The National Hydropower Association (NHA) has announced that Malcolm Woolf will be its next Chief Executive Officer and President, taking over from Linda Church Ciocci.

Woolf comes to NHA after decades of experience in the energy and environment field. He was a Senior Vice President with Advanced Energy Economy and has extensive markets experience. He served in a cabinet level position for Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley where he worked to promote affordable, reliable, clean energy, and he also led energy policy for the National Governors Association.

Woolf has experience in both the executive branch and Capitol Hill having served at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and as a Congressional committee staff member.

“I’m excited to be taking the helm of NHA just when the electricity grid needs the clean, flexible power provided by America’s first renewable resource,” said Woolf. “With the right mix of energy, environmental and market policies, hydropower can contribute even more than the approximately 102 GWs of capacity currently on the grid.”

“Malcolm stood out among the candidates with his passion for clean energy and his experience translating industry’s needs into innovative federal and state policy solutions. The Board looks forward to working with Malcolm to maximize hydropower’s ability to provide sustainable, clean and secure electricity,” added Alvin Thoma, Chair of NHA’s Board of Directors.

Linda Church Ciocci, who is exiting the CEO and President post, expressed confidence in the board’s choice. “Malcolm is the right person at the right time to lead NHA into the future. I’m confident that Malcolm will ensure the continued success of this organization, and the clean, renewable energy it provides throughout the nation.”