MEET OUR STAFF
I. KATHERINE MAGRUDER
MS. MAGRUDER is the Executive Director of the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC), a corporate instrumentality of the state created to advance the adoption of clean energy products, services, and technologies. In addition to administrative and budget management for MCEC she is engaged in government and industry stakeholder relations, event production, and innovation advancement.
Magruder led efforts to launch programs designed to provide access to capital for energy projects including the the Maryland Home Energy Loan Program, Maryland Clean Energy Capital Program, the Maryland Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (MDPACE) Program, and most recently- the Clean Energy Advantage Loan Program.
In her prior position Ms. Magruder served as Chief of Staff at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute; known for performing cutting edge research and transfer of newly discovered technologies to commercial applications; when it existed as part of the University System of Maryland.
As Director of Resource Based Industries, for the Maryland Department of Commerce, she initiated and managed a program focused on sustaining agriculture, forestry, mining, fisheries and maritime industry sectors. Working in collaboration with multiple agencies and in partnership with the Maryland Energy Administration, she helped develop a statewide approach to implement evolving energy policies and technologies.
Ms. Magruder previously served at the regional and county level in tourism, community and economic development as Director of the Department of Economic Development & Tourism for Queen Anne’s County, Maryland. Emphasizing sustainability In that capacity, she led numerous agribusiness and ecotourism initiatives focused on environment, economy, and cultural character. Related efforts include creation of an interactive exhibit for visitors at the Chesapeake Heritage Center, state designation of the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area, and national designation for the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway.
Kathy holds a professional Certificate in Destination Marketing & Management from George Washington University School of Business & Public Management, and is recognized as a Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council. She earned her BFA in Fine Art from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1982, and looks forward to every opportunity to use her creative skills.
STEVEN M. COWAN
Chief Investment Officer
MR. COWAN is a veteran energy corporate finance professional with over 20 years of experience focused on the energy and renewables sectors. He has executed over 80 debt, equity, and M&A transactions globally valued at more than $15 billion. In addition, he has significant expertise in originating, structuring, managing, and executing complex transactions. Mr. Cowan has worked previously in the energy groups of Jefferies, Deutsche Bank, Canaccord Genuity Inc., and Clarksons Platou plc, among others. More recently, Mr. Cowan served as the Chief Financial Officer of Global Energy Solutions, Inc. and Global Environmental Solutions, Inc.
Mr. Cowan earned an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
SABRINA L. BACHMAN
With over 15 years of program management experience, MS. BACHMAN has built her career around working with organizations that have a strong commitment to sustainability and protecting the environment. As MCEC’s Communications Director, Sabrina is responsible for marketing and communications strategies to help MCEC meet its mission to advance the adoption of clean energy, and energy efficiency products, services and technologies.
Prior to joining the MCEC team in 2018, Ms. Bachman served the U.S. Green Building Council as their Community Director for Maryland and West Virginia. She has also worked at the local level with several government offices and nonprofit organizations, in Maryland and California, to implement programs to protect the environment and offer educational resources. Ms. Bachman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Systems from the University of California, San Diego.
BENJAMIN J. RUPERT
Energy Project and Procurement Manager
MR. RUPERT brings more than 15 years of experience developing, creatively financing, and implementing clean energy projects and programs to the Maryland Clean Energy Center. He has spent significant time working in both the public and private sectors, and has unique experience developing collaborative procurement solutions to implement cost effective clean energy projects. He has provided technical support and leadership for a wide array of energy projects, including energy efficiency, combined heat and power, microgrid, energy storage, and renewable energy systems including solar, wind, renewable natural gas (RNG), and biomass.
Beyond technical energy expertise, Ben holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy. He has significant experience developing and implementing climate and energy policy at the state and local levels, and has served as a building codes and standards advisor for the States of Washington and California. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), has served on the board of directors for the Association of Energy Engineer’s National Capital Chapter since 2016, and is a past president of the organizations Pacific Northwest Chapter.
