Newsmaker Speaker Series: Offshore Wind – An Environmental & Economic Boom for Maryland

  • February 10, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm



Did you know that, according to one report, wind could be a viable source of renewable electricity in all 50 states by 2050? Wind energy also has the potential to provide an estimated 600,000 jobs in the U.S. in manufacturing, installation, maintenance, and other services by 2050.

Join the GBC as we discuss the prospects for wind energy with three top experts from US Wind. The company plans to develop Momentum Wind, a new offshore wind project to be located in federal waters far off the coast of Maryland. If approved by federal and state regulators, Momentum Wind can secure a major role for Maryland in the rapidly growing U.S. offshore wind industry by establishing Maryland’s first permanent offshore wind component factory

Event Details:

When: February 10, 1:00 p.m.

Where: Virtual Event via Zoom

Cost: $25 for members and $50 for non-members

Featured Speakers


Nancy Sopko, Director, External Affairs

Nancy Sopko is the Director of External Affairs at US Wind, Inc. In this role, Nancy leads the company’s government and public affairs initiatives, including key stakeholder outreach. Prior to joining US Wind, Nancy was the Executive Director at the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW), an independent project at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, where she led the industry’s collective engagement with the commercial fishing industry and, among other things, served as the Developer Coordinator on the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance’s (RODA’s) Joint Industry Task Force. Nancy has also been the director of offshore wind at the American Wind Energy Association; a policy advocate at Oceana, a nonprofit ocean conservation group; legislative counsel to former U.S. Rep. John Adler (NJ-03); counsel to the NJ Senate Judiciary Committee; counsel in the NJ Office of Legislative Services; and as a staff attorney at Legal Services of Northwest Jersey. She is barred to practice law in the State of New Jersey.


Tim Mack, Foundations & Localization Manager

Tim Mack joins US Wind from EEW AOS, LLC, where he most recently served as U.S. Business Development Manager for Offshore Wind. Mack brings 25 years of experience in the steel industry and 14 years of experience in the offshore energy industry to the US Wind team. His vast knowledge and experience in working with wind developers, labor unions, government officials, steel manufacturers, and technology and service providers make him uniquely positioned to advance US Wind’s development efforts.



Maynard Smith, Maryland Business Engagement Manager

Maynard Smith is a business development and diversity & compliance consulting expert, having support diversity inclusion projects for MGM National Harbor, Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Prince George’s County Maryland Supplier Development & Diversity Division, US Homeland Security, Cyber Security Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation and 2020 Black Farmers Cooperative. Maynard volunteers on several community boards to include support of Family Justice Center and Progressive Life Center of Prince George County Maryland and Visit Baltimore organization.