News Release: NREL Announces Participants for 2017 Executive Energy Leadership Program

June 15, 2017 | By David Glickson | Contact media relations

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 22 leaders to participate in its 2017 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs).  Energy Execs provides non-technical business, governmental, and community leaders throughout the country an opportunity to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools, and financing to guide their organizations and communities in energy-related decisions and planning.

The four-month program, which begins next week, offers executive decision-makers an in-depth opportunity to learn from some of our laboratory’s most prominent scientists, engineers and professionals, tour our research facilities, and visit local renewable energy installations.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will demonstrate what they have learned in the program by presenting a feasible clean energy project that is relevant to their organization or community. Since the inception of Energy Execs in 2007, more than 250 representatives of industry, government and non-profit organizations have completed the program, which is delivered through the Executive Energy Leadership Academy. For more information, visit

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.

Editors, please note: A complete list of this year’s Energy Execs participants follows.

Cullen Choi – Denver International Airport (Colorado)

Derek DiGiacomo – Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) – (Pennsylvania)

Kirby Dipert – Lockheed Martin (Indiana)

Rachael Drummond – University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) – (Colorado)

Jennifer Hale – Denver Zoological Foundation (Colorado)

Natalie Hanson – Nuvista Light & Electric Cooperative (Alaska)

Brian Hill – Richard King Mellon Foundation (Pennsylvania)

Cody Hooven – City of San Diego (California)

Kevin Kenny – Sprint (Virginia)

Kyle Lauter – EDF Renewable Energy (California)

Jessica Lin – U.S. Department of Energy (District of Columbia)

Sonrisa Lucero – Denver Mayor's Office of Sustainability (Colorado)

David Martinez – Pueblo of Laguna (New Mexico)

Matthew Myers – EarthX (Texas)

James Obermaier – Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel/Marriott International (Colorado)

Scott Rupp – Missouri Public Service Commission (Missouri)

Meyer Seligman – U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Energy & Water Development (District of Columbia)

Kathleen Staks – Colorado Energy Office 

Gary White – U.S. Air Force Office of Energy Assurance (Virginia)

Robert Whittier – Vail Resorts (Colorado)

Justin Wurth – Mortenson Construction (Texas)

Ellen Zuckerman – Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (Arizona)