“The U.S. has a multi-trillion dollar opportunity: the cleantech market. But if we don’t act strategically we miss out on the chance to create and make products here, which can provide good jobs to millions of Americans. The only way to get that done is to collaborate with national labs, business leaders, state government officials, federal agencies, advocates, and academics. I love working with others to negotiate the barriers to development and deployment of advanced energy technologies.”
Mary Collins is a Program Manager with the American Jobs Project, where she works to promote our advanced energy economy through collaboration with academics, non-profits, business leaders, policy makers, and other stakeholders. She has presented at conferences such as the American Wind Energy Association, co-taught a course on economic development and advanced energy at UC Berkeley, and authored several reports on state-specific strategies to encourage clean energy manufacturing, with a focus on wind, additive manufacturing, and advanced materials.
Mary has a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley with an emphasis on energy policy and economic development. From 2010 to 2013 she served in Peace Corps Panama as a Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent, Co-Director of the Gender and Development Committee, and as a Regional Coordinator for Peace Corps Panama. Prior to serving in Peace Corps, she worked in several Smithsonian laboratories and was a veterinary technician and manager at a small, family-owned business.
She has a B.S. from Virginia Tech, is a certified yoga instructor, and serves on the board of directors of a local non-profit called MESA.
More about Mary Collins:
Virginia Jobs Project