Episode 57: Abby Watson - Siemens Gamesa

Today we sit down with Abby Watson of Siemens Gamesa. Abby is the Head of Government Affairs, North America for the company, which is the largest wind turbine company in the world.

Abby is a real pro. She oversees North America and manages relationships with state and local governments, as well as key stakeholders involved in the installation and operation of on-shore and off-shore wind projects across the U.S.

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Abby's got an interesting background. Unlike most of our guests, who start off their career in the public sector, she got her start in the renewable energy sector and pivoted from the technical side to government affairs.

She started with Siemens Gamesa over 8 years ago as a Development Assistant, went back to school, and then rose up to her current position. However, it didn’t happen by accident - Abby sought out the opportunity and has made the most of it.

It just goes to show you something we've learned through producing this podcast time and time again - there's no one way to break into lobbying and government affairs.