Larry Sherwood, President | Chief Executive Officer

Larry SherwoodAs IREC’s President and CEO, Larry has worked with IREC in different capacities for more than 10 years. Prior to becoming President/CEO, he was IREC’s Vice President/COO, the author of IREC’s U.S. Solar Market Trends report and editor of IREC’s Small Wind Newsletter. With more than 35 years of experience in renewable energy, Larry has served as President of Sherwood Associates, a renewable energy consulting firm. He was Project Administrator for the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards and Executive Director for a number of renewable energy organizations including the Small Wind Certification Council, American Solar Energy Society and Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Larry has received a Special Recognition Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Lifetime Achievement Award from 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 is responsible for developing and overseeing IREC’s national regulatory engagement strategy on distributed energy resource policies, in coordination with IREC’s esteemed regulatory team, senior management and Board. On behalf of IREC, Sara supports the US DOE Solar Market Pathways National Coordinator Technical Team. Prior to joining IREC, Sara was a Senior Policy & Regulatory Associate for Utah Clean Energy (UCE), where she was responsible for directing and implementing strategic clean energy policy and regulatory efforts in Utah and the West. As a policy lead, Sara spearheaded adoption and/or improvement of transformative policies that set the stage for Utah’s clean energy market growth, including: commercial PACE, interconnection, net metering, solar fire code provisions, third party financing for public facilities, utility solar incentive programs, and energy efficient building codes. She served on Utah Governor’s 10-Year Energy Initiative, Energy & Environment Subcommittee and contributed to Utah’s 10-year Energy Plan (2011). Sara was named one of “Utah’s Enlightened 50″ by the Community Foundation of Utah in 2012.

Mari Hernandez

marihernandez_headshot_750Mari serves as IREC’s Regulatory Program Manager, responsible for policy tracking, research and analysis, as well as providing support for IREC’s state and national regulatory efforts. Before joining IREC, Mari was Deputy Director of Policy and Electricity Markets at SolarCity where she managed regulatory and legislative solar policy initiatives that covered the Southeastern US as well as provided research and analytical support to the policy team. Prior to SolarCity, Mari worked on clean energy issues at the Center for American Progress and the Solar Energy Industries Association. A former Austinite, Mari currently lives in Washington, D.C.

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

Laure-Jeanne Davignon

Laure-Jeanne DavignonLaure-Jeanne has served in various capacities for IREC since 2010, and 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. She is Principal Investigator for the US Department of Energy’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) Project, focused on deploying high quality solar training to 10,000 code officials and members of the fire service across the US. 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 powers her rural home through one of the first community solar projects in the region.

Michelle Barrett

michelle-b_750Michelle 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.

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 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 the Live Music Capital of the World.


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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