Solar Energy and Our Economy
May 31, 2017
Pari Kasotia
Solar Energy and Our Economy

Ms. Kasotia is the Deputy Director at The Solar Foundation and is responsible for providing leadership and operational oversight. She has worn multiple hats that range from leading organizations to being an entrepreneur to providing academic leadership. In 2015, she was named Midwest Energy News’s 40 under 40 Emerging Clean Energy Leaders. Ms. Kasotia has strong expertise in clean energy markets, energy efficiency, and biofuels. Prior to her role at The Solar Foundation, she led the Iowa Energy Office,  managing multi-million dollar federal and state energy projects to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy in Iowa communities. Ms. Kasotia serves on the Board of Directors of the Solar Household Energy Inc., a non-profit organization promoting solar cookers around the world; is a Vice-Chair of the Renewable Energy Subcommittee of the Energy Bar Association; and is a member of the Women’s Council for Energy and Environment and of the United Nations Association (UNA). She has delivered presentations on clean energy and energy efficiency for various platforms including the UNA, Intersolar, the National Association of State Energy Officials, the National Governors Association and the Environmental Defense Fund. Her published work appears in UN Chronicle and Triple Pundit. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Drake University and a Master’s in Public Affairs in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from Indiana University-Bloomington. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Drake University in Environmental Policy and Political Science. She has lived in India, Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia in addition to the United States.