As WRISE’s Executive Director, Kristen is thrilled to be able to merge her passions for renewable energy and the advancement of women within such an incredible organization.
In 2013, Kristen was recognized for her work with WRISE (then WoWE) and given the Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Mentoring and Education by the US Department of Energy’s C3E Initiative.
Before making her way to WRISE, Kristen spent five years with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in Boston. As the Clean Energy Program Coordinator and Research Associate at UCS she worked on renewable energy policy at the state and national level with particular focus on wind and biomass energy in New England as well as working to hone some of her nonprofit management skills.
In 2011, Kristen was named a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program’s Eastern Region. She received her Bachelors Degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University. During her time there, Kristen worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension assisting in efforts to expand the role of renewable energy in agriculture around New York State.
In addition to her love of renewable energy, Kristen has spent many years working to develop women leaders. She has served as the Co-Moderator of the National Network of Presbyterian College Women and on the National Coordinating Team of Presbyterian Women. At Cornell, she was an active member of the Executive Team of the Cornell University Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Kristen now lives in Brooklyn where she loves spending time in the park watching birds and going on adventures around the city and around the world with her husband and son.
E’Lon Cohen Hall is the Senior Manager, Operations and Programs at Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy. In this position, E’Lon assists the WRISE team with program and volunteer management, fundraising, events, and administrative tasks.
Prior to joining WRISE, E’Lon began her career in the renewable energy industry working as a Project Coordinator for the start up OwnEnergy. She supported Own’s development team, local partners and overhauled the management of the company’s land management system. In 2015, OwnEnergy was acquired by EDF Renewable Energy and E’Lon became an Associate Project Developer. In this role, she worked closely with landowners, local partners and local community members to assist in the development of several wind farms across the U.S. E’Lon spent a considerable amount of her early career working for several non-profit organizations including Fordham Bedford Children’s Services and Communication for Social Change Consortium and serving underserved populations and communities.
E’Lon has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Washington and Lee University and a Master’s degree in Urban Studies from CUNY Queens College.
E’Lon is a Bronx, New York native and lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York. She enjoys yoga, travelling and spending time in the city with her son and daughter.
Lauren Glickman is a Managing Partner at RenewComm and serves as the lead Communications Consultant for Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy. She works to support the WRISE online community, assisting members, supporting chapters and driving online engagement via the WRISE member center and social media. Lauren Glickman has over a decade of clean energy and climate change advocacy and campaign experience, and a successful track record for implementing winning social media and online strategies.
As of the Fall 2013 Semester, Lauren is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, teaching undergraduate, graduate and executive education courses and seminars on social media theory and practice.
Previously, she worked at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) where she was responsible for the re-design, re-launch and management of AWEA’s social media program and online advocacy portal www.PowerofWind.com. Traffic to PowerofWind.com increased 40,000 percent in the first six months after re-launch, and Lauren’s work earned AWEA a spot in the top 10 social media savvy trade associations.
She also developed and implemented best practices for social and online engagement of AWEA industry members and advocates, taking engagement rates from below average to 4 times above industry standards. This growth in online engagement ran in-parallel to a successful list growth campaign that increased online subscribers ten-fold.
Prior to AWEA, Lauren worked on clean energy issues and environmental campaigns across the United States. In 2011 she wrote and achieved passage of the Virginia Voluntary Solar Resource Development Fund Act of 2011 that promoted solar energy projects for homeowners and utilities in the state.
Lauren graduated from Tulane University with a dual degree in English and Environmental Policy. When not tweeting or instagramming awkward moments, Lauren enjoys cooking, bluegrass, horseback riding and triathlons. She is an amateur equestrian and keeps her horse Marli at a barn in Poolesville, MD.
Jennifer Allyn is a Senior Advisor-in-Residence at WRISE where she leads the Take Charge campaign. This initiative mobilizes WRISE members to become ambassadors for renewable energy and climate policy. Jennifer spearheaded our collaboration with Vote, Run, Lead and will be launching 4 leadership training sessions in 2020.
Prior to joining WRISE, Jennifer was a Managing Director in Diversity and Inclusion at PwC. She designed strategies to retain, develop and advance women, minority and LGBT+ professionals at the firm. A frequent public speaker, Jennifer was widely quoted in the media and hosted a podcast called Pursuit of Happiness about juggling work and life. Jennifer graduated from Brown University, earned her Masters’ in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and served on Barnard College’s Athena Leadership Council. Jennifer is a proud recipient of the 2016 Ted Childs Life Work Excellence Award.