Board of Directors

Wade Giltz

Director of Southeast State Affairs

Wade Giltz is the Director of Southeast State Affairs at the American Clean Power Association (ACP). Before joining ACP, Wade planned and directed grassroots campaigns in support of proposed utility-scale solar and wind developments as a Senior Manager at Calvert Street Group. Prior to his work in the private sector, Wade served as a congressional aide in the office of Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. He began his career as a United States Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and served as an advisor to the Afghan National Army while deployed to Afghanistan. Wade earned his B.A. in Political Science at West Virginia University. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee, but is a proud native of North Carolina.

Katherine Ross

Vice Chair


Katherine Ross represents businesses and local governments in regulatory matters and civil litigation.

In her energy practice, Katherine provides counsel on the acquisition, sale, financing, and permitting of renewable energy facilities across the Southeast, coordinating transaction documents and due diligence for portfolios ranging in size from five megawatts to hundreds of megawatts. Her clients include developers of renewable energy facilities, investors in those developments, and entities providing loans and credit vehicles to them. She also represents commercial and industrial businesses seeking renewable energy resources.

Katherine routinely advises energy clients on power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements, and agreements for the sale of renewable energy certificates. She also represents clients seeking utility commission and other development-related permits at the local, state, and federal levels. She helps clients navigate regulatory changes and advises on regulatory compliance matters.

Katherine’s regulatory practice extends beyond the energy industry as well. As businesses grow, land use, zoning, environmental, ad valorem tax, and other issues involving governmental entities frequently come up. Katherine works with clients to navigate these complex issues and evaluate the most cost-efficient path forward, including through negotiations with local and state agencies when necessary.

In her litigation practice, Katherine represents clients in complex civil matters, focusing on real property disputes. While Katherine understands that businesses and governmental entities tend to avoid litigation, she also knows that at times it is unavoidable. She has obtained favorable bench and jury verdicts, and she works with clients to identify when it is worth fighting and when it makes business sense to resolve a matter without a judge or jury. Whether a client is involved in a condemnation action, resolving an easement dispute, or fighting a property tax assessment, Katherine can assist.

In addition, Katherine chairs Parker Poe’s Pro Bono Committee. She spearheads and coordinates pro bono initiatives across all seven of the firm’s offices.

Katherine Ross

Vice Chair

Olugbenga Ajala

Founder and CEO

Olu is the founder and CEO of Ashipa Electric, a Techstars-backed energy company that develops microgrid solutions primarily to energize economic activities in underserved communities across the globe.

Prior to Ashipa Electric, Olu worked at the Research and Development organization at Southern Company, a leading US energy company. While there, he was responsible for developing and managing a variety of projects within the renewables, storage, and distributed generation program area. These include a portfolio of projects ranging from photovoltaic solar and wind energy systems to battery energy storage and microgrids.

He also worked at Southern Power where he implemented the PPA for 280MW of solar power projects as well as managed the financial, contractual, and commercial operation activities for solar and wind projects with an estimated annual revenue of $90 million.

Before transitioning to the electric power sector, he worked as an electrical engineer in oil and gas refining and gas exploration businesses within ExxonMobil and Chevron.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a registered professional engineer in the State of Alabama.

Olugbenga Ajala

Jen Banks

Permitting & Development Director

Jen Banks is the Permitting & Development Director – North Carolina with TotalEnergies focusing on stakeholder engagement and regulatory strategy in the development of Lease OCS-A 0545. Prior to joining TotalEnergies, Jen was engaged in many facets of the offshore wind industry – at the national level, the state level and the developer/project level. Most recently, as Offshore Wind Permitting Project Manager at AECOM, Jen supported clients with federal and state permits for a project in New England. Previously, as Permitting Manager at US Wind, Jen led the company’s permitting strategy for development efforts in Maryland, New Jersey and South Carolina. Jen’s prior experience included roles at the Southeastern Wind Coalition, the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, and the American Wind Energy Association. Jen completed her undergraduate studies at North Carolina State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Technology, and completed graduate studies at Clemson University, earning a Master of City and Regional Planning degree.

