Aimee Skrzekut
President

Aimee Skrzekut

Chief Operating Officer

Ashley Blackwell

President

Aimee Skrzekut

Aimee Skrzekut joined SEEA as president in April 2021. An innovative leader serving nonprofits for more than 25 years, Aimee is passionate about energy efficiency for all.

Before joining SEEA, Aimee served as a management consultant specializing in strategic planning, fundraising, policy development, program design, and evaluation. She also designed energy efficiency program solutions for Hoosier Energy. Aimee served as Director of Programs at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, where she first collaborated with national and regional partners like SEEA. Aimee’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion extends well beyond her work in energy, having led a national center at the American Bar Association.

Aimee also serves as a member of the Beneficial Electrification Advisory Council. She has previously served as an AESP chapter president and HealthConnect One board member. She has supported fundraising efforts at nonprofits including HealthConnect One, Project Bona Fide, and Teatro Vista.

Aimee received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois. She is an avid hiker, reader, and gourmand. She loves traveling with her family and looks forward to many walks throughout the Southeast with both new and old friends.

Chief Operating Officer

Ashley Blackwell

As chief operating officer at SEEA, Ashley Blackwell is responsible for the general management and operations of the organization. She oversees administrative procedures, finance, technology and systems, human resources, and organizational culture. Her experience and leadership focus on ensuring SEEA’s operational practices support high-quality work products, a high-functioning, collaborative team, and strong financial health for the organization.

Ashley is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute. She has a bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College and received her master’s in business administration from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

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Policy Manager

Claudette Ayanaba

Director of Policy

Cyrus Bhedwar

Energy Efficient Transportation Manager

Justin Brightharp

Communications Manager

Sarah Burgher

Director of Research

William Bryan, PhD

Director of Membership and Diversity Integration

Pamela Fann, CDP, CDT

Julian Harden
Energy Efficiency Policy Intern

Julian Harden

Director of Strategy and Development

Wesley Holmes

Senior Program Manager

Maggie Kelley Riggins

Digital Communications Intern

Shrika Madivanan

Workforce Training and Partnerships Manager

Sarina Sawyer

Energy Research Fellow

Joy Ward

Policy Manager

Claudette Ayanaba

Claudette Ayanaba serves as SEEA’s policy manager. As a member of the policy team, she works on finding ways to provide research, technical assistance, and engagement to help stakeholders make smart informed energy-related decisions and advance energy efficiency in the region.

She previously worked as a rule and state plan writer with the State of Georgia, Environmental Protection Division, Air Protection Branch. Although her career has been in environmental engineering, her bachelor’s degrees are in physics (Spelman College) and mechanical engineering (Georgia Institute of Technology). She also holds a master’s degree in environmental planning and management from Johns Hopkins University.

Her passions include her daughters, reading, hiking, teaching, making connections, policy design, and trying to figure out how to fit it all into 24 hours.

Director of Policy

Cyrus Bhedwar

Cyrus Bhedwar serves as SEEA’s director of policy, and spent the early part of his career working in energy efficiency and sustainability at the local, state and regional levels.

He currently spends his time thinking hard about how we create the understanding, connections and infrastructure needed to advance energy efficiency in an eleven state region where grits and/or sweet tea are in plentiful supply. Cyrus works with utilities, policy makers and the energy efficiency industry because they keep returning his calls. He’s trained in the Collaborative Operating System so will make sure others play nicely with you. At 5’6” and 120 lbs. Cyrus is compact enough to take anywhere, leaving you no excuse to be without a small, Indian man who grew up in Delaware and still sounds funny saying “y’all.”

Energy Efficient Transportation Manager

Justin Brightharp

Justin Brightharp serves as the energy efficient transportation manager supporting SEEA’s transportation initiatives through policy, research, and stakeholder engagement. His prior experience includes deploying clean transportation projects in the southeastern and western United States and coordinating the City of Atlanta’s fleet transition to electric vehicles.

Justin volunteers his time through different groups such as Generation Green, the Sierra Club Metro Atlanta Group, and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Justin has a bachelor’s degree in geosciences from Georgia State University.

