The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has hired Dana Sleeper to lead the trade association’s new external affairs operation.
Sleeper comes to SEIA after a nearly four-year stint as executive director at MDV-SEIA, one of SEIA’s regional affiliate organizations. There, she gained insight into the solar industry, working with energy administrations, government officials, and solar companies to advance solar policies in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
SEIA says that as director of external affairs, Sleeper will work with a diverse set of existing and potential partners in a role well aligned with her skills. In this capacity, she will enhance coordination among stakeholders with an interest in seeing solar expand in the U.S.
“Dana’s communications skills and partnership development experience will make a significant contribution to the growth of solar in communities across the country,” says Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA president and CEO. “She is a well-respected industry leader, and with this new role, we’re looking forward to building coalitions that will fuel the continued growth of solar energy.”
“I can’t wait to get started building relationships with a wide range of groups across the political and ideological spectrum,” states Sleeper. “By energizing groups that see the benefits of solar in the form of jobs in their communities, or because of the massive public support that solar enjoys, we can build a strong future for this growing, affordable, American source of energy.”
Prior to MDV-SEIA, Sleeper worked with nonprofit clients at the Binaytara Foundation and Hanover Research, providing consulting services and cultivating relationships with a wide variety of organizations. Sleeper’s first day at SEIA will be March 6.