Ms. Gardner joined the California Efficiency + Demand Management Council in 2012 after three decades developing energy efficiency and clean energy alternatives in the Pacific Northwest. She was most recently CEO of the entrepreneurial nonprofit Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) leading efforts in renewable energy, climate change, and watershed restoration. Prior to BEF, she founded and led for over a decade the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), an award-winning, multi-state organization that transforms markets for energy-efficiency. Before NEEA, she developed and promoted energy-efficiency initiatives in the Pacific Northwest at the Northwest Power Planning & Conservation Council. Ms. Gardner began her career at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in California.
Ms. Gardner has served on numerous boards including the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the Northwest Energy Coalition, Renewables Northwest Project, and the Climate Trust.