Tanuj Deora

Tanuj Deora

Tanuj Deora joined SEPA in January 2015 to lead SEPAs research, advisory, communications, and programs teams. His previous experience includes wind energy project development, research and design engineering, product management, business development, and financial analysis for over a decade of experience in renewable energy after starting his career in the chemical industry. ​Tanuj served in the cabinet of Governor John Hickenlooper as director of the Colorado Energy Office, and earlier served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica working on community and environmental health projects. Tanuj has also served as an advisor to the Rational Middle Energy Series and on the boards of the Colorado Renewable Energy Trust and Renewable Energy New England. He lives in Washington DC with his family, and enjoys the outdoors, live music, Texas Longhorn sports, and the occasional overseas trip when not attempting to maintain his 80 year old house.

Colin Murchie

Colin Murchie

Senior Director, Customer Energy Systems
Sol Systems

Colin Murchie helps corporate and institutional customers navigate the wholesale markets to obtain utility-scale solar resources. Additionally, he lends his solar policy expertise to the due diligence process.

Mr. Murchie’s solar industry experience dates to 2002. As a Director, Policy and Electricity Markets, with SolarCity Corporation, he led the company’s state-level advocacy work in a number of East Coast markets during a period of unprecedented progress in developing new solar markets. He also served as a resource to the company’s commercial sales team, performing diligence and advisory work on new and emerging solar programs nationwide, and elucidating business models for greater integration into the retail electricity markets. At SolarCity, he worked as a team that closed that developer’s innovative $124M sales and tax equity partnership with Direct Energy, developed the company’s new markets expansion strategies, and originated and managed a portfolio of solar renewable energy credit contracts worth more than $20 million.

Previously, with SunEdison and the national Solar Energy Industries Association, he led pioneering work on what are now some of the fundamental policies underlying solar development in the U.S. today, including the FERC Order 2006 interconnection model and the original 2005 increment of the federal ITC to 30%.

Mr. Murchie has served on the Boards of a number of solar advocacy organizations.

Mr. Murchie graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Policy, Management and Human Dimensions, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Mark Rubin

Mark Rubin

Mark E. Rubin currently serves as the Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Consensus Building (VCCB), where he is responsible for the management of the VCCB, a neutral forum for the provision of public policy mediation services to governmental entities and private stakeholders. His focus is providing mediation services as well as training in negotiation, advocacy and mediation skills for the resolution of public policy problems.

Previously, he served as the Executive Director of Government Relations for VCU and the VCU Health System from August 2010 to July 2014. During his tenure he developed strategies, managed and coordinated government relations activities on the state, local and federal government levels in regard to higher education and health issues. Prior to joining VCU, Mr. Rubin served as Mediator and Arbitrator at the McCammon Group, Ltd, Richmond, Virginia from April 1997 to January 2006, and from January 2010 to the present. His experience in this position focused on public policy, professional malpractice, personal injury, securities, employment and business disputes.

As Senior Advisor (January 2006 to March 2009) and Counselor (March 2009 to January 2010) to Governor of Virginia Timothy M. Kaine, Rubin provided advice on budget and other governance issues, represented the Governor before the General Assembly as part of his policy team, as well as mediated and facilitated public policy issues.

With over ten years of teaching experience, he has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Virginia, College of William and Mary and the University of Richmond Schools of Law including service as A.L. Philpott Adjunct Chair of Law at the University of Richmond.

From 1978 to 2003 he served as Partner at Shuford, Rubin & Gibney , P.C., in Richmond and practiced law with an emphasis on legislative, administrative and commercial law representation as well as mediation and arbitration.

Mr. Rubin is a 1976 graduate of the University Of Virginia School Of Law. He received his B.A., Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1973.

Scott Thomasson

Scott Thomasson

Scott Thomasson is the Program Director of New Markets for Vote Solar. Scott focuses on opening solar markets in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. He also manages Vote Solar’s national work on community solar and other new and innovative solar policy models. He brings over a decade of energy policy and legal experience to the role.

