Staff

Jane Harf
Executive Director

Jane Harf assumed the position of Executive Director at Green Energy Ohio in June 2017. In recent years, she has been engaged in energy and environmental consulting, with clients including the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the Ohio Environmental Council, and the National Wildlife Federation. In 2014-2015, she served as Director and Spokesperson for Ohio’s Energy Future Tour, a collaboration among businesses, trade associations, nonprofits, and local governments designed to showcase the positive impact of renewable energy and energy efficiency throughout the state. Previously, Ms. Harf served as Director of the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio (UCEAO), a statewide coalition of public and private colleges and universities. Ms. Harf spent ten years in various leadership positions at American Electric Power, including Vice President for External Affairs at AEP Ohio and Vice President for Government Affairs for the seven eastern states in the AEP system. In state government, Ms. Harf served as Executive Director of the Ohio Low-Level Radioactive Waste Facility Development Authority and Deputy Director for Low-Level Radioactive Waste at Ohio EPA. In 1991, she joined Ohio EPA as Deputy Director for Policy and Legislation.  Ms. Harf’s expertise in environmental issues was developed during her tenure as State Government Liaison for the Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club.  Ms. Harf received a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in political science from the Ohio State University, with an emphasis on American government and politics.

Erin Marie Fisher
Director of Communication and Outreach

Driven to back her passion with greater intelligence, Erin Marie graduated in December 2018 with her B.A in Political Science and Environmental Sustainability. Erin Marie has political experience with local, state, and national policy, including positions at the Partnership for Responsible Growth in Washington, D.C, Willoughby City Council, and most recently, the 2018 Ohio Attorney General Race. In her free time, Erin Marie is focused on community engagement, serving as a Restoration and Reduced Waste Volunteer for the Cleveland Metroparks, and formerly, the collective action Silver Biological Sanctuary, and the Oxford Board of Elections. She has previously worked alongside Director Jane Harf teaching a U.S. Energy Policy, Strategic Interests, Climate Change, and Globalization course at Miami University.

Olivia Brady
Communications & Member Relations Intern

Olivia is a senior at Smith College majoring in Engineering and specializing in renewable energy systems. She is an oboist and the President of the Smith College Orchestra. With Engineers for a Sustainable World at Smith College, Olivia collaborated on the mechanical design for the Thermosphere Test Probe, a CubeSat that characterizes thermosphere density. In her free time, Olivia enjoys running, biking, and cooking. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school for renewable energy or engineering management.

Emerson Bannon
Research & Development Intern

Emerson is an undergraduate at Miami University, majoring in Environmental Earth Science with a focus on policy. He is involved with a number of activist and service groups on campus who specialize in environmental and social justice. Over the past year, he has engaged students and the interfaith community on campus with environmental issues. He is entering his senior year and is planning on graduating in Spring 2021, and then move on to a master’s program. He plans to use his policy focus to further renewable energy and the fight against climate change, and to apply a field science background rooted in his geology experience to policy and advocacy work.

Courtney VanHuffel
Communications & Member Relations Intern

Courtney is a senior at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Sociology with a minor in Sustainability.  Through the University’s Center for Social Concerns, she has participated in multiple immersive learning seminars that promote sustainable practices and social justice commitments, including learning local sustainable practices in Gulu, Uganda for eight weeks.  In her free time, Courtney enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.  After graduating in 2021, she hopes to attend graduate school for a Masters in Global Affairs, focusing on international peace studies through environmental sustainability.

Rachel Bernthold
Communications & Member Relations Intern

Rachel is a senior at The Ohio State University pursuing a bachelors degree in Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability, specializing in Sustainability and Business. Rachel helped start the Columbus chapter of Represent Us, a non-profit organization opting for campaign finance reform by using a grassroots strategy to pass anti-corruption laws all over the country. In her free time she enjoys traveling, backpacking, and gardening. After graduation she hopes to become a middle school science teacher, in order to teach a younger generation about the importance of protecting our earth.