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.
Prior to joining Interwest, Rikki oversaw the development and implementation of a regional policy agenda to support the responsible development of renewable energy across the Pacific Northwest. Rikki also worked as a community organizer in New Mexico, California, Texas, and Oregon, focusing on clean energy and climate campaigns. Rikki has worked to develop and pass numerous renewable energy policies related to utility resource procurement, land use and siting, tax treatment, transmission line development, and community solar. Rikki holds degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Florida.
Rikki is based in Albuquerque, NM.
Nate Blouin joined Interwest as the Policy Manager in February 2020, working on legislative and regulatory affairs in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. His successes with the organization include modernizing Arizona’s energy rules and defeating tax increases on renewable energy in Wyoming.
Nate comes from a background in political campaigns, working for candidates in Utah at the city, state and federal levels. His work with progressive candidates spurred his interest in promoting renewable energy development across the region.
Nate holds an MPA from Brown University and is also a proud alumnus of the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College. Additionally, Nate serves as a board member of the Emerging Leaders Initiative of Utah and Salt Lake Community College’s Alumni Leadership Council.
Nate is based in Salt Lake City, UT.
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.
Lisa advises numerous nonprofit and business organizations, and has served on the boards of several nonprofits in the Pikes Peak Region, including those promoting land conservation, trails and open space, bicycling and choral music. Hickey currently serves as Transportation Commissioner for the Ninth District of Colorado, and previously served on the Colorado Transmission Siting Task Force to represent renewable energy interests.
Lisa is based in Colorado Springs, CO.
Isaac Kort-Meade is a third-year law student at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He joined Interwest in September 2021 as a legal extern, working on regulatory and policy matters.
After law school, he plans on practicing in energy or utility law and hopes to continue his legal career promoting renewable energy in the West. Isaac holds a degree in Urban Planning and Economics from the University of Oregon.
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.
Sol moved to Denver to work for his father, Chuck Malick, in 2005 to begin his lobbying/political advocacy career. The Malick duo started representing Interwest Energy Alliance in 2007 under Craig Cox with Tracee Bentley, and in 2012, Brett Moore joined the team and began to help move the Interwest agenda in a bi-partisan manner when Tracee transitioned out.
Over the past 13 years, Peak Government Affairs and OnTheBallot Consulting have moved the renewable industry forward with Interwest at the helm using sound strategy, solid legislative and administrative relationships, and deep policy expertise.
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.
With a track record of delivering results in communities across Colorado and at the state capitol in Denver, Brett Moore started his career as a non-partisan clerk at the Colorado General Assembly. Shortly thereafter, he founded OnTheBallot Consulting, a Denver-based lobbying and political consulting firm, where he has achieved legislative wins by building strong relationships with elected officials, staff, and other government affairs professionals. His clients are non-profits, businesses, trade associations, and local governments whose voices are amplified by his representation.
He hails from a family of farmers and ranchers in western Kansas. He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Communications Studies from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!).
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.
Nevada Local Counsel
Lina Tanner has represented Interwest’s interests before the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada since 2016. Lina is the managing member of the Tanner Law & Strategy Group, LTD, a law and government relations firm certified as a Nevada Local Emerging Small Business and a U.S. SBA Woman Owned Small Business. Lina specializes in energy, natural resources and land development, and she provides exemplary service to corporations, nonprofit companies, municipalities, and other governmental entities before the Nevada Legislature, administrative agencies, and Nevada courts. Lina has spent her career working with diverse groups to achieve the consensus and cooperation necessary to meet common goals.
Prior to founding the Tanner Law & Strategy Group in 2016, Lina was General Counsel for the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada where she served as the lead contact before the Nevada Legislature and with Nevada’s federal delegation. Before serving at the Commission, she was Senior Deputy Attorney General to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Corrective Actions. In the case of In Re: Tronox, she represented the NDEP and led a team of high-level stakeholders, including Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Colorado River Commission, Metropolitan Water District of Los Angeles, and the Central Arizona Project, in achieving the largest environmental contamination settlement in U.S. History.
Lina is a graduate of Occidental College, and the Sturm College of Law, University of Denver. She lives on small farm in Reno, Nevada, with a beautiful daughter and a lot of animals.
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.
Before establishing the firm, Barnes served six years in the Arizona Legislature – first in the State House of Representatives where he was elected in 1988 as the youngest member of the 39th Legislature. He served as Chairman of the Natural Resources & Agriculture Committee, where he was appointed in only his second term in office. Barnes was elected to the Arizona Senate in 1994 and served as Chairman of the Government Reform Committee. In addition to running his practice, Barnes is a highly regarded political commentator, regularly appearing on Arizona television and radio news programs, as well as frequent guest editorials in state and local newspapers.
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.
Additionally, Ian’s hand is on the pulse of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) and the State’s three major electric utilities (APS, SRP and TEP) having spent years fostering relationships, influencing energy policy and engaging on behalf of energy clients. Prior to Copper State, he served as the lobbyist for the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. In his past life, he worked in Washington, D.C. in various public policy and government affairs roles including Legislative Director for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Director of State Relations for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).
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.
Deborah graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in print journalism. She began working on political campaigns in 2000 and maintains bipartisan relationships with legislators. With experience gained as an analyst with the legislative Tax and Revenue, and Business and Industry Committees, she started her own consulting firm in 2005. She has successfully worked on many diverse and challenging issues specializing in government and community relations, issue management, coalition-building, and strategic communications. Deborah has earned a reputation for her ability to develop consensus among interest groups and individuals with differing agendas and interests.
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.
In utility matters, Joan represents clients on matters involving state and federal regulation of electric and gas utility rates and service, facility siting, wholesale and retail sales, utility acquisition, renewable energy development, PPAs and ESAs, QF issues, electric transmission and interconnection, gas pipelines, power purchase and service agreements, and energy efficiency. In addition to representing clients on individual matters before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (“PRC”), Joan monitors and updates her clients on regulatory and legislative developments of interest to energy, utility, and transmission companies doing business in New Mexico and throughout the West. Best Lawyers in America® has recognized Joan in Energy Regulatory Law since 2017. She presents frequently on environmental law and regulatory issues. Joan currently serves as Chair of the Utility Service Group and Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy Service Group.