Doug Lewin has been SPEER’s Executive Director since the founding of the organization in 2011 and serves as the primary coordinator for all of SPEER’s efforts. He was instrumental in bringing together the founding members and continues to guide and direct the organization which works to advance energy efficiency in Texas and Oklahoma. Under his leadership, SPEER has tripled its membership since its launch and has begun numerous projects to increase energy efficiency in the region.
Doug has been passionate about energy efficiency since he began working on energy issues at the Texas Legislature in 2006. He served as Senator Rodney Ellis’ Legislative Director where he played a key role in passing statewide green jobs legislation and supported Senator Ellis’ participation in the National Commission on Energy Policy and the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change. Before that, he served as Legislative Director for Texas State Representative Lon Burnam, where he played an important part in passing Texas’ sales tax holiday on energy efficient products, which occurs annually on Memorial Day weekend.
After leaving the Legislature, Doug joined Good Company Associates, a clean energy consultancy. There he worked with the Green Corridor Collaborative, a cooperative effort involving seven community college districts, eight regional workforce boards, and a wide variety of clean energy industries organized into the Texas Green Jobs Business Council. While the Collaborative and Council covered a wide variety of clean energy occupations and associated skills, he saw firsthand the potential of energy efficiency for job creation and economic growth.
Doug earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Texas.