Dave Belote

Managing Partner and CEO

Dave is the Managing Partner and CEO of DARE Strategies LLC, helping clients successfully navigate issues at the nexus of renewable energy and national defense. Before founding DARE, Dave advocated for Federal- and state-level energy and defense policy as Senior Vice President of Cassidy and Associates, and earlier served as Vice President for Federal Business at Apex Clean Energy. Dave proudly helped Apex win a contract to supply wind and solar power at Fort Hood, Texas—a power purchase agreement worth $497 million over 28 years.

Earlier, Dave was the first Executive Director of the Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse (now the Military Aviation and Installation Assurance Siting Clearinghouse) at the Pentagon, where he built a “one-stop shop” for industry to work with federal, state, and local government agencies to ensure that utility-scale renewable energy and transmission projects were compatible with military operations and installations. Dave developed the process and published the Federal Rule allowing local officials, industry, and military leaders to assess mission compatibility of a wide range of projects. He concluded the first-ever Memorandum of Understanding between DoD and a wind developer, protecting flight paths and radar approaches for flight trainees while simultaneously promoting large-scale economic development; since joining Cassidy and subsequently founding DARE Strategies, he has successfully negotiated 21 similar memoranda for developers and facilitated the permitting of 36 projects comprising 9.4 gigawatts of wind power while protecting critical military capabilities. Dave was recognized by the Obama Administration as a White House Champion of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security, and is using his Federal experience to help develop floating offshore wind projects in California and Hawaii, as well as the SunZia high-voltage transmission project across New Mexico and Arizona.

Dave is a retired Air Force colonel and F-16 pilot who earned two Bronze Stars during Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as commander of Nellis Air Force Base, by many measures the largest fighter base in the country. In 2015, he continued his commitment to public service, running (albeit unsuccessfully) to represent his hometown in the Virginia State Senate. He is a founding director of the mid-Atlantic and Southeast chapters of Environmental Entrepreneurs, a nonpartisan national community of business leaders who promote sound environmental policy to build economic prosperity, and serves on the boards of Chanco on the James (an Episcopal summer camp and retreat center) and Eggleston, Inc. (a non-profit employer of special-needs adults). He is also a five-time Jeopardy! champion.

Lisa Bianchi-Fossati

Director of Policy

Lisa is the Policy Director for Southface, a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, GA. Southface promotes sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance. In her role as Policy Director Lisa is responsible for promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions with legislatures and utility commissions. She is also developing and leading an expanded agenda on clean energy policy matters, including energy codes, green infrastructure and sustainable development strategies in Georgia and the Southeast. Lisa has almost two decades of experience partnering with energy and utility companies across North America and Europe to improve their business and information technology operations. In her 15 years at Accenture and three years at a data analytics firm thereafter she designed, developed and implemented business and technology solutions across the electric utility value chain, including generation, transmission & distribution and retail services. Immediately prior to joining Southface Lisa supported the Georgia Legacy Coalition with its efforts to establish a long-term, sustainable source of funding for land and water conservation in the state. Lisa is passionate about advancing the sustainable use of natural resources and holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy from Duke University.

Lisa Bianchi-Fossati

Henry Campen

Henry Campen is Retired of Counsel with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP where he practiced for 33 years. Prior to his retirement as a partner in 2018, he led the firm’s multidisciplinary Energy Practice which includes attorneys from all eight of the firm’s offices.

Leveraging three decades’ experience in utility law, Campen was instrumental in launching the first commercial-scale wind energy project in his home state of North Carolina in 2015. A long-time proponent of clean energy, Campen’s commitment to this project validated wind energy development in the Southeastern U.S. During his practice with Parker Poe, Campen also led efforts to develop several other wind farms in the Southeast.

Over his career, Campen has permitted more than 5,000 megawatts of renewable energy-fueled power plants. He has also represented clients in the acquisition and financing (back leverage, construction, permanent, and tax equity) of portfolios ranging from several million to several hundred million in investment.

Henry serves on the N.C. State University Poole College of Management Board of Advisors, where he has served as the board’s chair. He also serves on the N.C. State University Foundation Board, and he has served on the University Board of Visitors. He was Managing Partner of the Raleigh office of Parker Poe for 10 years and served on the firm’s Board of Directors for 9 years. Campen served as Chair of the Southeastern Wind Coalition Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016.

