About the Southeastern Wind Coalition

Our Management

Katharine Kollins, President

Katharine Kollins, President

Katharine Kollins has a wide variety of wind industry experience, as well as financial and operational leadership. 

Katharine's experience in the wind industry includes working for Boston-based developer First Wind, consulting with Vestas R&D to formulate a federal grant funding strategy, and a role as business development manager for The Wind Alliance.  Katharine has also worked in other renewable energy capacities as an analyst at the Nicholas Institute and authoring an NREL paper on third-Party PPA financing of solar systems.

Katharine comes to the Southeastern Wind Coalition from RTI International where she was the finance lead for two $30M+ divisions.  In her role at RTI Katharine led the creation and start-up of a new business segment that allowed RTI to win over $30M in new work during its first year.

Katharine is a 2009 graduate of Duke's Fuqua School of Business and Nicholas School of the Environment, where she earned her MBA and Master of Environmental Management with a concentration in Energy.

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Adam Forrer, Program Associate

Adam Forrer, Program Associate

Adam graduated from George Washington University with a Masters in Environmental Resource Policy. While completing his masters, Adam worked for the National Audubon Society and the Sierra Club on various policy issues, including renewable energy. 

Before GW, Adam attended the University of Richmond on a baseball scholarship where he received his bachelor's degrees in both Political Science and Environmental Studies.

Adam comes to us from Alexandria, Virginia where he attended T.C Williams high school; made famous by the Disney Movie "Remember the Titans". When he's not working, you can find Adam exploring his new city and checking out the zoos and other animal rescue operations in the area. He also enjoys coaching baseball in his spare time. 

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Tara Davis, Intern

Tara Davis, Intern

Tara Davis is a Junior at Duke University studying Mechanical Engineering and pursuing a certificate in Energy and the Environment. Tara is working with Katharine to write a roadmap of Virginia’s Wind Industry for the Department of Energy. She plans to continue to work on project management in the energy industry with SEWC.

Bianca Gartner, Intern

Bianca Gartner, Intern

Bianca Gartner is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying environmental science, geography, and journalism. She grew up in Durham, NC and is passionate about clean energy and sustainability. She maintains the SEWC social media presence, and helps with newsletter outreach. She is also on the UNC Club Beach Volleyball Team, and in a Modern Dance Company. 

Jennifer Craft, Intern

Jennifer Craft, Intern

Jennifer Craft is a junior Environmental Studies and Political Science double major at UNC Chapel Hill. She is from Hickory, NC and is working with SEWC to update the online supply chain map and has helped compile a list of ports that exist in the 11 southeastern states. She hopes to work in the environmental sector upon graduation. 

Marcela Moreno

Marcela Moreno

Marcela Moreno is a full-time Research Project Coordinator at the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute (SEI) and part-time Master's of City & Regional Planning student at Georgia Tech. At SEI, she assists with special research projects along with coordination for the DoE Regional Wind Resource Center, Georgia Coastal and Marine Planner project and Georgia Wind Working Group. As a student, she specializes in environmental and health planning. Her current work includes analyzing wind energy policy in Louisiana to assist SEWC in Opportunities and Barriers Analysis and mapping out resources for the homeless population in Atlanta, GA. She hopes to pursue her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences to advocate for clean energy and water, and an inclusive built environment for all.

Natalie Eldredge, Intern

Natalie Eldredge, Intern

Natalie is a Marietta, GA native who is currently studying as an undergraduate at the University of Georgia to receive her B.S. in Public Health Promotion and certificate in Sustainability. She started working with the coalition in the summer of 2016 to help put together a wind energy barriers and opportunities analysis for the state of Georgia. The analysis will help SEWC gain a better understanding of where we can effectively engage our resources to promote the development of wind energy in the region. She also recently helped organize the North Myrtle Beach Offshore Wind Conference that took place in September. 

Elena Clemencon-Charles

Elena Clemencon-Charles

Elena is a second year Energy and Environment student at Duke University’s Nicholas School of Environment. She grew up in California and received her Bachelors from the University of California Irvine. Elena is interested in the incorporation of renewables on the grid and the planning processes involved with growing amounts of distributed and intermittent generation. She has also done some research regarding nuclear power and its particular challenges and benefits. Elena is part of a team of Duke students working with SEWC on a Masters Project looking at wind energy in South Carolina. The project will examine cost-effective penetration levels of wind in the state as well as economic and social effects and will generate a report intended to inform policy and economic goals. 

Cher Xue

Cher Xue

Cher is a second year Master of Environmental Management student at Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment. She focuses on renewable energy, data analysis and modeling, and is working towards a Sustainable Systems Certificate at Duke. She has done some research on wind and biomass policy analysis. Ms. Xue received her B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Cher is part of a team of Duke students working with SEWC on a Masters Project looking at wind energy in South Carolina. The project will examine cost-effective penetration levels of wind in the state as well as economic and social effects and will generate a report intended to inform policy and economic goals. 

Jared Rist

Jared Rist

Jared is a second year Master of Environmental Management student at Duke University. Jared was born and raised in Durham, NC. He went to Riverside High School where he was valedictorian in 2011. Jared played soccer for 4 years at Georgetown, where he majored in Political Economy and minored in Environmental Studies, graduating in May 2015. Jared interned for Congressman David Price on Capitol Hill, after which he began his Master of Environmental Management.  Over the summer of 2016 he interned at PG&E in San Francisco with their Market Design, Initiatives, Analysis and Strategy group. Jared is part of a team of Duke students working with SEWC on a Masters Project looking at wind energy in South Carolina. The project will examine cost-effective penetration levels of wind in the state as well as economic and social effects and will generate a report intended to inform policy and economic goals.