Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, has announced that she is resigning, effective Jan. 1, to return to private practice as a tax attorney.
“There is now a strong, bipartisan team of Congressional champions for the wind industry, and the all-important extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC),” Bode said. “When that is secured, all of my goals from the AWEA Board will have been accomplished. I am extremely proud to have led the AWEA staff as we worked together to get that job done, and, of course, grateful to the AWEA Board for the opportunity to serve this very promising industry.”
Tom Carnahan, chairman of the Board of Directors, said he will be working with AWEA’s Board to appoint a search committee to recruit a new leader for the organization. In the meantime, Senior Vice President for Public Policy Rob Gramlich has agreed to serve as interim CEO through the transition period.
Carnahan also said that Bode has agreed to be available to the AWEA leadership for her additional guidance in the future.
During Bode's four-year tenure at AWEA, the Board charged her with reorganizing and upgrading the professional staff to build a team with strong accountability and professionalism; and with assuring that the wind industry had a seat at the policy table, for which she added advocacy campaign tools and expanded media relations. She worked with the Board to institute best practices for association governing bodies and procedures, and sponsored the creation of the Wind Energy Foundation to expand the industry's public educational outreach.
Bode become CEO of AWEA on Jan. 1, 2009. She previously led the American Clean Skies Foundation, and before that the Independent Petroleum Association of America. For 10 years, she served as an elected Corporation Commissioner of Oklahoma, and worked for six years on the staff of then-U.S. Sen. David Boren as his legal counsel, focusing on energy and taxation and staffing the Senate Finance Committee. Bode holds a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and an L.L.M. (Taxation) from Georgetown University School of Law.
Gramlich joined AWEA in 2005 and oversees its federal, state, regulatory, and data and analysis teams. He previously worked as Economic Advisor to Pat Wood III, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from 2001 until 2005. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in Economics from Colby College.
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