About The American Jobs Project

Our Mission


The American Jobs Project is a national research project developing innovative state-specific policy plans to create advanced energy jobs. Our interdisciplinary research teams map out plans through which states can establish or expand advanced energy industries through a systems approach. Working with state-level university partners and industry allies on the ground, our goal is to maximize the job-creating potential in our target states while providing a best-in-class academic experience for our students. 

 

Our Management Team


Principal Investigator, Paul Wright

Director of the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute
A. Martin Berlin Chair in Mechanical Engineering

Paul is the Director of the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI), and was previously the Director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) He is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley, and holds the A. Martin Berlin Chair. He is also a Co-Director of the Berkeley Manufacturing Institute (BMI) and the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC). He holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Industrial Metallurgy from the University of Birmingham, England.

Henry Love, Sr. Project Manager

Hank helped form the American Jobs Project in 2014. He has worked with energy efficiency and renewable energy nonprofit organizations for over seven years, providing executive consulting, strategic planning and program development. He started his career working for a small accounting and bookkeeping services business in Lansing, MI, after which he started his own business providing consulting and back-office services for nonprofits and entrepreneurs. His first experience in energy was working for Michigan Energy Options, Michigan’s oldest energy efficiency and renewable energy nonprofit, where he quickly rose from a contract bookkeeper to the Assistant Director by developing new programs and bringing in millions of dollars of funding. He enjoys volunteering his time with nonprofits and listening to live music. He is on the board of Community Energy Services Corporation in Berkeley, CA.

Mary Katherine Collins, Program Director

Mary is a Program Director with the American Jobs Project, where she works to promote our advanced energy economy through collaboration with academics, non-profits, business leaders, policy makers, and other stakeholders. She has presented at conferences such as the American Wind Energy Association, co-taught a course on economic development and advanced energy at UC Berkeley, and authored several reports on state-specific strategies to encourage clean energy manufacturing, with a focus on wind, additive manufacturing, and advanced materials. She has a M.P.P. from UC Berkeley with an emphasis on energy policy and economic development. From 2010 to 2013 she served in Peace Corps Panama as a Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent, Co-Director of the Gender and Development Committee, and as a Regional Coordinator for Peace Corps Panama. Prior to serving in Peace Corps, she worked in several Smithsonian laboratories and was a veterinary technician and manager at a small, family-owned business. She has a B.S. from Virginia Tech, is a certified yoga instructor, and serves on the board of directors of a local non-profit called MESA. 

Kate Ringness, Program Director

Kate is a Program Director with the American Jobs Project, constructing state-specific policy roadmaps to create good-paying advanced energy jobs around the United States. A graduate of Duke Law School, she spent the first part of her career as an in-house counsel at Merrill Lynch in Europe advising on issues in international finance and corporate law. Inspired by the potential in the energy storage and renewable energy industries and recognizing the critical role of policy in the shift from a fossil fuel economy, she transitioned into the energy sector by earning a Master of Public Policy degree from UC Berkeley with a focus on energy policy. She is an ardent supporter of the energy storage industry and has spoken at several events on the benefits of energy storage and how policy can drive economic development in the sector.

Tiffany Wong, Program Coordinator

Tiffany Wong has been with the American Jobs Project since 2015, creating state policy guides for quality advanced energy jobs across the nation. In addition to supporting overall operations, she has contributed extensive policy research, outreach, writing, and copyediting. This work has allowed her to delve into specific topics such as solar, advanced materials, and workforce development. A UC Berkeley graduate, she received a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and a B.S. in Society and Environment. Through her studies, she has explored issues of power grid resilience and legal strategies for environmental justice communities. She aims to continue learning and making an impact at the intersection of socioeconomic security and environmental health. Outside of work, she is dedicated to serving the Bay Area community as an active member of Kiwanis International. She is also an amateur ornithologist and enjoys all things creative.

Laura Hobbs, Program Coordinator

Laura Hobbs is a Program Coordinator for AJP living in Oakland, California. Previously, she worked as an aide for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and a PACE financing program assistant at the San Francisco Department of Environment. Since Laura joined AJP in May of 2015, she has researched renewable energy policy and advanced materials, among many other topics. Additionally, she wrote and published a policy proposal for the city of Berkeley in May of 2016 that focused on the regional benefits of community choice aggregation. Laura received a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and policy from the University of California, Berkeley.