Rose McKinney-James is the Managing Principal of Energy Works Consulting and McKinney-James & Associates. The firms provide business-consulting services and advocacy in the areas of government and public affairs, economic development and public policy related to energy, education, and the environment. Prior to establishing her own firm, she served as President of Brown & Partners, President of Government Affairs for Faiss Foley Merica, and President and CEO of the Corporation for Solar Technology and Renewable Resources (CSTRR). In her current capacity, she provides real time consulting and strategic planning guidance to businesses engaged in energy intensive endeavors. A registered lobbyist with the Nevada Legislature, Rose currently represents a range of public and private entities with interests in regulatory and energy policy.
Rose serves as a member of the Board of Directors of MGM Resorts International, MGM Detroit, and Employers Holdings Inc. In addition, Ms. James serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Toyota Financial Savings Bank, VOTE Solar, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Clean Energy Project. Rose is currently the Board Chair for Nevada Partners a nationally recognized workforce development agency.
Rose was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor the first African-American to win a statewide primary in the state of Nevada. Ms. McKinney-James served as a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team with responsibility for the US Department of Energy and the Team Lead for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). A native of Detroit, Michigan, she is a graduate of Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C., and secured her undergraduate degree from Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan. Ms. McKinney-James is married and the mother of two sons.