Katie Nekola, General Counsel
Joined January 2005
Katie Nekola is a native of northwestern Wisconsin. She is responsible for leading Clean Wisconsin’s legal department, overseeing air, water, and energy litigation. Nekola managed our successful challenge to the construction of a new coal plant in southwestern Wisconsin, coordinating legal, media, and organizing campaigns. Nekola currently manages and participates in cases before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and proceedings at the Department of Natural Resources. She has advocated for a better energy planning process, renewable energy, and energy efficiency and conservation policies at state agencies and in the Capitol. Nekola also managed Clean Wisconsin’s legal challenge to the Elm Road Generating Station’s cooling water intake system, which resulted in the most comprehensive environmental settlement in Wisconsin history, including the establishment of two nonprofit organizations which address water quality issues in the Lake Michigan Basin and promote global warming solutions.
Nekola holds a law degree and a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She previously worked as an energy consultant, a facilitator for the state Focus on Energy Renewables program, and a school social worker. She has served on the board of directors of the State Bar Public Utilities section, the RENEW Wisconsin board of directors, and various other nonprofit boards, and is a current member of the Wind Advisory Council.
Favorite things to do outdoors in Wisconsin: Swimming, boating and hiking.