Program Director for Access & Equity, Vote Solar
2018 Advocacy Award Winner
Melanie Santiago-Mosier is the Program Director for Access & Equity for Vote Solar, the nation’s leading non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to repowering the United States with clean energy by making solar power more accessible and affordable through effective policy advocacy. Since 2016, her role at Vote Solar has focused on building partnerships with community leaders and advocating for comprehensive solar programs that open up solar opportunity—and its benefits—for the tens of millions of underserved households in the United States. Santiago-Mosier’s work for Vote Solar focuses on four objectives: policy analysis and research, thought leadership, partnerships, and efforts to advance statewide policy campaigns to increase access and equity. This policy work is also centered in Vote Solar’s broader vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), which Santiago-Mosier has helped to lead. These efforts include commitments to programs, partnerships, and internal practices that help advance a more just energy system. Santiago-Mosier has worked to advance clean energy policy for a decade. Prior to joining Vote Solar, she led the government affairs efforts for organizations such as the Maryland Public Service Commission and Washington Gas Energy Services, after serving as counsel and policy analyst for the Maryland General Assembly. Most recently, she served as a regional policy director for SunEdison. In 2015, she was named one of Maryland’s “Leading Women” by The Daily Record, Maryland’s premier business and legal news publication. Santiago-Mosier is an attorney licensed to practice law in Maryland. She holds her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law and her BA from St. John’s College.