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Strategy and Implementation Group, Integrated Applications Center

The Strategy and Implementation group provides strategic energy solutions through thoughtful planning and practical know-how to produce groundbreaking results. Through a unique combination of skills including broad technical knowledge across multiple renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, a deep understanding of markets and policies, and the ability to work collaboratively with customers and stakeholders, this group helps NREL customers define and meet their energy goals.

Learn more about the expertise and technical skills of NREL's Strategy and Implementation group by reading our short biographies:

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Stephanie Bechler

Business Support

Areas of Expertise: Communications, Event Planning, SharePoint, Microsoft Office

Education: B.A. in Fine Arts, Emerson College

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Misty Conrad

Senior Project Leader

Areas of Expertise: Strategic energy planning, cross-cutting energy technology and policy, island sustainability, rural development, agriculture, federal program design, development, implementation and evaluation, energy efficiency and renewable energy assessment

Education: B.S. in Land Use and Environmental Resources; masters work in Environmental Law and Policy

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Katie Contos

Project Administrator

Areas of Expertise: NREL Tools—NQuIRE, EPP, Workday, Concur; NREL Policies and Procedures; Experience in high-level administrative support and coordination

Education: B.S in Exercise and Health Sciences, Colorado State University

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Alexander Dane

Project Leader

Areas of Expertise: Sustainable urban planning and policy design; resiliency and strategic energy planning; project development and program management.

Education: MURP Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado; M.P.A. Public Administration, University of Colorado; B.A., Environmental Studies and B.A. Psychology, Indiana University

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Jennifer Daw

Project Leader

Areas of Expertise: Sustainable, low carbon strategies for the development, implementation, and operation of clean energy and water sources. Domestic and international greenhouse gas mitigation and climate change resiliency strategy analysis, decision support, and implementation. Analysis and integration of water and energy. Sustainable operating practices including LEED, Guiding Principles, life cycle assessment, and federal sustainability requirements.

Education: B.S. Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University; M.S. Civil Engineering/ Sustainable Development, University of Colorado; PE, CEM, LEED AP O+M

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Sean Esterly

Project Leader

Areas of Expertise: International clean energy policy analysis; clean energy and climate development initiatives for developing countries; micro- and mini-grid policy and regulation; renewable energy and energy efficiency for islands; scheduling, organizing, and conducting webinars; database development and curation

Education: M.A. in Environmental Management and Policy, University of Denver; B.A.s in Political Science and Environmental Studies, Eckerd College

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Emily Evans

Project Administrator

Areas of Expertise: Financial reporting, subcontracting, project planning, webinars, EPP, NQuIRE.

Education: B.S. Communication, University of Colorado at Denver

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Sheila Hayter

Group Manager

Areas of Expertise: Energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment, integrated project leadership, renewable energy deployment in the built environment.

Education: M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Kansas State University, PE, FASHRAE, LEED AP

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Project Leader

Areas of Expertise: Project management of large, complex projects, clean energy workforce development, international sustainable development, performance monitoring and reporting, integrative project planning, financial analysis, risk assessment, and stakeholder management.

Education: M.B.A., University of Colorado; M.S. Environmental Studies (abt), San Jose State University; B.A., University of Colorado, P.M.P

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Victoria Healey

Project Leader

Areas of Expertise: Clean Energy Policies primarily focused on energy access for developing nations.

Education: M.A.S. Environmental Policy, University of Denver; B.A. Science and Technology, University of Denver

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Erik Ness

Project Leader

Areas of Expertise: Strategic energy planning including fossil-fuel reduction strategies and clean energy policy options; technical and economic assessment of renewable energy opportunities for communities.

Education: B.Sc. Economics of Industry and Trade, London School of Economics, England; Dept. of Interior Project Management Certification.

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Adrienne Powell

Project Administrator

Areas of Expertise: Project management including resourcing, scheduling, budgeting, NREL tools and processes – EPP, NQuIRE, GitHub, subcontracting, project execution plans, editing and proofreading.

Education: B.A. in Anthropology, M.A. Behavioral Science, Managing and Consulting

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Tim Reber

Project Leader

Areas of Expertise: International programs and stakeholder engagement; Energy access and off-grid electrification solutions; Clean energy policy, finance and deployment strategies in emerging markets; Distributed geothermal energy systems; Project development and management

Education: M.S. Earth-Energy Systems, Cornell University

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Rachel Romero


Areas of Expertise: High performance building systems, energy assessments, project management, workforce development and accredited certifications, technical assistance projects.

Education: PE, M.S. Civil Engineering, Colorado University Boulder, B.S. Mechanical Engineering Hope College

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