About The American Jobs Project

Our Mission


The American Jobs Project is a nationally focused, research-based project managed by the American Jobs Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to U.S. economic growth through advanced industries. The organization is driven by six core team members and has received support from nearly one hundred student researchers with a broad range of expertise, including law, business, engineering, and public policy. The American Jobs Project brings best practice strategies and innovative ideas from around the globe to local and state governments and stakeholders, developing bottom-up strategies that create good-paying jobs in the advanced energy industry.

 

Our Management Team


Principal Investigator, Paul Wright

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

Paul Wright 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, Executive Director

Henry Love is the Executive Director of the American Jobs Initiative (AJI). After graduating from Central Michigan University with a degree in Entrepreneurial Business and Finance, Henry provided consulting services to nonprofit organizations and small business owners. His work with nonprofits eventually led him to serve as the Assistant Director of Michigan Energy Options (MEO), a statewide nonprofit energy efficiency and renewable energy organization. Henry moved to the Bay Area in 2011, staying on as an executive consultant to MEO and providing executive consulting services to several California nonprofit organizations. In 2014, Henry helped start the American Jobs Project at BECI, eventually taking the role of Senior Project Manager.​ In 2016, Henry and several AJP alumni founded the American Jobs Initiative, which now manages the operations of the American Jobs Project​ for BECI​. Henry ​has ​​recently​ worked on paired leadership research at the Haas School of Business with leadership expert Dan Mulhern and currently​ serves on the board of Community Energy Services Corporation, a Berkeley nonprofit organization that implements energy efficiency and healthy homes programs​.

Mary Collins, Program Director

Mary Collins is a Program Director with the American Jobs Initiative, 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 Ringness is a Program Director with the American Jobs Initiative and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, constructing state-specific policy roadmaps to create good-paying advanced energy jobs around the United States. A graduate of Duke Law School, Kate spent the first part of her career as 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 Initiative 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 AJI 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 AJI 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.