The Windustry Staff:
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Lisa M. Daniels, Executive Director and founder of Windustry, has been providing wind energy information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, elected officials, rural utilities and other interested groups since 1997. Currently, Lisa leads Windustry in contracts with the US Dept of Energy and US Dept of Agriculture and in the past with National Renewable Energy Laboratory on the Wind Powering America initiative. Nationally, Lisa serves on the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Community Wind Work Group Steering Committee. Lisa is also a founding member and on the Board of Directors for Women of Wind Energy (WoWE). She was recognized in 2004 by the US Dept of Energy Wind Powering America program, with the Chicago Regional Office Wind Advocacy Award for regional leadership, creativity, and commitment to wind energy development, and honored again in 2005 for her work with Wind Powering America’s Agriculture Outreach Team. Lisa received a B.S. in Business Management from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts. She loves to canoe and kayak, and enjoys horseback riding and Nordic skiing with her family.
Since joining Windustry in 2010 Dan has been project director for the Small Wind Bulk Buy/Resource Center and for three projects exploring the potential for Community Wind around the country, one in West Virginia, one in Wisconsin, and the third in Montana. Dan has also given a variety of presentations at different events, authored Windustry's Small Wind Guide and Small Wind Financial Calculator for Minnesota, an article on mid-sized turbines for North American Windpower, and others, and has served as an expert reviewer for a variety of projects. Prior to joining Windustry, Dan worked as a renewable energy consultant with Wind Utility Consulting providing preliminary and full feasibility studies for a variety of organizations considering distributed wind energy usually involving one or more utility-scale wind turbines. He has a wide range of skills and expertise including complex problem solving, strategic planning, small project planning and management, financial modeling in the wind industry, grant writing, technical report development, research, teaching, presentation and public-speaking. Dan has a Ph.D. in Philosophy, and would like to live in a world in which his grandchildren could see glaciers in Glacier National Park.
Lisa is a management and fundraising professional with 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has a strong background in sustainable community development, having worked as a researcher, writer, project manager, and fundraiser for a research firm that studies growth patterns in major metropolitan areas of the U.S. – and then as the Development Director and Associate Director of 1000 Friends of Minnesota, a nonprofit that promotes thoughtful development and thriving communities. Lisa serves on the Board of Directors of Linden Hills Power and Light, a neighborhood-based organization working to shrink our local carbon footprint. Lisa has a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Oregon. She enjoys knitting, reading, and quality outdoor time with her husband, three children, and 12-year-old lab.