Rebecca Stanfield is the Program Director, Midwest Policy, and is based in the Energy Foundation’s Chicago office. She develops regional and state energy policy strategies, with a strong focus on the power sector and in Energy Foundation priority states including (Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio). In this work, she maintains and grows new relationships with grantees, policymakers, opinion leaders, and funding partners. In addition to being part of Energy Foundation’s Policy Program, Rebecca is a member of the States and Regions team, a cross-program group that brings together campaign, policy, and communications experts focused on making progress in the states.
Rebecca comes to Energy Foundation from Vote Solar, where she was responsible for developing the strategy to maximize deployment of solar power in the Midwest. She previously served as Vice President of Policy and Energy Markets at SolarCity and the Deputy Director for Policy, Midwest Program, at Natural Resources Defense Council. In both positions, she worked to transform the Midwest electricity sector. Prior to that she was an advocate for Environment America. During her career, she has crossed between functions, doing policy development, regulatory intervention, communications, coalition building, grassroots engagement, campaign planning, and organizational management. In 2013 Rebecca received one of the first awards for advocacy given by the prestigious C3E program, a project of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Energy Initiative and the U.S. Department of Energy, which recognizes 10 mid-career women in energy each year.