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Randall Swisher, PhD

Randall Swisher serves as an adjunct professor at the School of Engineering at Catholic University where he is teaching “Introduction to Wind Energy Technology.”  Swisher served as Executive Director of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) from 1989 to 2009, when he retired from that position.  During those two decades, he served as the voice of the wind industry in the U.S. and as the industry’s principal policy strategist.  During his tenure at AWEA, the organization grew from four to almost seventy staff, and the budget, which started at $775,000 in 1989, grew to about $30 million.  The number of business members grew from about 200 to over 2,400 members.

Prior to his time with AWEA, he worked in energy policy at the American Public Power Association, the National Association of Counties, the House of Representatives Interior Committee’s Energy and Water Subcommittee, Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center, and the D.C. Public Interest Research Group.  Swisher first became engaged as a renewable energy advocate in 1975 with DC PIRG.

Dr. Swisher holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from George Washington University.


Wind Power: Strong Progress Imperiled, December 12, 2012