Katie Theoharides is the Head of RWE Renewables Offshore (East), overseeing all offshore wind development activities of RWE, from the Gulf of Maine to the Gulf of Mexico and beyond.
In her previous role, Katie was the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Governor Baker’s administration, overseeing more than 3,000 staff, a budget of $232 million and six energy and environmental agencies – one of the largest and most diverse such portfolios in the country. In this role Katie worked to help establish the first utility scale offshore wind farm in the country, the 800MW Vineyard Wind project, followed by subsequent procurements for 800 and 1600MW wind farms, and the establishment of major supply chain and port investments in the Commonwealth.
Katie has significant experience negotiating complex climate, energy and environmental legislation, directing agency budgets, implementing new initiatives, and building a climate resiliency program for the Commonwealth. Theoharides guided the development and implementation of the Administration’s efforts to safeguard Massachusetts from the impacts of climate change, support cities and towns, and coordinate efforts across state government to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. She worked to implement Executive Order 569, led the development of the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan and created the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program, working to grow the program to reach 95 percent of cities and towns in the Commonwealth in less than 4 years. Theoharides established a net zero by 2050 goal for Massachusetts while in the role and focused on aligning the Clean energy and climate plan with this target.
Trained as an ecologist, Katie has significant experience in leading complex projects and policy initiatives, team management, and strategy. She loves sharing her passion for clean energy and climate change with her husband and three kids.