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SIW is pleased to welcome Bonnie Frye Hemphill as its Legislative Liaison. This is a critical role in SIW’s efforts to build grassroots momentum behind solar legislation.

The Legislative Liaison will cultivate and maintain relationships among key legislators, solar home and business owners, utility representatives, and other solar stakeholders. Together, these groups articulate the success story that is solar in Washington and speak up for solar legislation in our state.

Bonnie has devoted a decade to making clean energy accessible for all. In addition to her role with SIW, she is a solar designer for Seattle-based A&R Solar. Bonnie worked as associate director for E2Tech, the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine, connecting green entrepreneurs with mentors, investors, and peers across New England. Bonnie also helped run Business Leaders for Climate Solutions in Seattle.

Bonnie served in the Public Engagement Office of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and as the digital director at the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. She is also a Political Partner on climate security with the Truman National Security Project.

For SIW, Bonnie will develop and implement a communications plan to ensure the ideas and concerns of solar stakeholders are heard. This will include media outreach, solar education events, and face-to-face meetings between solar stakeholders and policy leaders.

“Bonnie is a valuable addition to our policy team. She brings enthusiasm as well as experience to the effort to build our state’s energy sector with clean, affordable energy for home and business owners.  Her work will be a necessary component of our legislative strategy going forward,” adds SIW Policy Director Jeremy Smithson.