Staff

Jeaneen Zappa, Executive Director

With more than 20 years of professional experience spanning the for-profit, public, and not-for-profit sectors, Jeaneen’s expertise ranges from strategic planning to partnership and client relationships to program development. Prior to joining the EEA in August of 2020, Jeaneen was executive director of Conservation Consultants Inc., now part of Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, which focuses on residential energy efficiency and healthy home performance. Her previous professional roles include serving as the first Sustainability Manager for Allegheny County, Deputy Director of the Green Building Alliance, Director of Strategic Marketing for Descartes Systems Group, and Marketing Manager for Vocollect voice recognition technology. Her early career included work for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and for the Pittsburgh Press, once the major daily newspaper in Pittsburgh. Jeaneen holds a dual degree in Magazine Journalism and Marketing from Syracuse University and an MBA from University of Pittsburgh. She can be reached at jzappa@energyefficiencyalliance.org.

Mary Jacobson, Development Specialist

Mary joined the EEA team in January 2019 to manage and grow the Energy Efficiency Alliance’s revenue streams. She started her career building grassroots support for energy efficiency in Massachusetts and New Jersey, and has spent the last fifteen years providing support for nonprofit development teams. Mary is a graduate of Fordham University (B.A., Classical Languages & Religious Studies). She can be reached at mjacobson@keealliance.org.​

John M. Kolesnik, Esq., Policy Counsel

John works to advance energy efficiency and utility business model reform policies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Prior to joining The Energy Efficiency Alliance, John focused his practice in civil and business litigation representing corporate clients through all phases of litigation in State and Federal Court as well as in various municipal courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

He holds bachelor degrees in Accounting, Political Science, & Philosophy from Cabrini College and a J.D. from Widener University School of Law.

John can be reached at: jkolesnik@keealliance.org.

Leann Leiter, Director of Policy & Research

Leann joined EEA in December of 2020 to advance energy efficiency in the Mid-Atlantic. She brings experience in and a passion for the intersection of energy issues, climate, and health. Her background in research and advocacy at the state and local levels includes over five years of service with the Departments of Labor & Industry and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Most recently, she served as the Pennsylvania and Ohio Field Advocate for Earthworks. Leann earned her BA from Dickinson College and an MA in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University. She can be reached at lleiter@keealliance.org.

Katie Thompson, Communications & Events Manager

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Katie joined EEA in June 2021 after several years in the world of digital marketing. Her clients included small businesses and technology startups in a wide range of industries, including construction, finance, and recruiting. She has an M.F.A. from Boston University and prior experience in environmental litigation as a litigation assistant for Earthjustice.

She can be reached at kthompson@keealliance.org.

John Young, Business Engagement Manager​

John works closely with our membership to identify, engage, and mobilize advocacy champions in the energy efficiency industry. He brings experience in coalition advocacy and policy development at the national and state levels. Prior to joining the Energy Efficiency Alliance, John spent three years on the advocacy team at a national trade association and, previously, three years as legislative staff in the U.S. Senate.

John can be reached at jyoung@keealliance.org.