The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced that Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) Executive Director Kate Fish has joined its Board of Directors. Fish will serve six years on the NYSERDA board. Her new role coincides with the appointment of Alicia Barton as NYSERDA’s president and chief executive officer.
Kate Fish has served as Executive Director of ANCA since 2010. “Early in her tenure with the regional economic development nonprofit, she identified renewable energy as a critical path to more resilient local economies and focused ANCA’s strategies on creating stronger local economies, including a clean energy economy,” a statement to the press said.
Prior to taking on her role at ANCA, Fish served as the managing director of Business for Social Responsibility in Europe, a global nonprofit that works to develop sustainable business strategies and solutions. She also served as Vice President of Public Policy for a Fortune 500 company, where she developed key policy platforms, including climate change; and developed and managed their global stakeholder engagement program. Fish currently serves on the executive committee of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council and on the Community Advisory Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
ANCA’s 14-county Adirondack North Country territory hosts over 60 percent of New York State’s existing renewable capacity (excluding New York Power Authority generation), including almost 80 percent of all small-scale hydropower and nearly 60 percent of the wind power sector. These renewable energy facilities are responsible for an estimated 3,200 direct and indirect jobs in their 14 counties. A May 2016 report by a group of clean energy stakeholders indicated that New York State was anticipating a steady six percent growth rate in clean energy jobs through the year, with over 85,000 New Yorkers employed by more than 7,500 clean energy businesses when the report was released.
For a complete list of NYSERDA’s board members, visit the NYSERDA website.
ANCA is an independent nonprofit organization working to build dynamic local economies that sustain thriving communities in Northern New York.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and support to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.
Photo of Kate Fish provided by NYSERDA.