Energy & Natural Resources

In the Central Appalachian region, energy and natural resources present a range of potential economic and community development opportunities, as well as complex challenges. The two sectors are inextricably linked. As the region faces continued decline of its traditional industries, communities are seeking strategies that will facilitate a just economic transition through responsibly managed natural resources, widespread energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

The Energy & Natural Resources Working Group (ENRWG) is exploring these opportunities and challenges in the region and has released a report from its first learning meeting. Click here to download the report

The ENRWG welcomes other regional and national funding partners interested in bringing greater focus and impact to future energy and natural resource investments and programs in the Central Appalachian region. The group will also continue to incorporate practitioner and community insight into activities, investments, and ongoing dialogue about these sectors.  


  1. Convene

    Convene diverse stakeholders & build relationships.

  2. Learn

    Exchange information as a learning network of practitioners and funders.

  3. Support & Facilitate

    Provide leadership and serve as champions for advancing the energy and natural resource sectors.

  4. Leverage

    Leverage additional private, public, and philanthropic resources.

  5. Collaborate

    Align resources for greater impact and provide a regional voice for the energy and natural resources sectors role in the economic transition.

Co-Chairs of the Energy & Natural Resources Working Group

Stephanie Randolph, Cassiopeia
Heidi Binko, Just Transition Fund

Members of the Energy and Natural Resources Working Group


Julie Boyce, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation
Hillary Bright, US Department of Energy
Todd Christensen, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation
Ray Daffner, Appalachian Regional Commission
Joe Flynn, WesBanco
Jeff Herholdt, West Virginia Division of Energy
Cuong Hoang, Chorus Foundation
Mary Hunt, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
Paul Johansen, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Matthew Klesta, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Christine Laporte, Sacharuna Foundation
Julie Lawhorn, Appalachian Regional Commission
Jeff Mansour, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation
Mikki Sager, The Conservation Fund
Lora Smith, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
Jesse Stock, Athens Foundation


Lisa Abbott, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Diane Bady, Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative
Chris Barton, Green Forests Work
Josh Bills, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
Ted Boettner, West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy
Rebecca Chillrud, Environmental & Energy Study Institute
Jason Commes, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
Sarah Conley Ballew, Upgrade Athens County
Michelle Decker, Rural Action
Eris Dixon, Appalachian Citizens' Law Center
Steve Fleegal, Appalachian Ohio Alliance
Evan Hansen, Downstream Strategies
Andy Holzhauser, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance
Chris Jones, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance
Fern Jones, The Croatan Institute
Janet Keating, Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative
Ann League, The Alliance for Appalachia
Thomas Minney, The Nature Conservancy-West Virginia
Tom Peterson, Center for Climate Strategies
Courtney Piper, Tennesse Advanced Energy Business Council
Anya Schoolman, Community Power Network
Jessie Stolark, Environmental & Energy Study Institute
Natalie Thompson, Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative
Terry Van Offeren, Rural Action
Hannah Vargason, Natural Capital Investment Fund
Adam Wells, Appalachian Voices
Carol Werner, Environmental & Energy Study Institute
Betsy Whaley, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
Beth Wheatley, The Nature Conservancy-West Virginia
Chris Woolery, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
Miguel Yanez, Environmental & Energy Study Institute

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