Heather Zichal is stepping down from her role as CEO of the American Clean Power Association effective Oct. 20.
The trade group announced Wednesday that Zichal is leaving to become the new global head of sustainability at JPMorgan Chase.
The ACP board of directors has launched a search for Zichal's replacement. JC Sandberg has been named interim CEO while Jason Clark will serve as interim president.
Craig Cornelius, the CEO of Clearway Energy and chair of ACP’s board of directors and Leo Moreno, the president of AES Clean Energy and incoming chair of the board, will engage more directly with the senior team until a successor is selected, according to a press release.
“In her two years at the helm of ACP, Heather has positioned us as the single voice of the clean energy industry. Thanks to her leadership, the organization is the strongest it’s ever been,” said Cornelius. “While we are sorry to lose her and wish her continued success, we are confident that the next CEO will build on the momentum she and her team have created.”Heather Zichal speaks at the commissioning of Pattern Energy's Western Spirit Wind project in New Mexico (Courtesy: ACP)
Zichal has led ACP since its inception in 2020 when the American Wind Energy Association announced its intent to broaden its advocacy work to include wind, solar, energy storage, and transmission. And in 2021, ACP announced that it was merging with the U.S. Energy Storage Association.
Before joining ACP, Zichal served as an energy and climate official in the Obama administration.
Zichal was a key force behind the clean energy industry's fight against the Auxin solar petition and the potential for additional tariffs on solar modules imported from Southeast Asia. She appeared on the Factor This! podcast to discuss the industry's $5 million campaign against the Biden administration, which she knew well from her time at the White House.
Zichal and ACP were also instrumental in the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act, which dedicated $369 billion to clean energy deployment and climate change mitigation.