Chelsea Harnish

Executive Director

Chelsea Harnish joined VAEEC as Executive Director in October 2015. Chelsea’s resume includes nearly a decade of campaign planning and energy policy experience in the nonprofit sector. For the last seven years, she has regularly engaged with state agency staff, as well as, industry and utility representatives to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in Virginia. Chelsea came to VAEEC from the Virginia Conservation Network were she helped partner groups working on climate and energy issues strategically plan their approaches to achieving their collective goals. She also served as the Virginia Policy Coordinator for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and played a variety of roles with a small nonprofit on Cape Cod in Massachusetts advocating for the Cape Wind project, America’s first announced offshore wind project.