Sarah Conley-Ballew serves as director of Sustainable Energy Solutions at Rural Action, a keystone nonprofit working to create a more just and sustainable economy in Appalachian Ohio. Her work focuses on catalyzing clean energy development in coal country through smart policy and planning. She was the founding director of UpGrade Ohio in 2015, successfully reducing energy use in Athens County by 3% over a two-year period, resulting in $5M in collective savings. She was a SolSmart Advisor in 2017, preparing local governments for smart solar development. She has a Master of Public Administration from Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.