Diane Cherry

Energy and environmental consultant with over twenty years experience working with private sector developers on siting renewable energy projects as well as educational institutions, and non-profits/local governments on their carbon neutrality plans

Raleigh, NC

How does this work?

Diane Cherry has her own clean energy consulting firm where she focuses on regulatory compliance work, public policy analysis, communication work, and business development in the Southeast. She has a graduate degree, public policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an undergraduate degree, economics, University of Virginia. Her work history consists of the following positions; Strategic Director, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association; teaches U.S. Environmental Policy, Written Communication and other subjects in the Master in Public Administration program at NC State University; worked for 10 years as the Environments Policy Manager at the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University; worked as a budget and management analyst for the City of Raleigh, an environmental policy analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and as the senior policy advisor to the state’s Environmental Director at the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources; spent several years in Washington DC at Resources for the Future, an environmental economics think tank and at Abt Associates, an environmental consulting firm.

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Renewable Energy Technology
Energy Market Reform
Business Development
Climate Change Adaptation and Policy
Work experience

Feb 2019 - Present

Diane Cherry Consulting


Woman owned small business providing consulting services for clean energy companies/local government/non-profits/educational institutions on clean-energy related work in Southeast.

Feb 2016 - Feb 2019

NC Sustainable Energy Association

Strategic Director

As a member of the organization's leadership team, I managed a team of six professionals responsible for all print and social media, newsletters, as well as policies designed to increase membership. I developed and facilitated several clean energy working groups on energy storage, electric vehicles, and biogas with dozens of energy stakeholders and communicated these discussions. Finally, I successfully fundraised for clean energy policy work on behalf of the organization. During my three year tenure, I oversaw the fundraising and development of an energy storage study for North Carolina, increased business membership for the organization, and spoke on energy issues throughout North Carolina and the Southeast.

Feb 2006 - Feb 2016

NC State University, Institute for Emerging Issues

Energy and Environmental Policy Manager

As a member of the Institute’s policy team, my job was to plan, develop, execute and the annual Emerging Issues Forum and dozens of other policy convenings throughout North Carolina. I served as the policy manager for issues related to the environment, energy and infrastructure and worked with leaders throughout the state in this capacity. In my position over the past 10 years I accomplished the following: •convened North Carolina leaders on how the state should respond to EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan; •advised the community college system on training the state’s green workforce; *summarized and published an article on the entrepreneurial co-working environment in NC; *worked with the NC Dept. of Environment & Natural Resources on the implications of minimum ecological flows on the state's water policy and permitting systems; •facilitated numerous community meetings on the networked, high technology manufacturing in the state; *executed several large convenings of over 1,000 attendees on topics ranging from energy, entrepreneurship and manufacturing; and, •received the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association’s Outstanding Leadership Award on behalf of the organization for work on the economic development opportunities in the new energy economy.

Jun 1998 - Mar 2006

City of Raleigh

Sustainability Analyst

One of seven-member team responsible for the preparation of the city’s $460 million annual operating and capital budgets. Department budgets included solid waste, public safety, information technology, and public works. Special projects included development of the city’s disaster policy, analysis of the city/county E-911 center, costs and benefits of the city transition from backyard to curbside residential solid waste collection, and work with the police department to move to a district or precinct system. see less

Jun 1993 - Jun 1998

NC Department of Environment, Health & Natural Resources

Senior Policy Advisor

Served as assistant to political appointee in charge of over 2,200 employees in the environmental side of the Department. Acted as advisor to Assistant Secretary in all matters of her working day. Involved in strategic planning on legislative matters, educated and negotiated with outside stakeholders on environmental policy matters, and acted as intermediary between the Assistant Secretary and the Division Directors. Responsible for development of budget for seven divisions. Key staff to General Counsel of the Department on issues related to regulatory reform, including the Department’s policy for self-reported violations, permit streamlining and economic analysis of rules. Developed software tool with General Counsel for response to state mandate for economic analysis of major department rules. see less


1985 - 1989

University of Virginia

B.S., Economics

Received an undergraduate degree in economics with highest distinction based on senior thesis and GPA.

1991 - 1962

Harvard University

Masters Degree in Energy & Environmental Policy, Environmental and energy economics, renewable energy technology policy

Received award for best policy analysis exercise in entire 250 person class. Served as a teaching assistant and research assistant for several classes in environmental and energy policy and economics.

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