REM 2015 Speaker Biographies


Stephen Abbott | Rocky Mountain Institute

Stephen Abbott is a senior associate at Rocky Mountain Institute, where he is a core member of the team that founded the Business Renewables Center (BRC). The BRC streamlines and accelerates corporate procurement of off-site wind and solar energy among its more than 45 member organizations, including many Fortune 500 companies. Stephen also helped develop a carbon neutrality roadmap for one of the country’s largest universities. Prior to RMI, Stephen’s work included wind project development and economic consulting. He holds a BA in economics and computer science from Williams College and an MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business.

Eric Ackerman | Edison Electric Institute

Eric Ackerman is Director of Alternative Regulation at Edison Electric Institute, the trade association of investor-owned electric utilities.  He is the chief strategist for retail energy delivery, providing national leadership on issues involving adaptive business strategy, alternative regulation, and cost of capital.  He is directing the Institute’s campaign for the development of new regulatory frameworks to address the problems caused by rapid infrastructure investment in the face of declining sales growth. He also is directing Institute activities to assess new smart grid-enabled energy architectures (e.g., involving microgrids and virtual power plants) in terms of new business and regulatory policy issues they will give rise to. Before joining EEI, Eric was a member of the technical staff of the MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia, where he participated in technology assessment projects involving renewable and coal-based synthetic fuels technologies.  He began his energy career as managing editor of Energy Digest, a Washington-based trade newsletter covering developments involving energy R&D, and energy policy.  He holds a BA from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts; and an MBA (Finance and Investments, earned with honors) from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Justin Baca | Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Justin Baca is Senior Director of Research at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) where he has overseen all aspects of SEIA’s market research and policy analysis since 2008. He has evaluated the interaction of federal and state policy under many market structures and experience in diverse industry issues from grid integration to workforce development to market design to international trade.

Bryn Baker | World Wildlife Fund

Bryn Baker manages WWF's work with companies on renewable energy procurement. She helps facilitate the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles, an initiative that articulates corporate energy consumer’s needs from the market in order to scale renewable energy and collaboratively meet large customer demand. She also manages WWF's engagement with utilities, regulators and other renewable energy market players on scaling and streamlining voluntary renewable energy procurement. Prior to WWF, Ms. Baker focused on renewable energy deployment with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Rocky Mountain Institute and in developing markets with USAID and the Overseas Development Institute. She holds a masters of Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics and a bachelors in Ecology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

Miguel Bantigue | Karbone Inc.

Miguel Bantigue is a Broker at Karbone Inc, a renewable energy financial services firm. Since joining the firm in 2012, Mr. Bantigue covers REC and SREC markets across the US, working with large-scale energy companies, utilities, project developers, and financial firms. Mr. Bantigue focuses on a variety of trades, from executing daily market transactions to structuring long term REC contracts with bundled/unbundled power. He also works closely with the firm's other business divisions to offer an integrated service approach to add value along each segment of the project value chain. In coordination with Karbone's Research Desk he is involved in supply-demand fundamental analyses, regulatory tracking and price forecasting; and with Karbone's Capital Advisory Desk he works to identify outlets of capital to enable clients to get their projects off the ground. Mr. Bantigue holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a Minor in Environmental Policy from Fordham University.

Galen Barbose | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Galen Barbose is a Research Scientist in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Galen has worked at the lab for 14 years, conducting analysis and providing technical assistance to policymakers on a broad array of issues in the electricity industry related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and regional electric system planning.  Among those efforts, Galen and his colleagues track state-level renewable portfolio standards policies, and frequently give briefings on this topic to policymakers and other industry stakeholders on the design, impacts, and implementation of state RPS policies.

Megan Birney | Wiser Capital

Megan Birney is Director of Strategic Affairs for Wiser Capital, the financial services firm that facilitates and invests in mid-scale commercial solar projects. Wiser Capital specializes in bringing new sources of capital to an untapped market segment through standardization, transparency and a unique risk rating system. Utilizing proprietary software, Wiser Capital has created opportunities for third party investment in projects on unrated host facilities that had previously been ignored. Megan is responsible for marketing, project and business development efforts. She works closely with channel partners to grow the market segment and implement strategic initiatives.

Anne Blair | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Anne is the director for Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s (SACE) clean fuels initiatives and serves as SACE’s state affairs liaison in Georgia. She leads SACE’s work to advance policies to expand clean transportation technologies, reduce oil use, and improve air quality. She is also engaged in policy analysis, outreach and research on renewable energy at the local, state and federal levels. Anne is a member of the Green-E Governance Board, Mothers & Others for Clean Air Leadership Board, EarthShare of Georgia Board of Directors, and the Southeast Diesel Collaborative Leadership Council. She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA.

Adam Capage | 3Degrees

Adam is a an expert in voluntary utility green power programs, having led 3Degrees’ Utility Partnership services since 2007, and previously directed E Source’s information service for utilities operating green power programs. Adam’s work in the evolving renewable energy industry is now focused on assisting utilities in planning and designing community solar programs. He regularly speaks, writes and consults about market trends and best practices as 3Degrees helps utilities navigate this important and rapidly changing new market.   Adam has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of CO at Boulder and a M.A. in Public Administration from the University of CO at Denver.

Jay Carlis | Community Energy

Jay Carlis is Vice-President of Community Energy, a leading solar power developer and renewable energy marketer. Jay is responsible for originating direct retail Power Purchase Agreements with large corporate customers and universities. In 2015, Jay led the closing of an 80 MW solar PPA in Virginia with Amazon Web Services. Jay has over 10 years’ experience in renewable energy and is former President of the Renewable Energy Markets Association. He has an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from UNC-Chapel Hill and a BA in Sociology from Haverford College.

