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Ward Lenz

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Ward is the Business Development Director at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. In this role, he works to increase partnerships with foundations, government agencies, and corporate partners to provide projects and programs that support the organization mission. He also provides guidance to staff based on more than 20 years working in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Ward is currently Chair of the Association of State Energy Technology Transfer Institutions, a national association of public and private energy research organizations.

Prior to joining NCSEA, Ward owned Lenz Energy Strategies, L.L.C., providing support for companies and organizations working in energy related industries. Support included guidance in government relations, coordination of stakeholder meetings, proposal writing, and strategy sessions. He has served as Energy Division Director for the NC Department of Commerce, managing up to 80 staff and a budget of more than $250M. Ward also spent ten years working providing government relations and business development management for Advanced Energy. He landed numerous state and federal grants, managed relations with federal legislators, and managed staff working on smart grid and electric vehicle programs.

Ward has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake University. He has also participated in the Executive Development Program at the University of North Carolina and completed Executive Education at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.