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Brian O'Hara, President

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.   He has over 15 years of combined experience in offshore energy, project development, project management, engineering, and finance.  Prior to entering the offshore wind industry, Brian gained first-hand operational experience in ExxonMobil’s international offshore drilling group.   He also led development teams and finance efforts in the real estate industry, gaining a depth of experience in permitting, entitlements, 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.

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Jen Banks, Director of Operations

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.

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