Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director
Since 2005, Ivan Urlaub has led the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, working to ensure a sustainable future by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in North Carolina through education, public policy and economic development. Ivan brings thirteen plus years of state, U.S. and international experience in resolving policy, finance, communications, and economic challenges to the sustainable provision and use of energy and water. Ivan’s personal goal is to find win-win solutions with industry, utilities and customers that make the use of sustainable energy solutions accessible and affordable for all energy consumers in North Carolina and the Southeast. Doubling the size of the NC Sustainable Energy Association’s budget and staff every one and one-half years, Ivan has led the NC Sustainable Energy Association's success in passing more than 70 energy bills into law and winning dozens of key regulatory decisions, making advanced energy solutions more affordable and accessible for all North Carolina rate payers. The NC Sustainable Energy Association has become the go-to organization for market-based policy and market intelligence on North Carolina’s rapidly growing advanced energy industries. Ivan holds a Master of Public Policy from the Terry Sanford Institute as well as a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School at Duke University.
Anna Koltchagova, Director of Operations
Anna is accountable for leading and managing all NCSEA day to day operations. Her primary responsibility is to ensure NCSEA’s mission-driven work is adequately informed, resourced, and efficient. Anna oversees NCSEA's accounting, financial planning & analysis, project management tracking and fundraising, grant management and FP&A to ensure operational efficiencies. She comes to NCSEA from the NC Biotechnology Center where she previously served as Director for the organization's Centers of Innovation Program. She earned a Bachelor's and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University, Sofia, Bulgaria and an MBA from Meredith College in Raleigh.
Michael Youth, Counsel and Policy Director
Michael received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For almost seven years, he served as an Assistant Attorney General, providing counsel and representation to the North Carolina Department of Revenue. In 2012, Michael earned an M.S. in Forestry and Environmental Resources Policy and Administration from North Carolina State University. He joined the NC Sustainable Energy Association at the end of 2011.
Kathleen Fleming, Director of Business Development
Kathleen brings over 20 years of human resources and over five years of communications experience to the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. Prior to coming to the NC Sustainable Energy Association, she served as the Director of Human Resources and Communications at a pharmacovigilance company in the Research Triangle and as the Senior Manager of Human Resources at a biotechnology company. At the NC Sustainable Energy Association, she oversees the strategy of communications, membership, outreach and human resources. She leads the outreach in an effort to provide timely and effective communications as well as to grow and sustain the NC Sustainable Energy Association's membership and sponsorship base. In her role, she promotes the NC Sustainable Energy Association's value among renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses and the public. She also coordinates the NC Sustainable Energy Association's educational and training events, networking receptions and the annual conference among other programs.
Betsy McCorkle, Director of Government Affairs
Betsy directs the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association's governmental affairs work. As a registered lobbyist, she works with legislators, state and local government officials, state agencies, and allied organizations to educate them on clean energy issues to ensure passage of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association's legislative agenda. Previously, Betsy managed the North Carolina Solar Center’s Economic Development Program, delivering client-based services to businesses and organizations engaging in the renewable energy industry in North Carolina. Betsy received a Master Degree in Environmental Management from Duke University, and she holds a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Economics from the University of Georgia, where she graduated magna cum laude. Betsy was the 2012 Recipient of the J.W. Fanning Distinguished Young Professional Award, she is a member of the Natural Capital Investment Fund Advisory Committee and the NC Economic Developers Association.
Lowell Sachs, Director of Communications
Lowell Sachs brings a wealth of experience designing and executing strategic, high-level communications to his role as Director of Communications for the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. A lawyer by education and training, Lowell developed a knack early in his career for applying rigorous critical analysis skills to the public policy arena. He has since spent nearly two decades harnessing the power of targeted messaging and the well-told tale to advance the causes of progressive corporations, government offices, and formative public issues. A veteran of campaigns in both the private and public sectors, Lowell now helps NCSEA advance goals critical to North Carolina by finding new ways to share the timely and compelling story of what a healthy market for clean energy business and technology can do for the region’s economy, jobs, energy security, and environment. Prior to joining NCSEA Lowell served as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy providing high-level communication, strategic planning and partnership development expertise intended to highlight major accomplishments of the agency, build public awareness of its mission, and cultivate broad support for its major initiatives. Working at the intersection of science, business, and public policy, Lowell’s contributions helped accelerate research, development and deployment for some of the nation’s most promising clean energy technologies as an essential ingredient to boosteconomic growth for America's manufacturing and industrial sectors.Before his time as an analyst and advocate for clean energy causes, Lowell spent over a decade at Sun Microsystems, one of the IT sector’s pioneers in the area of enterprise-level computing. There, as Senior Manager for Federal Government Affairs, he spearheaded the company’s engagement on a host of public policy issues that would go on to help shape e-commerce and safeguard innovation as an engine of growth for the Internet. Among his areas of focus, Lowell supported the company’s effort to push the envelope on energy efficient IT products and services for its customers while reducing its own carbon emissions and energy costs. Lowell earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law where he served on the Virginia Environmental Law Journal and received his B.A. in Government from Cornell University.