Jules Chuang | Mt. Stonegate Green Asset Management

Jules Chuang is an environmental scientist with over 20 years of experience in the renewable energy sectors (wind, biogas, biomass, solar), a Member of the Board of International REC Organization and Managing Director of Mt. Stonegate Green Asset Management (MSG). Jules has been extensively involved in all areas of the carbon as well as various projects on Renewable energy sectors and Social Enterprise. Jules has actively participated in the GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance’s technical working group. Most recently, MSG under Jules’ leadership has been involved and closed transactions for I-RECs over 1,000GWh in East Asia and other regions. Jules is an environmental scientist and energy economist.

Jason Cimpl | Sol Systems, LLC

Jason Cimpl manages Sol Systems' SREC portfolio of 4,000+ solar assets, creates and analyzes the company’s SREC research models, forecasts SREC supply and demand, and calculates the SREC portfolio’s risk position and strategy. He leads Sol Systems' SREC services group, which manages SREC portfolios for installers, developers, and investors who own their own SREC-producing solar assets. Prior to Sol Systems, Mr. Cimpl served as lead analyst for Wyatt Investment Research, where he provided clients with equity research, portfolio analysis, and trading strategy. Mr. Cimpl graduated from the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Finance, Investment and Banking.

Blaine Collison | Altenex

Blaine Collison is the Managing Director of Network Services for Altenex, where he leads customer acquisition and strategic partnership efforts.  Prior to joining Altenex in April 2014, Blaine directed the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership.  Blaine serves on the board of directors of the Association of Climate Change Officers and the advisory boards of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and the Sustainable Endowments Institute.

Karin Corfee Navigant Consulting

Karin Corfee is a Managing Director in Navigant’s Energy Practice and is based in San Francisco, California. She has a long track history supporting clean energy initiatives throughout the United States.  Key areas of expertise include strategic planning, renewable energy, energy efficiency and distributed generation.  Prior to joining Navigant, Ms. Corfee was a Vice President in charge of Markets and Regulation and services at KEMA.  Ms. Corfee has an MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Political Economy of Natural Resources from the University of California at Berkeley.

James Critchfield | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Mr. Critchfield currently directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership – a voluntary program that supports organizational procurement of green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.  Prior to joining EPA, James worked in California for a leading solar energy system design and build firm.  He is also the current Chair of ASTM’s E44.25 Sub Committee on Heat Metering. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Anthony Davis | General Motors

Anthony Davis is a project manager of sustainability initiatives and renewable energy at General Motors. Davis evaluates and implements opportunities to build GM’s renewable energy portfolio including solar, wind and geothermal projects. Davis joined GM in 2006 as an intern and started full-time in 2008 as a capital projects manager. In 2009, he became the assistant site utility manager at GM’s Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas and began his current job at the company’s technical center in Warren, Michigan in 2011. Davis earned a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering and a Master of Science in engineering management from Pennsylvania State University. He is a certified energy manager.

Monica DeAngelo | U.S. Department of Navy

Monica DeAngelo is the Director of Installation Energy Program Integration for the US Department of Navy (DON).  In this role, she provides subject matter expertise and leadership to develop DON renewable energy policy; ensures detailed technical and financial analysis is done to recommend sound business decisions; and is responsible for the integration of renewable energy projects into existing DON portfolios.

Ms. DeAngelo began her career as engineer with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) where she conducted engineering, environmental and policy analysis for major intrastate energy infrastructure. Ms. DeAngelo received a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Columbia University, New York, NY, a Bachelors of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, PA and holds a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Certification.

Jeff Deyette | Union of Concerned Scientists

Jeff Deyette is the assistant director of energy research in the Climate and Energy Program at UCS. Mr. Deyette conducts research, advocacy, and outreach to advance development of renewable energy and energy efficiency as part of a transition to a low-carbon economy. He co-authored the UCS book Cooler, Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living and has also written extensively for UCS and other publications on energy sector issues including the benefits of increasing renewable energy, coal plant economics, and the risks of overreliance on natural gas. Mr. Deyette holds a master's degree from Boston University in energy resource management, and a bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University.

Zach Dobelbower | District of Columbia Municipal Government

Zach Dobelbower is a program manager within the Energy & Sustainability Division for the DC Department of General Services. Zach is responsible for managing the resources and commodities used to operate and maintain the District’s 30 million square feet of public building space, in addition to managing the implementation of solutions that lower costs, reduce risk, conserve resources, and decarbonize the city’s energy supply and consumption. Before joining DGS, Zach owned and managed Carbon Cross Development, a contracting company that provided energy modeling and efficiency design services. From 2005 to 2009, Zach served as the Urban Sustainability Planner for the DC Office of Planning, managing projects ranging from economic and cultural development to urban design and sustainable neighborhoods. Zach is a LEED accredited professional with an MPA from American University and a BA from the University of Oklahoma.

Robin Dutta | SunPower

Robin Dutta joined SunPower in 2015 and currently leads the company’s east coast state policy initiatives, as well as assists in Federal affairs. Robin is a bit of a throwback, having broken into the solar industry doing solar thermal policy work. More recently, Robin has focused on community solar and net metering issues at the state level. Before his solar work, Robin worked on political campaigns and was an Energy Fellow for US Senator Tom Carper (DE). Robin earned his BA from Drew University and his MA in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. Robin is also currently a Board member of the Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association.

Scott Eidson | 3Degrees

As head of 3Degrees Origination & Trading division, Scott oversees the origination of new renewable energy and carbon offset projects; wholesale trading operations; portfolio management, strategic partnerships, and regulatory affairs. To date, 3Degrees' has supported well over one thousand different projects across dozens of voluntary and compliance markets.  Before assuming his commercial role at 3Degrees, Scott led 3Degrees Research, Strategy & Analysis team and oversaw all quantitative and qualitative market analysis.  Scott has a BA from Wesleyan University, an MBA from HEC in Paris, and an MA in business law from The Fletcher School.

