Lynn Abramson

PRESIDENT

Lynn Abramson is the President of the Clean Energy Business Network. She leads the strategic vision for CEBN; manages the CEBN’s educational, advocacy, and business support projects; and represents the network before public and policymaker audiences.

Lynn previously managed the CEBN at its former home in The Pew Charitable Trusts from July 2013 until its transition to the Business Council for Sustainable Energy in May 2017. Lynn has also worked as a senior legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate on energy, natural resources, and transportation policy. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences from Stony Brook University, where her research on carbon cycling in the ocean spurred an interest in pursuing policy solutions to climate change.

Lloyd Banks

Senior Advisor, Stakeholder Engagement

Lloyd Banks is a Senior Advisor with CEBN focused on stakeholder engagement and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Lloyd is also the CEO and principal of Banks & Company and Cannabis Practice Group. Prior to his full-time entrepreneurship journey, Lloyd was the former head of community and local government relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan responsible for leading the community involvement function and strategy to advance the company’s commitment to Michigan communities while influencing consumers and groups in the marketplace.

In 2013, Banks & Company was created, a full-service public affairs firm specializing in government relations, lobbying, public relations, marketing, and diversity, equity & inclusion for profit making organizations, nonprofits, and municipalities. Under Lloyd’s leadership, the team at Banks & Company partners with CEBN on projects working with federal agencies to expand access and participation in the clean energy economy.

Andy Barnes

DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND COMMUNICATIONS

Andy Barnes is the Director of Policy and Communications for the Clean Energy Business Network, leading CEBN’s policy analysis and communications strategy. Andy also serves as Corporate Secretary for the CEBN Board of Directors.

Prior to taking on this role, Andy served as a Policy Associate at the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. He previously interned with the White House Council on Environmental Quality in the Office of Energy and Climate Change. He has also worked as a program fellow for the Solar Foundation and as a research assistant at David Gardiner and Associates, a sustainability consulting firm. Andy holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and M.P.A. degrees from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Environmental Social Sciences from the University of Southern California.

Awa Darboe

Associate for Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement

Awa Darboe is an Associate for Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement with CEBN. Awa collaborates with small businesses, federal officials, and state- and community-based organizations to foster equitable and inclusive opportunities in the clean energy economy, support small businesses and entrepreneurs, and make federal government grant programs and policies more accessible to under-resourced stakeholders.

Prior to taking on this role, Awa was a Research Fellow at Sustainable Capital Advisors where she researched climate-friendly investment products. Awa previously served as a Policy and Regulatory intern at PowerOptions, where she focused on researching, tracking, and reporting on environmental and energy regulations and policies at the regional and state levels. She completed her Master of Public Policy specializing in Sustainability, Environmental Policy, and
Climate Change at Northeastern University, with her research focused on climate adaptation and mitigation in
vulnerable communities, and she completed her undergraduate studies in Law and International Relations
at SOAS, University of London, where she graduated with First Class Honours.

Eric Foster

Senior Advisor, Equitable Economic Opportunity

Eric Foster is a Senior Advisor with CEBN  focused on stakeholder engagement. He leads direct outreach and engagement to a broad spectrum of minority stakeholder organizations–including minority-serving colleges and universities, professional associations, community organizations, and small businesses. He has 30 years of experience in regulatory policy, business development, non-profit management, community engagement, government affairs, organizational development and talent management.

Eric also serves as Vice-President of Strategy and Business Development at Banks & Company, a Black-owned public affairs firm in Southfield and Detroit, MI, where for the past decade he has led strategic initiatives for CEBN and other clients such as the American Association of Blacks in Energy, American Petroleum Institute, BlueCross Blue Shield, Minorities for Medical Marijuana, and state and local governments. The team at Banks & Company partners with CEBN on projects working with federal agencies to expand access and participation in the clean energy economy.

Allie Judge

Communications Manager

Allie Judge is a Communications Manager with CEBN, managing social media accounts, newsletter and email communications, and other public-facing content. Allie also supports all project streams at CEBN and serves as its self-taught graphic designer.

Before CEBN, Allie served with AmeriCorps, where she developed public environmental education programs in Virginia. Allie previously served for nearly a year as a Communications Intern with Oceana, supporting fast-moving campaigns with research, writing, editing, fact-checking, and event management. Her prior positions included internships with the Office of U.S. Senator Durbin (D-IL) and the Small Business Advocacy Council in Chicago, where she conducted research, policy development, and lobbying on state and city policy issues impacting small businesses. Allie graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2019 from DePaul University with a B.A. in Political Science and English.