In 1994, he was hired as Executive Vice President of the Audubon Society of New Hampshire. In this role, he was charged with managing the society’s operations, which included four nature centers, four stores, educational programs, field research, and the management of 8,000 acres of land. In 1995, he was named President, where he successfully led the organization to a balanced budget.

In 1998, Kiernan was named as President of National Parks Conservation Association. He led the organization through dramatic growth of its field offices from 7 to 23, its members and supporters from 300,000 to over 800,000, and its net assets from under $5 million to over $60 million. He also led a successful five-year capital campaign that raised 108 percent of its goal and established NPCA as an effective political force in Washington.

Brad Loveless

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.

Jenny McIvor

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

EDF Renewables

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.

Jim Murphy

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.

Laura Nagy

Avangrid Renewables

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.

Joy Page

Defenders of Wildlife

Joy Page leads Defenders’ renewable energy team which focuses on facilitating wildlife co-existence with wind and solar development. In this capacity she works with federal agencies and developers on a full range of mitigation policies and strategies for avoiding, minimizing and, if necessary, compensating for wildlife impacts from renewable energy development.  She also serves on NFWF’s National Bald & Golden Eagle Research Trust Fund Advisory Panel.  Joy has both scientific and legal expertise.  Prior to joining Defenders of Wildlife, Joy was an attorney on the environment and energy law team at Godfrey & Kahn S.C. where she advised clients on a diverse range of complex environmental regulatory, permitting and transactional due diligence.  She also has experience developing and overseeing compensatory mitigation projects with state and federal agencies to offset impacts from development and other permitted activities. Prior to legal practice, Joy worked as an environmental scientist for the US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs. Joy received her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center, has a Master of Science in Environmental Health from University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University.

Terry Root

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 National Audubon as a Director and as Assistant Secretary.

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.

Jessica Wilkinson

The Nature Conservancy

Jessica Wilkinson is Senior Policy Advisor for Mitigation at The Nature Conservancy. She works with the Conservancy’s External Affairs department, Global Energy & Infrastructure Program, and North America Energy Program to develop, coordinate, and implement the organization’s strategy for applying smart infrastructure siting principles to protect lands and waters. Before joining TNC, Wilkinson was a Senior Policy Analyst and Director of the Wetlands Program at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., where she oversaw the Institute’s program of wetlands research and training. Jessica received a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a BA in Environmental Science from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Ken Young

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.

Roberta Zwier

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.

Staff

Abby Arnold

Executive Director

Abby Arnold manages collaboratives that elevate the best available science into decision-making to achieve results. As Executive Director for the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) since 2010 and as AWWI’s interim director during its founding, Abby works with wind energy industry and conservation and scientific partners to facilitate wind energy development while protecting wildlife. As Principal/Senior Mediator at 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 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. She has three grown children, lives in Washington D.C. with her husband, and periodically gets to Juneau, AK, her 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.

Lauren Flinn

Director of Programs and Operations

Lauren Flinn oversees AWWI’s operations and program work, including facilitating the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC). She has over 10 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.

John Lloyd, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Research

John Lloyd is a wildlife biologist. Prior to joining AWWI, John was the inaugural Director of Science at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, where he led the organization’s efforts to develop science-based solutions to pressing problems in wildlife conservation. He has worked throughout the world for a variety of conservation organizations and has taught courses in biostatistics and conservation science at Antioch University and Middlebury College. He is an Elective Member of the American Ornithological Society. John holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana, an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Arizona, and a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont.

Stu Webster

Senior Manager, Technology Innovation and Research

Stu S. Webster joined the AWWI team in 2017 as Senior Manager, Technology Verification & Research. Stu joined AWWI after constructing two residences by Anne Schmidt of Lewallen Build, LLC. Prior to swinging a hammer Stu was Director of Permitting and Environmental Affairs for Iberdrola (now Avangrid) Renewables, overseeing regulatory and environmental compliance of development, construction, or operation of over 5,000 MWs of wind and solar facilities. Before that, Stu was part of the Clipper Windpower Development team, serving as Permitting Manager from 2006-2009, leaving to join as Vice President-Corporate Relations for AWWI during the organization’s inaugural first year of operation. Since 2006 Stu has served in leadership roles on various siting committees, was a member of AWWI’s Board, and engaged in all manner of siting topics and policy development with the axiom that between two opposing viewpoints there is always common ground worth striving for. Stu has a Bachelors in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Masters from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, Santa Barbara, CA. Stu, Anne, and their family live in Portland, OR.

Katy Battle

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.

Juan Botero

Wind Wildlife Research Fund Manager

Juan Botero manages priority research projects funded by the Wind Wildlife Research Fund, a wind industry-led initiative to pool investment for wind-wildlife solutions. Prior to joining AWWI, Juan served as a project manager at an environmental consulting firm where he focused on providing technical and administrative guidance to private industry clients during environmental due diligence, industrial hygiene, and remediation projects. Juan has a broad range of wildlife research experience throughout the continental United States working with birds and herpetofauna. He has both designed and implemented environmental research projects with a focus on anthropogenic impacts on wildlife. Juan earned his M.S. from The College of William and Mary while studying the effects of mercury toxicity on songbirds. He earned his B.S. in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech while studying the impacts of a coal ash spill on turtles.

Ryan Butryn

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.

Paige Johnson

Outreach and Engagement Manager

Paige Johnson manages AWWI’s outreach and communications efforts to engage with AWWI’s collaborators and communicate AWWI’s research and mission. She has over 8 years of professional experience in science writing, science outreach and communication, and project coordination in environmental NGOs, higher education, and museums. She has also conducted research studying the interface between environmental research and policymaking. Paige received a Master’s Degree in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford and holds an M.S. in Science Communication from Drexel University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Occidental College.

Christina Marshall

Program Coordinator

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 higher 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.