Emily Felt | Duke Energy Corporation

Emily Felt is director of strategy and policy in the distributed energy resources (DER) team at Duke Energy Corporation. Her work focuses on designing comprehensive programs and policies for distributed solar and other DERs for in states served by Duke Energy. From 2010-2012, she managed Duke Energy's compliance with the North Carolina Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard. Prior to that, Emily worked as an industrial business developer for nearly ten years. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard University. Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power company in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas in Ohio and Kentucky. Its commercial power and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. Duke Energy has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for North America for the ten consecutive years.

Courtney Gilbert | Dominion Virginia Power

Courtney Gilbert currently works in Dominion Virginia Power’s New Technology & Energy Conservation Department where she manages the Dominion Green Power® program and oversees the marketing and communications for Dominion’s renewable energy programs, energy conservation programs and the company’s advancing metering solutions initiative. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Public Relations, both from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Amy Haddon | Renewable Choice Energy

Amy Haddon is the VP of Marketing & Communications for Renewable Choice Energy, a pioneering global supplier of products and services that advance clean energy development and the adoption of carbon reduction technologies.  Amy develops and executes marketing strategies to engage corporate clients, including more than 140 of the Fortune 500.  She also works with Renewable Choice clients to design and implement customized communication programs and tools that highlight their commitment to clean energy. A frequent speaker on sustainability, Amy has a master’s degree in Applied Human Sciences from Colorado State University and is certified in GRI Sustainability Reporting.

Katherine Hamilton | SunEdison

Katherine covers federal policy for SunEdison within her role as principal and co-founder of 38 North Solutions, a public policy firm specializing in clean energy and innovation. Katherine ran the GridWise Alliance, focused on smart grid and served as policy advisor for Good Energies, a private investment company with a clean energy portfolio. She led American Bioenergy Association, developing renewable portfolio standards in states, including Maryland and New Jersey. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Katherine worked in buildings research and government relations. Katherine spent a decade at an investor-owned utility, designing electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Katherine holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. She was named an Ambassador to the Secretary of Energy’s C3E Program under the Clean Energy Ministerial, is a co-host of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media, serves as President of the Board of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, and is Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Future of Electricity.

Doreen Harris New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Doreen Harris is the Program Manager for the Large-Scale Renewables team at the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).  NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions to improve New York State’s economy and environment.  Ms. Harris is responsible for managing the centralized procurement of utility-scale renewable resources in New York under the Renewable Portfolio Standard as well as oversight of future policy design, program rules, and market development mechanisms to spur further penetration of large-scale renewables in New York State, including offshore wind.  Ms. Harris also is responsible for driving a strategic approach to New York’s energy markets with a focus on spurring voluntary market activity, including the ongoing development of the New York Generation Attribute Tracking System.

Alden Hathaway | Sterling Planet, Inc.

Alden Hathaway manages Sterling Energy Assets solar development and energy efficiency programs for national accounts and utility load reduction needs.  He works with customers to integrate energy technologies to help them achieve carbon neutral goals while maximizing savings and return on investment.  Simultaneously, he works the same integrated technology approach to help utilities meet their own demand reduction and load shaping goals.  Prior to these duties, Mr. Hathaway, coordinated for Sterling Planet new customer accounts in the non-residential sector, providing customized solutions for carbon neutrality that combine White Tags™ Energy Efficiency Certificates, renewable energy and direct carbon offsets.

Jenny Heeter | National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Jenny Heeter is a senior renewable energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.  She focuses her research on corporate investments in renewable energy, the green power market, renewable energy certificate markets, renewable portfolio standards, net metering policies and utility regulatory issues. Most recently, she assessed the potential for information and communications technology company investments in renewable energy. She holds an M.P.A. in environmental policy from Indiana University-Bloomington’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Ramé Hemstreet | Kaiser Permanente

Ramé focuses on system interoperability to achieve lifecycle facilities management, reduce total cost of ownership, and achieve the optimal alignment of capabilities and resources to meet our clients’ needs.  As the Chief Sustainable Resources Officer, he collaborates with stakeholders throughout Kaiser to reduce energy intensity, utility costs and carbon footprint. Ramé joined Kaiser Permanente in 2011 after a 29 year career in the U.S. Navy.  Ramé holds a master’s of science degree in construction management from University of California, Berkeley; a master’s of science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College; and a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering from Tulane University. He is a professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Board member of the Unforgotten Fund.

John Hensley | American Wind Energy Association

John serves as AWEA’s lead on industry data and analysis. In this role, John oversees industry market research and data collection along with the management, reporting, and distribution of all wind energy statistics, including wind project and manufacturing data, employment, and costs.  This is John’s second tenure with AWEA. In the interim, John was a senior analyst with FI Consulting, a boutique financial and IT consulting firm. John holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and International Affairs with a concentration in Energy, Resources, and the Environment from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Bill Holmes | K&L Gates LLP

Bill Holmes is a partner at K&L Gates LLP, a global law firm with 47 offices around the world. Bill advises clients in negotiating major power purchase agreements for corporate buyers, developers and utilities, energy project development agreements, agreements for the acquisition or sale of energy projects and other transaction agreements, including in the areas of energy storage, wind energy, solar energy, and hydroelectric power.  Bill is a frequent speaker and moderator at energy storage and renewable energy conferences.  He is listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Energy Law, 2007-2016 and has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Renewable Energy Law at the University of Oregon.

Ed Holt | Ed Holt & Associates, Inc.

Ed Holt is president of Ed Holt & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm focusing on green power markets and renewable energy policy. He provides strategic and program planning, market analysis, and policy research and analysis to government, utilities and advocacy organizations. When Ed started consulting, green power was a largely unknown term, and he encouraged utilities to develop voluntary green pricing options for customers, through a newsletter, publications and presentations. In 1996 he wrote the Green Pricing Resource Guide, which he later updated. In 2009, the Center for Resource Solutions presented him with the Green Power Pioneer award.

