Washington African American Women Who Are Blazing A Trail on the New Frontier- Energy And The Environment




Damali Rhett

Damali Rhett Harding is an expert in the field of renewable energy and electric utilities, Harding has provided strategic advising to utilities such as Duke Energy, National Grid and other major domestic and international energy companies. Currently, she works for Oracle – Opower where she advises utilities on behavioral load shaping, customer engagement strategies, and demand response management. Additionally, her expertise is often requested for speaking engagements regarding energy as well strategic management, leadership development, and community building.

Previously, Harding served as Executive Director of The Energy Co-op, a Philadelphia -based nonprofit member-owned cooperative which provides renewable energy to thousands of homes and businesses in Pennsylvania. She is a current member of The Co-op’s Board of Directors. Damali also served as Commercial Director for Enviva LP, the world’s largest producer of industrial biomass to create clean renewable energy. She has also worked for IBM Global Business Management services and Deloitte Consulting as a strategy consultant. 

Harding holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business and a BA from Dartmouth College. She is a proud member of Women of Renewable Industries & Sustainable Energy and in her spare time works passionately to eradicate energy poverty. 


Dr. Sheila Brooks is a pioneer on two fronts: she is one of the nation’s leading African-American public relations professionals. She is also the founder of SRB Communications, one of the nation’s first communications firms to build an energy and utilities practice. Today, her company continues to provide multicultural marketing and advertising, video production, and crisis communications counsel to clients in energy and utilities, higher education and transportation industries, issue advocacy and political campaigns, convention centers, and sports arenas. 

Dr. Brooks is an Emmy award-winning marketing, media and communications strategist, and former television newscaster and executive producer. She has received more than 200 entrepreneurial and journalism awards for her work including National Association of Black Journalists’ prestigious Ida B. Wells Award in 2019. She is a longtime advocate for minority and women’s issues and small business and the author of Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Advocate Voice for Social Justice.

Ph.D., Communication, Culture and Media Studies, Howard University

M.A., Political Science, Howard University

B.A., Communications,  University of Washington-Seattle (inducted in Alumni Hall of Fame)


Bernadette Harvey is one of the nation’s leading African-American utility contractors.  She has taken her business skills developed in the corporate world to start and grow BConstrux.  She is a success in a relatively male-dominated field in a short time with no field construction experience. 

Bernadette has been a leader in the construction industry in ensuring progress for women and minorities.  She has served on committees for the National Association of Black Women in Construction and the Cardozo High School Transtem Academy.

She is a founding member of the National  Utility Contractor Association and a graduate of the Turner Construction School.

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