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Learn about the foundation's board and key leadership.

Alan Simon, President and Board Member

Alan Simon

Alan Simon serves as president and a board member of the NREL Foundation, philanthropically supporting NREL's mission, modern energy, and advancement of the cleantech ecosystem. Alan is also the CEO of North America Closeshoring, where he leads localization of global businesses and supply chains with an emphasis on industries of the future.

Prior to his current role, Alan spent nearly a decade with private investment firm The Broe Group and its affiliated entities, as a senior executive involved in strategic growth related to logistics, supply chains, cross-border projects, real estate, and energy. Alan has been a partner at law firms Dorsey & Whitney and Greenberg Traurig, where he handled mergers and acquisitions and international corporate transactions.

Mary Wenzel, Treasurer and Board Member

Mary Wenzel

Mary Wenzel is the treasurer and member of the board for the NREL Foundation. She is also executive vice president and head of Sustainability and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Integration for Wells Fargo & Co. In this role, Mary is responsible for the strategic integration of ESG considerations across Wells Fargo's products and services, operations and culture, and philanthropy. Her areas of focus include ESG strategy and reporting; ESG stakeholder engagement and disclosure; integration of sustainability, including human rights considerations, into the company's risk management policies, capital deployment, operations and employee engagement; and community development and philanthropy initiatives.

Under Wenzel's leadership, Wells Fargo has set and met aggressive operational-efficiency goals and achieved carbon neutrality since 2019; committed to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including financed emissions, and deploy $500 billion in sustainable financing by 2030; launched an award-winning technology incubator with NREL; and elevated the interests of Indigenous communities in the company's risk management policies and strategic philanthropy; among other accomplishments.

Prior to Wells Fargo, Wenzel worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 in San Francisco working with tribal nations in the Western region. Wenzel also worked for the EPA managing renewable energy and Energy STAR programs.

Barbara Goodman, Secretary and Board Member

Barb Goodman

Barb Goodman is the secretary and member of the board for the NREL Foundation. While at NREL, she served as executive director for Institutional Planning, Integration and Development. Prior to that, Barb was the associate laboratory director for Mechanical and Thermal Systems Engineering overseeing NREL's research on advanced transportation technologies, residential and commercial buildings, concentrating solar power, and wind energy.

Barb also served as the director of the Center for Transportation Technologies and System for 16 years. In this capacity she had responsibility for NREL's research in advanced vehicles (both light and heavy-duty) and fuels. Key elements included: evaluating advanced battery technologies and power electronics (motors and inverters; measuring emissions; reducing energy requirements associated with heating and cooling vehicles; evaluating effectiveness of advanced fuels in current and future engines; and evaluating air quality impacts.

Barb has published numerous technical papers and presentations in various technical fields. She also served as the co-editor for the Proceedings of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Symposia on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals and coauthor of a book chapter on “Opportunities for Innovation in Biotechnology” published by U.S. Department of Commerce.

Kristin Gray, Executive Director

Kristin Gray

For more than 25 years, Kristin Gray has helped launch dozens of new technology start-ups and worked with hundreds of companies, multinational corporations, and investors to successfully generate new products, new revenue, and regional economic development.

Under her leadership as the technology transfer director at NREL, the lab brought in more than $300M in R&D revenue and signed more than 100 technology licensing agreements.

Kristin has been involved throughout her career in a variety of entrepreneurial programs, including serving on the board of advisors for ACTiVATE, an internationally acclaimed program that trains mid-career women to start high-tech businesses.

Prior to coming to NREL, Kristin worked at the University of Maryland and helped co-found the first Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab technology transfer office.