Name: Annie Henry
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Education: International Business & Economics BS
Why did you decide to work in the clean energy industry?
I decided to work in the clean energy industry because I wanted a career that made an impact. I have a deep respect for nature and the environment—as I started to learn more about the climate crisis in college, I knew I wanted to be part of the movement to do something about it! I figured that if I had to work 40+ hours a week, I might as well dedicate that time to a cause I truly care about.
What interested you in working at your current employer?
My past two roles have been in Program Management and Operations at two mission-driven organizations dedicated to the clean energy transition. Ultimately it was their missions and work that initially drew me to them. As I search for my next career opportunity in the sustainability sector, these factors remain at the top of my list.
Describe the work you do in more detail.
Having worked in the startup and nonprofit sectors, I’ve “worn many hats” related to Program Management and Operations. Some projects I’ve worked on have been quite fun, such as researching the feasibility of EV adoption amongst NH municipalities or developing clean energy educational materials for local communities. Other projects are, on the surface, less intriguing, such as managing the business compliance process for a startup. Regardless of how exciting the project was, they’ve all given me an opportunity to learn more about the type of work I actually enjoy and the what of skills I wish to develop next.
What aspect of your job excites you most? Why?
I could think of many answers to this question, but one that I did not originally expect was the people. There's something to be said about working with a team of other mission-driven professionals who share a similar passion or motivation to make a difference. In my experience, this type of work tends to attract some very cool and inspiring people.
What makes you hopeful about the clean energy transition in New Hampshire?
The younger generations! I truly believe the motivation, passion, and care of my peers and the generations to come will (continue to) push our state (and greater society) in the right direction.
What do you believe is the most pressing challenge that lies ahead for the clean energy industry in the state?
I think there are a lot of nuances to this, but one that I see (and that I believe can be changed) is the political polarization around topics related to clean energy.
What advice would you give to someone that is new to the industry or fresh out of college?
The clean energy sector has opportunities for people of all sorts of career and educational backgrounds. If you’re like me and didn’t study sustainability (I studied business), don’t think you can’t make a career for yourself in clean energy or sustainability. Start by identifying what type of skills and job functions you’re interested in or good at, and look for clean energy companies/organizations that can use those skills.
What do you like to do when you aren't working?
In my free time, I find myself enjoying New Hampshire's beautiful nature, traveling, attending live music shows, dabbling in art, and of course spending time with my loved ones!
What's on your bucket list?
Up next is backpacking!
Coffee or Tea? And how do you take it?
Both! Nothing makes me happier than sharing a cup of tea with someone.
Fave NH Restaurant?
Fave Musician/Band/Music genre?
Any type of Alternative Rock
Fav Recreational activity?
My favorite activity has got to be snowboarding even though I grew up as a ski racer – (I joined the dark side a few years ago).