Special Initiative Team

Kris Ohleth, Director

Kris Ohleth has worked in the offshore wind sector for over 20 years, since the days of the industry’s inception in the United States, and is a true expert in the field. Holding senior positions with offshore wind developers, NGOs, and state agencies, she has gained critical insights into the policy and regulations that shape offshore wind activities at the state, regional, and federal levels. She has worked at the critical intersection of market development, stakeholder engagement, permitting, and regulatory affairs as one of the earliest adopters of and advocates for offshore wind in the US.

In her current role as the Director of the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind, she leads the organization to develop and implement strategies that support the responsible and sustainable development of the offshore wind sector. Originally from New Jersey, she is a Rutgers University graduate, has a Master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island, and currently lives in Morris County, New Jersey with her husband and retired-racing greyhounds.

Contact Kris at: [email protected] or (201) 850-3690.


Stephanie McClellan, Ph.D., SIOW Founder/Advisor

Dr. Stephanie McClellan is the Founder and a current Advisor to the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW). McClellan founded SIOW in 2013. She provided cutting-edge policy and cost analysis to eastern seaboard states considering significant offshore wind programs and built a knowledge bridge between state governments, the federal government, and the global offshore wind industry. She holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in public policy from the University of Delaware and has held elected office in her home state of Delaware. She currently resides in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and collaborator, Willett Kempton.

Willett Kempton, Ph.D., Professor, University of Delaware

Dr. Willett Kempton is a professor in the University of Delaware’s School of Marine Science and Policy within the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Dr. Kempton is the Research Director for UD’s Center for Research in Wind. His research interests and areas include offshore wind power: public reactions, policy framework, large scale implementation; electricity policy; and electric vehicles for grid power storage. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Steering Committee

  • Catherine Bowes, SIOW Advisor
  • Bruce Carlisle, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Ellen Crivella, Ørsted
  • Stephanie McClellan, SIOW Founder/Advisor
  • Fred Zalcman, New York Offshore Wind Alliance