BPA announces staff changes

By Biomass Power Association | February 07, 2017

Biomass Power Association (BPA) recently announced two staff promotions. Carrie Annand will now serve as the association’s executive director, and Nick Mazuroski as the vice president of operations.

In making the announcement, Tom Beck, BPA’s board chair and chief commercial officer at ReEnergy Holdings, highlighted the significant success that Annand has achieved for the industry. “Carrie’s efforts on the Hill and among the federal agencies have allowed our industry to gain a significant voice on the importance for biomass power for rural jobs, our forests and farms, and the environment.” Bob Cleaves, who will continue to lead the association as president, noted the importance of creating the executive director position, and “the confidence that our member companies have in Carrie and Nick in assuming greater responsibilities to helping us achieve our mission.”

Annand has been part of the BPA team for nearly seven years and is the creator and organizer of Bioenergy Day, the annual advocacy day for bioenergy of all types that is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and other trade organizations. Now in its fifth year, Bioenergy Day has earned considerable media coverage for the participation of dozens of bioenergy practitioners, universities, state and local governments and elected officials. A registered lobbyist, Annand will be overseeing the building of closer ties with the many congressional offices that support biomass power. She has a background in public affairs, with over a decade of prior experience in Washington, D.C., and previously served in the press office of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. Carrie is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in political science.

Mazuroski, now in his third year with BPA, is an advocate for issues surrounding sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and the environment. Nick brings an entrepreneurial background to BPA, having previously worked in the solar energy and algal biomass industries. His experience includes business origination, development, operations and fundraising, as well as serving on several congressional, gubernatorial, and presidential campaigns. Nick studied politics, philosophy, and economics at Oxford University, and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Bates College.