Katharine Kollins

Katharine Kollins

President, Southeastern Wind Coalition

MEM/MBA'09

Katharine has been leading the Southeastern Wind Coalition since October 2015.  She manages SEWC’s organization and programming across 11 states working with a wide variety of stakeholders to promote land-based, offshore, imported wind power, and the wind energy supply chain.

Katharine's experience in the wind industry includes working for Boston-based developer First Wind, consulting with Vestas R&D to formulate a federal grant funding strategy, and a role as business development manager for The Wind Alliance.  Katharine has also worked in other renewable energy capacities as an analyst at the Nicholas Institute and authoring an NREL paper on third-Party PPA financing of solar systems.

Prior to the Southeastern Wind Coalition, Katharine worked for RTI International where she was the finance lead for two $30M+ divisions.  In her role at RTI Katharine led the creation and start-up of a new business segment that allowed RTI to win over $30M in new work during its first year.

Katharine is a 2009 graduate of Duke's Fuqua School of Business and Nicholas School of the Environment, where she earned her MBA and Master of Environmental Management with a concentration in Energy.  Katharine was awarded the Charlotte Business Journal's "Energy Advocate of the Year" award in 2017.

"The combined Nicholas and Fuqua School experience at Duke opened up a whole new world of career possibilities for me. I came in looking for a rewarding career change that would allow me to contribute in the renewable energy space; my experience at Duke gave me exactly that."