Rikki Seguin joined Interwest as the Executive Director in April 2019, overseeing the organization’s six-state strategic agenda, managing Interwest’s team of policy and technical experts, and building political power for the renewable energy industry. With a long history working as a coalition-builder, Rikki works to develop consensus positions across the industry and within Interwest’s diverse membership.
Anna Evans joined Interwest as a Policy Manager in November 2023 to push Interwest’s policy initiatives in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. With experience shaping and supporting state policies, Anna focuses on building consensus and catering to the various incentives policymakers hold for developing renewable energy technologies.
Markets & Transmission Director
Ben joined Interwest as the Markets and Transmission Director in October 2023 to lead the organization’s engagement with regional market development and transmission planning issues across the West. With extensive experience conducting rigorous analyses and also explaining technical issues and results to a wide range of audiences, Ben places a high priority on ensuring that differences in technical knowledge do not hinder collaboration.
Chris joined Interwest as a staff attorney in September 2021, working on regulatory advocacy to promote the transition to clean electricity, expand renewable energy markets, and promote education about renewable energy integration and its benefits for both utilities and electricity consumers.
Lisa Tormoen Hickey
Senior Regulatory Counsel
Lisa Tormoen Hickey joined Interwest as Senior Regulatory Counsel in 2009. Lisa leads Interwest’s regulatory advocacy to expand renewable energy markets, promoting education about renewable energy integration and benefits for utilities, commercial interests, and electricity consumers. In this role, she works with Interwest’s members and staff, local counsel, and expert witnesses as well as collaborating partners to identify areas where policy can be improved to promote the transition to clean electricity, generated from advanced technologies and associated transmission expansion throughout the Intermountain West. She is especially interested in promoting economic development benefits in rural areas.
Arizona Policy Consultant
Stan Barnes is a native Arizonan and founder of Copper State Consulting Group. For the past 32 years, Barnes has been involved in virtually every facet of key political and media-related issues and is viewed as a seasoned veteran of both state and local public affairs battles in Arizona.
Arizona Policy Consultant
Ian Calkins has two decades of experience helping corporate energy clients receive necessary local, state and federal permits and approvals to construct utility-scale generation and transmission infrastructure projects across Arizona. These efforts include a host of strategies and tactics including political relationships, third-party support, public engagement and opposition mitigation.
Brett began lobbying for Interwest in 2012 when he joined Charles and Solomon Malick’s lobbying team, which had been representing the association since its early days in Colorado. Since then, he has represented Interwest’s interests on a sweeping variety of clean and renewable energy legislation, as the industry has dramatically grown and changed in the state in the subsequent years.
A Colorado native, Solomon Malick has been a professional contract lobbyist in the State of Colorado since 2005 and is the principal of Peak Government Affairs LTD. (PGA). He graduated with honors from Metro State University with a degree in political science, and his professional background includes working as an emergency medical technician and wild land firefighter in southwest Colorado.
Interwest is represented by Kyle Davis of Pinyon Public Affairs, a full-service strategic communications firm that empowers client success and delivers measurable results in Nevada’s complex and changing political landscape. Kyle is an experienced lobbyist and political strategist working at all levels of government in Nevada. Kyle has successfully navigated difficult issues through the Nevada Legislature, including landmark legislation dealing with energy, public lands, transportation, wildlife, land-use planning, water, and public health. Kyle regularly works with a broad set of stakeholders to bring disparate interests together for common sense solutions.
New Mexico Lobbyist
Interwest has been represented in the New Mexico legislature by Deborah Condit since 2017. With twenty years of experience working on the Federal, State and Local levels, she is a leading provider of government relations on a broad range of issues.
New Mexico Local Counsel
Interwest is represented before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission by Joan Drake of Modrall Sperling. Joan has assisted clients for twenty years as a lawyer on utility regulation and environmental permitting matters.
New Mexico Lobbyist
Rikki-Lee Chavez is the founder and owner of Capitol Counsel and Consulting, a premier government relations firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The practice focuses on a myriad of subject areas as well as providing education on ethics and compliance in political spaces.