Lori Collins


Retired of Counsel

Lori Collins is owner and principal at Collins Climate Consulting, a strategic advisory that helps businesses and communities accelerate their transitions to a low-carbon economy. She consults with energy companies, financial services providers, non-profits, and governments. Lori worked with the state of North Carolina on energy policy and climate resilience for a number of years, and helped write North Carolina’s first Clean Energy Plan. She also serves on the EPA Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB). which is one of the longest charted Federal Advisory Committee at EPA and provides ideas and advice on ways to lower the costs of and increase investments in environmental and public health protection.

Prior to forming her consultancy, Lori served as executive director of Joules Accelerator, a clean energy incubator funded primarily by Duke Energy, and president of Abundant Power, an energy financing venture. Her earlier career included executive roles at LendingTree, Bank of America, Fidelity Investments and American Express.

Lori earned a Master of Science in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh; MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University; and BS in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. She serves on the Boards of E4 Carolinas and the International Women’s Forum of the Carolinas. Lori and her husband enjoy hiking, traveling, art and Cuban cuisine.

Lori Collins


Mike Conn

Senior Director, Offshore Wind

Mike is responsible for building NV5’s renewables program with specific focus on offshore wind. Recently acquired North Carolina based Geodynamics offers geophysical nearshore surveying services to the market and parent company, NV5, offers traditional utility engineering services for onshore portions of the projects. Prior to joining NV5 Geospatial, Mike worked for Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, in several roles over a 13 year tenure, including in the construction department, as chief of staff for the president, and in Vestas’ project development arm, Steelhead. Throughout Mike’s career, he has been responsible for business development with utilities throughout the county, working with utility customers including Xcel Energy, MidAmerican, PacifiCorp, Duke, Southern Company, and many others. Over the past 13 years, Mike has developed a large network of renewable energy service providers and developers, bringing together all the various capabilities required to take a project from origination through commercial operation.

Mike Conn

Wesley Davis

Director, National Renewable Energy Leader

Wesley Davis is the National Renewable Energy Leader for DLR Group. Davis is responsible for managing the engineering teams across the firm delivering renewable energy solutions through a variety of services including energy analysis and modeling, optimizing photovoltaic plant design, site assessment and configurations, project management and detailed electrical design.

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Davis also develops new client relationships while supporting existing renewable energy project, mentoring staff, and recruiting engineering talent. “We’re excited to add Wes to our team of professionals. His depth of experience makes him a well-rounded and respected leader in the industry,” said DLR Group Senior Principal Lloyd Ramsey who is the global engineering leader for the firm. “He’s not only an incredibly talented engineering leader, but brings a passion for helping clients fulfill their vision for net-zero energy campuses and buildings.”

With Over 25 years of experience in full life-cycle electric distribution planning, design, and operations, Davis was the former director of renewable energy operations at Duke Energy Corporation. He has worked in partnership with several national laboratories, universities, solar developers, and regulatory agencies to deliver innovative electric distribution system technology with high penetration of renewable energy and deployment of microgrids.

Wesley Davis

Frank Fisher

General Manager, Director of Energy

Frank Fisher is a General Manager of Nucor and the Director of Energy in the Charlotte Corporate Office. In his role, Frank is responsible for directing Nucor’s commercial energy strategy.

Previously, Frank had served as Castrip’s President since 2006, and he continues to lead Nucor’s Castrip licensing and technology development efforts across the globe. Prior to joining Castrip, Frank was Vice President of Sales – North America and Europe at Magneco/Metrel, Inc. in Addison, Illinois from 1982 until 2006. Frank was named a General Manager of Nucor in 2016, and he was appointed to his current position on June 16, 2021.

Frank has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from
Purdue University.

Frank Fisher

Matt Zoss

Southeast Vice President

Matt is the Vice President for SWCA’s Southeast subregion, which includes employees in seven states and Puerto Rico as well as offices in Florida and North Carolina.

His expertise includes environmental construction compliance, permitting, field surveys, and project management on large transportation, energy and commercial projects. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in natural resources and environmental management from Ball State University.

