Pari Kasotia, Member
Mid-Atlantic Director, Vote Solar
I serve as the Mid-Atlantic Director for Vote Solar, a leading solar advocacy organization that works to enable solar friendly policies across the nation. I was instrumental in providing advocacy, outreach and communications support for the successful passage of MD Clean Energy Jobs Act in 2019 by leveraging my organizations’ resources as well as external resources. Just to give a sense, Vote Solar’s effort was able to mobilize close to 5,000 action alerts on the CEJA bill. I was also instrumental in getting the community solar pilot program passed in New Jersey. In 2019, I was selected to serve as one of the Advisory Council members of the Maryland Clean Energy Center. As a Board member of MDV-SEIA, I will add tremendous value by lending my advocacy and outreach skills combined with my organizational resources. Here is some additional background on me.
Prior to my current role, I served as the Deputy Director of The Solar Foundation where I provided leadership strategic/fundraising and operational oversight – skills that would help with fundraising efforts of MDV-SEIA. I was the lead author of the 2017 US Solar Industry Diversity Study. I am listed in Renewable Energy World’s Solar 40 under 40 and Midwest Energy News 40 under 40 Emerging Clean Energy Leaders.
Previously, I led the Energy Office in the State of Iowa where I set the state’s clean energy direction and strategy. During my tenure, I undertook a number of renewable energy programs in solar and wind energy, and energy efficiency that moved the needle in the clean energy space. This experience gives me the unique perspective on how solar issues intersect with the rest of the energy sector and where can we leverage opportunities for collaboration and pursue shared interests.
I have significant experience being on various Boards which will be invaluable at MDV-SEIA to fulfill fiduciary responsibility and provide organizational oversight. I currently serve on the Board of Directors (Secretary role starting end of June) of Women’s Council for Energy and Environment (previously Section Chair of Career Building and Women in Leadership (WIL)). In this role, I organized leadership and educational events to educate members on clean energy topics – a skill that will be useful to help organize the 2019 Solar Focus Conference. I was previously also active with the Energy Bar Association where I served as the Chair of the Renewable Energy Subcommittee.
I have made numerous presentations on topics related to solar, clean energy, environment, diversity and gender, and sustainable communities for various organizations. In 2017, I was selected and invited to speak at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) in New York City at the High-Level Event on the Sustainable Development Agenda. I also presented on solar energy at the Women in STEM Conference and Awards 2017 in San Francisco. My other speaking engagements include presentations for Intersolar (solar trade show and conference), United Nations Association (UNA), National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), National Governors Association (NGA), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and other organizations.
I have authored a number of clean energy articles for NJ Spotlight, PennLive, Triple Pundit, UN Chronicle and have been quoted in Solar Power World, Solar Industry Magazine, Renewable Energy Magazine, Utility Dive, Times of Trenton, TGEink, New Jersey 101.5, EndeavorNews, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.