AEA takes the U.S. forward by creating a powerful voice respected by policy makers and elected officials.
AEA defines success as bringing about shifts in legislative votes, statements, and other indications of support for renewable energy by targeting lawmakers and government officials. These shifts demonstrate that AEA has achieved public policy influence commensurate with renewable energy’s size, economic investment, and geographic footprint. AEA also defines success according to the size and effectiveness of its network of advocates. As a result of AEA’s work, key segments of the public are being educated about policymakers’ positions and are engaged in making renewable energy a significant part of the policy debate at both the state and federal levels.
In addition to its primary focus on advocating for sound policies that will promote renewable energy, AEA engages in electoral activity, including federal congressional races, as well as state-legislative races in multiple states where wind, solar, and renewable energy is important. AEA deploys leading-edge issue based, grassroots, and political advocacy campaigns, growing in influence and reach over time, as well as multiple state legislative races where renewable energy is vital to communities’ futures.
Board of Directors
Amy Farrell is the Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Ms. Farrell oversees AWEA’s public affairs, federal affairs, state affairs, policy and regulatory, and research departments, leading the execution of integrated advocacy and education campaigns designed to increase wind deployment and demand.
Ms. Farrell joined AWEA with years of leadership experience at the American Petroleum Institute (API), America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), and ExxonMobil. Before joining the private sector, Ms. Farrell spent nearly a decade in government, most recently serving in the George W. Bush White House National Economic Council as the Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy handling energy policy. The balance of her energy and environmental experience includes positions in the Council on Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of Management and Budget.
Sam Enfield is Principal of Windline Development, LLC., where he provides wind energy development services, with particular concentrations on regulatory and environmental issues. Formerly Investment Director at MAP Royalty, Inc. (MAP) based in Palo Alto, California, Sam supported MAP’s investment activities related to wind energy development. Prior to joining MAP, between 2000 and 2008, Enfield successfully developed several wind energy projects in the Mid-Atlantic region under the banners of Atlantic Renewable Energy Corporation, PPM Energy, and Iberdrola Renewables. These projects included managing site acquisition, project design and permitting, and other regulatory activities. He has been involved in commercial wind power development since 1992, in numerous regions of the United States. During the 1970s and 1980s, he worked in Washington, DC as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate, a renewable energy lobbyist, and a national renewable energy trade association executive. Enfield is in his eighth year of service on the Board of Directors of the American Wind Energy Association, including having served one as its President. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of AWEA’s Siting Committee. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University, and a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Management.
Jeff Clark has worked within the public affairs arena for nearly 30 years in both public and private capacities. With experiences extending from the nation’s statehouses, to Washington, DC, he has developed a unique expertise revitalizing and rebuilding governmental affairs teams to efficiently and aggressively deliver results for their clients.
In his current role, he is Executive Director of The Wind Coalition, the leading organization advocating for renewable energy within the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Jeff manages a team of technical and policy experts working to educate the public and lawmakers on renewable energy and to support state policies that will facilitate wind and solar energy’s continued development and integration. Prior to joining the Coalition, he was Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs at The American Electronics Association (AeA/TechAmerica) where he helped to develop and implement the organization’s pro-growth “innovation agenda” in the states. He also directed the group’s electronics recycling and energy infrastructure programs.
Earlier in his career, he headed the Texas office of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), representing 34,000 small business owners before lawmakers in Texas and in Washington. Recognized for his work promoting free enterprise, he was twice appointed to serve on the United States Small Business Administration’s National Advisory Council, which he co-chaired. Prior to NFIB, he was a Principal at Public Strategies, Inc (PSi) where he managed research, policy initiatives, communications campaigns, and crisis response efforts for clients of the firm.
Raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC, Jeff is a 6th generation Texan and returned to West Texas as a college student. He attended Abilene Christian University where he studied Political Science. He is currently pursuing a masters degree in energy policy at John Hopkins University in Washington, DC.