FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2021
O’Grady to Lead MnSEIA as Executive Director
St. Paul, MN—The Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) announced today that Logan O’Grady will become the association’s new Executive Director. O’Grady is joining MnSEIA from Larkin Hoffman, where he served as an attorney on the firm’s government relations team, representing solar companies at the state Capitol and in front of the Public Utilities Commission. He previously served as the Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) and as the Committee Administrator for the Minnesota Senate’s powerful capital investment committee.
O’Grady holds a Law Degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law and a Master’s Degree from the Hult International Business School in London. O’Grady was voted onto MnSEIA’s Board of Directors in September of 2020.
“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and honored to be selected to take the helm at MnSEIA,” said Logan O’Grady. “Our industry faces some looming political and regulatory challenges. I intend to lead the industry to face those challenges head-on and keep Minnesota a national leader in solar development.”
Erica Forsman, MnSEIA Board President, said, "The Board of Directors is thrilled to welcome Logan as our next Executive Director. He brings the knowledge, skill, and passion we need to effectively navigate the challenges ahead and ensure sustainable industry growth for solar in Minnesota."
O’Grady will replace outgoing Executive Director David Shaffer. Shaffer started at MnSEIA as an intern in 2013 and was announced Executive Director in 2018. During his tenure at MnSEIA, Shaffer guided the industry through a period of substantial economic growth and political challenges – including securing $31 million for the industry during the 2021 legislative session. Read more about his time at MnSEIA in Energy News Network’s featured interview here.
Shaffer will officially depart MnSEIA on June 30th for Novel Energy Solutions, where he will be the Director of Policy and Government Affairs. MnSEIA’s Policy Associate, Peter Teigland, will serve as the Interim Executive Director until O’Grady joins the association on August 16th.
MnSEIA is a 501(c)(6) trade association that is the voice of the Minnesota solar industry. Representing over one hundred and twenty-five member companies, MnSEIA pursues its mission to grow solar energy industries as part of Minnesota’s clean energy transition by delivering strong public policy, education, job creation and sustainable industry development. MnSEIA pursues its policy work through active engagements at the Minnesota Legislature, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, and in other various agency matters. Find out more at www.mnseia.org.
Abbi Morgan, Member Engagement & Marketing Manager