Janine Finnell, Chair, Career Development Committee
Janine Finnell is the Founder and Clean Energy Ambassador for Leaders in Energy, a clean energy and sustainability educational, professional networking, and advisory services organization based in the Washington DC Metro area. She has 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 organizations, 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.
As the Board Member for the Council for Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) activities at the Association of Energy Engineers National Capital Chapter, she spearheaded two “Energy and Sustainability Extravaganzas” with the CWEEL theme in 2015 (at The George Washington University) and in 2016 (at George Mason University). As the Chair of the CWEEL Career Development Committee for its National Board, Janine’s responsibilities include guiding the committee to facilitate women’s opportunities by supporting training and education, and contributing to the advancement of women in leadership positions throughout the industry. This role intersects well with her resolve at Leaders in Energy to enable professionals to be informed of and connect on opportunities for clean energy and sustainability jobs. Some of her networking and career tips were recently featured in this article, including a term she coins as “up-careering.”
Janine has a Masters from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Agricultural and Applied Economics (with a focus on international development and energy resource economics) and pursued Post Masters work at George Washington University in energy and environmental management and resource policy. Janine has completed coursework for the Certified Energy Manager, Certified Sustainable Development Professional, and Project Management Professional.