About ACENY - Staff/Bio
Valerie Strauss, Executive DirectorValerie Strauss is Executive Director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY), an Albany-based nonprofit corporation formed in 2006 to promote clean and renewable energy and energy efficiency. She previously served as ACE NY's Deputy Director, overseeing public policy initiatives to advance the adoption of clean energy resources. Ms. Strauss works closely with a variety of organizations to promote clean energy, including environmental partners, NYSERDA, the Public Service Commission, the New York Independent System Operator, and the State Legislature and Executive Chamber.
Prior to joining ACE NY she was a Senior Policy Analyst with the law firm of Young, Sommer, Ward, Ritzenberg, Baker and Moore in Albany, NY, where she managed the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) WindPower NY Project and was a NYS lobbyist on behalf of AWEA, in addition to working with the law firm's private sector clients.
Ms. Strauss has many years of experience in environmental policy in the United States and Europe. She has worked on agricultural, water quality and energy issues for nonprofit organizations, government and private industry. Prior to moving to New York, she worked for environmental consulting firms in Washington, DC and Madrid, Spain.
Ms. Strauss has degrees in geography and urban planning from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Los Angeles.
Laura Lyman, Manager, Communications and Member ServicesLaura Lyman is the Manager of Communications and Member Services for the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Inc. (ACE NY). In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the ACE NY office, Ms. Lyman serves as the staff liaison for ACE NY's members, Board of Directors, and the organization's Membership and Outreach committees.
Ms. Lyman manages member communications and regularly contributes to ACE NY's public relations and outreach activities, including website content and other online initiatives. She also assists with the coordination of ACE NY's events and administers the organization's membership database, annual membership dues collection, and other member-related activities.
Having worked previously with former New York State Senator James W. Wright, Chair of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, she has first-hand experience with New York's energy issues and the legislative landscape.
Ms. Lyman has a BA in Sociology & Anthropology from Colgate University.