When Nicole Steele started as GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic’s Executive Director in 2014, there was little precedent for low-income solar policies and programs across the region. In the last four years, Nicole has built partnerships and programs with clean energy organizations and government agencies that have advanced renewable energy and low-income solar access in Maryland, Virginia, and the District. Nicole has led a staff of 30 to install nearly 200 single-family rooftop solar systems, reach over 300 multifamily tenants with solar benefits, and launch the Solarworks DC program, which trains District residents in solar installation and career readiness skills. Prior to joining GRID Alternatives, she was the Alliance to Save Energy’s Director of Policy and State Relations. She has over 15 years of experience in the environmental and energy fields (urban planning, grassroots advocacy, policy development, and program design and implementation).