SunEdison has appointed Kerinia Cusick director of government affairs for the Mid-Atlantic region. In this role, she will lead the effort to create solar-friendly policies in the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, North Carolina and the District of Columbia.
After starting her career as a designer of experimental aircraft and communication satellites for the aerospace industry, Cusick studied energy policy and earned a master's in systems management from the University of Southern California. Working with Congressional and Senate staff as well as presidential advisers at the Office of Science & Technology Policy, she organized and executed a grassroots lobbying effort that obtained federal funding for solar power satellites.
Most recently, Cusick worked with companies such as Toyota North America to evaluate the financial viability of commercial-scale solar for distribution sites. This year, she helped pass key legislation, including bills allowing homeowners in Maryland and Virginia to use property taxes to finance residential solar installations.