In 2013, he was lead counsel for a Georgia solar developer in its successful campaign to encourage the Georgia Public Service Commission to authorize over 500 MW of new solar projects. During his years in the United States Senate, Scott served as legislative counsel to the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) and as professional staff for the Senate Appropriations Committee. A native of Atlanta, he now resides in Washington, D.C.

Aaron Kraus

Aaron Kraus

Aaron has more than ten years of experience in the energy policy and markets space. He is the Director of Market Activation and Policy for Greenworks Lending, the largest Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) capital provider in the nation. He is charged with new market development, external affairs and initial market origination. Prior to Greenworks, he was a Director of Policy and Electricity Markets for SolarCity, one of the largest solar and energy storage developers in North America. He led national policy activities for the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) segment of the market. He focused on legislative and regulatory activities while building broad coalitions of partners and stakeholders. In addition to federal, state and local government affairs matters, he worked on project diligence and market development. Earlier in his career, he was a member of the energy practice of Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked on third-party financing mechanisms for renewable and energy efficiency projects, natural gas procurement, and energy-related legislative and budget matters for the U.S. Department of Defense. Aaron received his graduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.

Nicole Steele

Nicole Steele

Nicole Steele is the Executive Director of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, a non-profit solar installer and job trainer working exclusively in underserved communities. She is a leading voice for low-income solar and energy efficiency in the Mid-Atlantic including DC, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Nicole directs the Mid-Atlantic office for GRID Alternatives and works with policymakers at the local and state levels to help develop and implement inclusive solar policies. GRID focuses on access issues across the entire project development process including outreach and education, affordable financing, and workforce development. GRID seeks to impact owners, renters, and building managers by installing single-family, multi-family, and community solar systems. Nicole has been on the MDV-SEIA Board of Directors since 2015, where she helped launch the first Job Fair hosted at MDV-SEIA’s Solar Focus partnered with GRID Alternatives. The first year was a smashing success with 300 job-seekers connecting with nearly 25 employers. Looking forward to an even more successful year two!

Prior to joining GRID Alternatives, she was the Director of Policy and State Relations at the Alliance to Save Energy managing high profile initiatives such as the Alliance’s Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy. Nicole was also the Director of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program for Loudoun County, Virginia. While in that position she designed, commissioned and implemented twelve separate energy-related projects ranging from capital improvements to feasibility studies to education and outreach programs. Prior to moving into that role, Nicole was a legislative and long-range land use planner for Loudoun. Ms. Steele also has a background in advocacy, policy development, affordable housing, urban planning, energy efficiency, and green building.

Melanie Santiago-Mosier

Melanie Santiago-Mosier

Melanie Santiago-Mosier serves as the Program Director, Low-Income Solar Access for Vote Solar, the nation’s leading non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to bringing solar energy into the mainstream. In her role at Vote Solar, Ms. Santiago-Mosier works to expand access to solar for low-income communities by developing policy solutions. Prior to joining Vote Solar, she led the government affairs efforts for organizations such as the Maryland Public Service Commissions and Washington Gas Energy Services, after serving as counsel and policy analyst for the Maryland General Assembly. Most recently, she served as a regional policy director for SunEdison. Ms. Santiago-Mosier has 10 years of experience and claims a number of policy victories, many involving enhanced incentives and opportunities for renewable energy development. Melanie is an attorney licensed to practice law in Maryland, and holds her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law, and her BA from St. John’s College. She was recently named one of Maryland’s “Leading Women” by The Daily Record, Maryland’s premier business and legal news publication.

