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Employee Q&A: Meet Katrin

What interested you in working at Clean Energy NH?

I am 100% on board with the mission. Then I met the team and how could I want to work anywhere else?

What were you up to prior to working at the organization?

I was (and am currently) on the Select Board in Lee, NH, the Energy Committee, and Community Power Committee. I have worked on many projects from helping build our new Middle School to trying to help build a new Library and Town Municipal Building. I have raised two incredible kids. Spent between 20-40 hours a week volunteering with so many wonderful organizations and boards. I worked in Retail Sales for over a decade. Before that I got my BS in Wildlife Management from the University of NH.

Why did you decide to work in the clean energy industry?

I am passionate about many things, but none of them matter if we don’t have a safe and healthy planet to live on. Clean energy is the only way we accomplish that goal.

Describe your position in more detail. Who will you be working with and what will you be doing?

I will be working with municipalities, school districts, and energy champions to help with energy related projects. Anything from weatherizing buildings, to installing solar arrays, to helping assist with Community Power. I will help find funding sources and answer questions. Hopefully I will help encourage members of the communities I work with to step into leadership positions and help with policy changes that bring about even more potential clean energy and energy saving possibilities.

What aspect of your job excites you most? Why?

Meeting members of the communities we serve. Every town is filled with so much potential to create the change we want to see. I am looking forward to helping them with the projects they want to work on and learning from them as well.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Nobody is perfect and we are all just doing our best. Be kind to yourself. Take that job you were offered that seemed so far from your highly focused goals, because it’s all going to change anyway, and that chance will never come again.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

I love birds! I love to watch birds, plant gardens for birds, and to paint them (on paper, I don’t put paint on birds, they wouldn’t like that). I love to do projects around the house. I enjoy hiking, cross country skiing, and dancing. Currently I have repainted 2/3rds of my home. I can’t wait to finish!

A typical weekend for me is…

No such thing. My weekends are like snowflakes, not one the same.

What’s on your bucket list?

My husband and I want to sail around the world. We would love to help bring renewable energy to communities and help repair hurricane damaged boats. We both love fixing things!

If you could choose anyone to play you in a movie, who would it be?

Everyone says I am Leslie Knope, so Amy Poehler.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.

That I always win at monopoly. ALWAYS.

Fun Facts:

Coffee or Tea? And how do you take it?

Tea. I prefer Assam. I am a total tea snob. I like half and half and sugar. No day is okay without my morning tea. Want me to talk for a long time, ask me about tea.

Favorite NH Restaurant:

I love any place that cooks for me and does the dishes!

Favorite Musician/Band/Music genre:

I haven’t had control of the music in my home or car in 18 years. I’ll let you know when I find out!

Favorite Recreational Activity:

Bird Watching

Favorite Holiday:

Thanksgiving. Friends and Family. Warm cozy house. I don’t have to cook again for 4 days!

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