RENEW Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization that promotes renewable energy in Wisconsin. We work on policies and programs that expand solar power, wind power, biogas, local hydropower, geothermal energy, and electric vehicles. Since 1991 we have been a champion for clean energy solutions in the Badger State.
Why do we support renewable energy?
It’s made in Wisconsin. We’re proud of our state and what we make here. We believe we can use our own resources to produce our own energy.
It’s good for our economy. Transitioning to renewable energy will create thousands of good-paying local jobs and keep our energy dollars in Wisconsin.
It saves money for our businesses and families. Renewable sources like wind and solar are the most cost-effective way to generate electricity, which saves money for everyone.
It means protecting our water and lands. Clean energy helps to preserve Wisconsin’s resources for future generations.
Our Staff and Board of Directors bring a diverse set of passions and skills to fulfill our shared vision of renewable energy powering a prosperous Wisconsin.
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I am excited to be part of the global transformation to clean energy while building momentum for renewables in my home state.
Growing up in Madison, WI I developed a deep appreciation for the natural environment and ultimately a career focused on science and policy. After earning my Master’s in International Environmental Policy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, I worked in Washington D.C. both at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and later at the Natural Resources Defense Council. In these roles I advanced international scientific cooperation, strategies to adapt to climate change, and efforts to promote access to safe water and sanitation around the world. After migrating back to Madison, I managed policy and programs for the Clean Lakes Alliance and served as the Legislative Analyst for the City of Madison and joined Renew in 2018. I am excited to be part of the global transformation to clean energy while building momentum for renewables in my home state.
Jodi Jean Amble
Communications and Events Director
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I’m proud to be focusing my marketing efforts on protecting my children’s future by promoting a cleaner, stronger, and smarter Wisconsin.
I joined RENEW in June 2017 and am incredibly inspired by this talented and tenacious team. I was the Marketing Coordinator at Norcon, Inc., a general contractor in Chicago, for 8 years where I managed all of the firm’s marketing efforts, initiated a recycling program, and supported their build out and relocation to a LEED Gold Certified office building. My husband Aaron and I moved our family from Chicago at the end of 2015 and we’re so happy to be “back home” with our daughter Ada (b. 09.18.14) and son Enzo (b. 06.26.16). In addition, I’m proud to be focusing my marketing efforts on protecting their future by promoting a cleaner, stronger, and smarter Wisconsin. When not at RENEW you can find me exploring the city with my family or singing with some of Madison’s finest musicians.
Government Affairs Director
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I joined RENEW in December of 2017 because of its leadership role in the exciting changes that are happening in the renewable sectors of the energy industry. Renewable energy is reaching a tipping point where it is becoming a mainstream and critical component of our energy mix.
I joined RENEW in December of 2017 because of its leadership role in the exciting changes that are happening in the renewable sectors of the energy industry. Renewable energy is reaching a tipping point where it is becoming a mainstream and critical component of our energy mix. I am a Wisconsin kid, born in Eau Claire and grew up in Madison. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked in the Wisconsin Assembly for 9 years. I also served as the Administrator of the Division of Policy Development at the Department of Safety and Professional Services. For most of my career I have worked in government affairs for Wisconsin’s largest construction trade associations. I represented the construction industry on many of the energy committees in the mid-2000’s and served as the Chairman of the Building Codes and Standards Work Group for the Governor’s Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables in 2004. I am also very active in the lobbying community, having been elected to the Association of Wisconsin Lobbyists Board of Directors for 10 years and President for two years. I am a big history buff and for fun I love to travel and see historic places. I also enjoy outdoors activities like camping and golf.
Communications and Development Specialist
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I’m thrilled to work for an organization where I can utilize my skills while satisfying my love of environmental issues and the personal responsibility I feel toward my community and the planet.
I was raised in the Milwaukee area and have always been a lover of all things Wisconsin. I enjoy the natural beauty of our state parks and many rivers and spend my free time exploring the state with my family. After earning my bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I spent much of my career as a Corporate Event Planner in the Madison and Milwaukee areas. In addition, I ran a CSA and market garden with my family in Green County, Wisconsin, for almost a decade. I am currently working on obtaining my Masters in Communications from UW- Madison. When the pandemic hit, I decided to reevaluate and make a career change into renewable energy. I’m thrilled to work for an organization where I can utilize my skills while satisfying my love of environmental issues and the personal responsibility I feel toward my community and the planet. When not working, you will find me hiking and camping with my husband and five children, canning and cooking our garden veggies, and working on stained glass art, one of my favorite hobbies.