Brett Waikart

Brett Waikart

Brett Waikart is the Director of Environmental Markets for SRECTrade. Brett is responsible for the institutional brokerage aspect of SRECTrade’s business. Brett comes from a commodity and equity derivative brokerage background, most recently leading the team at an equity derivatives trading desk servicing the hedge fund sector. He helped establish the firm’s research and strategy team, focusing on equity-volatility pricing and behavior across both macro and single-name products. Brett graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.S. in Finance and Business Administration and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

Katharine Bond

Katharine Bond

Katharine M. Bond is Senior Policy Advisor for Strategy and Execution at Dominion and Executive Director of the Dominion Foundation. In this role she is responsible for coordinating and helping to drive the external communications and outreach strategy for Dominion. She works with other senior leaders to define an overall public tone for the company and leverage internal and external assets to communicate the company’s message to customers, key stakeholders, regulators, and traditional and social media.   In addition, she works as a lobbyist before the Virginia General Assembly and is the company’s public policy lead on renewable energy.

Katharine serves on the Board of Visitors of Longwood University, College Building Authority of Virginia, and the Solar Energy Development Authority of Virginia.  She represents Dominion on the Energy Committee of the Virginia Manufacturers Association and as vice-chair of the Virginia Offshore Wind Coalition. She is also a member of 2016 class of Lead Virginia.

Michael Healy

Michael Healy

Mike Healy is the CEO of New Columbia Solar, a District of Columbia based solar company whose mission is to positively impact all District residents and businesses by making clean and affordable solar energy extremely accessible. We provide easy to understand, zero up-front cost solar solutions to residents and businesses across the District and provide our customers with recurring revenue by turning their idle rooftops into revenue generating assets.

Mike has been a fervent leader in developing solar policy across the mid-Atlantic region, having been influential in the development, design and advocacy of the District of Columbia and Maryland RPS programs. Mike is also an experienced entrepreneur and business strategist who has played a key role in starting two successful energy companies. He has been instrumental in developing business growth strategies from start-up level to maturity, including originating more than 30 successful partnerships within the private and public sectors. Mike has a proven track record of developing a long-term strategy, implementing the tactics to maintain and execute that strategy, and delivering results. Mike previously served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of SEIA (Solar Energy Industry Association) a nationwide trade association advocating for the solar industry, Vice President and Policy Chair of MDV-SEIA, and now serves as Secretary of MDV-SEIA. He is a former founder and partner at Nextility Inc. and ConnectDER, inc.

Richard Walsh

Richard Walsh

Rich Walsh manages the clean energy program at WGL Energy (NYSE: WGL). In his role, he is responsible for clean energy related client advisory, origination of investments, development of new product offerings and execution of the clean energy program strategy. To date, WGL Energy’s portfolio includes distributed generation projects in 19 states totaling over 200 MW and over $500mm invested. On the retail side of the business, WGL Energy has renewable energy partnerships in place with General Services Administration, the State of Maryland and many Fortune 500 Companies. Outside of his work with WGL Energy, Rich was selected as a member of the World Energy Council’s Global Future Energy Leaders 100 Programme, he is on the board of Young Professionals in Energy NYC Chapter, he is a member of the steering committee for the American Council on Renewable Energy’s Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (ACORE PREF); and he is active with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) serving on the SEIA project finance subcommittee.

Rich is a graduate of Samford University where he studied Finance and Spanish and was captain of the Men’s Tennis Team. He currently resides in New York City with his wife.

Anya Schoolman

Anya Schoolman

Anya is the founder and Executive Director of Solar United Neighbors, formerly Community Power Network, a national nonprofit that helps communities build and promote local renewable energy projects and policies.

In 2007, Anya founded Mt. Pleasant Solar Co-op with her son Walter after helping 45 neighbors in her Mount Pleasant neighborhood go solar. Anya then went on to foster the creation of 11 other solar co-ops in DC, eventually forming a city-wide organization DC Solar United Neighborhoods (DC SUN) to make solar accessible and affordable to all Washington DC residents. Since 2001 in her role as President of DC SUN, Anya has helped more than 700 homeowners in Washington, DC go solar and passed numerous pieces of critical solar legislation.