Matthew Zoss

John Larson

Director, Public Policy and Economic Development at Dominion Energy

John Larson joined Dominion Energy in 1996 and is currently the Director of Public Policy and Economic Development. During John’s career at the company, he has held various leadership positions in business development, alternative energy technologies as well as transmission construction and operations. He is well versed in offshore wind through his experience in the development and early permitting activities for Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) Pilot Project. Currently, a large part of his time is spent on Dominion Energy’s Business to Business, Workforce Development and Community Outreach activity for as the Company moves forward implementing the requirements of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, including the 16,100 MW of solar, 5,200 MW of offshore wind and 2,700 MW of storage, with the objective of maximizing opportunities for Virginia’s vendors, subcontractors and suppliers. John resides in Henrico County, Virginia with his wife and has three adult children. He graduated with a B.S in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University.

John Larson

Mark McIntire

Director of Energy and Environmental Policy and Affairs

Mark is Director of Energy and Environmental Policy and Affairs for Duke Energy in North Carolina. In this role he represents Duke Energy on energy and environmental issues ranging from carbon quantification and offshore wind development to transportation electrification and electric transmission. He leads Duke Energy’s engagement with environmental regulators, emergency management officials, and the departments of Transportation and Commerce. Prior Early in his time with Duke Energy Mark held several operational roles, including electrostatic precipitator engineer and strategic water engineer. Immediately prior to joining Duke Energy, he spent seven years with GHD leading large infrastructure projects in the Middle East and the Pacific rim. He began his career with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality where he spent 10 years focused on NPDES permitting of large industrial facilities. He is a graduate of NC State’s College of Engineering, a licensed Professional Engineer, a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, a certified Carbon Reduction Manager, and a member of class XXVI of Leadership North Carolina.

Mark McIntire

Kate McKeever

Vice President, Government Relations Offshore U.S.

Kate McKeever is Vice President of Government Relations for Offshore at RWE Renewables where she is responsible for offshore wind public policy in the U.S. Kate joined RWE after working for three years as the Director of Regulatory and Institutional Affairs at Enel North America.

Kate previously worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 17 years, where she last held the position of General Counsel in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) in the Baker-Polito Administration. Prior to EEA, McKeever was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick as a Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to lead the state utility regulatory authority. During her time at DPU, Kate also held roles as the Chief of Staff and Hearing Officer. Additionally, she worked as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, and served as a legislative aide for the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Kate earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Temple University and received her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. Kate currently sits on the Board of Directors for ACE-NY, NYOWA, and RENEW Northeast. She also recently completed her Board term with the Energy Storage Association.

Kate McKeever

Tamah Morant

Teaching Professor of Economics

Tamah Morant joined Poole College of Management in 1999 and is currently a teaching professor of economics, a role she is returning to after four years as the associate dean of undergraduate programs. As associate dean, Morant provided leadership to the student service units, which support the academic, personal and professional development for the college’s 3,100-plus undergraduate students.

Prior to her start as associate dean in 2016, she was director of the economics graduate program, which Poole College’s Department of Economics offers jointly with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Morant received her Master of Science and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Morant and her husband, Chris, live in Durham with their daughter and cat and they look forward to regular visits from their sons, who are away at college.

Brian O'Hara

Founding Partner

Brian O’Hara is an experienced clean energy executive with over 20 years in energy and project development. Prior to co-founding Sonder Energy, he was Senior Vice President of Strategy & Government Affairs at Strata Solar. In this role he led all external affairs for the company, including policy and regulatory activities, and was a key player in the early startup of Strata’s energy storage business. Previously, he was President and Founder of the Southeastern Wind Coalition, where he led wind energy development, policy, and advocacy efforts in the Southeast since 2009.

Brian has extensive experience in energy, project development, project management, engineering, policy, 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.

Brian lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife and three kids.

Brian O’Hara

Paul Quinlan

Clean Tech Manager

Paul Quinlan is a clean tech manager with ScottMadden. In this role, he assists clean energy and utility clients with market research, strategic planning, business planning, modeling, and due diligence evaluations. He co-leads ScottMadden’s grid edge community of practice. Prior to joining ScottMadden, he worked as managing director of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, a nonprofit organization focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency policy issues. He has also taught energy courses at North Carolina State University, served on the board of directors of Clean Energy Durham, and served as a grand jury member for the Helsinki Challenge. Paul earned a master of public policy and a master of environmental management from Duke University and a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame.

