Janine Finnell serves as the Executive Director of Leaders in Energy (LE). This non-profit organisation, which she founded, is building a community of leaders to advance solutions for a sustainable energy system, economy, and world. LE has conducted over 60 thought leadership forums and workshops with 200+ speakers, collaborated with numerous strategic partners and sponsors, and trained 150+ individuals in green career and circular economy workshops. Areas of focus include sustainable communities, green jobs and finance, and multi generational leadership. LE has a following of 5000+ clean energy and sustainability professionals in 103 countries.
Prior to becoming a non-profit executive, Ms. Finnell provided strategic planning, programmatic, and management consulting for federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as non-governmental organisations, DOE national laboratories, and the electric utility industry. Her experience includes working at a state energy office, serving as a Foreign Service Officer, and employment at IBM, DynCorp International, Institute of Energy Analysis, and other management and technology firms. Her work has entailed developing projects and programs to help transform the energy economy to foster sustainability including: renewables and energy efficiency, fossil and nuclear energy; utilities and power; transportation including alternative fuels; energy and agriculture; and innovative institutional, policy and financing mechanisms. Throughout her career, Ms. Finnell has developed policy papers, reports, professional articles, studies relating to energy alternatives, sustainable development policy mechanisms, education and outreach on clean energy technologies.
She currently serves on the Board of the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE NCC) and the National AEE’s Council on Women for Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL), and is a member of the National Capital Area Chapter – U.S. Association of Energy Economics (NCAC-USAEE). She has lived, worked, and traveled in 30 countries.
She attended the CHARGE Energy Branding inaugural conference and developed a paper on The Greening of American Utilities which was published by Engerati and Leaders in Energy.