Advisory Board Chair
Advisory Board Chair
Rose McKinney-James is a seasoned small business leader and independent corporate director with a long history in public service, nonprofit volunteerism and private sector corporate social responsibility. She is the former president and CEO for the Corporation for Solar Technology and Renewable Resources (CSTRR) and former commissioner with the Nevada Public Service Commission, and she also served as Nevada's first director of the Department of Business and Industry. McKinney-James is currently the managing principal of Energy Works LLC and McKinney-James & Associates. Her firms provide business-consulting services and advocacy in the areas of public affairs, energy policy, and economic and sustainable development. A registered lobbyist with the Nevada Legislature, she currently represents a range of public and private entities with interests in regulatory and energy policy.
McKinney-James serves on the Board of Directors for MGM Resorts International, MGM Grand Detroit, and Toyota Financial Services Bank. She also serves as a board member of the Las Vegas Economic Club. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Alliance to Save Energy, the Energy Foundation, and the board chair for American Association for Blacks in Energy (AABE). In addition, she volunteers on the boards of Three Square and NACD Pacific Southwest Chapter and is a member of the International Women's Forum. Continuing her work in advancing clean energy policy, McKinney-James was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Sustainability Advisory Committee for Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). In 2013, she was selected to serve as an inaugural ambassador for the U.S. DOE C3E initiative supporting increased participation by women in the clean energy sector. She is chair emeritus of Nevada Partners, a nationally recognized workforce development agency, and the past chair of The Clean Energy Project.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, McKinney-James is a graduate of the Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C., and received her BA from Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan.