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As the National Energy Foundation (NEF) celebrates its 45th anniversary this November, we are grateful for the many accomplishments we’ve had throughout the years. From designing new materials, creating relevant programs, developing e-learning resources and growing our team and national reach, NEF continues to adapt to the changing world of education and energy. 

We also know we would not be successful without those who have partnered with us to realize our mission. NEF has a team of over 30 full-time staff, approximately 70 presenters, over 150 sponsors and vendors, and a community of over 40,000 teachers. Additionally, our team’s experience and knowledge have given us the flexibility to adapt to energy and education trends. Our executive team alone brings a combined 80 years of NEF experience! Leading the way is Elissa Richards, who became President of NEF in 2015. Her visionary leadership over the past years has continued NEF’s legacy of achievement.

The NEF team isn’t the only thing that has grown over the years. Our organization’s reach has also significantly expanded as we continue to prepare students for the energy production, management and conservation realities of today’s world. In 2006, our program participation totaled 13,700 students. Today, that number has grown to over 500,000 students annually, with millions of students reached throughout the years!

Above all, we want to extend our deepest thanks to those who have supported us along the way. From sponsors to teachers to our staff, we are who we are because of you. Through our evolution and growth, NEF continues to cultivate and promote an energy literate society. NEF’s dedicated and experienced team, cutting-edge programs and commitment ensure we’ll meet any opportunity over the next 45 years!