People

SPECIAL INITIATIVE TEAM

Kris Ohleth, SIOW Executive Director

Kris Ohleth has worked in the offshore wind industry in the US for over 15 years, since the days of the industry’s inception in the U.S. Holding senior positions with offshore wind developers, NGOs, and state agencies, she has gained critical insights into the policy and regulations that shape offshore wind activities at the state, regional, and federal levels. Kris has extensive experience working with offshore wind stakeholders and has expert knowledge of such engagements, having worked on offshore wind and ocean policy issues at all levels, from industry, state, and NGOs perspectives.

In her current role as the Director of the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind, she leads the organization on strategic issues to support the responsible and sustainable development of the offshore wind industry. Originally from New Jersey, she is a Rutgers graduate, has a Master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island, and currently lives in Morris County, New Jersey with her husband and retired-racing greyhounds.

 

Stephanie McClellan, Ph.D., SIOW Founder/Advisor

portrait of Stephanie McClellanDr. Stephanie McClellan is the Founder and a current Advisor to the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW). McClellan founded SIOW in 2013. She provided cutting edge policy and cost analysis to eastern seaboard states considering significant offshore wind programs, and built a knowledge bridge between state governments, the federal government, and the global offshore wind industry. McClellan designed, conceptualized and authored several game-changing SIOW reports, including the seminal “New York Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Study” in 2015 which was followed by the “Massachusetts Offshore Wind Future Cost Study” in 2016. McClellan authored the pivotal “Supply Chain Contracting Forecast for U.S. Offshore Wind Power” in 2019, which continues to guide global businesses considering entering the offshore wind industry. Through her leadership and convening ability, McClellan advanced collaboration within the U.S. offshore wind sector, generating critical sector-wide communications campaigns and alliances that helped to facilitate the offshore wind sector’s policy successes. In 2020, she was named one of the most 100 influential people in North American wind power.  Prior to launching SIOW, McClellan was the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach for the Google-backed Atlantic Wind Connection. McClellan joined the offshore wind sector following her work as Policy Director for former Delaware Governor Jack Markell. She holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in public policy from the University of Delaware, and has held elected office in her home state of Delaware. She currently resides in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and collaborator, Willett Kempton.

 

COLLABORATORS

Willett Kempton, Ph.D., Professor, University of Delaware

Willett Kempton on a boat in front of the Block Island wind turbinesDr. Willett Kempton is a professor in the University of Delaware’s School of Marine Science and Policy within the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Dr. Kempton is the Research Director for UD’s Center for Research in Wind. His research interests and areas include: offshore wind power: public reactions, policy framework, large scale implementation; electricity policy; and electric vehicles for grid power storage. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

 

STEERING COMMITTEE

Catherine Bowes, National Wildlife Federation

Bruce Carlisle, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Joe Martens, New York Offshore Wind Alliance

Stephanie McClellan, SIOW Founder/Advisor

Mike Olson, Equinor