Staff

Seattle office, (206) 621-0094

Nancy Hirsh

Executive Director

Phone: (206) 621-0094, ext 101

nancy@nwenergy.org

Nancy directs the Coalition’s efforts to enhance investments in energy efficiency, renewable resources, and low-income energy services through work with utilities, commissioners, regulators, and legislators. She serves on the board of Renewable Northwest and the Centralia Coal Transition Board.  She is also on the advisory committee for the Institute for Energy Studies at Western Washington University. From 1996 through 2014 she served as the Coalition’s policy director.  Before joining the Coalition, she spent twelve years in Washington, DC working on national energy policy issues for the Environmental Action Foundation and the National Wildlife Federation. She lives in Seattle with her husband, children and dog.  When not advocating clean energy solutions, she is an avid backpacker and hiker.


Lauren McCloy

Policy Director

Phone: (206) 621-0094, ext 108

lauren@nwenergy.org

Lauren McCloy joined the NW Energy Coalition as Policy Director in 2021. Previously, Lauren worked as Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jay Inslee, Washington State, where she led and managed a broad range of issues in support of the Governor’s energy agenda. Prior to serving in that role, Lauren was the Legislative Director for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC), where she was the commission’s liaison to the state Legislature and the Governor’s office and was responsible for developing and coordinating the UTC’s legislative activities. Lauren was previously a policy advisor at the UTC, where she advised commissioners on energy policy and legislative issues starting in 2014. Before joining the UTC’s policy staff, Lauren worked as a Compliance Investigator in the UTC’s Consumer Protection Division. She has experience working for the Washington state Senate Ways and Means Committee and several non-profit organizations focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and consumer advocacy. Lauren has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.S. in International Development from Tulane University Law School.


Charlee Thompson

Policy Associate

Phone: (206) 621-0094, ext 104

charlee@nwenergy.org

Charlee joined the Coalition as a Policy Associate in June 2022. She is passionate about using science and policy to have a meaningful impact on the environment and underserved communities. She has worked for electric utilities and energy and clean mobility nonprofits performing data analysis, research, and advocacy. Charlee hopes to dedicate her career towards the clean energy transition and climate change mitigation in the Pacific Northwest. She has an M.P.A. in Environmental Policy & Management from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. In her free time, she enjoys weightlifting, running, hiking, writing, and new experiences!


Kat photoKat Plimpton

Outreach & Operations Director

Phone: (206) 621-0094, ext 107

kat@nwenergy.org

Kat joined the Coalition in 2015 after interning with the Coalition in 2014. Prior to joining the Coalition, she worked with a variety of non-profit organizations including the YMCA, Cancer Research and Biostatistics, and Climate Solutions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern University, and in 2015 she completed her master’s degree in public administration and her environmental management certificate at the University of Washington.


Beth Brooks

Director of Development

Phone: (206) 621-0094, ext 109

beth@nwenergy.org

Beth Brooks joined the Coalition in 2022 as the Director of Development. Her previous work in Development includes Cancer Lifeline, Cascadia Art Museum, and Gage Academy of Art. A longtime arts marketer, Beth has worked with the Empty Space Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Pacific Symphony, and One reel. She lives in Seattle with her family and multiple cats. Whenever she can, she spends time on her family’s tree farm up the North Fork in Montana. 


Matt Joyce

Communications & Events Coordinator

Phone: (206) 621-0094, ext 111

matt@nwenergy.org

Matt joined the Coalition in August 2023 as the Communications & Events Coordinator. Previously he worked as an Associate at RenewComm, a renewable-focused PR and marketing firm based in DC. He has also worked as an Installation Supervisor at GRID Alternatives, a clean energy nonprofit based in Oakland, CA. Matt holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Psychology from the University of North Carolina Asheville.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys paddle boarding, playing beach volleyball, noodling on his guitar, rock climbing, and taking his cat Cashew to the park.


Portland office

Fred Heutte

Senior Policy Associate

Phone: (503) 757-6222

Office: (206) 621-0094, ext 103

fred@nwenergy.org

Fred came on NWEC staff in February 2011 after being a co-founder and board member in the 1980s.  He has a background in energy and climate policy, starting with the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association (now OSSIA) and then at a firm that pioneered energy efficiency program evaluation in the Northwest and nationally.  He later formed a database services business assisting nonprofit groups around the country.  He has been active in the Sierra Club’s national climate work and was editor of ECO, the daily bulletin of the Climate Action Network at the UN climate meetings.  He represents end use customers at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC).  On the side, he has broad interests in music and is a DJ streaming on the internet weekly.


Alma Pinto

Energy Justice Policy Associate

Phone: (206) 621-0094, ext 102

alma@nwenergy.org

Alma joined the Coalition in July 2023 as an Energy Justice Policy Associate. Prior to her role at the coalition, she worked at Community Energy Project, where she advocated for frontline communities at the Oregon state legislature, local government, and Oregon Public Utility Commission spaces to advance energy justice, climate justice, and housing equity. She also interned with Energy Trust of Oregon and the Metro Regional Government, and spent three years doing community organizing and research for a bi-national non-profit in South Texas dedicated to environmental justice. Alma holds a BS in Energy and Sustainability Policy from Penn State, and is passionate about equitable climate solutions and working towards a just and clean energy transition. During her free time, she enjoys curating playlists and DJing, brushing up her viola playing, exploring Portland on her bike, and trying out new recipes and restaurants!


William Gehrke

Senior Technical Analyst

will@nwenergy.org

Phone: (206) 621-0094, ext 110

William joined the Coalition in 2023. Prior to joining the Coalition, he has worked for Oregon’s residential utility consumer advocate and the Florida Public Service Commission on a wide variety of energy issues. He has a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in Economics from Florida State University. During his free time, he enjoys camping, horticulture and cycling.


Alessandra de la Torre

Policy Associate

alessandra@nwenergy.org

Phone: (206) 621-0094

Alessandra joined the coalition in November 2023 as a policy associate after working with Rogue Climate advocating for energy justice and for community resilience. Over the past six years, she has led campaigns, organizing, and implementation in the Oregon Public Utility Commission, in the Oregon State Legislature, and in communities across Oregon. She previously served on Oregon’s Wildfire Programs Advisory Council as the environmental justice representative and has a B.S. in Sociology from Southern Oregon University.

If there’s flowers around, Alessandra is smelling and admiring them. One of her favorites are dahlias. You can also find her hanging out with her dog, dancing and making fun memories with loved ones in the Rogue Valley, SF Bay Area, Mexico, and beyond.


Montana office

Diego Rivas

Regulatory Counsel

Phone: (206) 621-0094, ext 105

diego@nwenergy.org

Diego joined the Coalition in 2010 as a policy associate working on energy efficiency matters in Montana. Later, as senior policy associate, he led Coalition advocacy of clean and affordable energy policy in Montana and Idaho. Now, as regulatory counsel, he oversees Coalition involvement in utility proceedings and represents the Coalition in Public Utility Commission dockets. Diego has a B.S. in political science from the University of Georgia (go Dawgs!) and a J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, MN (go law students!) He is an avid sports fan, especially soccer (c’mon you gunners!) and baseball (go bravos!). He spends his free time with his family in Montana’s great outdoors hiking, camping, boating, hunting, fishing, and playing or watching his kids play organized sports.