Dr. Karen Wayland is Executive Director of the Clean Energy Project, a non-profit that advocates for clean energy policies in Nevada, the West and nationally and supports the clean energy business community. Before that, she was a senior official at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she established the State, Local and Tribal Policy Office in the Energy Policy and Systems Analysis Office and was a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary. She served as a senior advisor to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and was named by Roll Call magazine as one of Capitol Hill’s top ten energy staffers to know. She was the Legislative Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council for five years and chaired the national environmental community’s climate and energy coalition. She also worked for Senator Harry Reid, where she covered energy, nuclear waste, water, and Native American issues. She directed the Earth and Marine Sciences Program at Earthwatch, a nonprofit organization that funds scientific research by recruiting paying volunteers. Wayland has appeared as a commentator on major TV and radio programs, including CNN, MSNBC, and the Diane Rhem Show. She holds a Master’s of Science from the University of Connecticut and a Dual Ph.D. in the fields of geochemistry and resource development from Michigan State University.