CLASP Announces Several New Team Members

14 April 2017

CLASP is thrilled to announce several new hires. 


CLASP couldn’t be more excited that we now have a full Communications team engaged!

Corinne Schneider returned to CLASP as Chief Communications Officer this January.  Since Corinne first joined the organization in 2009, her contributions on fundraising, strategic positioning, and organizational culture have been essential to CLASP’s success over many milestones and transitions.  Among many accomplishments, Corinne designed and launched CLASP’s first major brand, video, and annual report, and her insight on CLASP’s website redesign in 2011 earned CLASP a Webby Award. Hailing originally from the coast of Lake Michigan, Corinne has studied, lived and worked all over the world and brings that vibrant, journeying sense of inclusion, connection and perspective to all her endeavors. Corinne holds an MFA in poetry. She is a published poet and essayist, and she transmits that creative energy in the yoga classes that she teaches across Washington, DC.  Welcome back, Corinne!

Corinne is supported by a strong team, including Communications Associate Allison Kimble who came to CLASP in summer 2015.  The team is further rounded out by the addition of Communications Associate Katherine Duncan who joined CLASP this February. Katherine comes to CLASP from Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington (CREW), where she spearheaded the redesign and launch of their website, led fundraising and email marketing, and translated their work for maximum public impact.  Katherine has held editor positions at CEB, a best practice insight and technology company, and at the Psychotherapy Networker magazine and website. A DC native, Katherine has lived throughout the US—from the East Coast to Oregon to Minnesota—and for now calls DC’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood her home. Katherine is a certified teacher (but currently does not teach). You’ll find Katherine running by a river in the woods, exploring the outdoors, attending concerts and arts events and reading, writing, and creating.

The Communications team is re-energized and already knee-deep in elevating and propagating CLASP’s mission in fresh new ways.

JT Chisholm, Finance Manager

JT brings a wealth of nonprofit financial management experience to CLASP's Operations team. She draws the bulk of her experience from positions at DC-based public policy research organizations, including the National Academies and a 15-year tenure at The Brookings Institution. JT also has experience working in financial services. Although she grew up near Baltimore, JT's roots and residency are in DC with her husband, immediate family, and relatives.  JT earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Math from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and then went on to earn her master’s degree in finance from American University. Outside of CLASP, she enjoys tennis, movies, church worship, socializing, and travel.

Sam Grant, Africa Regional Lead

Sam joins CLASP with ten years of experience working in energy access. He has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya. Sam previously held leadership roles at the Equity Group Foundation and MicroEnergy Credits. He has worked closely with the cookstove and solar home system sectors and is committed to supporting the delivery of quality energy services. In his spare time, Sam enjoys spending time outdoors, water coloring and playing the flute.

Kishore Kumar, Senior Associate

Kishore brings over six years of experience and expertise in energy efficiency and renewable energy to CLASP’s India team, where he’ll serve as a technical and program resource for CLASP and for India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).  Prior to joining CLASP, Kishore worked for UNDP on a GEF-funded project, ‘Improving Energy Efficiency in Indian Railways System.’ He has also managed appliance work for BEE’s Standards & Labeling program, worked on implementation studies for steel mills, and assisted with solar water heaters under the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. Kishore has graduate and post-graduate degrees in energy systems and in electrical & electronics engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University-Hyderabad in India. He is married and enjoys watching action movies and participating in adventure activities.

Amanda McCrum, Program Coordinator

Amanda comes to CLASP with a diverse background in the sciences and energy policy. She was previously the Research Coordinator at the University of Maryland Energy Research Center. Amanda is also an alumni member of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute. Her recent experience also includes a variety of environmental and communications work at the Environmental Finance Center, Sierra Club Maryland, and ACORE. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Environmental Sciences from Miami University of Ohio with the intention of becoming an expert on avian ecology. She later attended the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, focusing on energy and environmental policy. Outside of CLASP, Amanda enjoys volunteering with the Humane Rescue Alliance, playing social soccer, and enjoying the great outdoors.