Nicole Steele, Director of Policy and State Relations at the Alliance to Save Energy, has over 10 years of experience in the environmental and energy fields in the areas of urban planning, grassroots advocacy, policy development, program design and implementation as well as many other disciplines. At the Alliance, she manages the Policy team’s development program and budget, external communications, and high profile initiatives including energy efficiency in city planning and the Alliance’s Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy. Prior to joining the Alliance in 2011, Nicole was the Director of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, a 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) stimulus program, for Loudoun County, Virginia. While in that position she designed, commissioned and implemented twelve separate energy-related projects ranging from capital improvements to feasibility studies to education and outreach programs. Prior to moving into that role, Nicole was a legislative and long-range land use planner for the county. Ms. Steele also has a background in campaign management, grant management and review, state and local policy making, and green building. Nicole is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), and serves as an appointed official on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Climate, Energy and the Environment Policy Committee. She holds a degree in Urban Studies and Planning with a concentration in Environmental Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has also undertaken graduate level studies in the fields of Real Estate and Land Development, Sustainable Landscape Architecture, and Sustainability and Environmental Management from George Washington University and Harvard.