Helen O'Shea is the Director of NRDC’s Western Renewable Energy Project. She is part of a multi-faceted Renewable Energy team working to shape an environmentally responsible program for renewable generation and transmission in the West. Prior to working at NRDC, Helen worked for The Trust for Public Land for eight years doing land acquisition and park development in Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles. She has worked in land conservation and environmental policy in the Bay Area for 15 years. Helen holds a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Washington and Lee University and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.