Citizens for Local Power (CLP) was founded in 2013 by 10 women who affectionately referred to themselves as the organization’s "kitchen cabinet."  The kitchen cabinet continues to meet weekly in Rosendale, NY, a town of 6,000 people in the Mid-Hudson Valley. You can reach us anytime at by email or by calling one of our members below.

Kitchen Cabinet members currently include (in alphabetical order):

  • Betta Broad, Director of New Yorkers for Clean Power;

  • Pat Courtney-Strong, small business owner and state certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise who has spent the last 15 years helping homeowners, businesses and local governments save money by saving energy;

  • Matthew Eshed, Coordinator of Citizens for Local Power; sustainable systems engineer and people-person, can be reached at;

  • Susan H. Gillespie, Former Vice President for Special Global Initiatives and VP for Development and Public Affairs, Bard College; translator of philosophy and poetry from German;

  • Kelleigh McKenzie, musician, localist, and former communications director at Re>Think Local;

  • Amy Trompetter, former Professor of Theater at Barnard College and professional puppeteer, whose Redwing Blackbird Theater uses humor and plain language to present political issues, including energy, at its regular public performances; and

  • Evelyn Wright, energy analyst and economist, Principal at Sustainable Energy Economics, founder of Commonwealth Hudson Valley, and member of the Kingston Food Coop Council.

CLP’s Board of Directors are:

Susan H. Gillespie (President), tel: 845-658-9820
Kelleigh McKenzie (Vice-President)
Lindsay Hutton (Acting Treasurer)
Betta Broad (Member-At-Large)
Pat Courtney-Strong (Member-At-Large)
Amy Trompetter (Secretary)