Since 2006 Jennifer has worked to advance stronger federal, state, and utility clean energy policies with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. Directing both policy and communication teams, Jennifer’s efforts have focused on developing and then executing campaigns and advocacy programs aimed at changing the way we produce and consume energy here in the Southeast with an emphasis on climate friendly solutions. An experienced advocate, writer and public speaker, Jennifer also serves as SACE’s North Carolina state liaison and closely tracks policy proposals and coordinates with various stakeholders and advocates.
Research and volunteer work in Central America in the 1990s inspired Jennifer’s interests in environmental policy and sustainable development, and her children are her primary motivation now in the hope that actions taken today will ensure a livable world in the future. Jennifer earned a Master of Science in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan in 2000 and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in 1993. In addition, Jennifer completed a Certificate in Nonprofit Management through Duke University in 2015. Before joining SACE in 2006, Jennifer managed a watershed conservation project with Upstate Forever in Greenville, SC; conducted research for the Southern Environmental Law Center in Asheville, NC; coordinated communication efforts as well as research for the Ecosystem Management Initiative at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI; and coordinated community conservation & tourism projects with the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism in Columbia, SC.