2021 Speakers


(In person/Virtual)
Friday, October 22, 2021
Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood, WA
Conference + Exhibition + Reception


Following is a list of speakers and panelists who presented at the 2020 Virtual Washington State Solar Summit (in alphabetical order by last name). Topics, descriptions and speakers subject to change. Additional confirmed speakers and programming updates will be publicized as they become available. Speakers are given the option of presenting in-person or virtually (remotely). There will be time for Q&As for in-person and virtual-only remote attendees after each presentation time permitting.

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_kaitlin-borstelmann125.jpg Kaitlin Borstelmann
Vice President, Washington Solar Energy Industries Association; Manager, CED Greentech
Speaking topic: Workforce Development in the Solar Industry

Kaitlin is manager of CED Greentech in Seattle and Bellingham. She holds a NABCEP PV Technical Sales certificate and has completed Solar Energy International’s Advanced Solar Design Course. She is a past board member of the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association (OSEIA) and is currently serving on the board of the Oregon Solar Energy Education Fund (OSEEF). Kaitlin is the founder of POWERpnw, a community of women and allies working in the Pacific Northwest renewable energy sector to generate new levels of industry inclusiveness through community networking events and projects focused on diverse workforce development and empowerment. Her extracurricular solar time is spent facilitating local inclusive networking events, solar installation summer camps for girls and other diverse workforce development-focused efforts.
Todd-Currier_125.jpg Todd Currier
Director, Washington State University Energy Program
Speaking topic: Important Considerations for Siting Large-Scale Solar Projects

Todd Currier became the Director of the WSU Energy Program in January 2019.  Currier has over 30 years of supervisory and management experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy program development, implementation, and evaluation. Prior to taking on the role of Director, he served as Assistant Director for the WSU Energy Program beginning in 2002, after more than a decade in the utility industry. Currier has represented the WSU Energy Program in a variety of forums at the state, regional, national, and international levels. He provides leadership to staff members engaged in renewable energy program management, building science research, building code development and implementation, workforce development issues and trends, resource conservation programs, industrial energy efficiency, alternative vehicle fuels programs, and energy efficiency upgrades for homes and businesses. He currently serves as co-chair of the Industrial and Combined Heat and Power Work Group of the State Energy Efficiency Action Network, and is a member of the Pacific Northwest’s Regional Emerging Technologies Advisory Committee. Currier holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Puget Sound School of Law, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University.
Dever125.jpg Dever Haffner-Ratliffe
Clean Energy Program Manager, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Speaking topic: Important Considerations for Siting Large-Scale Solar Projects

Dever Haffner-Ratliffe manages DNR’s Clean Energy Program, which generates revenue for school construction by leasing state-managed trust lands for renewable energy projects. Dever is actively involved in many state siting processes and is developing strategies to identify DNR’s best sites for renewable energy development. She has worked in the renewable energy industry for a decade – including as vice president of a residential and small-scale commercial solar installation company, as co-founding board member and legislative and policy chair for Solar Installers of Washington (now Washington Solar Energy Industries Association), and in solar grant management for the Washington State Department of Commerce. Dever has a bachelor degree in business and sustainability from The Evergreen State College and a master degree in business administration from the University of Washington.
MadroneW125.jpg Dani Madrone
Pacific Northwest Policy Manager, American Farmland Trust
Speaking topic: Important Considerations for Siting Large-Scale Solar Projects

Dani leads AFT’s policy agenda for Oregon and Washington, which includes both state and local advocacy. Solar siting has emerged as a pressing issue for farmland preservation in the Pacific Northwest, and Dani has been engaged in finding solutions for advancing renewable energy and protecting agriculture. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master in Public Administration from the Evergreen State College, and has over a decade of experience in protecting and restoring food systems of both land and sea.
MaxwellW125.jpg Adam Maxwell
Government Relations Director, Audubon Washington
Speaking topic: Important Considerations for Siting Large-Scale Solar Projects

Adam originally hails from Florida, but had his first glimpse of a life best lived outdoors on teenage hiking trips to Vermont. He truly fell in love with the great outdoors when he moved to Seattle for graduate school. After finishing up his education at UW he took a job with the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition advocating for strengthened and more fully-funded habitat and outdoor recreation grant programs at the state and federal level. He now leads Audubon Washington’s policy work, balancing the need for aggressive climate policies with protection of important habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Kelsey_Moldenke125.jpg Kelsey Moldenke
Senior Planner, Quinault Indian Nation
Speaking topic: Improving Solar Access for Tribal Communities

Kelsey Moldenke, AICP, LEED AP, has worked for a Tribal government and civil engineering, landscape architecture and architecture firms in the USA and India. Mr. Moldenke, as Senior Planner for the Quinault Indian Nation, handles long-term planning for the Tribe, such as leading the Taholah Village Relocation effort. The Relocation Master Plan was awarded the 2017 Best Plan for Small Cities and Counties by the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Washington Governor’s 2018 Smart Communities Award (Judges Merit). In his Senior Planner capacity, he interacts frequently with community members regarding their desires for development on the reservation, as well as mapping, current planning, and grant-writing. He holds a BS in Planning and Development from the University of Southern California and a Master in City Planning from M.I.T.
NewmanW125.jpg Jack Newman
President, Solar Washington; Director of Clean Energy Solutions, Säzän Environmental Services
Speaking topics: State of the Industry in Washington; Improving Solar Access for Tribal Communities

Jack is a Certified Renewable Energy Professional with the Association of Energy Engineers, and serves as President of the Board of Directors for Solar Washington. Working as a senior sustainability consultant with Säzän Environmental Services (SES), Jack specializes in net zero energy consulting services for high performance buildings, which includes renewable energy, battery storage and microgrid project development. With a focus on energy resiliency for tribal and indigenous communities, Jack is committed to helping the industry become free of fossil fuels. He would like to help Solar Washington engage new audiences on behalf of Washington State's rapidly changing solar industry.
Schrier_Official_Headshot125.jpg Rep. Kim Schrier
Washington's 8th Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives
Speaking topics: Legislative Review

Congresswoman Kim Schrier represents Washington’s 8th Congressional District, which includes much of King, Pierce, Kittitas, and Chelan Counties, and portions of Douglas County. Prior to being elected to Congress in 2018, Kim spent her career as a pediatrician in Issaquah, and in Congress, Kim uses this expertise to inform her work on issues that improve the lives, health, and wellbeing of children. In the 117th Congress, Kim serves on the Energy & Commerce Committee (Energy, Health, and Oversight & Investigations Subcommittees) and the Agriculture Committee.

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