In 2009 Ms. Schoolman was honored as the MDV-SEIA Solar Champion, as well as one of CALFinder’s 10 Amazing Activists in the Name of Solar. In April 2014, Ms. Schoolman was selected as one of 10 White House Champions of Change for Solar Deployment for her groundbreaking work to deploy solar in the National Capital region.

Anya holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Barnard College and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs, with a concentration in International Environmental Policy and Management, from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. In her previous work, Anya served as a consultant for grant makers and organizations on environmental strategy. She also spent nearly 10 years working for the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of the Interior.

Abigail Ross Hopper

Abigail Ross Hopper

Abigail Ross Hopper is the President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade organization for America’s solar energy industries. She oversees all of SEIA’s activities, including government affairs, research, communications, and industry leadership.

Before joining SEIA, Abby was the Director of the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. As the BOEM’s second director, she weighed complex and sometimes conflicting factors to achieve balanced federal energy policy.

She served formerly as the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and has broad experience in the energy sector, including working with a wide variety of stakeholders as well as legal expertise. Abby led the MEA from 2012, first as Acting Director and then as Director in June 2013. She also served concurrently as Energy Advisor to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley since 2010. As MEA Director, Abby was pivotal in ensuring the passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013.

She was a lead negotiator representing the State’s interests in both the Exelon/Constellation merger and the FirstEnergy/Allegheny Energy merger, securing millions in benefits for Maryland and its citizens. Abby has also focused significant resources on improving the resiliency of the State’s electric utilities in the face of major storms.

Abby previously spent over two years as Deputy General Counsel with the Maryland Public Service Commission, during which she advised commissioners on a broad range of legal matters arising from their duties as utility regulators.

Before embarking on a career in public service, Abby spent nine years in private practice where she specialized in complex merger and investment counseling and corporate law.

Abby graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College.

David Murray

David Murray

A native of Washington, D.C., David joined MDV-SEIA as Executive Director in May of 2017. David oversees implementation of legislative and regulatory campaigns related to state-level solar energy policy, and manages membership of the organization. Previously, Murray worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Environmental Entrepreneurs, performing business engagement, policy research, and advocacy related to clean energy. Murray also served on numerous political campaigns in Virginia and North Carolina. Murray holds a Master’s in Energy and Development Studies from the University of Cape Town and B.A. from the University of the North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is certified as a LEED Green Associate and NABCEP Entry Level Installer.

Kelly Speakes-Backman

Kelly Speakes-Backman

Kelly Speakes-Backman is the first Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade organization for the energy storage industry. As CEO, she leads the association’s efforts to represent the interests of energy storage in the United States, including policy, external relations and industry leadership.

Prior to joining ESA, Kelly was part of the executive team at Alliance to Save Energy, a premier trade association representing the energy efficiency sector. As the Senior Vice President of Policy and Research, she directed the policy efforts, working closely with industry and policy makers to advance energy efficiency.

Kelly served as an appointed Commissioner with the Maryland Public Service Commission, from 2011 to 2015. As an adjunct to the Commission, she also served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, as a co-vice chair of the NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, as a co-chair to the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership’s EM&V Forum, and as a member of the EPRI Energy Efficiency & Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group.

Kelly has spent more than 20 years working in energy and energy efficiency, sustainability, renewables, and environmental business strategies. Her direct technology experience includes power generation from solar, wind, biogas and biomass, distributed generation, natural gas, smart grid and fuel cells. She joined the public service sector in 2010 as the Clean Energy Director at the Maryland Energy Administration, where she led a team of policy experts and grant administrators to implement programs to meet the Administration’s goal of increasing Maryland’s renewable energy portfolio to 20 percent by 2022. Kelly has testified in Congressional Committees on energy issues, presented regularly at energy industry events and has authored several articles published in energy trade magazines. She also has served on several energy-related steering committees, including the GridWise Alliance (GWA) Grid Modernization Index (GMI) Steering Committee and the SEPA 51st State Initiative. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Boston University.

