Warren Adams-Leavitt became Executive Director of the Metropolitan Energy Center, Inc. on November 1, 2013. Warren has 28 years of experience in community organization and development in the Kansas City area. He holds an MPA from University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), has helped to launch three organizations and has organized and managed a wide variety of programs in response to community needs. Warren was hired by Metropolitan Energy Center in November 2011 as Director of Training Programs, and has helped MEC expand its training programs into commercial energy auditing, alternative fuel vehicles and other environmental and energy fields.
David Albrecht began his position as Clean Cities Program Coordinator in December of 2013. Along with a decades-long passion for environmental and energy issues, he also brings to the position years of business research and program development at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, work in international relations at the International Visitors Council, and experience as an administrator and analyst at the Consulate General of Japan in Kansas City.
When not at work at MEC, he volunteers at Habitat Restore, brews beer and does his bit to fight Colony Collapse Disorder by keeping bees in his backyard garden. David has BA degrees in History and German from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Master’s in East Asian Studies from the University of Kansas.
Kelly Gilbert joined Metropolitan Energy Center in 2008 as coordinator of the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition and became MEC’s Transportation Director in 2010. She has coordinated proposals resulting in 3 major grant awards from the U.S. Department of Energy for clean transportation planning and implementation, in addition to smaller private grants for outreach and training. Through these projects, MEC and its partners have managed nearly $40 million in clean transportation projects and have achieved deployment of more than 350 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles across 3 states and the installation of a variety of refueling stations that support hundreds more alternative fuel vehicles on major travel corridors.
Kelly manages activities of the coalition and a collaborative agreement among 4 Clean Cities coalitions to remove barriers to local adoptions of alternative fuels. Under her leadership, the Clean Cities coalition holds quarterly stakeholder meetings and events, provides technical assistance to business and government agencies and tells the public the success stories of participant fleets.
Kelly previously co-chaired the Greater Kansas City Plug-In Readiness Initiative and managed Electrify Heartland to prepare the community for electric vehicles, served on the board of directors of a start-up food cooperative and volunteered as a co-organizer of Green Drinks Kansas City, an environmental networking and education group.
Shawn joined the Metropolitan Energy Center as a program intern in the fall of 2014 to support the designation of the Central Kansas Clean Cities Coalition. He is now the Program Assistant in a full time position and will be responsible for completing the designation process, event coordination, outreach, customer relationship management, program administration, research writing, and content development.
Shawn graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Business Administration with a minor in management. He was also the founder and president for Wichita State Cycling, a student organization that plans to race competitively in the Midwest and also promoted cycling as a lifestyle to the Wichita State University student and faculty population.