Pari Kasotia, PMP

Subject-Matter Expertise
Energy policy, industrial and building energy efficiency, energy benchmarking and labeling, Combined Heat
and Power (CHP), renewable energy, solar PV, wind energy, biofuels, electric vehicles, CNG and LNG,
biomass, waste-to-energy, sustainability, climate change, policy analysis, government relations, economic
and community development, grant/proposal writing, budgets, research and writing
Key Strengths
Results-oriented leadership, strategy planning and execution, strategic communications, stakeholder
engagement, program/project management, team management, public speaking, creative problem solver
 Project Management Professional (PMP), Global Project Management Institute, 2012
 Master of Business Administration (MBA), Drake University, 2011
 Master of Public Affairs (MPA), Indiana University Bloomington, 2006
 Bachelor of Arts (BA), Environmental Policy and Political Science, Drake University, 2004
Professional Experience
Team Leader, Iowa Energy Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority, 2011-2014
 Served in a leadership capacity and oversaw the federal and state energy initiatives, including $50
million Recovery Act (ARRA) programs, $75 million Iowa Power Fund program, Department of Energy
(DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) programs
 Provided strategic direction and vision for energy policies and programs and presented to high-level
leaders, including the Governor and the Lt. Governor, Agency Directors, and key stakeholders
 Collaborated and discussed joint energy strategies with key stakeholders such as the investor-owned and
municipal utilities, rural electric cooperatives, utility commission, environmental groups, consumer
advocates, and national groups such as the regional and national Governors’ Associations, Midwest
Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), and National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
 Key Projects that I Led, Developed, and Sought Funding for:
o Rooftop Solar Challenge II ($1.03 million, DOE SunShot Initiative Competitive Award)
o Iowa B3 Public Buildings Benchmarking ($392,662, DOE Competitive Award)
o Iowa Biogas Assessment Tool ($100,000, DOE funds)
o Iowa Combined Heat and Power Initiative ($78,731, DOE Competitive Award and $12,000 National
Governors’ Association Policy Academy)
o City Energy Management Program ($368,218, DOE Competitive Award)
o Iowa EDGE - Economic Development by Gaining Efficiency ($75,000, EPA P2 Program)
o IADG Energy Loan Program for Industrial, Commercial, and Agriculture Sector ($2 million, PublicPrivate Partnership, DOE funds)
Adjunct Professor, Environmental Science and Policy Program, Drake University, Fall 2014
 Introduced, designed and taught an upper level course ENSP 150 titled, “National Energy Policy:
Complexities, Challenges, and Opportunities”
 The course touched on various facets of energy policy such as the environment, national security,
workforce and economic growth, state and federal priorities, role of Congress and the President, and
emerging energy technologies
Executive Officer 2, Iowa Office of Energy Independence (OEI), 2010-2011
 Managed $50 million Recovery Act energy programs and led a cross-functional team of 11 to manage
175 projects resulting in $10 million in energy savings

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Pari Kasotia, PMP

Presented funding recommendations to senior-level management and sought new funding opportunities
to expand OEI’s programs that increased energy efficiency and renewable energy utilization in Iowa
Implemented operational procedures that streamlined work processes and brought about staff and cost
efficiencies of approximately $50,000 per year
Played pivotal role in the hiring decisions, training of new staff, and federal reporting and compliance
guidance to over 250+ grant sub-recipients that led to over 97% compliance rate

Statistical Research Analyst 2 and 3, Iowa Office of Energy Independence, 2009-2010
Program and Research Manager, State Public Policy Group, IA 2008-2009
Education, Marketing, and Grants Manager, IA Council for Intl. Understanding, 2006-2008
Key Leadership Positions
 Board Member, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), Sep.-Dec. 2014
 Member, Advisory Council, Iowa Energy Center, 2011-2014
 Member, Advisory Team, Midwestern Governors Association, 2011-2014
 Member, Renewable Portfolio Advisory Committee, Alliant Energy, 2011-2013
Recent Presentations
 Presenter, “Leveraging Deployment Through Workforce Development”, NASEO Meeting, GA, 2014
 Presenter, “Iowa Power Fund: Successes and Challenges”, NASEO Annual Meeting, GA, 2014
 Presenter, “State Energy Plans: Energy Education, Curriculum Development, Energy Literacy and
Research”, Midwest Energy Policy Conference, MO, 2014
 Presenter, “Lessons Learned from the NGA Policy Academy on Industrial Energy Efficiency”, NGA
Policy Institute for Governors Energy Advisors, CO, 2013
 Presenter, “Iowa’s Wind Industry and its Growth”, Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference, Environmental
Defense Fund, Washington DC, 2013
 Presenter, “Iowa Energy Office Overview”, Iowa Industrial Energy Group Annual Meeting, IA, 2013
 Presenter, “Wind and Biofuels Outlook”, Agriculture Conference, Iowa Bankers Association, IA, 2013
 Presenter, “Public-Private Partnerships and Financing Programs”, State Energy Efficiency Action
Workshop, US Department of Energy, IL, 2013
 Presenter, “Workshop on Economic Development in the Clean Energy Sector: Southeastern States &
U.S. Territories”, National Governors Association, TN, 2012
 Invited to present a self-authored paper, “Corporate Responsibility: Examining the role of Environmental
Ethics in Business School Curriculum”, Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship Conference, 2009
Key Publications
 “Envisioning The Future of Biorenewable Energy”, Iowa Energy Center Blue Ribbon Panel, 2012
 “Ethanol from Corn: A Solution to Oil Dependence?” UN Chronicle, January 11, 2008
 “The Health Effects of Global Warming: Developing Countries are Most Vulnerable”, UN Chronicle,
 “Don’t Desert Drylands!”: “Community Initiatives to Fight Back Desertification”, UN Chronicle, 2006
 “Microcredit-Reducing Poverty and Empowering Communities”, UN Chronicle, 2005
 “Hanging in the Balance-Conserving Biodiversity”, UN Chronicle, 2005
 “Empowering Environmentally-Burdened Communities in the US-A Primer on the Emerging Role for
Information Technology”, Paritosh Srivastava et al., Local Environment, 2005

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