Janine Finnell

janine finnell

Janine Finnell


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Janine Finnell is the Executive Director of Leaders in Energy (LE), a global action network, which is building a community of leaders to advance clean energy and sustainable solutions for a more sustainable energy system, economy, and world.  In founding LE, Ms. Finnell draws on an extensive domestic and international career in research, program and project management, communications, outreach, and management consulting in the energy, environmental, and sustainability field to organizations.

These include the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Agency for International Development in addition to state governments, non-governmental organizations, DOE national laboratories, and the electric utility industry.

Ms. Finnell has produced over 40 reports and articles delineating recommendations relating to energy in agriculture and the food system, energy in the building, transportation, and industry sectors, and sustainable development policy mechanisms. Her research has been published in professional journals and magazines including Elsevier Journal, Resource magazine (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers), Choices (American Society of Agricultural Economics), and the Cogeneration Journal  (American Society of Agricultural Engineers) and, most recently, on LinkedIn Pulse.

As a Managing Consultant at IBM, Global Business Services, Ms. Finnell served as a researcher, team leader and/or member of multi-faceted projects. She led a team to examine DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy pioneering role in supporting the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in providing   atomic batteries to power spacecraft conducting scientific missions in deep space (e.g., the Curiosity Mars Rover). Other accomplishments included evaluating 22 projects as a Green Star Judge to   recognize employees who developed innovative green supply chains; and, advancing Smarter Planet and green building tools in federal markets.

Ms. Finnell also worked for the Wyoming Governor’s Office for Energy Conservation; the U.S. Agency for International Development as a Foreign Service Officer with assignments overseas; the Institute for  Energy Analysis at Oak Ridge Associated Universities; DynCorp International/Meridian; and Technology & Management services.   Her international experience includes living and working in Nigeria, Kenya, Botswana, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Malawi, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.Ms. Finnell has been recognized for both her professional and voluntary efforts in the energy and environmental sectors including an IBM Global Services Excellence in Service Award for service rendered to DOE. She was been designated as a Local Conservation Hero, awarded by Virginia Conservation Network, for her leadership role and work performed in establishing Arlington County as a Community Wildlife Habitat. She has also received numerous awards from Toastmasters International in communications and leadership including “Area Governor of the Year.”

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