Senior Director, Programs
Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Jennifer Szaro joined SEPA in 2015 and serves as Senior Director of Programs. Her role includes oversight of SEPA’s extensive portfolio of educational offerings, including jointly owned events such as Solar Power International (SPI), as well as monthly webinars, Fact Finding Missions, the Utility Solar Conference and National Town Meeting on Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Smart Grid. As a member of SEPA’s Leadership Team, she also guides research and provides strategic direction for SEPA’s newly expanded scope, which heavily focuses on the integration of DER technologies such as storage, demand response and electric vehicles. Jennifer is also SEPA’s resident expert on community solar.
Prior to her current role, Jennifer spent nine years as Renewable Energy Manager for the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) leading their renewable energy, corporate sustainability and electric vehicle programs and conducted applied photovoltaic systems research for eight years as Senior Energy Analyst for the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC).
Jennifer holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Environmental Science and Chemistry from Florida International University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Central Florida. She has served on the board of directors for several nonprofit organizations, including: SEPA, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), the Florida Renewable Energy Association (FREA), Project Get Ready Central Florida and Drive Electric Florida. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and currently sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Sciences.