Tom Hunt | Clean Energy Collective

Tom Hunt brings a broad background in energy markets, policy, and technology to the Corporate Development department at CEC. In his role at CEC, he leads the company's involvement in policy and regulatory affairs, development of new products, and market expansion.  Previously he was the Senior Policy Advisor for the Colorado Governor's Energy Office under Governor John Hickenlooper. Before working on energy policy he worked on energy production as a chemist researching biofuels synthesis methods. He has graduate degrees in energy economicsand a B.S. in biochemistry.

Dr. Louis J Hutchinson, III | WGL Energy Services

Dr. Louis J. Hutchinson, III is Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer for WGL and Washington Gas. In this role, he is responsible for Sales, Marketing and Corporate Communications for WGL, WGL Energy and Washington Gas, as well as building an integrated business platform that enables WGL to compete more effectively and to create and capture more market opportunities, leveraging the entirety of WGL’s portfolio in order to achieve sustainable and long term growth. Prior to joining WGL, Dr. Hutchinson served as Officer and Senior Vice President of Public Sector, Energy Efficiency, at Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon. Before becoming a part of the Constellation team, Dr. Hutchinson was held executive positions at Crunchy Technologies, Netscape Communications and Powersoft Corporation. Dr. Hutchinson received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Statistics. He continued his education at Wesley Theological Seminary, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Doctorate of Theology and magna cum laude with a Masters of Divinity.

Todd Jones | Center for Resource Solutions

As Senior Manager, Policy and Climate Change Programs, Todd Jones provides analysis and guidance on renewable energy and climate policy design and implementation to policymakers, regulators and functional support entities. He also works with environmental policy organizations and serves on various technical advisory and working groups to provide research and guidance in the areas of renewable energy and climate change and to strengthen programs that add credibility to corporate environmental action. Jones also manages the Green-e Climate program, a retail standard and certification for carbon offsets. He holds a Master’s in Environmental Science from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley.

Christopher Kent | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Christopher Kent has been with EPA’s Green Power Partnership program since Spring 2015.  Previously, he served as the Specifications Development Manager for Office Equipment and Commercial Equipment for EPA’s ENERGY STAR program. He has been with EPA since 1995 working on various agency regulatory and voluntary source reduction programs.  Just prior to his work with ENERGY STAR, Chris was a Mansfield Fellow working in Japan’s Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry working on green electronics purchasing and recycling issues.

Tom Kimbis | Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Tom leads the development of strategy to promote solar energy across the U.S. As Vice President of Executive Affairs, he oversees the departments of Executive Affairs and Research. He also provides legal services to SEIA as General Counsel. Tom has been working in renewable energy since 2000, when he began supporting research, analysis, legislative, and planning efforts across all energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Dan KingMidwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS)

Dan King is the Program Manager at the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS), a system to facilitate the regulatory and voluntary market functions of Renewable Energy Certificates in the Midwest. Prior to joining M-RETS, Dan was a Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, DC where he supported the development of federal R&D investment strategy. Dan is an accomplished scientist with a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Minnesota in addition to degrees from the University of Vermont and Brown University. 

Lars Kvale | APX

Lars Kvale is Head of Business Development for APX, Inc. His experience includes managing APX’s registry operations as well as leading the implementation of several registries and the inter-registry framework set up to support automated certificate transfers from one registry to another. He is APX’s lead expert on how registries can support new markets and respond to new policy developments, including the US EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Prior to APX, Lars Kvale worked with the Center for Resource Solutions to develop standards for and manage the Green-e Energy and Green-e Climate programs. He also has experience working with the California Energy Commission.

Alicia LaRoche | WGL Energy Services, Inc.

Alicia LaRoche is the Green Products Manager at WGL Energy, an entity that delivers a full ecosystem of energy offerings across the United States. Alicia manages the sales and marketing activities to residential and commercial customers for Green Products such as wind power, solar power, and carbon offsets; implements energy management and efficiency solutions; develops new and innovative energy-related products; and initiates and maintains partnerships. Alicia, a LEED Green Associate, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Virginia and a Master’s Degree in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University.

Amanda LaValle | Ulster County Department of the Environment

Amanda has headed the Ulster County Department of the Environment since its inception in 2008. The Ulster County Department of the Environment has the unique charge to coordinate and implement sustainability initiatives across County government including County Executive Michael Hein's Greener by Design initiatives. Greener by Design projects range broadly and include energy efficiency, use of renewables, green infrastructure, and materials conservation.  In 2015, Ulster County executed PPAs to install 3.76 MW of solar. Additionally the County has installed a network of electric vehicle charging stations at nine public county owned facilities and is integrating plug-in hybrid vehicles into the County fleet. Ulster County received a 2015 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties for environmental initiatives. Amanda holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University as well as a graduate degree from SUNY Empire State College. A native of Ulster County, she resides in Kingston.

Mike Lemyre | Ygrene

A leader in clean energy finance, Mike Lemyre has been instrumental in the design and adoption of the PACE model in the U.S. Prior to joining Ygrene in 2011, Lemyre held executive positions at Chartis (formerly AIG) andArch Insurance Group after beginning his career at McKinsey & Company. At Ygrene, Lemyre has played a key role in developing the policy framework, state and local government partnerships and the commercial finance aspects of the business. Lemyre holds a BBA in Finance and Administration from PACE University in New York.

