Stephen S. Kalland, Executive Director of the Center, has over 25 years of experience in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields. Steve directs the strategic vision of the Center and its programs, including programs ranging from technical assistance to economic development, public policy, and workforce development. Mr. Kalland currently serves on the Board of Directors of the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) and is a past board member of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), N.C. GreenPower, and the U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association (USCHPA). He is also on the Advisory Boards of the Research Triangle CleanTech Cluster (RTCC) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), based in Washington, DC. Previously, Steve served as project manager with McNeil Technologies, Inc. of Springfield, VA and as the director for Government Relations and Grid-Tied Markets at Xantrex Technology, Inc. (formerly Trace Engineering, now part of Schneider Electric). Steve is a former executive director of the Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA), the regional chapter of the national Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Before that, he was the director of State Programs and Policy Analysis at the national SEIA. Steve graduated in 1991 from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and in 1993 he received a Master of Science in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Rochester (NY).