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Brian O'Hara, President
Brian O’Hara is a recognized leader in the U.S. wind industry and has led development, policy, and advocacy efforts in the Southeast since 2009. Brian has extensive experience in offshore energy, project development, project management, engineering, and finance. He began his career as an engineer with ExxonMobil on deep water, offshore oil & gas operations in West Africa. He has also led development teams and finance efforts in the U.S. real estate industry, gaining a depth of experience in permitting and environmental studies.
Brian holds an MBA and an MS in manufacturing systems engineering from Stanford University as well as a BS in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech where he graduated in the top 0.25% of the university.Email |
Jen Banks, Director of Operations
Jen Banks has a depth of experience in efforts to advance the U.S. wind industry. In her role as the Director of Operations at the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition, Jen works to address barriers to wind energy development in the Southeast, advance stakeholder knowledge of wind energy and increase the wind industry's engagement in the region. Jen also oversees the activities of the Department of Energy funded Southeast Wind Energy Resource Center led by SECWC, which covers 11 Southeast states. Prior to joining the Coalition full time, Jen worked as the Wind Energy Project Manager at the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center and as the staff lead for offshore wind at the American Wind Energy Association. Previous experience includes preparing the regulatory portion of an offshore wind feasibility study for Santee Cooper.
Jennifer holds a B.S. in Environmental Technology from North Carolina State University and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree, with an environmental planning focus, from Clemson University.Email |
Nate Pedder, Intern
Nate Pedder is a student at North Carolina State University working towards a career in the wind industry. Nate is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Political Science with a minor in Renewable Energy and hopes to combine these backgrounds into a technical advocacy or policy role in the industry. He first gained experience in the wind industry as an intern at the Wind Energy Foundation. He also has experience on campus working to advance sustainability, serving as the Chairman of the NC State Sustainability Fund Advisory Board and as the Project Manager for the Park Scholars Class Legacy Project which is working to bring a sculptural solar design to campus.Email |