New Board Members Elected to American Association of Blacks in Energy

Rose McKinney-James Becomes First Nevadan to Lead the AABE Board; Named Board Chair
By: American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)
America Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)
America Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)
LAS VEGAS - May 9, 2016 - PRLog -- At a time of debate on the growth and development of the United States Renewable Energy policy, the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) announced the election of eight new Board of Directors leaders during the 39th Annual AABE National Conference, held in Chicago, Illinois, on Friday, April 22. Over 600 members and guests were present at the meeting of the country's most energetic and game changing national energy conferences, over four days. The new Board Chairwoman is noted pioneer in Nevada's renewable energy success and former energy regulator for the Nevada Public Service Commission, Rose McKinney-James. McKinney-James is the Managing Principal of Energy Works LLC and founder of McKinney-James & Associates and is the first Nevadan and first non-utility executive to serve as AABE Board Chairperson.

"It's an honor to be elected to Chair the Board of AABE it's a unique opportunity to help broaden the profile and scope of activities within AABE and I look forward to leading the discussions aimed at strengths get the organization and building on a strong foundation as we prepare to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this dynamic organization," said McKinney-James, who brings extensive energy policy and Board experience to AABE, including currently serving on the Board of MGM Resorts International.

Every two years, AABE elects new board members to continue to guide the 39-year non-profit organization whose platform is to engage and support more African American and minorities in the energy field. As with other Boards, the new Directors' role is to govern the organization which continues to generate innovative and creative solutions around energy policies regulations, research and design, technological advancement, and legislative and environmental issues on people of color.

Additionally, the 2016-2018 new Board of Directors include seven other professionals. Vice Chairmen Kevin Brookins, who serves as Senior Vice President, Strategy & Administration at Com Ed and Telisa Toliver, who serves as the Senior Vice-President, Business Development & Strategy at Chevron Pipeline Company. Moanica Caston, was selected as Secretary. Caston serves as the Vice President, Diversity Inclusion at Georgia Power Company. Kevon Makell, is the Assistant Secretary. Makell serves as the Chairman, CEO & President of SEWW Incorporated. Dwain Lanier was selected as Treasurer. Lanier serves as the Vice President, Operational and Regulatory at Tennessee Valley Authority. Morry C. Davis, was elected as Assistant Treasurer. Davis serves as the Senior Associate Investment Banking at Red Tail Capital Markets, LLC.

"We are excited about our new leaders whose rich pool of diverse knowledge and community impacts will significantly bolster our platform to do more for our national student scholars, nearly 2,000 members and the community," said Paula Glover, President and CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy."

About AABE

The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) is a national non-profit association of energy professionals founded and dedicated to ensure the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policies regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues. For more information, visit

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