Mike Davis, Charlotte Regional Manager
Mike Davis represents the Charlotte region where he serves as the contact for current members and strives to build the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association’s network by educating and recruiting new members. He serves as a voice for the NC Sustainable Energy Association at critical meetings, events and presentations and offers insight into the policy and market trends he finds within the community. In addition to renewable energy, Mike has expertise in sustainable building practices, urban development and historic preservation. Prior to joining the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, he was the Charlotte Business Manager for Southern Energy Management where he served as a representative with various organizations such as the USGBC, Habitat for Humanity, the Charlotte Homebuilders Association and the Building Owners and Managers Association. He is also a member of the Charlotte USGBC’s Legislative Advocacy Group. Mike holds a Master of Media Arts from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. from Winthrop University where he majored in Political Science and had a minor in Business Administration. He is an accredited USGBC LEED® Green Associate, and is also an NC Licensed General Contractor and an NC Licensed Real Estate Broker. He is on the Advisory Committee of the Central Piedmont Community College Sustainability Program, and serves on the Residential Subcommittee of the US Green Building Council and the Sustainability Committee for the Charlotte Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Victoria Somol, Marketing and Communications Specialist
Victoria Somol assists the Communications Director in determining effective marketing campaigns as well as creating other marketing materials such as brochures, press releases, eNews, surveys and other collateral. She is also the web administrator and a primary point of contact for social media. Victoria has over ten years of experience in property management, marketing, event coordination and residential and community relations. Prior to joining the NC Sustainable Energy Association, Victoria was a Marketing and Event Coordinator in New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and an Associate’s Degree in Specialized Business from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.
Kacey Hoover, Regulatory & Policy Analyst
Kacey Hoover serves as NCSEA’s regulatory and policy analyst and monitors regulatory developments in renewable energy to identify policy progress and impacts. Kacey offers a strong technical background in renewable energy technologies and utilities. Previously, Kacey worked as an energy analyst and specialized in rate structure analysis and estimating utility bills. Kacey earned a M.S. in Technology with a concentration in Appropriate Technology from Appalachian State University and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Catawba College.
Jerry Carey, GIS & Database Management Specialist
Jerry Carey joined the NC Sustainable Energy Association in the spring of 2013. He is responsible for developing, updating and maintaining NCSEA market intelligence assets. Jerry’s work includes advanced management and development of Excel and Access databases, as well as with geographic information systems (GIS), to collect, organize and warehouse clean energy data relevant to NCSEA’s mission objectives. Jerry performs extracting, cleaning, and conforming data for uploading into NCSEA’s data ecosystem. He is responsible for all QA/QC on NCSEA flat files and web collected data, and is also responsible for spot check on data formatting as it is collected by other NCSEA staff before it is loaded into NCSEA’s data ecosystem. Jerry is accountable for ensuring that NCSEA’s organizational data is trusted, transparent, accurate, and accessible. Prior to coming to the NC Sustainable Energy Association Jerry was the General Manager of Five Hole Sports, Hockey Pro Shop. Jerry holds a degree in Geospatial Technology from Central Piedmont Community College. In his free time, Jerry is a hockey enthusiast and enjoys the outdoors.
Robin Aldina, Energy Analyst
Robin leads NCSEA’s Market Intelligence team. He is responsible for the design and implementation of market research, data analysis, and report preparation related to the clean energy industry in North Carolina and the Southeast. Prior to joining NCSEA, Robin worked for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in their office of Energy Policy and Innovation, and at RTI International. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Richmond, and a Master of Environmental Management degree with a concentration in Energy and the Environment from the Nicholas School at Duke University.
Christy Marcinkowski, Event Planner Christy brings ten years of event and meeting planning experience to NCSEA. She is responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of the annual conference, educational sessions, social events, and networking opportunities. Additionally, she will evaluate the quality and effectiveness of events by compiling data and analyzing the results. Christy received her bachelor’s degree from the School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. She spent five years in Boston working events on the hotelier side and received a Meeting & Event Certification from Northeastern University. After moving to Raleigh five years ago, Christy continued on the hotelier side for a brief time before making the transition to corporate meeting planning. In 2011 she received her CMP designation.
Edie Urban, Office Manager
Edie comes to NCSEA from the NC Biotechnology Center where she worked as a Senior Administrative Assistant for the Centers of Innovation Program. Edie provides varied, complex and confidential operational and reporting analysis in support of the NC Sustainable Energy Association’s programs. She also manages the workflow of the NCSEA office, including providing office resource needs, tracking organizational metrics and projects, as well as administrative support of projects. Edie is originally from Miami, Florida where she acquired her degree in Business Data Processing and worked as a Computer Programmer before moving to the North Carolina area with her husband and family in 1988. Prior to coming to NCSEA, Edie worked as a small business owner in the health care industry for 12 years. In addition to working in health care, she also worked for the Wake County School System in the Community Services area.
Julie Robinson, NC Sustainable Energy Association Contract Lobbyist
Julie acts as a consulting lobbyist on behalf of the NC Sustainable Energy Association. She represents the NC Sustainable Energy Association before the North Carolina General Assembly and consults with the NC Sustainable Energy Association on political and policy issues, including on legislative implications of issues before the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Julie brings fourteen plus years of state and U.S. experience in Policy, and Government Affairs. Julie is a subject matter expert in Government Affairs and High Performance Building Energy Efficiency. As a registered lobbyist, Julie works directly with legislators to educate them on various clean energy issues to ensure passage of North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association’s legislative agenda. She also coordinates North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association’s Lobby Days and in-district meetings between legislators and clean energy business leaders and advocates, as well as building and strengthening coalitions among state and local government officials, state agencies, and partner organizations. Julie has worked in the Speaker's office at the NC General Assembly and for U.S. House Minority Leaders Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Dick Gephardt (MO), U.S. Senator Max Cleland (GA) and U.S. House of Representative’s Jim Turner (TX) in Washington, DC. Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism (Public Relations) and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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