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Published on Mar 6, 2015
Joe is the CEO and General Manager of Vernon Electric Cooperative (VEC), a 10,000-member electric cooperative in Westby. VEC recently became the first electric utility in Wisconsin to construct a community solar project. Prior to joining VEC, Joe was the Manager, Executive and Staff Education for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in Madison. He was responsible for the Certified Loss Control Program and the Supervisory Certificate Program. He developed the Cooperative Financial Professional Certificate Program and taught numerous co-op financial management classes. Joe was also the CFO at Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative for 17 years. Joe serves on the boards of the following non-profit organizations: Wisconsin Rural Housing Foundation, Bethel Home and Services, and the Bethel Butikk Food Pantry. He has an Executive MBA from the UW-Madison, a degree in Finance from UW-Platteville, and is a graduate of the UW Graduate School of Banking. Here is Joe McDonald’s presentation at the 2015 Renew Energy Policy Summit, at Union South, University of Wisconsin, in Madison, Wisconsin on January 9, 2015. Taped and edited by Jacob Sailing for JATV Media Services.