April Montgomery Elected SEWC Board Chair for 2017

Raleigh, N.C. –The Southeastern Wind Coalition’s (SEWC)Board of Directors has unanimously elected April Montgomery as Board Chair for 2017. April is new to the Board, being elected as a representative of the Full and Associate Members earlier this year.


April Montgomery has worked in the fields of renewable energy, historic preservation, environmental permitting and local government planning for more than fifteen years. As a project manager, development consultant and regulatory specialist, she has extensive experience navigating the boundaries between the public and private sectors.  Her experience in these fields and her passion for community investment projects are what led her to establish REAP.

April is a member of the Advisory Council of the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center and has worked to educate the public on issues related to clean air and water through her service on the Sanford/Lee County Environmental Advisory Board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Florida State University, and a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida. April lives in Sanford, North Carolina, with her husband, David, and three children.


“April’s experience, knowledge, and passion for renewable energy growth will be a tremendous asset for SEWC as we move into 2017. We were fortunate enough to have her join our Board of Directors in 2016 and I look forward to working more closely with her as we continue to grow and advance wind in the region,” said Katharine Kollins, President of the Southeastern Wind Coalition. “I also want to extend a sincere thank you to Henry Campen, Partner at Parker Poe, who will be stepping down as Board Chair at the end of the year. Henry has been with SEWC from the start and has been invaluable to our growth and success. We are privileged to have Henry remain on our Board so that we may continue to benefit from his expertise.”


In working with April over the past year, Henry Campen stated that “April Montgomery has a proven track record of success in renewable energy project development in North Carolina and through the Southeast.  She has a deep knowledge of the wind industry and the respect of industry professionals as well as local, state and federal regulators. I have every confidence that April will provide the leadership needed to advance the Coalition’s mission.


Commenting on being elected Board Chair for 2017, April says, “SEWC has done a tremendous job advancing the wind industry in the Southeast and educating our communities on the many benefits of clean, homegrown, renewable energy. I am honored to have been selected as Chair of a group of such accomplished individuals and excited to work with this diverse group to further advance and expand that good work.”