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Clare Wildenborg

Clare Wildenborg is Senior Associate Director of Development for Energy and Environment Institutes at Stanford University. She originally joined Stanford’s Office of Development in 2005 as a member of the External Relations team at Stanford Law School and later served as the Assistant Director of External Relations for the Multidisciplinary Initiatives during The Stanford Challenge.

Clare earned a BA in English from Loras College in Dubuque, IA and an MA in English from Winona State University in Winona, MN.

Nancy Sandoval

Nancy is the executive assistant to Sally Benson, Director of both the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP). She supports her in all facets of her day-to-day working and administrative roles.

Nancy started at Stanford University in 2003 with the inception of GCEP and is known as “GCEP Employee #1.” Before joining Stanford, she worked for many years as an administrative assistant at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. She has a daughter and a son who are both graduates of Stanford University.

Lesley Ryan

Lesley is the Web Developer for the Precourt Institute for Energy where she builds websites for the institute and its initiatives and centers. Before coming to Stanford, she was a Web Developer at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.

Maxine Lym

Maxine organizes and leads the external and internal communication efforts for Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP), a key center within Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE). Reporting to the PIE Program and Outreach Manager, she manages programs that develop the interaction between GCEP investigators, sponsors and students.

Mark Golden

Mark Golden's principal responsibility is to inform the public about energy research and education at Stanford through articles, press releases, social media, Stanford Energy newsletter, printed materials and presentations. Mark also aids reporters writing about energy. Mark began work at Stanford in 2011, when he joined the Precourt Institute's communications team as a writer.

Leigh Johnson

Leigh works closely with the faculty co-directors and staff to implement the institute’s vision and strategic direction. She manages a team who supports the energy research, education and outreach mission of the institute and Stanford broadly. The institute serves as the hub for over 200 faculty across the university who conduct energy research, students from Stanford’s seven schools, and staff from energy programs and centers across Stanford.

Carey deRafael

Carey serves as the Precourt Institute for Energy Chief of Staff where he supports the Institute’s faculty and staff to accomplish the mission and goals of the Institute. He oversees operations for the Institute and its related energy research centers and educational programs. Carey works with the Institute’s faculty Director and the other senior members to develop and implement strategic objectives and he represents the institute’s interests with other Stanford units and external organizations.

Jimmy Chen

Jimmy Chen is responsible for developing and managing the Stanford Energy Corporate Affiliate (SECA) program, and establishing engagements for corporations and other organizations that have an interest in collaborating with Stanford on energy and energy-related research. As Managing Director of SECA, he serves as a Director for Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy.

Cynthia Williams

Cindy A. Williams is the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy assistant director for external engagement where she is responsible for engaging the global corporate energy community in Stanford’s energy initiatives. These efforts include leading the development and implementation of the Global Energy Forum as Stanford's major annual energy event.

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