Paul Quinlan

Camille Manning-Broome

Camille Manning-Broome is the President and CEO of the Center for Planning Excellence, an innovative nonprofit that delivers visionary plans, model land use tools, and policy guidance to the state of Louisiana and its local governments. Camille’s leadership on issues around climate adaptation, climate-induced migration, people-first infrastructure, and resident-led community planning has contributed to the transformation of cities, towns and parishes throughout Louisiana, and her expertise is sought out by peers across the globe. She has been instrumental in developing a whole-of-government framework for integrating climate data and risk management into state decision making. Her collaborations with international partners have placed Louisiana in the center of the conversation around climate change issues, promoting a bold, inclusive, and sustainable vision for the future while ensuring Louisiana maintains its unique strengths. Through her work, Camille prioritizes resilience, equity, and preservation of cultural and social ties for all residents, with emphasis on populations facing challenges associated with historical disinvestment, land loss, and changing climate conditions.

Camille’s prior career experience includes work in nonprofit, private, and government sectors. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, she was among the first planners on the ground, working across 36 parishes to develop the Louisiana Speaks regional plan. She served as Assistant Deputy of Operations for FEMA’s Long-Term Community Recovery group and was later recruited to the Shaw Group, a multi-national engineering firm, where she co-authored Louisiana’s first Coastal Master Plan. She has attended Congressional delegation trips to the Netherlands, Japan, and the UK to study water and disaster management.  She most recently was part of the Governor of Louisiana’s delegation participating in the U.N. Conference of the Parties 26 in Scotland.

Camille serves on the Board of Directors for Smart Growth America, Center for Planning Excellence, Helix Aviation Academy, and Helix Legal Academy and is an appointed Commissioner of the Capital Area Groundwater Conservation District. She has been published in a number of scientific journals and national publications, adding to the body of work at the intersection of climate resilience and adaptation planning. Camille has a B.A. in Art History and a M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the College of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University.

Camille Manning-Broome

Scott Coenen

Director of Policy and Market Regulation

Born and raised around Green Bay Wisconsin, Scott started his career working in state politics as a legislative staff member. Before joining Avangrid Scott was a leading voice in the Midwest advocating for pragmatic clean energy policies in the region. At Avangrid Scott now helps to direct the policy and market regulation work of the company’s renewable business for the Eastern half of the country. Scott received his BBA in International Business from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and currently resides in Fall River Wisconsin.

Scott Coenen

Cali Campbell

Senior Development Manager

Cali Campbell is a Senior Development Manager at AES Clean Energy. She has led wind energy development in California, Nevada, Wyoming, Mississippi, and Tennessee. She is particularly proud to be on the team bringing the first utility-scale wind farm to the State of Mississippi. Before joining AES, Cali managed soil and groundwater remediation projects at ExxonMobil. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering, a M.S. in Civil Engineering, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.

Cali Campbell

Erica Holloway

Founding Member, Senior Advisor

Erica Holloway founded Galvanized Strategies in 2010 and today, serves as Vice President, Energy for Edelman where she oversees strategic communications campaigns and team project management. She brings over 20 years of award-winning journalism, government, and political communications expertise.

Erica has worked in a variety of public relations and marketing roles with a background in journalism, government, and politics.

She brings nearly 10 years of energy and climate experience, most recently having served as a Public and Government Affairs Advisor for ExxonMobil Environmental & Property Solutions remediation sites for the eastern United States.

She has led integrated marketing campaigns for nonprofit, small business, and corporate clients. She has in-depth knowledge about the energy and climate sectors.

Erica Holloway

Shafin Khan

Vice President of External Affairs and Innovation

Shafin is the Vice President of External Affairs and Innovation at the Beach at UNO, the research and technology foundation supporting the University of New Orleans. Shafin collaborates with university stakeholders to build programs and facilities to support academic/industry collaborations and faculty and student innovation. The Beach recently launched the Louisiana Wind Energy Hub at UNO to support research and innovation and new workforce development utilizing assets and expertise at UNO for the burgeoning wind industry in Louisiana, hosting wind focused workshops and roundtable discussions, launching several industry collaborative research projects, and a wind scholars’ program. Shafin is Oceantic Network’s 2023 Ventus Award winner for Talent Management leadership.

