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ACEEE Announces New Senior Director for Policy and Federal Policy Manager

May 22, 2017

Washington, DC—ACEEE has restructured its policy leadership, adding a new senior director for policy and a new federal policy manager. “These new appointments allow us to better focus our energy efficiency policy expertise and outreach,” said ACEEE’s executive director Steve Nadel.

Maggie Molina, who has been with ACEEE since 2005 and has shaped the organization’s increasing focus on state and local policies, has been promoted to senior director for policy. In her new role, Maggie will oversee ACEEE’s work in federal, state, and local policy as well as in utility regulatory matters. She will serve on the organization’s five-person executive management team, which includes another new member: Wendy Koch, senior director of marketing and communications.

“I am thrilled to take on this role and ready to tackle the opportunities and challenges that we face on energy efficiency in a fast-changing policy environment,” Molina said.

Pasha Majdi joins ACEEE as federal policy manager. In this new role, Pasha will guide federal policy strategy by engaging with congressional and agency staff as well as other critical government entities and stakeholders. He will work with both Maggie Molina and Lowell Ungar, senior policy advisor, as part of ACEEE’s Federal Policy Program, which for decades has provided policymakers with a central source of analysis and technical assistance on national energy legislation.

Prior to joining ACEEE, Pasha served as professional staff on the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for its ranking member and now chairman, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). He handled a broad and unique portfolio, primarily related to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, electricity markets, and EPA regulations.

“ACEEE stands out in Washington’s energy policy circle as a credible and independent source of technical expertise,” Majdi said.  “I am excited to get started, tapping into the organization’s expertise to inform energy efficiency policy solutions that reduce energy waste and create economic growth.”

Suzanne Watson, ACEEE’s federal policy director from 2007 to 2016, will continue to lead the organization’s Ally Program. Under Suzanne’s leadership, the program has doubled in size since 2012.


The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors.

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