Rose McKinney-James

Managing Principal, McKinney-James & Associates, Energy Works President


Rose McKinney-James is widely recognized as one of the most prominent advocates for the commercial deployment of solar resources in the state of Nevada. In 1997, working with the leadership of the Nevada legislature, she facilitated the drafting and passage of Nevada’s first renewable portfolio standard. As CEO for the Corporation for Solar Technology and Renewable Resources, McKinney-James worked with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the solar industry in establishing the policy framework for the original solar energy zones in the state. A former Commissioner with the Nevada Public Service Commission, she also served as the first Director of Nevada’s Department of Business and Industry. She is currently the Managing Principal of Energy Works LLC and McKinney-James & Associates. Her firms provide business-consulting services and advocacy in the areas of public affairs, energy policy, and economic and sustainable development. Prior to establishing her own firm, she served as President of Brown & Partners and as President of Government Affairs for Faiss Foley Merica. A registered lobbyist with the Nevada Legislature, McKinney-James currently represents a range of public and private entities with interests in regulatory and energy policy.

McKinney-James is currently a member of the Board of Directors of MGM Resorts International, MGM Detroit, Toyota Financial Savings Bank, the Alliance to Save Energy, and the American Association for Blacks in Energy. She also serves on the boards of Three Square and NACD Southern California and is a member of the International Women’s Forum. McKinney-James is the immediate past Chair of The Clean Energy Project and Chair of Nevada Partners, a nationally recognized workforce development agency.

A former candidate for Lieutenant Governor, McKinney-James was the first African-American to win a statewide primary in the state of Nevada. She served as a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team with responsibility for the DOE and was the Team Lead for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, she is a graduate of the Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C., and secured her undergraduate degree from Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan, where she was honored with the Distinguished Alumna Award 2013.