Shafin Khan

Montravias King

Founder and Managing Partner

Montravias King, a clean energy advocate, grant writer, and former elected official, is the Founder and Managing Partner of Reimagined (Re) Energy Strategies LLC. King most recently served as Inaugural Director of the Justice40 Accelerator at the Partnership for Southern Equity, where he led technical assistance and programming for a nationwide cohort of frontline community-based organizations that were awarded millions of dollars in federal grants for climate and clean energy projects. With an equity lens, King advanced a historic partnership between the accelerator and Hope Community Bank to establish a Revolving Loan Fund to address climate solutions with catalytic capital. King's Re consulting firm specializes in technical assistance, climate and energy policy, and advancing Justice40 with green capital financing and public-private partnerships.

King, a proud native of rural eastern North Carolina, served on the NCTOWERS (NC Taskforce for Offshore Wind Economic Strategies) Subcommittee for Outreach & Engagement, where he engaged stakeholders on offshore wind workforce development opportunities for coastal North Carolina. As Clean Energy Campaigns Director for the NC League of Conservation Voters, King built capacity for local elected leaders to leverage federal climate and clean energy investments to advance community infrastructure projects. This work led him to the White House with a coalition of NC leaders to speak on the challenges and opportunities of implementing investments in rural communities.

King is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and Rotary International. He graduated from North Carolina Central University with a Master's in Public Administration and a Bachelor of
Arts in Political Science from Elizabeth City State University. King lives in Charlotte with his partner and enjoys hiking, wineries, and traveling.

Laura Senn

Distributed Energy Resources and Renewables Planning and Development Manager

Laura currently serves as a Manager in the Generation Planning and Development Organization at Southern Company, where her team supports the development of distributed energy resources and wind for the retail electric operating companies (Alabama Power, Georgia Power, and Mississippi Power). Prior to Laura’s current role, she spent 7 years at Southern Power, the unregulated Southern Company subsidiary, where she worked in various capacities to support the development, operation, and acquisition of solar, wind, storage, and gas generation facilities. Prior to joining Southern Company, Laura worked for Barge Design and was engineer of record for industrial and commercial projects across the southeast. She is a licensed professional civil engineer in Alabama and resides in Birmingham.  

Edwin “Cliff” Mensah

Associate Dean & Professor of Economics

Edwin “Cliff” Mensah received his Masters and Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University (NCSU). He joined the Thomas College of Business & Economics of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2004 as a visiting professor and later as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Economics in 2005.

Cliff’s research interests include applied microeconomics, consumer economics, household choice models, and technology adoption. He has authored and co-authored several articles appearing in conference proceedings and reputable peer-reviewed journal outlets. As a fellow of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI)—UC Irvine, Cliff’s research focuses on the economics of the use of mobile platforms for monetary transactions (emoney) as well as the economic impact of currency modification and money management among Ghana’s ultra-poor.

His service to the university and profession is extensive. In addition to serving on several boards and committees, Cliff has served as the Chair of the Department of Economics, Finance and Decision Science, Director of AACSB Accreditation, Interim Associate Dean, and currently serves as the Associate Dean for the Thomas College of Business & Economics.

Murray Fisher

Chief Rotor Engineer

Dr. Fisher is the Chief Rotor Engineer for Gulf Wind Technology, where he helps to shape the next generation of offshore wind blades. Throughout his decades long career in the industry, he has held a variety of technical and leadership roles at GE Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power, and DNV. Murray is a Mechanical Engineer by training, obtaining his B.S.M.E from the University of Florida in 2005. He joined GE Energy as an Edison Engineer in a rotational engineering development program, during which time he completed his M.S.M.E from Georgia Tech. In 2012, he completed a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Clemson University, focusing on fluid dynamics, vibration, and scour. In 2015, he returned to GE Renewable Energy as a Senior Engineer, leading various design and technology programs before taking the role of Conceptual Design Engineer and Front-End Leader for the Americas with LM Wind Power. Murray has led the development of several blade aerodynamic and conceptual structural designs for major turbine manufacturers globally. He led the aerodynamic design of the GE 62.2 m blade from conceptual design through to serial production, which was the most installed blade in the US in 2020. In 2020, he was promoted to lead a global engineering team, developing advanced methods for blade metrology and non-destructive testing.

Prior to joining Gulf Wind Technology, he was a Senior Engineer at DNV were provided technical and due diligence support on over 6.5 GW of operating wind assets. He has led teams, influenced corporate strategy, developed new products, advised clients on operating wind assets, and generated numerous patents and publications, all in the pursuit of growing the wind industry.