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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.