Michael Leschke | Center for Resource Solutions

Michael Leschke, Green-e® Energy Analyst, joined CRS in January 2012, where he assists in carrying out the multiple aspects of the Green-e Energy program. He is involved in the development and management of the annual verification process for the Green-e Energy program, managing relationships with a large group of Green-e Energy’s participant organizations, and engages in research on various renewable energy topics.  He also acts as a lead Salesforce® administrator for CRS. Mr. Leschke has previous experience performing policy research and analysis for environmentally focused public sector and non-profit organizations.  He received a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine in Political Science and International Studies as well as a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Christopher Leveriza | WGL Energy Services, Inc.

Chris is a Senior Structure Analyst and Trader at WGL Energy Services, one of the largest retail electricity suppliers in the Mid-Atlantic region.  He is responsible for analyzing and pricing customer loads as well as wholesale market transactions for the electric supply portfolio, including portfolio management of WGL’s renewable energy portfolio.  With over 10 years of experience in the electricity industry, Chris has worked for other retail and wholesale electricity marketers where his responsibilities included structuring products, wholesale trading and supply portfolio management.  He holds a BA in Economics from Georgetown University.    

Janet Lin | Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company

Janet Lin directs strategy for U.S. Eco Solutions, a unit company of Panasonic North America with the mission to bring comprehensive clean technology solutions to leading utilities and enterprises. Lin is charged with the expansion, M&A and corporate development of Panasonic’s expanding energy and environmental solutions platform in the U.S, and manages a strategic planning team dedicated to business analysis and structured finance across energy production, storage and efficiency markets to provide executive-level guidance. Lin has over a decade of experience in strategy and venture growth within the clean energy sector, including the independent energy and environment analyst firm Verdantix, where she served as chief of research, and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She holds a BA in History from Brown University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, where she directed the MIT Clean Energy Prize.

Tom Lindberg | ECOHZ

Tom is the Managing Director of ECOHZ, and the Chairman of the Board of the newly established ECOHZ Renewable Energy Foundation. He has a broad international background and experience. He studied Business Administration in both Norway and the US, and has later enjoyed the diversity of international work and living in a number of countries in Europe and Asia. Tom spent 22 years working in a range of positions in the IT and telecom sector, before joining ECOHZ and the renewable energy industry in 2008. Tom has lead ECOHZ to its current position as a market leader in Europe, and with a fast growing global position.

Jaclynn Lukach | PJM EIS

Jaclynn Lukach is vice president of PJM EIS, a subsidiary of PJM Interconnection, where her responsibilities include development of PJM EIS GATS Operating Rules, design and execution of GATS project implementation testing, and facilitation of GATS State Agency Meetings and the GATS Subscriber Group Meetings. This unique experience has given Ms. Lukach in-depth knowledge of all aspects of PJM EIS and GATS. Having been the primary GATS administrator since 2005, Ms. Lukach possesses a keen understanding of renewable portfolio standards programs in the PJM states. She works closely with the state regulatory agencies regarding renewable portfolio policies and rules. Ms. Lukach holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Drexel University.

Thomas MacLean | Puget Sound Energy

Tom works with a team of product marketing, customer service and renewable energy professionals for Puget Sound Energy.  The team provides guidance for strategy and policy decisions, and develops new programs to grow the company’s business in distributed generation and renewable energy.  Tom’s experience at PSE includes power plant evaluations, energy demand forecasting, developing and evaluating RFPs, and negotiating agreements.  He has represented the company at the regional and national level, providing data and testimony to policy makers and regulators in both Washingtons.  

Jennifer Martin | Center for Resource Solutions

Ms. Martin is the Executive Director of the Center for Resource Solutions, where she brings over two decades of NGO and private sector experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency, distributed generation, and electricity sector and climate change policy and regulation.  She is a founding board member of Re-Volv, an advisory board member of the Low Impact Hydro Institute, a member of the WREGIS Stakeholder Advisory Committee and served as Technical Chairperson of the WREGIS Operational Rules Committee, and a member of the Federal State Renewable Portfolio Standard Collaborative Advisory Group.

Janet McCabe | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Janet McCabe is the Acting Assistant Administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, having previously served as OAR’s Principal Deputy to the Assistant Administrator.

Prior to joining EPA in November 2009, McCabe was Executive Director of Improving Kids’ Environment, Inc., a children’s environmental health advocacy organization based in Indianapolis, Indiana and was an adjunct faculty member at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Public Health.

From 1993 to 2005, Ms. McCabe held several leadership positions in the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Office of Air Quality and was the office’s Assistant Commissioner from 1998 to 2005. Before coming to Indiana in 1993, Ms. McCabe served as Assistant Attorney General for environmental protection for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Assistant Secretary for Environmental Impact Review. Ms. McCabe grew up in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Harvard College in 1980 and Harvard Law School in 1983.

Bernice McIntyre | WGL Energy Services

Bernice K. McIntyre is the Program Director WGL Non-utility Regulatory Strategy. She oversees regulatory strategy and compliance for all of WGL’s non-utility entities. Bernice serves on the Sustainable Energy Utility Advisory Board for the District of Columbia. She also serves on Virginia Governor McAuliffe’s Climate Change and Resiliency Commission. Ms. McIntyre was Commissioner and later Chair of the Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission. She previously was Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Bernice received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Oberlin College and her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law.

Vanessa Miler-Fels | Microsoft

Ms. Miler-Fels is a Renewable Energy Manager at Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, where she works on renewables sourcing, investment and strategy. Extensive experience in unlocking capital to develop, at scale, renewable energy and environment projects in both developed and emerging markets, in both the public (former senior adviser on climate finance at the French Ministry of Environment and at the French Ministry of Energy) and private sector (Director Sustainable development at Centuria Capital, a $10 billion London-based investment fund). A French and Indian national, she graduated in France from Sciences-Po Paris and the ENA - Ecole Nationale d'Administration.

Jessica Moore | Sterling Planet, Inc.

