Offshore Wind Executive Summit Advisory Board Biographies

 

Stephanie McClellan

University of Delaware, Director of the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind

Stephanie McClellan is the Director of the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind, at the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of Delaware. She has expertise in cutting-edge state/federal offshore wind issues, policy and advocacy, gained from her professional experience in state/local government and private industry. She previously served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach for the Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC), a proposed 350-mile subsea transmission system to serve offshore wind farms. 

Stephanie entered the offshore wind industry after her immersion in the field as Policy Director for Governor Jack A. Markell. Prior to joining the Markell administration, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware in the School of Public Policy and Administration, and an elected member of the New Castle County Council. In both positions, she focused on environmental leadership and policy. McClellan holds a doctorate in Urban Affairs and Public Policy.

Michael Olsen

Equinor, Senior Director

Mike Olsen is Senior Director, Government Affairs in Equinor's Washington, D.C. office, where his focus is on legislative, regulatory, and policy issues that impact the company’s activities in the U.S.  He was previously Senior Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Bracewell & Giuliani, a Houston-based law firm.  Before joining Bracewell, Mike served for almost six years in the Bush Administration at the U.S. Department of the Interior, most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management.  In that capacity he oversaw a wide range of energy and environmental issues, including the development of both conventional and renewable energy on the OCS nationwide, and energy development on public land in Alaska.

Before working at the Interior Department, Mike was Legislative Staff and Director of the Office of Native American and Insular Affairs for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources.  Prior to his government service, Mike was an attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C.  He received his law and bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University.

 

Anne-Marie Walters

Bentley, Industry Marketing Director, Process & Resources

Anne-Marie Walters is a global marketing director responsible for the marketing and positioning of Bentley’s solutions and applications that address the needs of the Process, Power, and Enterprise arena. Ms. Walters, who is a chartered chemical engineer, represents Bentley on the board of the Construction Industry Institute and is also heavily engaged in the activities of FIATECH. She sat on the board of the Engineering Contractors and Constructors Association between 2005 and 2010 and was the Chair in 2009. In addition, she is a founding member of the Process Industries STEP Consortium (PISTEP) committee and has served on the boards of CIMsteel and the United Kingdom’s chapter of the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI). She is frequently a guest speaker at industry events sponsored by these and other organizations.

John O’Keeffe

Manager, Operations & Maintenance and Marine Affairs, Deepwater Wind

Captain John O’Keeffe serves as Manager, Operations & Maintenance and Marine Affairs. John oversees the Operations & Maintenance for the Block Island Wind Farm and Marine Affairs for Deepwater Wind.

Prior to joining Deepwater Wind, John sailed worldwide for over a decade as a professional mariner, deck officer, teacher and captain. He worked for several organizations including Sea Education Association (S.E.A.) based in Woods Hole, MA and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) based in St George’s, Bermuda.

John currently holds a 1600 ton USCG Ocean Master’s license for sail & steam and earned his BS in Environmental Studies from Southern Vermont College and a graduate degree from University of Rhode Island’s Marine Affairs program. John is also an 8-year veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as a sergeant in armored reconnaissance.

He enjoys baseball, football, sailing and rugby and is a PADI certified Rescue Diver.

Val Stori

Clean Energy States Alliance, Project Directory

Val Stori serves as a Project Director for Clean Energy Group and the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA). Val leads CESA's Renewable Thermal and Biomass Thermal projects and the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council. Additionally, she co-leads several offshore wind initiatives including the Northeast Wind Resource Center, with a focus on stakeholder outreach. She has a Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School and a B.A. from Middlebury College in Environmental Studies/Conservation Biology.

 

Nicolette Nye

Vice President of Communications and Industry Affairs for the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA)

Nicolette Nye is the Vice President of Communications and Industry Affairs for the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) in Washington, DC. In addition to managing communications and media relations for NOIA, Nicolette runs the Safety in Seas Awards program and staffs the Health, Safety, Security and Environment Committee as well as the Offshore Renewables Committee.

Nicolette joined the staff of NOIA in 2008, after nearly a decade at the Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS). During this time she held several public affairs positions both in Washington, DC and Herndon, VA, and handled communications related to oil and gas, mineral resource, and renewable energy activities on the Outer Continental Shelf. She began her federal career in public affairs at the Consumer Product Safety Commission in Bethesda, MD, covering sports-related injuries, fire safety and fireworks safety.

A retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, Nicolette served her final two military tours in Hawaii, where she was Senior Journalist for the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command and Force Journalist for the Commander Submarine Force Pacific. She served two tours in Japan as a broadcast journalist at the Far East Network in both Misawa and Yokota, and earned a 1st Place Chief of Naval Information Award and a 2nd Place Thomas Jefferson Award for her radio news series on domestic violence. Nicolette began her journalism career as sports-editor for The Gator, the base newspaper at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia.

Born in London, England, Nicolette is a naturalized U.S. Citizen. She graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a B.S. in Business Administration. Nicolette serves on The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Energy Advisory Board (OEAB)