Team

Henry Love
Henry Love, Executive Director

Henry Love has been with the American Jobs Project from its initial launch at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute through its move to independent nonprofit status in 2016. He now leads the think-and-do tank, which has so far worked on advanced energy technology and economic development in 22 states.

After graduating from Central Michigan University with a degree in entrepreneurial business and finance, Henry consulted for nonprofit organizations and small business owners. He served 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 nonprofits.

More recently, Henry has been working on paired leadership research at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business with leadership expert Dan Mulhern. He serves on the board of Community Energy Services Corporation, a Berkeley nonprofit organization that implements energy efficiency and healthy homes programs.

hanklove@americanjobsproject.us
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Kate Ringness
Kate Ringness, Director

Kate Ringness helped launch the American Jobs Project. She works with local partners in states across the country to clarify opportunities, remove barriers, and develop practical pathways to grow the economy and create jobs in advanced energy.

Kate has authored over ten reports on state-specific strategies to boost advanced energy manufacturing, from energy storage in North Carolina to grid modernization in Washington. A visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Kate advises graduate students and co-taught a course on economic development and advanced energy. Kate has spoken at several events around the country, including the Energy Storage Association’s annual conference.

Kate served as in-house counsel for Merrill Lynch in Europe, launching subsidiaries in three countries and advising the firm on a wide range of issues. She is a Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate of Bucknell University, a graduate of Duke Law School, and serves on the board of directors of the Duke Alumni Association’s Northern California chapter. She also earned a Master of Public Policy degree from UC Berkeley, with a focus on energy policy.

kate.ringness@americanjobsproject.us
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Mary Collins
Mary Collins, Director

Mary Collins is one of the founding members of the American Jobs Project, where she works to promote the advanced energy economy through collaboration with academics, nonprofits, business leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders in states across the country.

Mary has presented at conferences including the American Wind Energy Association. She has co-taught a course on economic development and advanced energy at UC Berkeley, and authored reports on state-specific strategies to encourage clean energy manufacturing, with a focus on energy storage and wind. She is also a visiting scholar at the Berkeley Energy Climate Institute where she researches grid reliability.

Mary earned a Master’s of Public Policy degree from UC Berkeley, with an emphasis on energy policy and economic development. Prior to earning her graduate degree, she worked in international development, agriculture, and conservation biology. She served in Peace Corps Panama, is a graduate of Virginia Tech, and serves on the board of a local sustainable agriculture nonprofit called MESA.

mary@americanjobsproject.us
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Tiffany Wong
Tiffany Wong, Program Coordinator

Tiffany Wong creates policy guides for creating quality advanced energy jobs in states across the nation.

In addition to supporting overall operations at the American Jobs Project, she contributes 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, Tiffany earned a bachelor’s in environmental sciences and a bachelor’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.

Tiffany is dedicated to serving the Bay Area community as an active member of Kiwanis International. She is an amateur ornithologist, and enjoys all things creative.

tiffany.wong@americanjobsproject.us
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Santos Vazquez
Santos Vazquez, Program Coordinator

Santos Vazquez provides administrative, operational and programmatic support for the American Jobs Project.

Santos earned a bachelor’s in political economy and political science at UC Berkeley. While a student, he worked in the public and private spheres, from the U.S. House of Representatives to a polling research company. He managed a $2 million budget for the Office of Students Affairs — Communications.

His education and work experience helped Santos develop a passion for policy, politics, finance, and the Oxford comma.

santos@americanjobsproject.us
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Leah Daoud
Leah Daoud, Program Coordinator

Leah Daoud conducts outreach to stakeholders in industry, academia, and government and researches and writes about a variety of energy policy issues in support of the American Jobs Project’s efforts to bolster America’s workforce through advanced energy industries.

In her previous role as a press assistant in the California Attorney General’s office, she drafted press releases on legal developments in the state and monitored national and local media outlets. In 2015, she worked at the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence to process gifts and create detailed records for the National Archives.

A UC Berkeley graduate in political science and rhetoric, she has tutored at San Quentin State Prison; been featured in the Berkeley Political Review, the University’s only nonpartisan political magazine; and holds national and state awards in public speaking.

leah@americanjobsproject.us
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Sam Schabacker
Sam Schabacker, Graduate Student Researcher
Madeleine Valdez
Madeleine Valdez, Student Researcher
Chris Eldred
Christopher Eldred, Consultant