Collin O’Mara – President & CEO
‘‘To see offshore wind power in American waters fills me with patriotic pride. This idea that we could create a new industry and tens of thousands of jobs, spur manufacturing and protect wildlife, it’s just an incredible opportunity.’’
Collin O’Mara serves as President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. Under O’Mara’s leadership, the National Wildlife Federation is focused on conserving wildlife ranging from bison and bighorn sheep to pollinators like monarch butterflies and native bees, defending public lands and access to outdoor recreation, restoring America’s waterbodies, improving habitat resilience, advancing environmental education (including publishing Ranger Rick magazines), and connecting every American child with the great outdoors.
Read more about Collin here.
Curtis Fisher – Northeast Regional Executive Director
“We want to thank every activist and partner on this historic campaign that have made it possible and made 2016 the best year ever for offshore wind in the United States. Former generations of Americans built libraries, schools, and bridges to make this country great and inspire people; today we have the same kind of opportunity to build large-scale climate change solutions with offshore wind turbines soaring into the sky far off our coasts to create the clean energy future we all aspire to.”
With the help of many NWF staff and partners, Curtis created and initially staffed NWF’s Offshore Wind Power Campaign in 2009. Curtis researched and wrote NWF’s first report on the great potential of offshore wind that was released in 2010 with over 40 organizations co-sponsoring. He currently provides a range of strategic and technical support to the campaign.
Read more about Curtis here.
Catherine Bowes – Program Director, Offshore Wind Energy
“Growing up on the Massachusetts coast, I have been in awe of the power of the ocean for as long as I can remember. It is so inspiring to know that this treasured resource can play such a major role in fighting climate change and powering our economy with clean, local energy. I am so proud and lucky to work every day with NWF’s amazing staff, affiliates, and partners to make responsibly developed offshore wind power a reality for America.”
Based in NWF’s Northeast Regional Center, Catherine leads NWF’s Campaign for Atlantic Offshore Wind Power. Catherine leads not only NWF’s engagement on offshore wind, she also plays a leadership role within the NGO community on this exciting clean energy opportunity. Catherine is an appointed member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Offshore Wind Habitat Working Group, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Environmental Technical Working Group for Offshore Wind Energy, and Connecticut’s newly formed Commission on Environmental Standards for Offshore Wind Energy. She is a co-founder and Steering Committee member of the New York Offshore Wind Alliance and serves on the Board of Directors for RENEW Northeast.
Amber Hewett – Campaign Manager, Offshore Wind Energy
“As a sailor, a coastal New Englander, and someone who is kept up at night by the urgency of climate change, advocating for offshore wind power development touches my heart in so many ways. I spend my summers harnessing that inexhaustible power – getting both humbled and exhilarated by its intensity. And now it’s my beacon of hope that we can rise to the energy and environmental challenges we face – yet another reason to love the sea breeze!”
Amber’s role managing the Offshore Wind Campaign team includes recruiting and mobilizing activists and supporters, educating the public and decision-makers about the value and viability of the resource, and production of campaign materials. Based in her home state of Massachusetts, Amber led NWF’s robust on-the-ground effort in 2016, working closely with our affiliate and many partner organization to call on the state legislature and the Baker Administration to make a large-scale commitment to offshore wind power for the Commonwealth. With the nation’s largest offshore wind commitment now signed into law in Massachusetts, Amber leads a coalition effort to ensure it is implemented and can provide a model of success for other states along the coast.
Jen Mihills – Mid-Atlantic Regional Executive Director
“Our energy choices have a significant impact on people and wildlife. By harnessing the power of the wind blowing off our coast, we can create a clean energy future – that is the future I want for my son.”
Jen Mihills is the Regional Executive Director for the Mid-Atlantic. Through this role, Jen focuses on building and maintaining strong relationships with affiliates and partners and supporting the National Wildlife Federation’s program work in wildlife conservation, climate and renewable energy policy, coastal resiliency, and environmental education. Jen is working to advance offshore wind development throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. In Maryland, she serves on the Steering Committee of the Maryland Climate Coalition and manages the Coalition staff. The Coalition was instrumental in securing passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 and is currently working to ensure implementation of this policy and build out of the state’s offshore wind resource.
Read more about Jen here.
Zach Cockrum – Northeast Director of Conservation Partnerships
“I’ve been advocating for clean energy for my entire career, because, among many other compelling reasons, climate change is harming hunting and fishing opportunities. Not only is offshore wind an effective solution for quickly reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, but a nice side benefit is you can literally catch fish right underneath these structures. So, offshore wind is not only limiting warming that is harming brook trout where I fish in Vermont, it’s also creating places to striper fish off the Northeast coast.”
As the Northeast Director of Conservation Partnerships, Zach works to build and maintain strong relationships with our eight Northeast affiliates and other on-the-ground partners.
Zach has a varied career experience that includes grassroots organizing, lobbying and communications. After working for the Indiana Wildlife Federation – an NWF affiliate – Zach joined NWF’s national field team helping lead a campaign to pass climate change and clean energy legislation. He then spent more than five years representing Trout Unlimited on Capitol Hill and helped to improve the advocacy of the organization’s council and chapters across the country. Most recently, he worked for Spitfire Strategies, a consulting firm that works with nonprofits and foundations. He is passionate about conservation and making organizations stronger advocates and environmental educators.
Nicole DiPaolo – Campaign Coordinator, Offshore Wind Energy
“A native to the Ocean State, I have always reveled in the supreme beauty and power of the ocean. Throughout my lifetime, I have seen the significance of the ocean change, not just for me, but for all of human civilization, as waters warm, sea levels rise, storms surge, and ecosystems begin to collapse. Now is the time to signify a new type of transformation — a clean energy economy powered by offshore wind.”
As Coordinator for the Offshore Wind Energy Campaign, Nicole keeps the drumbeat of multi-media information, helping to elevate the profile of offshore wind’s transformational clean energy story. In addition, Nicole helps recruit and mobilize activists and supporters, and educates the public, not only about the value and viability of offshore wind energy, but also the stake we all have in its successful development. Nicole is based in her home state of Rhode Island, where she first became involved with NWF’s Offshore Wind Energy Campaign as a volunteer, playing a key role in Rhode Island’s permitting of the first large-scale offshore wind energy project in the US.