Anne Hoskins

Anne Hoskins

Anne​ ​Hoskins​ ​serves​ ​as​ ​Chief​ ​Policy​ ​Officer​ ​of​ ​Sunrun,​ ​​the​ ​largest​ ​dedicated​ ​residential​ ​solar company​ ​in​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States​.​ ​She​ ​leads​ ​Sunrun’s​ ​policy​ ​efforts​ ​to​ ​expand​ ​consumer​ ​access​ ​to solar​ ​energy​ ​and​ ​deploy​ ​local​ ​solar​ ​energy​ ​that​ ​modernizes​ ​the​ ​grid​ ​and​ ​benefits​ ​all​ ​grid​ ​users. Anne​ ​previously​ ​served​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Maryland​ ​Public​ ​Service​ ​Commission​ ​where​ ​she​ ​adjudicated merger​ ​and​ ​rate​ ​cases​ ​and​ ​proceedings​ ​related​ ​to​ ​service​ ​quality,​ ​consumer​ ​protection, community​ ​solar,​ ​grid​ ​reliability​ ​and​ ​competitive​ ​retail​ ​supply.​ ​She​ ​was​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of​ ​the​ ​National Association​ ​of​ ​Regulatory​ ​Utility​ ​Commissioners​ ​(NARUC)​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors,​ ​Chair​ ​of​ ​the NARUC​ ​International​ ​Relations​ ​Committee​ ​and​ ​a​ ​board​ ​member​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Organization​ ​of​ ​PJM States​ ​(OPSI).​ ​​ ​Anne​ ​also​ ​led​ ​federal​ ​and​ ​state​ ​advocacy​ ​for​ ​an​ ​electric​ ​and​ ​gas​ ​utility,​ ​​ ​and served​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Visiting​ ​Research​ ​Scholar​ ​​ ​and​ ​Instructor​ ​at​ ​Princeton​ ​University,​ ​a telecommunications​ ​attorney​ ​and​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Governor’s​ ​policy​ ​advisor.​ ​She​ ​is​ ​a​ ​graduate​ ​of​ ​Harvard Law​ ​School,​ ​the​ ​Woodrow​ ​Wilson​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Public​ ​and​ ​International​ ​Affairs​ ​at​ ​Princeton,​ ​and Cornell​ ​University.

Melissa O’Buch

Melissa O’Buch

Melissa is the Senior Loan Officer with the renewable energy team at Live Oak Bank and is responsible for managing the movement of renewable energy loans from inception to close. She started with Live Oak in 2013 as a Special Assets Officer after 15 years of varied commercial credit positions with community and regional banks in NC and FL. Her experience includes Commercial Lending, Portfolio Management, Underwriting, Special Assets, Training and Loan Documentation. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from UNC at Chapel Hill.

Yann Brandt

Yann Brandt

Yann Brandt is a passionate and seasoned professional in the solar energy industry based in Miami, Florida. Born in Germany, his passion for renewable energy and the environment began early on and it has stayed with him ever since.

Currently, Yann is the Managing Editor of SolarWakeup, which became one of the most influential newsletters and podcast in the solar industry. 5 days a week, solar executives from around the world read Yann’s daily summaries that are his need to know topics. He hosts EnergyWakeup, an energy podcast and SolarWakeup Live!, a regional live taping of the podcast. As the CEO of Braya Group, he consults investors and solar companies on the right strategy to remain competitive in an ever-changing environment.

To date, Yann has acquired a decade of extensive executive experience in the solar sector and has successfully financed over $400 million dollars of solar projects across the globe.

Prior to that, Yann served as a firefighter in both Maryland and Florida and the Co-Founder & EVP of Development of Demeter Power Group Inc.

Yann holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. Most importantly, he loves spending quality time with his loved ones. Yann is married and proud father of three children.

