Women in Clean Energy Symposium
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Moderator: Carter Wall, @carterwall
Director, Performance Solar Division
Broadway Renewable Strategies
Ms. Carter Wall is the Director of the Performance Solar Division at Broadway Renewable Strategies, the largest solar developer in Massachusetts. Previously, she has been involved in many aspects of the industry, from jobs in investment banking and energy supply and generation to market structure and public policy. She has held positions with Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Power Options, Inc., Merrill Lynch, and Harvard University. She is also currently collaborating to start a new program called The Future Face of American Energy, to develop summer jobs in the energy industry for college-age women and people of color. Ms. Wall is a board member of New England Women in Energy and the Environment and a member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, the Environmental Business Council, Innovations in American Government, and Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture.
Wall earned her BA in Biology from Bryn Mawr College and her MPP in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Ms. Kristen Graf currently serves as the Executive Director of Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), a national nonprofit that promotes the education, professional development, and advancement of women to achieve a strong diversified workforce and support a robust renewable energy economy. Before making her way to WoWE in 2009, Kristen spent five years with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in Boston.
As the Clean Energy Program Coordinator and Research Associate at UCS she worked on renewable energy policy at the state and national level with particular focus on wind and biomass as well as working to hone some of her nonprofit management skills. Kristen was recently named a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program’s Eastern Region and was thrilled to help launch ELP’s growing Women’s Network. In addition to her passion for renewable energy, Kristen has spent many years working to develop women leaders. She has served as the Co-Moderator of the National Network of Presbyterian College Women and on the National Coordinating Team of Presbyterian Women. At Cornell, she was an active member of the Executive Team of the Cornell University Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.
Kristen received her BS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University and during her time at Cornell, worked for the Cornell Cooperative Extension assisting in efforts to expand the role of renewable energy in agriculture around New York State.
Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals
Ms. Janet Rehberg is a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas and is a graduate from The University of Tulsa where she received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. She is also a graduate from Capital University with a Master’s in Business Administration and is both a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).
She has worked for American Electric Power for 10 years in various departments including engineering, planning and customer services. She is currently a Consumer Program Coordinator for energy efficiency and smart grid programs which includes Weatherization, Behavioral, SMART Appliances, Electric Vehicles and Home Area Networks.
Outside of school and work, she is involved in Toastmasters and was the VP of Public Relations for her chapter. She is also involved with Big Brother Big Sisters where she’s currently a mentor for a 10th grade girl. In 2011, she and her match won the “Match of the Year” Award. She was recently asked to be on The University of Tulsa Industrial Advisory Board to help restructure the Electrical Engineering Department’s strategy and objectives.
Janet joined the Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals (WiNUP) in 2005 where she helped charter the Oklahoma Chapter. In 2006, she moved to Ohio and joined the Ohio Chapter. She served as the Ohio Chapter Chair in 2009 and 2010 as well as the 2012 Conference Chair. She is currently the International Vice President and will be the International President in 2014.
Janet and her husband Eric, along with their two dogs Brutus and Apollo, reside in Westerville, OH.
Ms. Kristen M. Nicole is a senior project engineer in the power delivery and utilization research sector at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Based in Washington DC, she conducts research and provides strategic analysis to address power systems integration and variability challenges associated with solar energy, with a focus on improved solar forecasting.
Prior to joining EPRI, Ms. Nicole was a solar energy analyst researching grid integration for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Program (DOE). She managed the solar resource assessment and characterization research portfolio, worked on solutions to high penetration solar grid integration in the distribution system and solar variability mitigation in transmission system operations. Prior to this post she was with the global training division of the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, Inc. (IP3) where she was responsible for international client management, business development and strategic marketing initiatives. Ms. Kristen Nicole was responsible for capacity building in public-private partnerships, industrial regulation and utility management in energy, water, telecommunications and transportation sectors in a host of countries. She also has previous experiences with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Peace Corps in Bangladesh.
Ms. Kristen Nicole holds an MBA in Accounting and Strategic Management from George Washington University and a BA in International Relations, focused in International Economics and Business in East Asia-China from Boston University. Ms. Kristen Nicole is affiliated with IEEE Power and Energy Society, UVIG, WCEE, ISES and Women in Solar. Ms. Nicole represents alumni and friends of the International School of Beijing, China (ISB) in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.