Christina Nichols is the senior program director for Groundswell, a non-profit solar and economic justice organization focusing on increasing access to clean energy for low-income households.
Nichols has worked in the energy industry since 1982, with national non-profit advocacy organizations, corporations, contractors and Federal agencies. From 1998-2003 she led national communications for the Federal ENERGY STAR® program, and later served as the Green Jobs Advisor for the Department of Labor under ARRA. She created and led the “City Tour for Solar with SunEdison in 2008-’09 and was early champion of solar at the commercial and municipal scale.
Prior to her work with Groundswell, Chris served as the Senior Advisor for Energy Workforce within the Department of Energy’s Jobs Strategy Council (JSC) under Secretary Moniz. From 2011-2016 she managed a $57M portfolio of solar market transformation projects including national laboratory research for the Department’s Solar Energy Technology Office – SunShot Initiative. She created the Solar Ready Vets program, the Solar Instructor Training Network, and established Veterans in Energy.
Chris obtained her undergraduate degree from Duke and her MBA from the University of Maryland. She drives a Leaf, powered by the solar panels on her roof in Maryland, and enjoys running, gardening and fighting for more clean energy.
*Available at https://energy.gov/downloads/2017-us-energy-and-employment-report
**Available at: https://energy.gov/eere/wipo/downloads/weatherization-and-workforce-guidelines-home-energy-upgrades-fact-sheet