Staff/Leadership

Executive Director

Melissa Howell photoMelissa Howell has led the KCFC since 1993, with the governance of Officers and a Board of Directors elected annually. Howell is based in Louisville and coordinates projects, programs and manages the fiscal well being of the KCFC. Her educational focus was communications at Murray State University with continuing education as a graduate of the Bingham Fellows Program of Leadership Louisville. She mentors across the country for the U.S. Department of Energy, serves on the National Clean Cities Council, is a liaison between U.S. Department of Energy and UPS in the National Partner Program and serves as a founding board member of the Louisville Sustainability Council. She has been honored with a variety of awards including, the Governor’s Environmental Award, the Environmental Leadership Award from Mammoth Cave National Park, Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year and the U.S. Department of Energy Pioneer Award for twenty years of service.

Program Manager and Analyst

Emily Davis photoEmily Carpenter is a graduate of the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School with her master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Commerce. Her background is in energy and environmental policy. She has studied French, Chinese, and Portuguese. Emily’s primary role for KCFC is to manage coalition programs, write grants, and provide industry market and policy analysis. Emily is responsible for the Electric Vehicle Leadership Team and the Green Fleets of the Bluegrass Program. Emily joined the KCFC Team in 2012 as an intern through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Workforce Development Program and funded by Argonne National Laboratories.