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April 16, 2021
 
NEEP Names Arah Schuur as Its New Executive Director
Arah Schuur
Arah Schuur

February 25, 2021 — Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, a Lexington-based nonprofit that works to advance energy efficiency policies and practices, recently named Arah Schuur as its new executive director.

Schuur succeeds Sue Coakley, who has served as executive director of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) since she founded the organization in 1996.

“The NEEP board is very excited to bring Arah Schuur onboard as NEEP’s next executive director,” said Board President Kathleen Hogan. “We are confident that her background of leadership, collaborative approach, and energy efficiency experience will build upon and enhance NEEP as a go-to partner across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region, helping catalyze greater energy efficiency and critical environmental and economic benefits.”

Schuur, who has more than 15 years of experience in energy efficiency and clean energy policy development and program implementation, climate mitigation, and resilience expertise, most currently served as managing consultant at Optimal Energy, a clean energy consulting firm.

“NEEP’s record of working with stakeholders and solving complex challenges is more important than ever as the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region continues to pursue the economic and climate benefits of energy efficiency and decarbonization,” said Schuur. “I am honored and excited to lead the talented staff and continue to build robust partnerships to accelerate the region’s energy transformation, decarbonization, and just economic recovery, and I am indebted to Sue Coakley for the strong organization she has built.”

Schuur earlier led teams and organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. From 2015-2018, Arah served as director of the Energy Efficiency Division at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources where she led the state’s energy efficiency-related policy and program portfolio, including the state’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, which oversees nation-leading energy efficiency programs.

She also served as senior energy advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to her work in Washington D.C., Schuur directed a global nonprofit program that planned and implemented large building energy efficiency retrofits.

Schuur earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Yale University and Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She has led teams and organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. From 2015-2018, Arah served as Director of the Energy Efficiency Division at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources where she led the state’s energy efficiency-related policy and program portfolio, including the state’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, which oversees nation-leading energy efficiency programs.

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