Dear RENEW Wisconsin Members and Supporters,

Since March 2020, I have served as RENEW Wisconsin’s Executive Director. In these last 2.5 years, solar installations multiplied while electric vehicles and building electrification technology became more accessible. Meanwhile, RENEW Wisconsin has grown. We launched the new SolarShare Wisconsin Cooperative, expanded our programs, developed a zero-carbon roadmap, deepened our technical expertise, and supported new bipartisan clean energy legislation.

It has been the great joy of my life to serve as RENEW’s Executive Director. Our staff is talented and dedicated. Our supporters’ energy and generosity are unparalleled. It’s an honor to be part of this community. That said, beginning in October, due to personal circumstances, I will step down as Executive Director and start a new role as Advisor. In this new role, I will support RENEW’s operations, policy work, and programs.

RENEW Board Member, Jessica Niekrasz, stepped in as Interim Executive Director in July, and she will stay in this leadership role until the end of the year. I thank her for providing expert guidance and direction to RENEW. RENEW staff and board are true testaments to the strength and tenacity of our organization.

Since 1991, RENEW Wisconsin has been the state’s leading voice for renewable energy. We have grown from a one-person advocacy organization to an expert nine-person team. RENEW membership has grown by over 50% in the past five years alone. Through political obstacles, our team has triumphed in advancing clean energy in Wisconsin. With the passage of the historic Inflation Reduction Act, Wisconsin is poised to accelerate clean energy adoption. RENEW is ready to lead this transition.

It is an exciting time for clean energy in Wisconsin. I know that the future of RENEW Wisconsin is exceptionally bright, and I am grateful to be a part of our community. I want to thank you for all your support of RENEW and me since I joined RENEW in 2018.


Heather Allen
Executive Director
RENEW Wisconsin