Jessica is Director of Business Development at Sterling Planet where she helps Fortune 500 clients across diverse industry sectors meet their sustainability goals with cost-effective strategies that include renewable energy project development, virtual PPAs, combined heat and power, RECs, carbon offsets, energy efficiency, and analytics. Previously, as Executive Director of the Georgia Solar Energy Association she drove the development of the largest voluntary solar program in US, currently over 700MW, through collaboration with incumbent utility Georgia Power and the GA Public Service Commission. In 2013, Jessica presented at TEDx Atlanta her belief that “Georgia is the game changer in the march towards a federal energy policy” and currently speaks about ‘The Conservative Case for Conservation.’ She was recently named by both Georgia Trend Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle one of GA’s top ‘40 Under 40.’ Before pursuing her passion for renewables, Jessica directed successful business, management, and sales initiatives in the energy, financial services, and telecommunications industries. She holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from Georgia State University.

Chelsea Mozen | Etsy

Chelsea Mozen is a Sustainability Specialist for Energy at Etsy where she works on powering Etsy’s operations and marketplace with renewable energy in order to further the company mission to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of Yansa, a non-profit organization that partners with indigenous communities to develop utility-scale renewable energy projects as a driver for social development.  She previously was Director of Operations at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum.  Chelsea holds an MBA in Sustainability from Bard College and an MA in Economics from the New School for Social Research.

Preben Munch | ECOHZ AS

Preben Munch, Norwegian citizen, is Director, Corporate Customers & Strategic Partnerships at ECOHZ AS, a leading international specialist and provider of renewable energy solutions with offices in Oslo and Geneva. Preben has 30+ years’ executive and operational experience in finance and international industrial and energy field and was among the pioneers in the deregulated European energy market. He has lived and worked in the northern and southern hemisphere, the last 25+ years in France and Switzerland. Preben appears frequently on expert panels and as conference speaker on renewable energy and sustainable development. Class of ‘83 graduate from the University of Denver with a BSBA degree in Finance and Marketing.

Leslie Myers | 3Degrees

Leslie works with corporate and utility clients to create memorable and effective communications that deepen connections with customers. Prior to working at 3Degrees, she spent three years marketing technology and eight in higher education. She has Bachelor degrees in History and Women’s Studies from Portland State University and a Master of Communication, with a focus on digital media, from the University of Washington.

Hampton Newsom | Federal Trade Commission

Hampton Newsome is an attorney with the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission.  His primary duties involve energy-related consumer labeling and green advertising claims.  Before coming to the FTC, Mr. Newsome worked at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission where he specialized in environmental law and nuclear materials issues.

Chris O’Brien | Altenex

Chris was Director of Sustainability at American University from 2009 to 2015 and continues to teach about energy and climate at AU's Kogod School of Business. While heading AU's sustainability office, Chris executed three power purchase agreements (PPAs), including a megawatt of onsite solar PV and solar thermal, and a 52 megawatt offsite solar PV project.    At Altenex, Chris is the Director of Higher Education Programs, sharing what he learned at AU with other colleges and universities across North America. He is a founding board member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, and serves on the AASHE STARS Steering Committee. 

Tess O’Brien | EnergySage

Tess O’Brien is VP of Strategic Partnerships at EnergySage, the online marketplace for solar shoppers. She is the Founder of CleanPowerPerks, an online platform that connects people and brands that support clean energy. Previously, Tess served as Marketing Director for Community Energy, where she started in 2006. She holds an MBA in Sustainability from Marlboro College Graduate School and a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Gettysburg College. She lives with her husband in Boston, and serves as a judge for Green America’s People & Planet Award as well as a mentor for young entrepreneurs.

Laura Pagliarulo | SunEdison

Laura Pagliarulo is Director of Community Solar at SunEdison, the world’s leading renewable energy developer. Laura joined SunEdison is 2015, and is responsible for community solar product development, sales, marketing and operations in the East. Prior to joining SunEdison she managed the Green Products division of WGL Energy, one of the largest and longest serving electricity, natural gas and green power suppliers in the mid-Atlantic region. 

Before joining WGL Laura spent two years working for Efficiency Vermont, the nation’s leading energy efficiency utility. Laura has a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont, and an MS in Integrated Science and Engineering from James Madison University. She is also a LEED accredited professional.

Julie Peacock | Oregon Department of Energy

Julie Peacock is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy. She is currently the chair of the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) Committee and the chair of the Oregon Portfolio Options Committee which acts as an advisory body to the Public Utility Commission of Oregon on the state's voluntary programs. Her work areas include the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard, environmental attributes, and emerging technologies such as marine and offshore wind energy. She has a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University; and a Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina State University in Political Science.

Jason Pearson | Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

Jason Pearson is a strategist and social entrepreneur who works to harness private sector innovation for the public interest. As Executive Director of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, he leads a collaborative community whose mission is to support and recognize purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future. His consultancy, TRUTHstudio, explores the intersection of complexity and strategy, including through the Economy Map research project: a series of experiments in visualizing how economic demand drives environmental impacts through the economic system. Previously, he has held leadership positions at GreenBlue and The Summit Foundation.

