Jennifer Kinney


Jennifer Kinney is the Chief Technology Officer at Simple Energy and is responsible for defining and building the Simple Energy product suite. Jennifer has extensive experience in leading software development and product teams. Prior to joining the team, Jennifer was the CTO/VP of Engineering and Chief Architect at MapQuest, part of AOL and now Verizon. She led MapQuest’s transition from datacenter to AWS; completely rebuilt the core mobile, web, and API technologies; launched a series of new initiatives and partnerships; and participated in the leadership team that shifted MapQuest’s core business.

Jennifer also brings experience and a passion for the energy industry to the team having helped lead commercialization at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and helped build a consulting firm that counted many utilities as customers. Her work with utilities included AMI/smart grid, SCADA, and outage management systems. Jennifer received her BS in Business and Journalism from University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by a MBA in Business and Computer Science from University of Colorado, Boulder and an MS in Business Administration, Management & Operations from the University of Oregon – Charles H. Lundquist College of Business.

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