WRISE Member Profile: Meet Nila Cousar

April 21, 2021 • Stories About WRISE, WRISE Member Profile


Nila Cousar
WRISE Los Angeles Chapter Director


What is your favorite part of WRISE?
WRISE reminds me of the strength of women in the community. I am on a mission to ensure the benefits of clean energy are accessible to everyone for an inclusive and green economy. WRISE creates space to share and connect through our mission and vision to keep me aligned with purpose.

What advice would you give a woman trying to start her career in renewables?
Be an expert in your niche and the ability to explain how it translates to other industries or organizations is key, especially if you need to pivot. Renewables is an ever-growing industry and it’s important to continue doing your research and coming in with fresh eyes, this will always be an asset to serve you well.

Who has been a role model to you?
When I attended my first WRISE event Amanda Fornelli stood out. The way she carried herself was so unapologetically confident. Now being able to model after her, as the Chapter Director, is an honor and strengthens me to rise to the occasion.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mocha Almond Fudge ice cream for breakfast.

In the movie of your life, who would be cast to play the lead (you)?
Zoe Saldana. The movie Columbiana ranked #1 on my watch list for 5 years straight.