AESP advances the energy industry

by providing critical knowledge and professional development resources for our 2,200+ members in the U.S. and Canada.

AESP is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit. We’re focused on energy efficiency, demand response and DERs and are dedicated to building a clean and efficient future. We are working to lead the energy transformation within utilities and their partners by providing our members with valuable relationships and experiences. And we are constantly investing in content to help improve the delivery and implementation of programs that will make that future a reality.

AESP Leadership

Sue HansonBoard Chair

Sue Hanson
Tetra Tech

Knox CameronChair Elect

Knox Cameron
DTE Energy

Raegan BondImmediate Past Chair

Raegan Bond
Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors

Sarah ColvinSecretary

Sarah Colvin
Opus One Solutions

William EllisTreasurer

William Ellis

Marie AbdouBoard Member

Marie Abdou
National Grid

Ariana ArguelloBoard Member

Ariana Arguello

David BackenBoard Member

David Backen
Backen Consulting

Chris BaggettBoard Member

Chris Baggett

Peter BanwellBoard Member

Peter Banwell

Joyce BodohBoard Member

Joyce Bodoh
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

Jeff BrownBoard Member

Jeff Brown
Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Art ChristiansonBoard Member

Art Christianson
The Home Depot

Charmaine CiglianoBoard Member

Charmaine Cigliano
Orange & Rockland

Scott Alan DavisBoard Member

Scott Alan Davis

Mark GentryBoard Member

Mark Gentry
Sodexo | Roth

Jeff IhnenBoard Member

Jeff Ihnen
Michaels Energy

Danielle MarquisBoard Member

Danielle Marquis
Franklin Energy

Tim MichelBoard Member

Tim Michel

Laura OrfanedesBoard Member

Laura Orfanedes

Quinn ParkerBoard Member

Quinn Parker
ENCOLOR Consulting

Brian PippinBoard Member

Brian Pippin

Laura SchauerBoard Member

Laura Schauer
ILLUME Advising

Katie VrabelBoard Member

Katie Vrabel
Buckingham Companies


Jennifer Szaro

President & CEO

Shannon BrittonShannon Britton

VP, Finance & Member Services

Kristi HewittKristi Hewitt

Manager, Training and AESP Institute

Kimani JohnsonKimani Johnson

Coordinator, Marketing & Communications

Jennifer LeeJennifer Lee

Program Manager

Ian MotleyIan Motley

Manager, Marketing & Communications

Jenny SenffJenny Senff

Senior Director, Content & Programs

Ashley WilsonAshley Wilson

Director of Membership

Angela GloverAngela Glover

Administrative Specialist

Kelly ThorsgardKelly Thorsgard

Manager, Management Information Systems

Membership Communities

Our members do their most hands-on work in communities that allow them to connect around specialty topics and their local markets. To access your community sign in to your profile and go to AESP Together.

AESP Chapters

AESP Chapters

AESP chapters create an active, supportive community of energy professionals. AESP has twelve Chapters that provide members with regional results-based forums to exchange ideas, discuss trends and collaborate on projects.

Join an AESP Chapter to:

  • Learn how peers in your region handle energy efficiency, energy management and distributed resource challenges
  • Grow your network of colleagues and business relationships
  • Participate in industry-related activities unique to your area; and
  • Enhance your leadership skills or mentor an industry newcomer.

For more information or to join an AESP Chapter, contact Jennifer Lee.

Topic Committees

AESP topic Committees are a great way to contribute to the industry and work alongside other members who share your same area of interest or expertise. AESP offers professional participation in seven Topic Committees covering broad interest areas in the energy services field.

Members of Topic Committees meet in person to plan their activities at our Annual Conference and stay in touch through teleconferences throughout the year. Topic Committees play a role in influencing all aspects of the Association’s activities, including writing articles, organizing webinars and reviewing presentation abstracts for the Annual Conference.

Select a Topic Committee to learn more about its mission and leadership. To join a topic committee, sign up to receive topic committee news, if you have questions, or want to get involved contact Jenny Senff.

Membership in AESP is required to participate in a Topic Committee. To join AESP, contact Ashley Wilson.

