Workforce initiatives in the clean energy space are prioritizing efforts involving the expansion of diversity and inclusion, while providing equitable opportunities, and ensuring justice. To achieve this mission, action from all constituencies, federal and local, as well as the private sector, is required. Learn about success stories, novel approaches, and innovations in DEI from a wide-ranging collection of experts representing industry, academia, government, and research. This discussion will examine current trends, strategize on overcoming common roadblocks, and strategize on ways the clean energy landscape can be strengthened by an equitable workforce.
The Women in Energy workshop will run from 1:30pm – 4:00pm.
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As Director of the Long Island Office (LIO), Carrie and her regional staff will provide increased regulatory oversight of LIPA and PSEGLI and ensure fair and reasonable electric rates for ratepayers, while also safeguarding access to secure, resilient, reliable, and sustainable electric, gas, water and telecommunications services in the region. Part of this increased oversight will include enhanced outreach to consumers, businesses, and stakeholders on Long Island to make sure the LIO is meeting the needs of all Long Islanders. Concurrently, the LIO will facilitate development of the clean energy infrastructure in the region that is needed to implement the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA).
Most recently Carrie held the position of Acting Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Energy and Environment, serving as a member of the Executive Chamber under the direction of the Director of State Operations overseeing all phases of government operations and policy management within the Energy and Environment Portfolio. This portfolio includes the following agencies and authorities: NYSDEC, NYSEFC, NYSOPRHP, NYPA, NYSERDA, LIPA, NYSDPS, APA, LGPC, HRPT, HRBRRD, and HRGV.
Previously, Carrie served as the Regional Director for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), overseeing a staff of 188 personnel with responsibility for implementing environmental conservation programs throughout Long Island. The Department’s mission is to conserve, improve and protect New York’s natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land, and air pollution, to enhance the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being. She also served as the Chief Sustainability Officer for the Suffolk County Water Authority, responsible for implementing a sustainability program, including source water protection, water quality improvement, water conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, recycling, green buildings and procurement, waste reduction, and environmental education. Prior to becoming Chief Sustainability Officer, she was the Suffolk County Commissioner of the Department of Environment and Energy, safeguarding the county’s natural resources and providing a single centralized office for consideration of issues and activities from the perspective of their impact on the environment. She has also served as Deputy Director of Planning for Suffolk County; the inaugural director of the Long Island Index, an indicators project that measures the region’s progress toward improving the quality of life for all Long Islander; headed the Nassau County Economic Development Resource Center under County Executive Tom Suozzi; and developed Sustainable Long Island’s Brownfields Redevelopment program.
She holds a B.A. in Sustainable Development and Latin American Studies from Amherst College, an M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Maryland at College Park, and an MBA from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University. She has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council LI Chapter “Leader of the Year (2021), Long Island Contractors Association Road Warriors “Natural Born Leader” (Spring 2021), City and State “Long Island Heroes” (November 2020), Town of Brookhaven Women’s Recognition in Government (2012), Networking “A Leading Long Island Environmentalist (August 2011), and Long Island Business “40 Under 40” (2003). Carrie is a member of Energeia (2006), a LEED AP BD+C, and a certified Wildland Firefighter Type II. Ms. Gallagher grew up in East Setauket and currently lives in Stony Brook with her family.
Managing Director and Founder
Mr. Vickers is Managing Director and Founder of MRV Group, a national supplier diversity and development firm based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Under his leadership, MRV’s team works directly with public-private partners to provide equitable commercial, industrial, and community-based service and product solutions. Applying MRV’s strategies in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ), MRV specializes in development, infrastructure supply chain diversity, and community inclusion across various industries.
Jen Becker is the Managing Director of Wind Institute Development at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) where she leads New Jersey’s efforts on offshore wind workforce training, education, research, and innovation. She has 25 years of experience conducting research, developing public policy, and crafting programs to advance sustainable development, particularly around issues of green jobs, clean energy, ports, and manufacturing. Currently, she also teaches at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment and is the Co-Chair of the Women in Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy NJ Chapter.
Prior to joining the NJEDA, she led numerous consulting projects including for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, Karp Strategies, and the Pratt Center for Community Development. Previously, Jen served as the Chief Sustainability Manager at the New York Power Authority and as Vice President of Clean Energy and Sustainability at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Jen also has experience working at several non-profit organizations. She holds a B.A from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.S. in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute.
As a Senior Policy Advisor for Offshore Wind at NYSERDA, Jessica leads Stakeholder Outreach as well as Workforce Development Liaison efforts for New York State’s Offshore Wind Program. Jessica has nearly 10 years of experience working in wind energy development. Her prior experience includes working with onshore wind developers OwnEnergy and EDF Renewables. In 2018, Jessica entered the offshore wind industry when she joined Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind as their External Affairs Lead. She managed Community Partnerships, Stakeholder Engagement, Public Relations, and Government Relations for the developer and was a part of their successful 1.5 gigawatt New Jersey project award. Prior to her career in renewable energy, Ms. Dealy worked as an award-winning on-air meteorologist and news reporter. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s in Meteorology/Climatology and a Master’s in Environmental Geoscience from Mississippi State University.
Senior Program Advisor
Maria T. Vargas is a Senior Program Advisor at the Department of Energy and the Director of DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative, including the newly launched Better Climate Challenge. Through this leadership platform, DOE works with hundreds of chief executive officers, state and local leaders, and university presidents who have committed to ambitious energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals and sharing their strategies as models for others to follow.
Ms. Vargas also spearheads DOE’s leadership of the C3E Initiative. Through C3E (Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment), DOE works to advance women’s leadership in clean energy.
Prior to her work at DOE, Ms. Vargas was the Brand Manager for the ENERGY STAR program for almost 20 years while at the US Environmental Protection Agency. She has been involved in policy work on the issues of ozone depletion, global climate change, and related environmental and energy issues since 1985. Ms. Vargas received a Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA) in Political Science and Economics and a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon) and was inducted in the Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame in 2014.