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 sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill studying environmental science and journalism. She has worked with Environment North Carolina, and is actively engaged with an organization, Solar Head of State, that works with countries worldwide to install solar energy systems on prominent government buildings and official residences to catalyze the global adoption of renewable energy. She is passionate about clean energy, and excited to work towards the advancement of wind energy in the southeastern states.