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Renewable NW Seeks New Executive Director

Renewable NW seeks an Executive Director to lead a strong staff and vibrant membership to advance environmentally responsible renewable energy products and services in the Northwest.

Position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin March 7, 2018.
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Renewable NW is currently accepting applications for our 2018 Renewable Energy Policy Research summer internship.
Application deadline: March 5. 
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With a range of backgrounds and a dedication to their work, our staff are a key component of the organization's effectiveness. We hope these short bios give you a little insight into the depth of talent at Renewable Northwest Project.
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J. Rachel Shimshak, Executive Director

Rachel Shimshak has served as Executive Director of Renewable Northwest – a leading non-profit advocacy group - since its inception in 1994. With Rachel at the helm, the organization has supported the implementation of more than 7,600 MW of wind, geothermal and solar resources in the Northwest. The region has become a national clean energy leader, attracting robust renewable industries and manufacturing clusters. By engaging a diverse membership of 49 organizations including industry, public interest, tribal, and educational entities, Rachel is leading the way to the Northwest being powered by clean, affordable, reliable, renewable energy that protects the climate, strengthens the economy, and preserves our quality of life. Rachel has a rich history of leadership in the energy field. She has been chosen by Governors to serve on numerous high-level committees, including the Comprehensive Review of the Northwest Energy System in 1996, Western Governors’ Association, and the Oregon Ten-Year Energy Action Plan Taskforce. Before launching Renewable Northwest, Rachel served as Policy Director for the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources, where she worked on an array of energy issues, from natural gas and oil, to conservation, renewables, and emergency planning. Prior to that, she was Legislative Director for a Massachusetts consumer group and an advocate in Colorado and Washington, D.C. Rachel has served on the boards of several non-profit, clean energy and educational organizations and has been recognized by an array of groups for her contributions to clean energy. She is currently Secretary of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. She received the Green Power Leadership Award/Green Power Pioneer Award from the Environmental Protection Agency, United States Department of Energy and the Center for Resource Solutions. She was recognized as Woman of the Year by Women of Wind Energy and as a 2011 Influencer of Wind Power by Windpower Engineering. Rachel is dedicated to community involvement and served as President at Havurah Shalom Synagogue. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon and is a native Oregonian.

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Jeff L. Fox, Montana Policy Manager

Jeff is a native Montanan, wilderness lover, elk hunter, and backcountry skier deeply committed to clean energy solutions for Montana and the nation. He joined Renewable Northwest in February of 2011 to further the organization’s on-the-ground presence in Montana. Jeff's background includes working as a wilderness ranger in Colorado and Wyoming, before moving to Washington, DC, to join The Wilderness Society. Missing the mountains, he returned home to assist in the Montana Legacy Project, a $520 million dollar conservation purchase of 320,000 acres of private timber lands threatened by development and fragmentation. Most recently, Jeff was an independent contractor working to organize business support for clean energy. He currently volunteers on the policy committee of the Montana Renewable Energy Association.

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Amanda Jahshan, Washington Policy Advocate

Amanda serves as the Washington Policy Advocate for Renewable Northwest, supporting legislative, regulatory, and policy activities in the state to lead to further development of new renewable energy resources. Prior to joining Renewable Northwest, she worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council to defend communities and wildlife in the Western United States from the negative impacts of fossil fuel development. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a JD from University of North Carolina School of Law.

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Pam Mahon, Office Manager

Pam was born and raised in New England and made her way out to the great NW via Boulder, Colorado and a Master’s degree in Voice Performance. No stranger to the renewable energy world, she has worked as an administrative specialist and development coordinator for RES America Developments and Element Power, US. When she’s not organizing offices and scheduling meetings, you can find her on stage performing with the Oregon Symphony, as well as with other Portland area theatres. A few of her favorite roles thus far have been: Mazeppa in Gypsy with Portland Center Stage, Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of OZ with Pixie Dust Productions, and Papagena in The Magic Flute with the Portland Opera.

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Michael O'Brien, Research Director

Michael serves as an Energy Policy Analyst, bringing a depth of legislative and technical experience to Renewable Northwest's policy team. Before coming to Renewable Northwest in mid-2012, Michael served in the House of Commons advising Members of Parliament on energy and climate policy in the UK. He has published numerous reports on a variety of energy issues ranging from renewable energy systems to low carbon economies. At Renewable Northwest, he will analyze renewable energy and siting policy as well as support Renewable Northwest's solar policy development in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to his work with Renewable Northwest, Michael is currently serving as an Expert Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of an Assessment Report focusing on Energy Systems. O'Brien holds a PhD and a Masters of Science from the University of Birmingham as well as a Masters of Philosophy from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.

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Rikki Seguin, Policy Director

Rikki serves as the Policy Director for Renewable Northwest, overseeing the development and implementation of a four-state policy agenda to support the responsible development of renewable energy. Before joining the Renewable Northwest team in September 2016, Rikki worked as the director of Environment Oregon for three years. In this role, Rikki advocated for environmental protections at the local, state, and national levels, including developing the legislative concept, and advocating in support of, Oregon’s community solar program. Previously, Rikki worked as a community organizer in California, New Mexico, and Texas, shaping strategies and leading campaigns to limit global warming pollution. Rikki holds degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Florida. Rikki serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association (OSEIA) and volunteers with the Mazamas Mountaineering Center’s Basic Climbing Education Program. In her spare time, you can find Rikki hiking trails across the Pacific Northwest or in her garden in Southeast Portland.

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Silvia Tanner, Staff Counsel

Silvia joined Renewable Northwest in November 2015. She holds a B.A. in economics from Portland State University and a J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. She brings to the organization her background in utility regulation and data analysis, as well as her experience researching national and international energy issues. Silvia calls the Pacific Northwest home and dedicates a lot of her time to this community. As a student, she assisted low-income clients in areas like landlord tenant and business law. She is now a volunteer attorney with the Small Business Legal Clinic’s Pro-bono Program, and serves on the Oregon Women Lawyers’ Working Parents Committee and on the board of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. Silvia is also a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and running.

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David Wolf, Administrative Director

David joined Renewable Northwest in June 2002. David is an Oregon native and has a BA from Reed College. Prior to working for Renewable Northwest, David has been a natural foods merchandiser for Nature's Fresh Northwest, operated his own web design company, and managed a large-format digital print shop. In addition to his duties at Renewable Northwest, David serves on the board of EarthShare Oregon.

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Cameron Yourkowski, Senior Policy Manager

Cameron’s work focuses on increasing access to transmission for renewable energy resources and increasing the efficiency and capability of the transmission system to integrate variable energy resources. He is active in the policy and rate setting forums at BPA, FERC, NPCC, WGA, WECC and the state legislative and regulatory bodies. Prior to coming to Renewable Northwest in 2007, he worked for the Alaska State Legislature on energy and fisheries issues. Cameron holds a M.S. and B.A. in economics from Portland State University and the University of Montana, respectively.

Renewable Northwest Staff Photo
December 2017
(from left to right) Michael O'Brien, David Wolf, Rachel Shimshak, Jeff Fox, Silvia Tanner, Cameron Yourkowski, Pam Mahon, Amanda Jahshan, and Rikki Seguin.
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