NextEnergy President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Saber announced the appointments of three new members of the organization to key resource positions
DETROIT – Nov. 27, 2018/PR Newswire – Tim Slusser has been appointed to the new position of Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives. Nathalie Osborn has been appointed to Director, Smart Grid Initiatives and David Jackson has been appointed to Director, Business Development and Industry Partnerships.
“The addition of these talented and experienced individuals to our leadership team enhances the overall resources we bring to our public and private partners, especially as we embrace our 16th year of operations,” said Saber. “We are nationally recognized as a highly-skilled nonprofit technology accelerator committed to working with innovators to accelerate smarter, cleaner, more accessible solutions for communities and cities. The growth of our organization means we will be able to reach more companies and potential partners, helping them to transform their ideas into solutions that will create a better quality of life for all citizens.”
Slusser, now Director of NextEnergy’s Smart Mobility Initiatives, will lead NextEnergy’s strategies to accelerate mobility solutions in the electric vehicle, hydrogen fuel cell, charging infrastructure, and mobility services sectors. An accomplished technology strategist and project manager with more than 10 years of business development experience, Slusser joined the organization from his previous position as Business Strategy Manager at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He is credited with attracting the first $6 billion dollars of electric vehicles and energy storage investments in Michigan and helped to establish early industry partnerships now known as the Power Electronics Industry Collaborative (PEIC). He earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Systems Engineering respectively from the University of Michigan.
Osborn, now Director, Smart Grid Initiatives, is responsible for collaborating with federal, state and utility stakeholders to investigate innovative technologies, pilot demonstration projects, and accelerate the commercialization of smart grid solutions. She is a skilled industry professional with nearly 20 years of experience in developing, financing and delivering over $450 million in energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability programs which serve the commercial, industrial, K-12 education, municipal and residential markets in Michigan and in other states such as California. Osborn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. She is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and Accredited Professional (LEED A.P.); a member of Advancing Women in Energy and co-author of the international bestseller “Ignite your Leadership: Proven Tools for Leaders to Energize Teams, Fuel Momentum and Accelerate Results.”
Jackson, now Director of Business Development and Industry Partnerships, is responsible for leading NextEnergy’s business development strategies with partners in the private and public sectors. He is a talented energy executive with management experience in building new business at companies like Siemens, Schneider Electric and DTE Energy, where his teams deployed or were awarded over 56 projects in 15 countries. His experience includes working on compressed energy storage, wind, fuel cells, hybrid energy solutions, decentralized power generation.
Jackson has won numerous industry award; he earned a Bachelor of Economics and business administration from Hanover College in Indiana.
Founded in 2002 as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NextEnergy works with innovators to accelerate smarter, cleaner, more accessible solutions for communities and cities. Since its inception, NextEnergy has worked with more than 400 companies, universities, federal agencies, and philanthropic organizations to drive more than $1.5 billion in advanced energy and mobility technology investments.
NextEnergy’s initial focus was on innovation in advanced energy technologies including solar, wind and energy storage. Today, the organization is focused on working with a diverse set of partners, from large corporate clients to technology startups, to accelerate the commercialization of innovations in smart mobility, and smart buildings, homes and infrastructure through demonstrations and pilots.
Initially funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, today It is funded through programs with private sector companies, and public programs through grants from the US Department of Energy and others.
NextEnergy is a founding partner of Incubatenergy, a nationally-recognized consortium of clean energy focused incubators across the country that have supported over 500 companies to date and have a significant future pipeline.