Stacy Ambroziak: Deepwater's Director of External Relations

Fri, 11/01/2013 - 2:00pm

Deepwater Wind has a new team member, Stacy Ambroziak, director of external relations. She will be responsible for talking with Rhode Island residents about Deepwater’s five-turbine wind farm proposed for off the coast of Block Island.

“My role is public outreach,” Ambroziak said. “Talking with the members of the public, and trying to engage and educate them.”

Ambroziak graduated from Providence College in 2002 with a degree in Business Management. Following this, she went on to work for former Gov. Donald Carcieri’s election campaign, and held several other jobs in policy-making and legal issues. She currently lives in Warwick, R.I.

She came aboard the Deepwater team at the request of Deepwater CEO Jeff Grybowski, she said.

Ambroziak sat down with The Block Island Times to talk about her new role with Deepwater. Joining her was Block Island Wind Farm Manager Bryan Wilson.

What does Ambroziak see as some of the biggest challenges facing her, and the Deepwater project?

“There’s so much negative outreach from some groups of people,” she said. “They’re pretty good at writing letters. We have to make sure we do a good job letting them know the facts and not letting the opposition sort of dilute or cloud what’s really going on.”

She said that the opponents are a “small group,” a statement that Wilson echoed. Wilson later said that his own personal study of Block Island opinion of the project shows about 70 percent in favor, 15 percent against and 15 percent undecided about the Block Island wind farm proposal.

“We have to get the message out there,” said Wilson, referring to educating the public on the positive aspects of Deepwater.

He hopes that Ambroziak’s fresh perspective on the Deepwater project will do just that — and he noted that she herself has been asking the right questions as she learns about the project.

Ambroziak said her role is primarily to talk to those who might be impacted by the wind farm. Wilson said that, in the past, Deepwater has held discussions with the fishing community. This discussion is particularly important at this juncture, said Wilson, because Deepwater is currently being reviewed by state and federal agencies in order to receive permits necessary to build the Block Island wind farm.

“This is very much a watershed moment,” said Wilson. “We’re going into the permitting process with a high level of confidence.”