Nicole Steele


Nicole Steele, Executive Director of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, has over 10 years of experience in the environmental and energy fields in the areas of urban planning, grassroots advocacy, policy development, program design and implementation as well as many other disciplines. Nicole manages the Mid-Atlantic office and works with policymakers at the local and state levels to help them develop and implement inclusive solar policies. Prior to joining GRID Alternatives, she managed the Alliance to Save Energy’s Policy team’s development program and budget, external communications, and high profile initiatives including energy efficiency in city planning and the Alliance’s Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy. Nicole was also the Director of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, a 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) stimulus program, for Loudoun County, Virginia. While in that position she designed, commissioned and implemented twelve separate energy-related projects ranging from capital improvements to feasibility studies to education and outreach programs. Prior to moving into that role, Nicole was a legislative and long-range land use planner for the county. Ms. Steele also has a background in campaign management, grant management and review, state and local policy making, and green building. – See more at: