You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.
—Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago
Julia Hamm is president and CEO of the Solar Electric Power Association. Until 2003, SEPA had been run by a management services company. Hamm came on board as the first actual employee in 2004. She recalls the board she inherited:
There were no continuing programs and no infrastructure; we had to build from the ground up. We had a very hands-on operating board (midlevel managers from the companies within our membership), and we largely needed them to be active in this way.
But around 2008, we skyrocketed. The industry was changing and our organization gained prominence because of what was happening with the growing need for ...