Darcy Wheeles is a Director at California Environmental Associates (CEA). Darcy provides regulatory and policy analysis, strategy, and advocacy for companies and organizations doing business in California. Acting as an honest broker between corporations and environmental interests on issues of air quality, energy, and climate change, Darcy helps clients develop and implement collaborative, multi-stakeholder approaches which both lower costs and improve environmental quality. Darcy brings more than 15 years of experience facilitating relationships with regulatory agencies and environmental NGOs on behalf of clients in the renewable energy and transportation sectors. She also has over ten years of experience advising and managing trade associations and is an experienced writer, facilitator, and project manager.
Darcy serves as the Program Director of the MESA Standards Alliance, a consortium of electric utilities and technology suppliers developing an open, non-proprietary set of specifications and communication standards for the energy storage industry. This role allows Darcy to bring together her renewable energy knowledge and trade association management skills to provide strategic direction for the organization and support smart grid development.
Prior to joining CEA, Darcy worked for an environmental consulting firm where she guided companies in integrating and streamlining their environmental management information systems and developing environmental performance indicators. Additionally, Darcy worked with cities and counties to evaluate proposed development within their jurisdictions and develop long-range plans, including updating general plans.
Darcy has a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University with a focus in Environmental Policy and was formerly the Vice Chair of the City of Seaside Planning Commission. In 2016, Darcy was appointed by Governor Brown to the California Board of Forestry and serves as a public member of the Board.