As WRISE’s Executive Director, Kristen is thrilled to be able to merge her passions for renewable energy and the advancement of women within such an incredible organization.

In 2013, Kristen was recognized for her work with WRISE (then WoWE) and given the Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Mentoring and Education by the US Department of Energy’s C3E Initiative.

Before making her way to WRISE, Kristen spent five years with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in Boston.  As the Clean Energy Program Coordinator and Research Associate at UCS she worked on renewable energy policy at the state and national level with particular focus on wind and biomass energy in New England as well as working to hone some of her nonprofit management skills.

In 2011, Kristen was named a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program’s Eastern Region.  She received her Bachelors Degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University. During her time there, Kristen worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension assisting in efforts to expand the role of renewable energy in agriculture around New York State.

In addition to her love of renewable energy, Kristen has spent many years working to develop women leaders.  She has served as the Co-Moderator of the National Network of Presbyterian College Women and on the National Coordinating Team of Presbyterian Women.  At Cornell, she was an active member of the Executive Team of the Cornell University Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Kristen now lives in Brooklyn where she loves being able to ride her bike to work, spend time with her niece and nephew, and practice surfing in the cold waters of Long Island.

Lauren Glickman joins Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy as a Communications Consultant. She works to support the WRISE online community, assisting members, supporting chapters and driving online engagement via the WRISE member center and social media. Lauren has over a decade of clean energy and climate change advocacy and campaign experience, and a successful track record for implementing winning social media and online strategies.

She currently supports other renewably energy companies and organizations through WindyGlick Communications. Past and current clients include The Wind Energy Foundation, ACORE, Solar Power International, CleanCapital and many others.

Previously, she worked at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) where she was responsible for the re-design, re-launch and management of AWEA’s social media program and online advocacy portal Traffic to increased 40,000 percent in the first six months after re-launch, and Lauren’s work earned AWEA a spot in the top 10 social media savvy trade associations.

She also developed and implemented best practices for social and online engagement of AWEA industry members and advocates, taking engagement rates from below average to 4 times above industry standards. This growth in online engagement ran in-parallel to a successful list growth campaign that increased online subscribers ten-fold.

Prior to AWEA, Lauren worked on clean energy issues and environmental campaigns across the United States. In 2011 she wrote and achieved passage of the Virginia Voluntary Solar Resource Development Fund Act of 2011 that promoted solar energy projects for homeowners and utilities across the Commonwealth.

Lauren graduated from Tulane University with a dual degree in English and Environmental Policy. When not tweeting or checking in on foursquare, Lauren enjoys cooking, bluegrass and triathlons. She is currently training to complete her first Ironman.