PAMELA R. POWERS
Legislative Affairs & Administrative Manager
MS. POWERS joined the Maryland Clean Energy Center team in 2017. As MCEC’s Legislative Affairs and Administrative Manager, she manages and coordinates activities of the Legislative Committee, including legislative research and tracking, and update calls while acting as a liaison to elected and appointed government officials. Ms. Powers manages the overall administrative functions of the organization, develops and maintains all recordkeeping systems while assisting with procurement and contract management. Pamela supports senior staff with event development and management including, registration, logistics, and site selection. She provides clerical support for matters relating to the activities of the Board of Directors and day-to-day operations. Pamela acts as a liaison with stakeholders, business representatives, vendors, and the general public.
Ms. Powers is the former Chief of Staff to Delegate Tawanna P. Gaines, Vice Chair of the House Appropriation Committee. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park.
MS. KOLB is an operations and finance executive with over 20 years experience in the sports, media and creative/marketing agency space including production, operations, and finance roles at CBS Sports, FOX Sports, NBC, Scripps Networks and CBS Radio as well as a foundational accounting start with Deloitte in NYC.
Dorothy holds a Bachelor's in Accounting/Economics from Long Island University-Post, and professional certificates in Executive Women in Leadership from Cornell University and Human Resource Management from Villanova University. She is a CPA and a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified HR Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Clean Energy Advantage Loan Program Coordinator
MR. KAMULEGEYA comes to MCEC from the commercial real estate finance industry, where he spent the last 12 years helping a small entity with 70 employees grow into a major player in the market with more than 1100 team members. During his tenure there, he helped develop several lending and investment platforms providing solid support from finance, accounting, audit, tax, management, regulatory and technological perspectives.
Aziz manages the Clean Energy Advantage (CEA) Loan Program, which provides affordable financing to Maryland home owners looking to complete residential energy efficiency projects. He also looks forward to joining the team and providing unhealthy sugary treats at all in-person team meetings.
Aziz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Makerere University in Uganda, and a Masters in Accounting and Finance from Kingston University in London, United Kingdom.
MAURA L. ROSS
Wood Energy Coordinator
MS. ROSS is the Maryland Clean Energy Center’s Wood Energy Coordinator. Maura is responsible for increasing the use of woody biomass as a viable energy source across Maryland, while ensuring proper forest management. She has prior program management and web development experience with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. In Indiana, she redesigned the state-wide sustainability program, Clean Communities, by creating 150 project templates with clear metrics for communities to meet and developed a website to help communities leaders track their progress. Additionally, Maura brings technical knowledge to MCEC after working as a solar panel designer at Solar Holler.
Maura holds a Bachelor of Science in Energy Engineering from Purdue University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Art from Butler University. During her undergraduate career, Maura conducted research and published her peer-reviewed paper, Writing Climate Change Assessments: Scientific Author Challenges and Rhetorical Negotiations in The Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.
RYLEE P. KENNEDY
Marketing Program Assistant
MS. KENNEDY is the MCEC Marketing Program Assistant. She supports the development of the Center's outreach and education initiatives, marketing and communications strategies, and campaign logistics. Rylee has earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Rylee has experience working with organizations throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay Watershed through grant management and outreach. Through her prior work at the Maryland Pesticide Education Network and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, she has experience communicating the importance of community-wide participation in increasing environmental literacy and conservation efforts to Chesapeake Bay residents.
JOIN OUR TEAM
Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) is seeking an intern to support public and private finance activities, including assisting with transaction execution. This is a part-time role, with an estimated schedule of between 10-24 hours per week and is ideally suited for an MBA/graduate student pursuing a career in finance.
FELLOW - MARYLAND CLIMATE CHANGE CATALYTIC FUND
Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) is seeking one-year full or significant part time Fellow to support the development, launch and operation of the Maryland Climate Change Catalytic (C3) Fund with possible term extension and/or transition to a longer-term fund management position based on performance and qualifications.
The C3 Fund Fellow will work closely with and support a team of professional staff and consultants at MCEC and MCEC’s consultants at the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) on research related to strategy, structure, and function for the emerging C3 Fund. This includes tasks related to needs assessments, technical research, organizational design, implementation and investment mechanisms, climate and clean energy policy and investment integration, network development, capacity building, training, tools, and other developmental components of the new C3 Fund.