Distributed Renewable Energy Program Director
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I’m thrilled to be using my knowledge and background to help move Wisconsin toward a clean, sustainable energy future.
I grew up outside Duluth, MN on a 50-acre Christmas tree farm that my parents still own. In college, I attended University of Wisconsin-Madison where I earned my bachelors in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Before joining RENEW in 2018, I worked as a meteorologist making forecasts for utilities, radio stations, farming groups, and other clients across the central U.S. My work led me to become very passionate about climate change, and when my family moved from the Twin Cities back to Madison, I decided to make a career change. I’m thrilled to be using my knowledge and background to help move Wisconsin toward a clean, sustainable energy future. In my spare time, I love to run, ski, and cook. I also enjoy camping trips with my wife, Maggie, and our son Ted, who was born in 2013.
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I am excited to be a part of Wisconsin’s growing renewable energy efforts.
I am a long-time sustainability advocate and try to be conscious of the impact we leave on the environment. I joined RENEW Wisconsin in July 2019 and am excited to be a part of Wisconsin’s growing renewable energy efforts. For 15 years, I worked for a NARI Certified Green residential remodeling firm helping to ensure that Green Practices were tracked on projects and in the office. I have over 30 years of advertising, event marketing and business administration experience. I am happy to bring my skills to RENEW, and especially to our annual Ride with RENEW bike ride. Originally from Michigan, my family and I have lived in Madison long enough to call it home. Most days you can find me on my bike, except for the coldest winter days when you will find me downhill skiing with my family.
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I believe that renewable energy is the key to bring communities together, decarbonize our energy infrastructure, and create economic development throughout Wisconsin.
I grew up in a small rural town north of Green Bay, and not long after getting an English degree at UW-Oshkosh, I served in Peace Corps-Kazakhstan. Upon returning to Wisconsin from abroad, I decided to further my education in energy and environmental policy and completed a graduate degree through the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison. After grad school, I worked ten years at the Public Service Commission, where I concentrated on renewable energy policy, wholesale electricity markets, and retail rate design. I’m excited to be a new team member at RENEW Wisconsin and continue doing the good work on policies that push renewable energy and electric vehicle infrastructure forward.
Francisco J. Sayu
Emerging Technology Director
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I am grateful to call Wisconsin home, and I am thrilled to play a role in our transition to clean, renewable, and affordable energy.
I moved to Madison to attend the University of Wisconsin and discovered my passion for sustainability as a young engineer working in health care facilities throughout the Midwest. I returned to the University of Wisconsin in 2013 to earn my Master’s in Sustainable Systems Engineering and have dedicated my career to advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Before Joining RENEW, I served as the Program Manager for the Focus on Energy® New Construction Solution, a statewide program that empowers the people and businesses of Wisconsin to make decisions that save energy and money.
In addition to my work at RENEW, I am the Founder of BikEquity Inc, a nonprofit organization that provides resources, mentorship, and education so that everyone can enjoy cycling regardless of income, age, race, or ability.
I am grateful to call Wisconsin home, and I am thrilled to play a role in our transition to clean, renewable, and affordable energy. When not at RENEW, you can find me swimming at Spirit Lake (aka Devil’s Lake) or playing in the backyard with my wife, kids, dogs, and chickens.
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Renewable energy is no longer an alternative, but the real deal, and an agricultural and a manufacturing state like Wisconsin should embrace it with open arms.
I was hired by RENEW back in 1991 to manage an intervention before the Public Service Commission, and I feel privileged to have worked for the organization ever since. It has truly been a fantastic learning experience. In my 23 years with RENEW, the renewable energy arena has blossomed from an idealistic endeavor on the margins to a mainstream business activity. Renewable energy is no longer an alternative, but the real deal, and an agricultural and a manufacturing state like Wisconsin should embrace it with open arms. I am a long-time Wisconsinite, starting at age seven when my family moved to Milwaukee. A graduate of UW-Madison in 1978, I live in Madison with my wife Pamela. Now that our son is grown and living in Chicago, we spend many days circulating around town on our bicycles and venturing into the Dane County countryside. We also make extensive use of the sunlight radiating on our East Side residence to grow vegetables and dry clothes outside, as well as heat the water and power the household inside.
RENEW Board of Directors
Jeff Rich • President
West Salem, WI
Jim Funk • Vice President
Mike Barnett • Treasurer
Amy Seebooth-Wilson • Secretary
Stevens Point, WI
Albert Lea, MN
DIRECTOR EMERITUS • Lifetime • Non-voting