Business Issues and Models

The Business Issues and Models Topic Committee will serve as a resource for discussion, sharing information, and providing thought leadership on the changing business environment for energy services (demand response, renewables, distributed generation, pricing, smart grid and energy efficiency) and its implications for energy services providers. Included in this effort will be work on issues, concepts and tools that are focused on making energy services a viable business activity for utilities and other providers.

Committee Leadership

Dan WaintroobDan Waintroob, Consultant
Rosa CassidyRosa Cassidy, Franklin Energy

Gas Energy Efficiency

The Gas Topic Committee creates an engaging and focused forum for gas utilities, implementers and other industry professionals to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities presented by gas energy efficiency. This is a cross-cutting Topic Committee. Items covered here include areas such as marketing, customer engagement, evaluation, planning, design and implementation.

Committee Leadership

Theo LoveTheo Love, Green Energy Economics, Inc.


The purpose of Implementation is to effectively design, manage and align program offering that entice customers to participate in our programs to achieve designed goals. To support this objective our committee uses the expertise of our members to gather knowledge of real time experiences that can be available to all members. Our mission Is to serve as a forum for open discussion with recognized experts in the field to explore/develop innovative and successful program designs and strategies. Through a collaborative vision we are dedicated to provide valuable industry knowledge to our members, that is current and relevant, to assist in navigating through the challenges of our roles.

Committee Leadership

Bill ClemensBill Clemens, DTE Energy
Lee LevittLee Levitt, GE Current

Innovations in Tools and Technology

The Innovation in Tools and Technology Topic Committee will serve as a resource for the energy industry to identify new and emerging tools and technologies, share learnings related to new products, and learn about upcoming trends that will impact the industry. This information will be disseminated to AESP members via presentations and papers. A specific focus for this committee is to increase the amount of content related to technology innovation at conferences.

Committee Leadership

Deb DynakoDeb Dynako, Slipstream
Kurt HauserKurt Hauser, Missouri River Energy Services


The purpose of marketing is to connect with our audience in a way that is memorable, engaging, relatable, and most importantly, valuable. As marketers we help transform the everyday and the complex. The marketing topic committee uses our expertise and imagination to CREATE the extraordinary. Our ideas seduce, shape, and create an emotional response—moving our industry and its customers toward the next big adventure, and connecting with people along the way. We’re creators, storytellers, artists, sounding boards, partners, and friends. We’re here not only to market the right things, but to market things right.
Our mission is to embolden today’s energy services professionals to share, learn, and advance discussion about marketing, communications, and customer engagement.
We aim to serve professionals who are dedicated to providing valuable energy services. We will work collaboratively with other committees on cross-cutting efforts to share top trends and the industry’s biggest issues. Our work enables us to learn in our professions and become a resource for other industry professionals providing benefit for the greater good of the entire AESP membership.

Committee Leadership

Karen GermainKaren Germain, ICF
Stacy BlumbergStacy Blumberg, TRC

Pricing and Demand Response

The Pricing and Demand Response (DR) Topic Committee provides a forum in which diverse market actors can discuss the issues and opportunities currently facing the electricity industry; learn about innovative and successful pricing and DR program strategies and designs; and work collaboratively to overcome barriers that are impeding deployment of additional innovative demand-side programs.

Committee Leadership

Ben BunkerBen Bunker, Energy Hub
Jordan FolksJordan Folks, Opinion Dynamics

Research & Evaluation

The Research and Evaluation Topic Committee serves as a platform to inform our energy services industry through rigorous and thoughtful methodologies. We seek to drive the conversation on the evolving role of evaluation as a resource to manage and support energy programming. This committee explores a host of issues, including (but not limited to) methodologies, best practices, practical examples of how research and evaluation inform, drive, and shift progress, and regulatory issues affecting evaluation and research requirements and needs. Our committee, which is comprised of a diverse group of utilities, agencies, and contractors, is an information-sharing platform that maintains the mission of advancing market research, evaluation, and green house gas in support of energy services activities and rapidly disseminating valuable information to AESP’s membership.

Committee Leadership

Jake MilletteJake Millette, Michaels Energy
Rick BainRick Bain, Consultant

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