Greg Pool | Altenex

Jonathan Powers | Bloom Energy

Jonathan Powers recently joined Bloom Energy as the Managing Director of Public Sector Business Development.  In this role Jon is responsible for business and market development within the public and private sector.  Prior to joining Bloom Energy, Jon was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Chief Sustainably Officer of the Federal Government. In this capacity, Jon was responsible for promoting environmental and energy sustainability across operations and tripled the federal government’s renewable energy goal. Prior to joining CEQ, Jon served as the Special Advisor on Energy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Installations, Energy & Environment.  Jon developed programs in these roles that oversaw a pipeline of over $4 billion in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.  He also served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Truman National Security Project, where he focused on energy security issues. In 2009, Jon founded the nationally recognized campaign Operation Free for veterans to advocate for a national energy policy. Jon also served for four years as an Officer in the U.S. Army, including a 15 month tour in Iraq as part of Operation Iraq Freedom I.  Jon received a Bachelor of Arts in Education at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH and a Masters in Global Security Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

Jeff Pratt | Green Power EMC

Jeff Pratt is the President of Green Power EMC.  He is responsible for the managing existing renewable projects for Georgia’s EMCs as well as soliciting/evaluating new projects.  Green Power EMC also provides education materials and programs for renewable power that EMCs use with their Membership and local schools. In addition, Jeff serves as Director of Energy Efficiency for Oglethorpe Power Corporation located in Tucker Georgia.  In this role he leads collaborative energy efficiency efforts for Georgia’s EMCs.He has over 25 years of experience working with Georgia’s EMCs including managing commercial and industrial marketing for Jackson EMC in Jefferson, Georgia.  Jeff also led Oglethorpe Power’s power supply planning and financial forecasting efforts. Other areas of involvement have been in natural gas marketing efforts in Georgia’s deregulated environment, and utility rate design. Jeff graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and has a MBA-Finance from Georgia State University.

Collin Price | Indigecomms

Collin Price is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, a Native American tribe in Wisconsin. As the owner of Indigecomms, Collin consults with Tribal Nations and private industry on communication and marketing strategies that bridge industries with tribal initiatives. He currently heads the public relations and communications initiatives for the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Robin Quarrier | Center for Resource Solutions

Robin Quarrier joined CRS in September of 2008 where, as Chief Counsel, she manages legal work for the organization.  Ms. Quarrier is the liaison with outside counsel and conducts coalition building and policy research and writing.  Ms. Quarrier is an expert in renewable energy certificate claim issues and leads Green-e double claims analysis.  Ms. Quarrier received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Arizona, Rogers College of Law.  The US Department of State selected Ms. Quarrier to participate in the US Foreign Speakers Program in Mongolia.

Karl Rábago | Pace Energy and Climate Center

Karl R. Rábago is the Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, at the Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. The PECC mission is to protect the earth’s environment through solutions that transform the ways that society supplies and consumes energy. Karl serves as Chair of the Board of the Center for Resource Solutions and sits on the Board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

Steve Raeder | SunEdison

Steve Raeder, Managing Director at SunEdison, leads the company’s East Coast origination team. Mr. Raeder works closely with many of SunEdison’s largest customers in both the commercial and public sectors, and is a veteran of the solar industry. Prior to joining SunEdison, he was a Principal at New Grid Energy Solutions, a boutique energy advisory firm specializing in economic and environmental feasibility studies for large scale photovoltaic deployments.

Emily Rome | Green Mountain Energy

Emily Rome is a Business Development Associate for Green Mountain Energy Company® in Portland, OR. She has been with the company for four years as sales representative, recruiter, trainer, and event coordinator.  Under her direction, the Oregon program has doubled its sales through its event channel and expanded into new markets. She is a member of the company-wide Green Ambassadors team that works closely with employees to inspire them to “walk the talk” by bike commuting, carpooling, and implementing sustainable practices in the office. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Skidmore College and a Masters in Mediation and Conflict Resolution.   

Brian Rounds | South Dakota Public Utilities Commission

Brian Rounds is a Staff Analyst at the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and has served as the M-RETS Board President since 2013. Since 2006, Brian has worked with a team of professional staff at the Commission to review energy and telecommunications filings and provide findings to the Commission. His focus in the electric industry has been on energy efficiency, renewable energy, resource and transmission planning, and siting of transmission and generation. He also advises the Commission on the technology and policy aspects of renewable generation and energy efficiency and represents the Commission on a number of regional organizations.

Craig Schultz | ICF International

Craig Schultz is a Principal at ICF International and leads a renewable energy practice area. Mr. Schultz has worked in energy markets for the past 17 years and has overseen dozens of solar PV and wind consulting engagements for clients includingutilities, renewable developers, federal and state agencies, universities, and Fortune 1000 end-use customers. These projects range from market assessments and feasibility analyses to strategy reviews, project selection, policy formulation, negotiation, and implementation. He has a BA in Economics with honors from Wesleyan University and an MBA with honors from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.   

Marty Sedler | Intel Corporation

As Director, Global Utilities/Infrastructure for Intel Corporation for the past 21 years, Marty integrates Energy Management/Policy responsibilities. His staff is responsible for all utility supply issues, ensuring the capacity/price and reliability for supplies/Infrastructure to Intel facilities worldwide, as well as, identifying/evaluating/implementing alternative energy solutions and developing sustainable energy positions/strategies for renewable energy policy. He leads the utility site selection component of a corporate team that identifies potential new locations for Intel Facility/Manufacturing growth worldwide. Marty is Intel’s external energy representative for private/public, State/Federal energy action groups including DOE Steering Committees and several state Governors’ energy committees. Previous to joining Intel, he spent 14 years in the electric utility industry in a variety of functions including: Operations/Rates/Environmental/Energy Supply/Engineering and Key Account Management.

Ali Shajrawi | Karbone Inc.

Ali Shajrawi is the Director of Research at Karbone Inc., a renewable energy financial services firm. Since joining the firm in 2014, Mr. Shajrawi covers REC, SREC, and Capacity markets across the US, working with large-scale energy companies, utilities, project developers, and financial firms. Mr. Shajrawi creates and analyzes REC and SREC research models, forecasts supply & demand scenarios, and projects price movement and trends. He also provides advisory services including policy analysis, project finance analysis, and supply & demand fundamentals for most environmental and energy markets. Mr. Shajrawi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Quantitative Analysis in Economics with a Minor in French Language from Wesleyan University. He was also enrolled in Economic Analysis courses at University of Paris – Diderot and University of Oxford – Pembroke College. 

