Jane Weissman, President | Chief Executive Officer

Jane WeissmanJane has been the President and CEO of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. since 1994. From 1985 until 1991, she was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Photovoltaic Center. Jane serves on a number of advisory boards and is the former Vice Chair of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. She was elected an America Solar Energy Society’s Fellow in 2004. Jane has been invited by the Congress of the United States to provide expert testimony to discuss workforce development, credentialing and training issues. Jane received the prestigious Charles Greeley Abbot Award from the American Solar Energy Society and the Renewable Energy World’s Leadership Award in policy. She has published papers and spoken widely on topics in the field of renewable energy, photovoltaics, public policy and credentialing. Jane is based out of Boston, Massachusetts and is an avid Red Sox fan.

Larry Sherwood, Vice President | Chief Operating Officer

LSherwood2_052516Larry is IREC’s Vice President and COO and has worked with IREC in different capacities for over 10 years.  He was the author of IREC’s U.S. Solar Market Trends report and was editor of IREC’s Small Wind Newsletter. Larry has over 30 years of experience in the renewable energy field and serves as President of Sherwood Associates, a renewable energy consulting firm. In addition to his IREC position, he is Project Administrator for the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards and Executive Director of the Small Wind Certification Council. He has received a Special Recognition Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Previously, Larry served as Executive Director of the American Solar Energy Society and Executive Director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and lives in a PV-powered house in Boulder, Colorado with his wife, Janet and daughter, Morgan.


Sara Baldwin Auck

Sara Baldwin AuckAs the Director of IREC’s Regulatory Program, Sara Baldwin Auck is responsible for developing and overseeing IREC’s national regulatory engagement strategy, in coordination with IREC’s esteemed Regulatory Team, Senior Management, and Board.  On behalf of IREC, she currently serves on the Electric Power Research Institute’s Energy Efficiency and Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group and the NREL Policy and Technical Assistance Advisory Board. Sara has over a decade of experience working on renewable energy policy and regulatory efforts, and prior to joining IREC, Sara was a Senior Policy & Regulatory Associate for Utah Clean Energy, where she led numerous award-winning renewable energy policy and program initiatives, including the DOE supported Solar Salt Lake Project (2007-2010) and the Wasatch Solar Challenge (2012-2013), which earned the 2013 Business Sustainable Magazine Award for Social Impact. Sara was named one of “Utah’s Enlightened 50″ by the Community Foundation of Utah in 2012.  Sara and her husband live in Salt Lake City where they enjoy biking, skiing, climbing, gardening, and exploring the great outdoors.

Erica McConnell

Erica_SMW_2015Erica is Special Counsel with Shute, Mihaly and  Weinberger, attorneys for the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. Her practice combines a focus on renewable energy policy with on-the-ground experience with regulatory and transactional matters. She has worked around the United States on issues related to interconnection, net metering, shared/community renewable energy, and solar permitting. 

Sky Stanfield

Sky is Senior Special Counsel for Shute, Mihaly, Weinberger, attorneys for IREC. Her practice focuses on the intersection between renewable energy regulation and environmental and land use law, with a particular focus on regulatory policy implementation, compliance and permitting processes.  Sky regularly works on the development and refinement of state and federally regulated interconnection standards.  She participates in rulemakings before state public utility commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission surrounding creation of market rate policies for wholesale renewables, net metering, community solar and related topics.

Workforce Development

Michelle Barrett

Michelle Barrett Michelle Barrett is the Project Manager for the IREC Workforce and Credentialing operation. Prior to joining IREC, Michelle worked at the  New York Association on Independent Living, Inc. (NYAIL) as the Membership and Event Coordinator. Michelle’s primary responsibility was management of all association meetings. She was also responsible for the operations and management of the association’s bi-annual conference and exposition, along with overseeing the day-to-day association office operations. She is a life-long resident of New York and resides in Albany with her family.

Laure-Jeanne Davignon

Laure-Jeanne DavignonLaure-Jeanne has worked with the IREC team for more than five years. She currently serves as Director of Workforce and Credentialing, managing oversight and contributing to the strategic direction of those efforts. She also manages IREC’s standards development and revision activities. Her experience spans education and nonprofit management, first in higher education and then as an association executive for the residential building supply industry. She resides in upstate New York, where she is involved in community solar efforts in her rural town.

