SHELLEY COHEN

Shelley Cohen is passionate about solar and has dedicated her life and career to getting boots on the roof and MWs on the grid. Ms. Cohen currently serves as the Director of Solar Programs at the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) where she is working to implement the DCSEU’s Solar for All Program that will rapidly deploy solar across the District, helping DC to achieve their target of 100% renewable energy by 2032. Shelley oversees $32 million 3-year budget that will help bring over 30MW of solar on-line and will impact over 10,000 residents. Prior to joining the DCSEU, Ms. Cohen served CEO and Co-founder of Alpha Solar Group, a woman owned solar consulting firm focused on solar, microgrids, and storage solutions. Her interest in solar was sparked while she was Senior Project Developer at Ameresco when she was fortunate to do an energy efficiency project for New Castle County DE that included solar. During her 14 years at Ameresco, Ms. Cohen developed over 15MWs of renewable energy, and implemented energy efficiency projects with local governments and learning institutions. Ms. Cohen also worked for the EPA leading a program focused on reducing methane emissions from landfills, the President’s Council on Sustainable Development where she focused on integrating sustainability into education, and for the White House Office on Environmental Policy where she contributed to the early slide show that eventually became the basis for Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth. Her first job in the office of Senator Joseph Lieberman (D/I-CT) was what brought her to Washington, DC. Ms. Cohen is a 30-year resident of DC and a DC Sustainability Ambassador. She has advanced the role of women in the clean-energy industry through her leadership on many national and regional boards in the Mid-Atlantic region. Ms. Cohen serves on the boards of the DC Environmental Film Festival and MDV-SEIA, the local solar chapter, and formerly served on the Board of NWF for 9 years. In 2017, Ms. Cohen served as a mentor for Al Gore’s Climate Leader Training and was formally trained in 2012. In 2015, Ms. Cohen was selected by the Impact Center for the Woman’s Executive Leadership Fellowship, the first to represent the solar industry. Ms. Cohen served as the Chair of the Greening Committee for the 2013 Green Inaugural Ball celebrating the Inauguration of President Obama. Ms. Cohen has a Masters Degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University. Ms. Cohen and her family live in an eco-friendly home in DC that includes 12kw of solar and cool roof. Ms. Cohen is a Brownie Girl Scout Troop leader and spends as much time as she can outdoors with her husband and two daughters (Sabrina, 8 and Sienna, 11).