Rose McKinney-James, Managing Principal and Founder of Energy Works LLC and former Sierra Nevada University Trustee, will deliver Sierra Nevada University’s 52nd commencement address Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Patterson Lawn at SNU’s Incline Village campus.
A can-do passionate visionary, Rose McKinney-James has been described as a trailblazer and change agent. Her work to advance the commercial deployment of renewable resources established her as a national leader in climate and clean energy. She is a skilled and effective advocate who has built critical relationships and transformative collaborations with key community and industry leaders.
McKinney-James directed the Department of Business and Industry, Nevada’s largest state agency. There she was recognized for her innovation in providing eﬃcient and advanced services to the business community. As the former CEO of CSTRR, a solar and renewable energy company, she is credited with authoring the strategy to fast track the integration of renewable resources into utility energy portfolios. She has represented the interests of Fortune 500 companies, local government, and small business interests as a registered lobbyist with the Nevada Legislature.
McKinney-James has over two decades of service as a public company Director. Since 2005, Rose has been a member of the Board of Directors of MGM Resorts International, where she currently chairs the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, and serves on the Compensation Committee. Additionally, she has served as Chair of Governance and Nomination for Employers Insurance, and Chair of the Compliance and Diversity Committees for Mandalay Resort Group. McKinney-James was responsible for creating and implementing an inaugural diversity program for Mandalay Resorts that became a model for the gaming industry.
McKinney-James is the 2019 recipient of the Direct Women Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Board Excellence, and the inaugural GreenBiz Verge VANGUARD Award. She has been recognized by the US Small Business Administration as Small Business Advocate of the Year and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and the Nevada Conservation League. McKinney-James is listed in the Black Enterprise Registry of Black Corporate Directors and in SAVOY Magazine Power 300 among the most inﬂuential African American corporate Directors in the United States. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Ms. McKinney-James resides in Las Vegas Nevada. She is a graduate of the Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C., and received her BA from Olivet College, in Olivet Michigan.