Reid Spolek | Amazon Web Services

Reid Spolek is Manager of Renewable Energy at Amazon Web Services (AWS). He leads AWS’ global renewable energy strategy. AWS has a long-term goal of powering its global data center infrastructure with 100% renewable energy.

Prior to joining Amazon in June 2013, Spolek ran business development for Berkeley Energy Sciences Corporation, an energy storage company that successfully merged with Amber Kinetics in early 2013. Spolek previously worked in private equity investing, management consulting, and non-profit strategy.

Jacob Susman | OwnEnergy

Jacob Susman, Founder & CEO, OwnEnergy & Vice President & Head of Origination for EDF Renewable Energy. Jacob Susman has been building businesses, investing, developing projects and marketing power in renewable energy since 1999.  Jacob led OwnEnergy from its inception to the sale to EDF RE, in August 2015, including recruiting and managing its industry-leading team, raising capital, establishing a nationwide brand, sourcing new business, developing projects building customer relationships and generating revenue. Currently, Jacob is continuing in his role overseeing OwnEnergy’s day-to-day operations, while leading a team that serves EDF RE's customers across the United States.  Jacob is an active member of the Board of the American Wind Energy Association and serves on the Advisory Board of the Business Renewables Center.  In 2010, Jacob was named to Crain’s New York ’40 Under 40’, and in 2012, he was named an E&Y Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalist. In 2013, Greentech Media named Jacob one of New York’s Top 10 Cleantech Leaders. 

Kate Swayne Wilson | The Cadmus Group

Kate Swayne Wilson, GHG & Sustainability Reporting Practice Lead, is a senior associate with Cadmus. Her work includes greenhouse gas emissions analysis and reporting, sustainability and risk consulting, and strategic guidance on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rule 111(d) under the Clean Air Act. Ms. Wilson recently led the “Exploring and Evaluating Modular Approaches to Multi-State Compliance with EPA’s Clean Power Plan in the West” project for the Western Interstate Energy Board whereby Cadmus assessed multi-state collaboration on select portions of state compliance plans that consider renewable energy and energy efficiency approaches to reducing emissions.

Rachael Terada | Center for Resource Solutions

Rachael Terada is a Senior Project Manager for the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), a nonprofit organization that promotes policy and market solutions to advance sustainable energy.  She manages operations for the Green-e Energy certification and consumer protection program, which certifies the majority of the voluntary market for retail renewable electricity and renewable energy certificate (REC) sales in the United States. 

Rachael manages the annual verification of over 40 million megawatt hours of renewable energy transactions for Green-e Energy and also oversees the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference. Other projects include technical paper development and support for REC tracking system initiatives.

Rachael began as a consultant with CRS in 2006, and joined CRS as a Project Manager in 2008. Prior to CRS, she worked in planning, engineering design, and construction management for government projects.  Rachael earned her M.S. and B.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ted Trabue | DC Sustainable Energy Utility

As Managing Director, Ted Trabue is responsible for leading the DCSEU in meeting its economic, environmental, and job creation goals. Mr. Trabue has over 30 years of experience in public affairs, most recently as Executive Director of the Green Builders Council of DC. He also served two terms as the President of the District of Columbia State Board of Education. Mr. Trabue is a fourth generation Washingtonian, and like his mother and grandmother, he attended DC public schools. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Dartmouth College, and a law degree from Howard University School of Law. Mr. Trabue is a member of the DC Bar and has served on the board of directors of the DC Chamber of Commerce, DC Appleseed, and the DC Building Industry Association.

Tommy Wells | District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

Tommy Wells is the Director of the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). Appointed January 2015, Tommy leads a team of approximately 300 environmental professionals collectively working to improve the quality of life for the residents and natural inhabitants of the nation’s capital by protecting and restoring the environment, conserving our natural resources, mitigating pollution, reducing energy consumption, increasing renewable energy generation and clean power usage, and educating the public on ways to secure a sustainable future. Tommy previously served as a DC Councilmember—a position he held since 2006. During his time on Council, he garnered broad support for his efforts to make the District livable and walkable for all. In 2009, Tommy crafted The Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Act of 2009, to implement $0.05 fee on disposable bags. This landmark legislation prompted thousands of District residents to curb use of plastic bags and instead opt for reusable, green alternatives. A passionate innovator and student of cutting edge solutions, Tommy earned his law degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in 1991 and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota in 1983. He and his wife, Barbara, a writer and arts enthusiast, are residents of Ward 6 in the District.

Maura Yates | MP2 Energy

Maura Yates is the Vice President of Sustainable Solutions for MP2 Energy. Prior to joining MP2 Energy, Ms. Yates oversaw government affairs for the Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions for SunEdison and has spent significant time working on DG solar solutions in regulated markets during her time with Arizona Public Service. While with APS, Maura worked on corporate strategy for integrating load-side resources into the resource planning efforts and also oversaw the program design and implementation of APS’ Distributed Generation Renewable Energy Program. Ms. Yates also spent time with Robert Kennedy’s environmental organization, Riverkeeper, prior to joining Standard Renewable Energy, a DG and energy efficiency provider previously based out of Houston during the mid-to-late 2000s. Ms. Yates was voted by SmartGrid Today one of the “Top 50 SmartGrid Pioneers of 2015” for the innovative programs she has implemented at MP2 Energy.

Roberto Zanchi | CDP

Roberto Zanchi is a Manager at CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), leading its work on corporate renewable energy procurement, and related greenhouse gas accounting and reporting. Roberto coordinates the RE100 campaign’s Technical Working Group. Prior to CDP, Roberto spent six years in India where he worked as a business consultant focused on scaling up social enterprises that promote access to finance and clean drinking water.  Roberto holds a master’s degree in energy policy from Imperial College London and degrees in economics and business from Bocconi University in Milan.