Full Name
Jennifer Harper
Job Title
Strategy & Risk Supervisor, Energy Northwest; President, Drive Electric Washington
Speaker Bio
Jennifer Harper, Financial Strategy & Risk Supervisor, joined Energy Northwest in 2008. In her current position, Jennifer’s primary responsibility is oversight of Energy Northwest’s enterprise risk management program, administrative audit, and support of the organization’s strategic planning. In the years leading up to her current role, Jennifer was a project developer and led development of nearly a dozen electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations, and worked with utilities throughout the state to develop grant applications to fund many more.

Energy Northwest is passionate about building the EV infrastructure to bridge the charging gap between and throughout eastern and western Washington, and Jennifer’s grant work secured $2.4 million in funding toward the build-out of charging infrastructure in previously underserved corridors throughout the state. Funding was awarded from Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Department of Commerce, TransAlta Coal Transition Fund, Pacific Power and Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

Beyond her efforts on transportation electrification, Jennifer worked with community leaders and industry professionals to advance merging technologies for decentralization, digitization and decarbonation. Her work included hydrogen, demand side management and other clean energy solutions.

Jennifer chairs the Mid-Columbia Energy Initiative’s transportation sub-committee, and serves as board president for Drive Electric Washington. She also serves on the board of directors for Leadership Tri-Cities, a non-profit organization that develops and educates community leaders, and is a commissioner for the City of Kennewick’s Historic Preservation Commission.

She has a bachelor’s in communication studies and journalism from Ashford University.
Jennifer Harper