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Emmett Pepper 
 Executive Director, emmett@eewv.org

Emmett Pepper joined as CAG's EEWV project as director in 2014. 

Emmett graduated with a degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech. He worked in the Northeast on energy and environmental policy for Citizens Campaign for the Environment from 2002-2009, before attending law school at the American University Washington College of Law, where he specialized in energy and environmental law. Upon graduation, Emmett returned to his hometown of Charleston, where he clerked for the WV Supreme Court of Appeals as a writ clerk. After connecting to CAG and other organizations during the 2014 water crisis in Charleston, he began as director of Energy Efficient WV in April of 2014. In addition to spending much of his time working to advance energy efficiency policy and participation, Emmett is interested and active in policies regarding consumer protections, recycling, water infrastructure, and bike-friendliness. Emmett is also very interested in multiculturalism, co-hosting an international music radio show on Charleston's WTSQ, called Beats without Borders, and serving on the board of the WV International Film Festival.

Xavier Walter Outreach & Development Director

Xavier is an energy efficiency expert and entrepreneur with more than seven years experience in the home performance industry. In his career, he learned what it takes to lower utility costs, save money, and reduce our environmental impact. The company that Xavier started from the ground up grew in less than four years to over $1.6 million in retail sales. He has been involved in every aspect of energy efficiency projects from inception to completion. Working with various accredited contractors, Xavier is a certified BPI Building Analyst with in-depth home retrofit knowledge. Xavier has conducted energy audits, air sealing, and whole home retrofits to the Home Performance with Energy Star standard. He is also a teacher with over 1,000 hours in classroom and field sessions, bringing real-world scenarios to other people interested in a new career. In addition to his company, Xavier has worked with elected officials to promote energy efficiency jobs. Prior to switching careers, Xavier spent over 10 years in the construction finance, lending industry, and serving in the United States Navy. Xavier grew up in New Jersey, but much of his family lives in Marion County, West Virginia.

Natalie Thompson 
Project Coordinator, natalie@ohvec.org

Natalie Thompson is the Project Coordinator for EEWV through the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.

Natalie is from Beckley, WV. She moved to Huntington, WV to attend Marshall University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Assessment and Policy from Marshall University. Additionally she was a Competition Finalist in the WVU Statewide Business Plan Competition for Low Income Energy Audits and again finalized for an Architectural Salvage Business Plan, due to her interest in energy efficiency and reuse mentality. She serves on the West Virginia Environmental Council, The Alliance for Appalachia Economic Transition Team and the Steering Committee for “Reclaim Appalachia”, a program developed for stimulating job growth, education, and economic development in southern WV coalfields. She also coordinates the Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair and the Rails & Ales Festival. She has created, led, and/or volunteers for many community projects in Huntington and is the former Principal Executive Officer and current Treasurer of the Create Huntington Board of Connectors and serves on the Generation Huntington Committee through the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce.