A seat at the table with Executive Director of WRISE, Kristen Graf || Windpower Engineering and Development
Kristen Graf is a self-professed math and science nerd who loves puzzles, and is currently the Executive Director of Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy or WRISE (formerly Women of Wind Energy or WoWE).
“I believe climate change is among one of the great puzzles and opportunities of our time,” she says. “And in order to solve and innovate for it, we need as many great minds, ideas, and perspectives as we can get to the table.”
For Graf, this includes women and minorities. In the wind and solar industries, only about 20 to 30% of workers in the U.S. are currently women. “Over the last few years, figures have hovered in the upper half of that range, but it’s frustrating. If you dig, you’ll learn than women of color represent only a small fraction of that total and are sorely lacking in wind tech and solar installer roles, as well as in executive roles and on boards.”
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