We believe clean energy makes Wisconsin a better place to live, work, and play.

RENEW Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization that promotes renewable energy in Wisconsin. We work on policies and programs that expand solar power, wind power, renewable fuels, local hydropower, building electrification, energy storage, and electric vehicles. Since 1991 we have been a champion for clean energy solutions in the Badger State.

Our Vision is clean renewable energy powering a strong, healthy, and vibrant Wisconsin.

 

Our Mission is to lead and accelerate the transformation to Wisconsin’s renewable energy future through advocacy, education, and collaboration.

Why do we support renewable energy?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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It means protecting our water and lands. Clean energy helps to preserve Wisconsin’s resources for future generations.

Our Team

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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Jodi Jean Amble

Deputy Director

608-255-4044, ext. 3
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I’m proud to be working with this tenacious and talented team to help build a cleaner, stronger, and smarter Wisconsin.

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I joined RENEW in June 2017 as the communications and events lead. I was the Marketing Coordinator at Norcon, Inc., a general contractor in Chicago, for eight 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 working with this tenacious and talented team to help build 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.

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Aisha Anderson

Communications and Outreach Specialist

 

608-255-4044, ext. 6

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I’m thrilled to be working with an organization whose work I have admired for many years. As their communications and outreach specialist, I work to build the political and public will needed to protect Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) dollars through 2024 and set the stage for future ambition on equitable climate policy at the local and national levels.

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I’m thrilled to be working with an organization whose work I have admired for many years. I was first drawn to RENEW for obvious reasons: to build a sustainable future. As their communications and outreach specialist, I work to build the political and public will needed to protect Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) dollars through 2024 and set the stage for future ambition on equitable climate policy at the local and national levels. Simultaneously, I support communications for RENEW Wisconsin and the Environmental Justice and Infrastructure Investment (EJII) initiative through the lens of science communication and storytelling. By centering accessible information and equitable communications practices, my goal is to decrease gaps in knowledge and access for urban and rural communities throughout Wisconsin in regard to conversations and practices surrounding renewable energy.

Outside of my work with RENEW, I’m passionate about centering health in all policies and practices because of its potential to improve the quality of life for us all. I pride myself in my ability to create meaningful relationships with communities and individuals by seeking to understand what is important to them and why.

 

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Kim Bauer

Administrative Coordinator

608-210-1424, ext. 6
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My passion for sustainability and environmental advocacy led me to RENEW where I felt that I could help make a meaningful impact here in Wisconsin.

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I grew up in the Chicago area and moved around the Midwest until settling in Madison for graduate school in 2017. While studying anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I became interested in how humans interact with and impact our environments. I have a diverse background in research, archival work, education, and event planning, but my passion for sustainability and environmental advocacy led me to RENEW where I felt that I could help make a meaningful impact here in Wisconsin. Outside the office, I love to spend my time taking in Wisconsin’s natural beauty while biking and running, or I can be found reading a book with my two cats, Super Bird and Meep.

 

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Alex Beld

Communications Manager

608-255-4044, ext. 1
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I joined RENEW in June of 2023 and am excited for the opportunity to play a role in creating a cleaner Wisconsin. I’ve called Wisconsin my home for most of my life.

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I joined RENEW in June of 2023 and am excited for the opportunity to play a role in creating a cleaner Wisconsin. I’ve called Wisconsin my home for most of my life. I was raised in Madison and earned my bachelor’s in journalism from UW – Oshkosh in 2013. Since earning my degree, I’ve worked in both marketing and journalism. When not working, I spend much of my time enjoying the various recreational opportunities Wisconsin has to offer, from rock climbing and biking to hunting and fishing. My experiences in the outdoors are the source of my passion for the environment and the need to protect it. I’m excited to be a part of the team at RENEW and to play a role in creating a cleaner and healthier Wisconsin.

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Lauren Cohen

Program Manager

608-255-4044, ext. 11
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I’m incredibly excited to have joined such a knowledgeable and committed team that shares my passion for the environment and works toward building a more sustainable future for the state of Wisconsin.  

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I grew up in Scottsdale, AZ, and moved to Wisconsin in 2018, where I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, I studied Psychology and Conservation Biology while receiving a minor in Environmental Studies. I graduated in December of 2021 and have since worked in retail. I am thrilled to begin my career with RENEW, utilizing my skills in connecting with individuals and communities while growing and refining my passion for environmentalism. I am excited to learn more about renewable energy and its possibilities in the state of Wisconsin. Outside of work, you can almost always find me outside: running, hiking, or just walking around, exploring all that Madison has to offer. 

Ismaeel Chartier

Development Director

608-255-4044, ext. 7
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Ismaeel Chartier is a dedicated professional with over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He holds a Master’s Degree from the prestigious University of Notre Dame, where he honed his skills and knowledge of everything nonprofit, from economics to management to human resources.

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Ismaeel Chartier is a dedicated professional with over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He holds a Master’s Degree from the prestigious University of Notre Dame, where he honed his skills and knowledge of everything nonprofit, from economics to management to human resources.

In addition to his academic achievements, Ismaeel is a devoted family man, blessed with a loving wife and six children. His strong family values serve as a foundation for his work in the nonprofit world, where he has made a significant impact through his unwavering commitment to making the world better for all who inhabit it.

