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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 addition to her leadership role at the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition, Jen is also the Wind Energy Project Coordinator at the North Carolina Solar Center, leading the Solar Center’s efforts to educate North Carolina’s citizens and government officials on the potential for wind energy, both land based and offshore, to become a beneficial addition to our state’s energy mix. Before joining the Solar Center in January 2011, Jen worked at the American Wind Energy Association where she was the staff lead for offshore wind. She focused on offshore wind education and policy at the federal level, as well as various wind siting issues - such as sound, health and stakeholder involvement. Previous experience includes wind energy education along the North Carolina coast, preparing the regulatory portion of an offshore wind feasibility study with the South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies and recycling education for North Carolina citizens and local governments.
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 |