Ann was a member of Climate Solutions' staff for a number of years, first as Oregon Director for nearly three years and then as policy advisor.
Ann has more than a decade of energy experience, previously working as a consultant, policy advocate and attorney. From 2002-2010, Ann was the Policy Director for the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP). At RNP, Ann was involved with key victories throughout the Northwest, including passage of renewable energy standards in Montana, Washington and Oregon. Ann also directed RNP’s state regulatory work, regularly appearing before the region’s utility commissions to advance strong clean energy policy.
Ann practiced natural resources and energy law for several years in Portland and Washington, D.C. She also has a background in candidate and ballot initiative campaigns and public affairs. Ann has a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. from the University of Richmond.
Ann and her husband, Brad Ouderkirk, are the parents to two young children and live in NE Portland.
Our comments on the EPA's Clean Power Plan. The Northwest is on a path towards a clean energy economy; abandoning coal and increasing renewables and energy efficiency. The county should follow, and should set bolder targets for reining in carbon pollution.
We are alarmed about a proposal to drastically reduce funding for one of the region’s essential energy efficiency resources, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA).
This is the week of sleepy (read: grumpy) kids in my house, due to the return of daylight savings time. But even a household disrupted doesn’t squelch my love of the lost hour. It’s the signal of longer, warmer – sunnier! -- days to come, the most hopeful time of the year for me. A time to look forward. We’re doing a lot of that around Climate Solutions these days.