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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 |
Karsen Schottleutner, Intern
Karsen Schottleutner is currently a master’s student in the Coastal Marine and Wetlands Studies program at Coastal Carolina University. Karsen holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Lynchburg College. Karsen’s current focus is in alternative energy, specifically wind energy. She plans on combining her experience with the SEWC and other organizations such as NC Clean Energy Technology and Coastal Carolina University to further the work of the wind industry’s initiatives in the Southeastern United States.Email |