Mandy Schmitt Mahoney

Mandy Schmitt Mahoney

President, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

MEM ’05

Mandy Mahoney is the President for the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance. Founded in 2006, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) is a nonprofit that brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to promote energy efficiency for a cleaner environment, a more prosperous economy, and a higher quality of life in the Southeastern United States. SEEA operates in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Prior to joining SEEA she served as the Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta under mayors Reed and Franklin. 

Mandy serves on the board of directors for Georgia Organics, the Turner Environmental Law Clinic, the Caretta Environmental Leadership Award, and Grants to Green. She is a graduate of LEAD Atlanta 2010, Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership 2010, and the 2011 American Council on Germany Young Leaders Program. In 2009, Mandy received the Georgia Conservancy’s Longleaf Award in recognition of her emerging environmental leadership in Georgia. She was recognized in 2014 in the "40 under 40" awards program by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. She has a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University. She also earned a law degree and a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from Emory University. 

Mandy and her husband, Sean, reside in Atlanta with their young son, Paul. Mandy and Sean enjoy exploring the adventures of sustainable agriculture. The regularly buy whole animals from organic farmers. Mandy’s favorite hobby is cheese making using local, raw, organic milk.

For more about Mandy watch this 2008 video.

"The Nicholas School has provided me with a terrific network of peers in the energy and environment field. It is a joy to frequently encounter and get to collaborate with fellow Nicholas Schools alums in the clean energy arena.” “As a joint degree student, people often assume that my law degree was my dominant degree. Nothing could be further from the truth. I rely on my Nicholas School education daily. I learned how to communicate effectively with policy makers, how to build trusted relationships, and a strong foundation of substantive knowledge on energy issues."