CHICAGO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Clean Energy Trust, which fuels clean energy innovation in the Midwest, today named Patrick Whitty as its director of programs, Emily Achler as marketing and communications manager and Jonathan Schwieger as technical analyst. Current staffer Ben Brown was promoted to program manager.
“Clean Energy Trust has further strengthened its capacity to grow Midwest clean energy startups and create an environment that enables them to thrive.”
“With these exciting moves, Clean Energy Trust has deepened its business expertise and invested in its policy and advocacy capabilities,” said Amy Francetic, Clean Energy Trust CEO. “Clean Energy Trust has further strengthened its capacity to grow Midwest clean energy startups and create an environment that enables them to thrive.”
Whitty, 27, comes to Clean Energy Trust from ASKG Public Strategies where he specialized in energy markets and utilities, providing counsel to clients including Google, Exelon and BMO Harris Bank. His responsibilities include venture development, leading the Clean Energy Challenge business plan competition and directing the nonprofit’s public policy efforts. Whitty is a former staffer of the White House Office of Communications, where he supported communications around presidential priorities, including the Affordable Care Act, State of the Union Address and Clean Air Act. He is a graduate of Marquette University.
Marketing and Communications Manager Emily Achler, 27, is an online content and social media strategist who was previously social media manager at Redbox. She also held similar positions with PBS Kids Digital and Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. Achler’s responsibilities include managing Clean Energy Trust’s digital presence plus driving branding and social media outreach for Clean Energy Challenge. Achler is a graduate of George Washington University.
Technical Analyst Jonathan Schwieger, 26, brings extensive experience in materials science and engineering to his new role. As a graduate student at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Schwieger developed novel cathode materials for rechargeable lithium batteries and researched energy and environmental policy and technology. He came to his new role from the Small Business Investor Alliance and joins Clean Energy Trust team working with the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research to commercialize new battery technology.
Ben Brown, 24, was promoted to program manager from analyst, working in the non-profit’s consulting practice. Brown is charged with developing new programming to better support cleantech startups and technology commercialization, as well as managing the organization’s signature event, the Clean Energy Challenge. Brown holds a degree in physics from Middlebury College.
The mission of Clean Energy Trust is to bring clean energy research and technology to the marketplace, creating sustainable businesses to increase energy security and grow the domestic economy. In addition to its premier event, the Clean Energy Challenge, Clean Energy Trust plays a critical role in cleantech initiatives across the region, including the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative and Chicago Lakeside Development.
About Clean Energy Trust
Clean Energy Trust was founded by prominent business and civic leaders to fuel clean energy innovation in the Midwest. The trust is supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Small Business Administration and donations from more than 60 investors, corporations, universities, foundations and trade groups. For more information, visit www.cleanenergytrust.org.