Throughout his career, Ismaeel has demonstrated exceptional leadership in building and maintaining community relationships. His dedication to fostering ongoing dialogue with key stakeholders and officials about issues that matter is instrumental in his ability to raise awareness and organizational power for members and supporters.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Ismaeel enjoys reading and studying philosophy, theology, and languages.

Sam Dunaiski

Executive Director

608-255-4044, ext. 5
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I’m thrilled to be using my knowledge and background to help move Wisconsin toward a clean, sustainable energy future.

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I grew up outside Duluth, MN on a 42.5-acre Christmas tree farm that my parents still live on. 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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Heather Hanson

Accounting Manager

608-255-4044, ext. 10
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I joined RENEW in October 2022 and am thrilled to be working for a nonprofit focused on renewable energy in Wisconsin. 

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I grew up in St. Paul, MN and first moved to Madison in 2004 to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I graduated in 2008 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and spent the first 10 years of my career as a Manufacturing Engineer and Continuous Improvement Leader.  We moved back to Madison in 2014, and I joined a nonprofit board of directors.  This volunteer experience led to my career pivot to nonprofit finance in 2020 and have since received a Nonprofit Accounting Professional certificate.  I joined RENEW in October 2022 and am thrilled to be working for a nonprofit focused on renewable energy in Wisconsin.  When not at RENEW, our family loves to adventure.  You can find my partner and me along with our 3 kids, ages 10, 8, and 6, exploring Madison by bike or hiking in the woods.  

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Julia Holzschuh

Communications and Events Coordinator

608-255-4044, ext. 12
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I grew up in Wisconsin and have always been passionate about the environment, which makes having a career at RENEW all the more exciting and satisfying.

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I joined the RENEW team in January of 2023 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Public Relations and Political Science and moving to Madison. I grew up in Wisconsin and have always been passionate about the environment, which makes having a career at RENEW all the more exciting and satisfying. I’m excited to collaborate with this team and am excited to experience the renewable energy community! I enjoy spoiling my cats, Mai and Milo, drawing, or finding my newest comfort candle in my free time.

 

Andrew Kell

Policy Director 

608-255-4044, ext. 8
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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.

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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 team member at RENEW Wisconsin and continue doing the good work on policies that push renewable energy and electric vehicle infrastructure forward.

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Michael Vickerman

Clean Energy Deployment Manager

608-255-4044, ext. 2
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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.

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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.

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Orrie Walsvik

Staff Attorney

608-255-4044, ext. 13
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I’m ready to defend renewable energy in Wisconsin communities and to make sure each individual’s rights to fair energy policies are protected.

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I joined RENEW as the organization’s first Staff Attorney in September 2023.  My focus is to support RENEW’s mission through legal advocacy in my home state of Wisconsin.

I attended the University of Wisconsin for both my law and undergraduate degrees.  Before joining RENEW, I was an Attorney Advisor at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C.  During law school, I worked for low-income clients at Wisconsin Law’s clinical programs, defending clients facing housing and employment issues, and clerked at Wheeler Van Sickle & Anderson. 

Prior to attending law school, I was a compliance officer for several years at a large biodiesel company in Ames, IA.  I have experience on the ground with clean energy—I’ve held jobs as a plant operator producing biogas, biodiesel, and renewable glycerin at several different organizations. 

Some of my favorite spots in Wisconsin include the southern Wisconsin River, Camp Randall, and Door County.

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Beata Wierzba

Government Affairs Director

608-255-4044, ext. 4
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I  joined RENEW as Director of Government Affairs in February 2023. My past roles focused on advancing legislative proposals and statewide policy changes, fueling my passion for advocacy. I look forward to working for this great organization to advance renewable energy.

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I  joined RENEW as Director of Government Affairs in February of 2023. My past roles focused on advancing legislative proposals and statewide policy changes, fueling my passion for advocacy. I look forward to working for this great organization to advance renewable energy. Energy and utility-related issues are not new to me as I worked for the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association at the state level, as well as the national group, for 17 years. My accomplishments include helping 28 proposals become law during that time. My experience also includes building member engagement, political involvement, event planning and fostering lasting relationships with elected officials. 

Prior to lobbying, I worked in the state legislature for several years, starting as a senate messenger while earning my sociology degree from UW-Madison, followed by various roles including staffing the agriculture committee. 

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, and traveling.



RENEW Board of Directors

Mike Barnett • PRESIDENT
Madison, WI

Alicia Leinberger • TREASURER
Viroqua, WI

Lauren Reeg • VICE PRESIDENT
Boulder, CO

Josh Arnold • SECRETARY
Madison, WI

Mike Cornell
Hartland, WI

Mariah Lynne
Albert Lea, MN

Michael Troge 
Seymour, WI

Jim Funk
Winneconne, WI

Amy Seeboth-Wilson
Platteville, WI

Eric Udelhofen
Madison, WI

Samara Hamzé
Stevens Point, WI

Victoria Solomon
Monticello, WI

Ken Walz
Madison, WI

Tonyisha Harris
Chicago, IL

Josh Stolzenburg
Wausau, WI

DIRECTOR EMERITUS • Lifetime • Non-voting
Don Wichert
Madison, WI