Communications Manager

Sarah Burgher

In her role as communications manager, Sarah oversees SEEA’s identity and brand, manages communications strategy and implementation, and capitalizes on any opportunity to share and celebrate SEEA’s evolving portfolio of work. She joined SEEA in 2019 with more than 15 years of experience helping nonprofits, corporations, and independent schools tell their stories and build communities of support. Sarah has had the pleasure of working with Hands on Atlanta, Kate’s Club, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Anthem, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Most recently, Sarah worked at Marist School where she was a member of the institutional advancement team.

She has a bachelor of arts in English literature/creative writing from Agnes Scott College. Sarah lives in Grant Park with her family, tries very hard at gardening, and sometimes makes it to yoga.

Director of Research

William Bryan, PhD

Will Bryan serves as SEEA’s director of research. Prior to this role, Will served as a built environment project manager. Before joining SEEA in 2018, Will taught at Georgia State University in Atlanta and conducted independent research as a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University.

Will earned a bachelor’s degree from Furman University, and an master’s and doctorate from Penn State University. He is the author of a book about conservation policy in the South, which is based on his award-winning doctoral dissertation, The Price of Permanence: Nature and Business in the New South (University of Georgia Press, 2018).

When he’s not at work, you can find Will out searching for the best donut in Atlanta.

Director of Membership and Diversity Integration

Pamela Fann, CDP, CDT

Pamela Fann serves as SEEA’s director of membership and diversity integration. In this role, she is responsible for managing all aspects of the membership program and achieving its annual performance and financial goals. Previously, Pam had a successful 22-year career with The Coca-Cola Company, most recently working in public affairs and communications as the executive assistant to the vice president of global communications.

Pam has a degree in marketing and certification in human resource management from University of Phoenix and has served on the board of The Coca-Cola Company’s women’s LINC and on the Advisory Board of Georgia Tech Women’s Entrepreneurship Program.

Pam is the proud parent of a 23-year-old son, Major, who is a recently enlisted United States Navy seaman. She resides in College Park, Georgia.

Energy Efficiency Policy Intern

Julian Harden

Director of Strategy and Development

Wesley Holmes

Wesley Holmes has served as SEEA’s director of strategy and development since 2016. Prior to this role, Wesley served as SEEA’s development manager from 2012-2015.

Wesley has a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management from Georgia Southern University and a masters degree in environmental policy and management from American Public University.

Since 2014, he has served on the Generation Green Board with the Georgia Conservancy, holding numerous chair positions, and as the co-chair of the Georgia Chapter of the Energy Services Coalition.

Senior Program Manager

Maggie Kelley Riggins

Maggie Kelley Riggins serves as SEEA’s senior program manager. She has devoted her career to developing innovative approaches to solving gnarly climate and energy problems in the South. Maggie is laying the landscape for equity through climate and workforce in energy efficiency. She manages SEEA’s energy-efficient building code portfolio and the building-oriented pilot project models for local governments to increase energy efficiency as a solution for residential, commercial, and municipal buildings. Maggie believes that we need to understand the “why” behind energy efficiency in order to bring it to the widest group possible.

Maggie’s work allows her to build coalitions, convene non-traditional stakeholders, and manage teams to design solution sets and pathways to action that are future thinking while maintaining feasibility. She has a keen ability to bring people together who are committed to changing the lives of others through pursuing equitable solutions in climate, energy, and housing spaces. Maggie is a life-long learner and her love for people is what wakes her up in the morning.

Digital Communications Intern

Shrika Madivanan

Workforce Training and Partnerships Manager

Sarina Sawyer

Sarina Sawyer recently joined SEEA as the workforce training and partnerships manager. She will administer SEEA’s portfolio of workforce development activities, resources, and training programs to cultivate a thriving and skilled clean energy workforce across our 11-state region.

She brings over 10 years of work experience in housing finance, environmental advocacy, local government, and comprehensive planning. In addition, she has a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Georgia Tech and a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.

Sarina spends most of her time snuggling her four dogs, cooking with her partner, playing soccer, and trying to grow her own fruit and veggies.

Energy Research Fellow

Joy Ward

Joy Ward serves as an energy research fellow in SEEA’s newly revamped fellowship program. Joy supports the research department and all its initiatives. Prior to this role, Joy served as SEEA’s energy research intern.

Joy has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, with a concentration in sustainability from Queens University of Charlotte. More recently, Joy completed her master’s of interdisciplinary studies in urban studies from Georgia State University.

Outside of work, she enjoys exploring Atlanta and all that it has to offer. She is constantly looking for restaurant and shop recommendations.