Kristen Ferguson

Kristen FergusonKristen is Senior Program Manager, helping to lead IREC’s workforce and credentialing efforts. She works with IREC’s Registered assessors to recruit, train, and mentor both the new and more seasoned members of the team. Her work is part of continuing efforts to raise the bar for quality assessments. Kristen also led a working group of industry professionals on the revision of Standard 01022. She has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has used this technical knowledge along with her experience in instructional design, curriculum development, and experiential education classrooms in Baltimore and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa.

Mary Lawrence

Mary Lawrence SITN Project CoordinatorAs a project coordinator, Mary supports IREC’s role as national administrator of two U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative programs: the Solar Instructor Training Network and GEARED (Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment). She also supports IREC as an implementation contractor for NYSERDA’s Workforce Development Program. Mary came to IREC from AmeriCorps Cape Cod (ACC), a full-time, residential, service program that focuses its efforts on the natural resource management and disaster preparedness needs of the Cape Cod community. Mary lived on Cape Cod and worked for ACC for eight years. For her final three years with the program, Mary acted as program coordinator and worked with five other staff to run the service program. Mary lives in upstate New York with her husband, Richard, and their children George and Marlee.

Joe Sarubbi

JoeS_092914Joe is a technical education and training and workforce development consultant, currently serving as Project Manager for IREC for two Department of Energy SunShot initiatives – as National Administrator of the Solar Instructor Training Network and as National Network Administrator of the Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment initiative (GEARED). Before joining IREC, Joe was a professor, department chair, and executive director at Hudson Valley Community College where he was the main architect for the college’s TEC-SMART facility, the country’s first totally integrated Training and Education Center for Semi-Conductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies. In 2009, Joe was honored by the visit of President Obama in which the president recognized his work in developing model programs for other institutions to emulate. With over thirty-five years in industry and education training experience, Joe has garnered a national reputation for the design and delivery of renewable energy and other industry training programs. Joe is a board member of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), has twice given expert testimony regarding renewable energy training programs and policy before the U.S. Congress and is a journeyman electrician.

Anna Sullivan

Anna SullivanAnna joined the IREC team in 2014. As Credentialing Services Manager, she provides guidance, technical resources, and capacity-building services to applicants and credential holders throughout the process of applying for, obtaining, and maintaining the IREC credential. She also contributes to other IREC workforce initiatives. Prior to this role, she served on the Credentialing Award Committee after three years on the applicant side of IREC’s Credentialing Program. In that capacity, Anna was Director of Curriculum Development and Accreditation at the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. (AEA), a DOE Weatherization Training Center and energy program service provider headquartered in NYC. Anna brings 14 years of experience in energy efficiency and building resiliency, primarily in training program design, delivery and evaluation, curriculum and assessment development, and worker certification. In other roles, she has served as the Director of the Community Services Block Grant in Cook County, IL; Manager of Training for CEDA Weatherization in Chicago, IL; Training Coordinator for American Red Cross Building Resiliency Programs; Community Development Analyst for the OSCE in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; and as a journalist in England. Anna holds an MA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Oxford University.


Ruth Fein

Ruth FeinRuth first consulted with IREC on communications in 2009. She is a respected  writer, editor and public relations specialist with more than 25 years working primarily with not-for-profits in the health, science and technology fields. Ruth works with the entire IREC team to provide timely clean energy news and insight to a variety of public and private audiences, including IREC’s many partners. A principal partner in Critical Needs Now, Ruth is a former stringer for the New York Times, and a published author and ghostwriter, including (nearly) two books. She brings her passion for making a difference to a host of community initiatives where she lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Jane Pulaski

JP_SFJane, who joined IREC in 1999, is responsible for social and web communications for IREC. In addition to maintaining IREC’s social and website presence, she publishes the IREC Report, IREC’s monthly newsletter. Before joining IREC, Jane spent 17 years working for the State of Texas in a variety of communications positions at the State Energy Conservation Office, The Texas Department of Agriculture, the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate. When she’s not tending to IREC’s web and social sites, she’s practicing asana in the kitchen and on the mat. She currently lives in Fort Collins, CO.


Maryteresa Colello

Maryteresa Colello

Maryteresa (MT) has more than 20 years experience in office management, administration, and operation procedures. MT assists IREC with bookkeeping and administrative tasks. MT lives in Albany and is a devoted Mets fan.

Louise Urgo

Louise UrgoLouise Urgo, who joined the IREC team in 1997, provides business management services to IREC. She was employed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Boston Office, and Denver Office as a Contracting Officer from 1975 to 1996, and also worked for the Golden Field Office. She has a rich history of work on renewable energy and energy efficiency contracts, grants and programs and various energy technologies. She lives in Brookline, MA, likes gardening and loves her Boston sports teams.



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