CoE Clean Energy Staff
Meet the director and staff of the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy.
I’m thrilled to be directing important workforce education work for our clean energy and clean technology industries. It’s an exciting time to be involved in an industry that’s buzzing in innovative technologies. We are about to witness a lot of energizing changes!
Monica Brummer brings more than 15 years of higher education work experience as well as over 30 years of marketing/communications experience to the Center. She coordinated the first joint communications efforts for all of Washington State’s Centers of Excellence, and assisted with communications projects for Tacoma Power and IEEE Power & Energy Society’s Smart Village – a humanitarian organization that brings energy solutions to the world’s poorest communities.
Activities: Monica serves as the co-chair of a global hydrogen academia work group, sponsored by the Center for Hydrogen Safety; serves on the Board of Directors for CleanTech Alliance; and serves on several advising committees for PNWH2, Capital STEM Alliance, Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE), Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), Lewis County Energy Innovation Coalition, Lewis County Renewable Task Force, and the Dept. of Energy’s Hydropower Vision Roadmap. She’s a proud alumni of NREL’s Energy Executives.
Monica’s high energy and enthusiasm has built regional business partnerships that led to enhancing Centralia College’s annual job fair and the State Work Study program. She passionately assisted the management of Lewis County’s largest health club, served as the first volunteer coordinator for Centralia Police Department, and directed a three-year $750,000 U.S. Dept. of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center grant in Lake Quinault. Her experience also includes leading international marketing efforts within Travel Portland and developing national campaigns for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Monica holds a Bachelor’s in Technical Journalism from Oregon State University. She has served on local committees, such as Centralia College’s Sustainability Committee, Lewis County Community Trails, and Ride the Willapa; and enjoys all outdoor activities including cycling, exploring dams and chasing wind farms.
Emily Girt brings more than 10 years of strong communication experience to the Center as well as a history of working with people from a variety of backgrounds. As a high school student, she volunteered at the local fire department, going on to become an EMT. While continuing her education at Centralia College, she gained experience in an office setting as a student worker and graduated with an Associate in Arts.
Emily holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Paramedicine from Central Washington University, where she honed her skills in research and valuable lessons in communication and leadership. She enjoys spending time with loved ones as well as summer evenings at South Sound Speedway.