New Executive Director Hired for International Organization Leading Critical Environment and Global Health Effort

1:56 PM on Oct 16, 2018


New Executive Director Hired for International Organization Leading Critical Environment and Global Health Efforts 

Solar Cookers International (SCI), an international NGO focused on improving human and environmental health with solar cooking, is pleased to announce that it has hired Caitlyn Hughes as its new Executive Director. Ms. Hughes has worked with SCI for 4 years, as Program Director and most recently as Interim Executive Director between July 1, 2018, and October 5, 2018. “When our esteemed former Executive Director Julie Greene announced her retirement in June 2018, SCI’s Board commenced a nationwide search for Julie’s replacement,” said Jim Moose, President of SCI. “After receiving applications from dozens of outstanding candidates, including many leaders with impressive backgrounds in the nonprofit sector, the Board unanimously concluded that Ms. Hughes was by far and away the best suited to lead SCI into its next phase. Caitlyn is passionate, knowledgeable, and well prepared to lead the international solar cooking development community. She really knows how SCI works, is a great ambassador for the organization, and has existing relationships with everyone in the greater SCI family,” Moose continued. “We could not be more enthusiastic.”  

Caitlyn Hughes transition to Executive Director is immediate. 


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Letter from Solar Cookers International’s New Executive Director 

This announcement comes at a time when SCI is recognizing 30 years of achievements and a strong trajectory of success.  I am honored to be leading an organization with such a solid foundation that is also dynamic enough to anticipate and adapt to global trends and needs.   

SCI is comprised of so many incredible teams: dedicated supporters, volunteers, Associates, Global Advisors, Board Members, staff, and collaborators.  I am most excited about taking on this role to work even more closely with each of these teams to achieve our mission.  I was fortunate to speak with many of SCI’s founders and supporters at SCI’s 30th anniversary celebration.  While organizing the 6th SCI World Conference in India, I got to personally know our collaborators' in-depth passion and expertise.  SCI continues to lead through data analysis (tracking the number of solar cookers) and advocacy, evidenced by our recent publication by the United Nations on land protection solutions.   

I’m happy to carry on the strong trajectory of success, from our founders, to our most recent Executive Director Julie Greene, into the future.  You can see SCI’s recent accomplishments in our just-released annual report, and our strategic plan for the future.   

Please join us in these important next steps forward to achieve our mission.  I look forward to continuing this journey with you, until everyone has a safe, sustainable way to cook, and eat. 

Best regards, 

Caitlyn Hughes 

Executive Director