The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association (AAEA) and Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation (AAEF) this week jointly announced Stephanie Osborne has been appointed as the Executive Director for both organizations.
“Stephanie brings a strong range of experiences that make her perfectly suited to our team,” AAEA Chairman Gary McChesney and AAEF Chairman Douglas Hutchings said in a joint statement. “She is a proven strong leader who understands the complexities of association management, but also brings expertise in navigating important policy issues and advocating for members. This is an exciting day for AAEA.”
Osborne succeeds Katie Laning Niebaum who had led both organizations since 2016.
Osborne joins AAEA and AAEF following almost two years as the executive director for the Arkansas Society of Association Executives. Previously, she worked on both international and domestic policy issues for a large energy company.
Osborne graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in History and International Affairs and received her Master of International Affairs degree from The George Washington University in Washington D.C.
“AAEA and AAEF have done an excellent job of establishing themselves as the leading advocates for advanced energy opportunities and policy in Arkansas,” Osborne said. “I am excited about the opportunity to build on their success, to lead this dynamic organization and to help Arkansas lead the way in advanced energy. There is a lot more work to do advocating for strong policies that encourage job growth in all our advanced energy sectors. We must protect and promote established policies while
working collaboratively to expand opportunities for all advanced energy companies throughout the state.”
The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association is a business voice for advanced energy in Arkansas. AAEA is dedicated to growing Arkansas’ economy and workforce through expanded utilization of advanced energy technologies, including energy efficiency, demand response, natural gas electric generation, solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, electric vehicles, alternative fuels, and smart grid.