Keith Winston

Keith Winston

Keith Winston works with the Green Building Program at Washington DC’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. The award-winning Green Building Program is responsible for enforcing compliance of the Energy and Green codes in Washington DC. Keith is a green building inspector, and also does plan reviews and inspections of solar systems in DC, as well as building and maintaining many of the tools with which the team operates. With other team members, he participates in code development at a jurisdictional and national level.

Coming to this work through the private sector, Keith has worked as builder, renewable energy consultant and solar installer, expanding on a checkered past spanning environmental policy advocacy, computer programming and industrial glassblowing. Degrees in Physics, Political Economics and Conservation Biology further confound any coherent narrative.

 

Robin Dutta

Robin Dutta

Robin Dutta joined SunPower in 2015 and currently leads the company’s East Coast state policy initiatives, as well as assists in Federal affairs. His work at the state level has spanned RPS issues, net metering fights, and community solar. Robin supports the interests of SunPower’s residential and commercial dealers, as well as the company’s commercial and utility-scale direct development. Additionally, because he has worked up and down the East Coast, Robin has first-person experience in the hot button policy issues facing the solar industry – from land siting restrictions to the New York REV regulatory proceeding and next generation solar incentive structures. Robin has not forgotten where he started in the industry, working on solar water heating policy.

Previously, Robin worked at the DC-based company, Nextility. Before his solar work, Robin worked in the political arena, mostly on local electoral campaigns. He earned his MA in Public Policy from the University of Delaware in 2012. Robin currently serves on the boards of MDV-SEIA, the Solar Research Institute and the Georgia Solar Energy Industries Association.

Pari Kasotia

Pari Kasotia

Pari Kasotia joined Vote Solar in September and works towards enabling solar friendly policies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Pari has held multitude of roles in her 10+ years of career span. Previously, Pari served as the Deputy Director at The Solar Foundation (TSF) and was responsible for providing leadership and operational oversight. Prior to her role at TSF, Pari led the Iowa Energy Office at the State of Iowa and managed multi-million dollar federal and state energy programs to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy in Iowa communities. Her professional experience also includes working at a public policy consulting firm and an international affairs focused non-profit organization.

Pari currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Renewable Energy Subcommittee of the US Energy Bar Association (EBA). Additionally, she is a Board member of the Women’s Council for Energy and Environment (WCEE), and a Board member of the Solar Household Energy Inc. (SHE) – non-profit that works to promote solar cookers around the world. She holds two Master’s degree; a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Drake University and a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from Indiana University-Bloomington. She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Drake University in Environmental Policy and Political Science and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) as well as Certified ScrumMaster (CSM). She has lived in the countries of India, Cote d’Ivoire, and Tunisia in addition to the US.

Peter Coleman

Peter Coleman

Peter Coleman is a Senior Vice President at CleanChoice Energy, a leading provider of renewable energy to residential and commercial customers.  He leads the company’s community solar business and is responsible for originating development and investment opportunities, establishing industry partnerships, and leading transactions associated with securing investment opportunities.  He focuses his efforts on proving that creative solutions and innovation can drive the mass adoption of clean energy through investment and competition.

Prior to joining CleanChoice Energy, Peter was a Managing Director in the Global Capital Markets & Structured Finance Group at TerraForm Power, and before that was a Director of Commercial Development at Atlantic Power.

Katherine Hamilton

Katherine Hamilton

Hamilton is Chair of 38 North Solutions, a woman-owned public policy firm specializing in clean energy and innovation. She is currently President of GRID
Alternatives Mid-Atlantic and Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum‘s Future of Energy Global Future Council. Hamilton served as President of the GridWise
Alliance, focused on smart grid advancements. Prior to that role, Hamilton was policy advisor for Good Energies, a private investment company with a clean
energy technology portfolio. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Hamilton led energy and water efficiency deployment programs and managed government relations. Hamilton spent a decade designing electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. She holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. Hamilton is part of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media.

Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson is the Director of Policy and New Markets at Clean Energy Collective (CEC). At CEC, Justin leads efforts to expand community solar policies and programs in new and nascent markets. Previously, Justin worked with non-profits across the US to encourage adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

Maggie Clark

Maggie Clark

Maggie Clark joined SEIA in 2016 as the Southeast State Affairs Manager, overseeing regulatory and legislative engagement in the region. Prior to SEIA, Maggie worked in Government Affairs at the NC Sustainable Energy Association. Maggie received her B.A. in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Maggie lives in Raleigh, NC.

Rob Wallace

Rob Wallace

Rob (Daniel) Wallace is a Co-Founder and a Principal in Power52 Energy Solutions, Power52 Foundation’s sister company. An electrical & energy engineer, project manager and business consultant, Rob has more than 11 years-experience in program management, renewable energy systems design and development, systems implementation, training and technology management. Rob has developed and built more than 100 MW of solar and wind projects in the U.S. and Africa. Mr. Wallace has also worked in the power market, focusing on frequency response, energy arbitrage and battery storage.

Mr. Wallace also has experience managing engineering, design, and development of all renewable energy projects for a host of private and public clients. Some noteworthy clients include University of Maryland Medical Systems, Johns Hopkins University, City of Baltimore, Carroll County Government, CHIMES International, and the Federal Government.

Rob sits as Chairman of the board for CHIMES International and has served as President of the Baltimore Chapter of AABE (American Association of Blacks in Energy). Recent projects/awards include a 13.24 MW solar portfolio for Carroll County Government, 10MW Virtual Aggregate Net Metering project located at Nixon Farms in western Howard County, a 4.8MWDC ballasted ground mount system for Fort Campbell, and a 20MWDC ground mount system located in Frederick/Carroll Counties.

Mr. Wallace has over 15MW of experience with capped landfills, in addition to two 10MW solar facilities in Howard and Carroll Counties. His flagship accomplishment was the development of BITHENERGY’s HRES (Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems) solution for residential and commercial structural retrofits. Recognizing that solar PV energy systems have limitations, and that wind power based clean energy generation also has its drawbacks, Mr. Wallace designed, built, installed, and successfully tested a user-friendly integrated PV & wind-based small energy system that can be modified for use on both small and large commercial and residential buildings. The test system, installed on a residential townhome in Baltimore’s Cherry Hill neighborhood, is realizing energy savings and serves as a model of the future in clean energy for low-income housing.

Under Mr. Wallace’s leadership, in 2014 BITHENERGY was ranked #8 in the Country for Solar Developers and #49 for Solar Contractors. In 2015 BITHENERGY was ranked #1 by Fortune Magazine for the fastest growing “Inner City Business” in the country. In addition, BITHENERGY has just recently been awarded the first task order under the MATOC (Multiple Award Task Order Contract) for the Department of Army (7 Giga Watt opportunity). Mr. Wallace has over 100MWs of solar projects constructed, and over 200MWs in various stages of development/construction including the only successful VANM (Virtual Aggregate Net Metering) and bilateral settlement power clearing systems in the region.

Mr. Wallace pursued his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. He is an SMA Solar Academy graduate, a certified Wind System Design Specialist, and a certified EVSE installer for GE’s. He is currently pursuing his CEM and LEED certifications to further broaden his Energy knowledge base.

Sanjiv Mahan

Sanjiv Mahan

Mr. Mahan is the President of WGL Energy. WGL Energy currently owns and operates solar energy assets in 23 states across the United States and the District of Columbia, and sells the energy from these assets to its clients.

Prior to joining WGL Energy, Mr. Mahan was Division Head of Business Services for Washington Gas. His overall responsibilities included managing the services being delivered for all outsourced towers which include Information Technology, Consumer Services, Human Resources, Payroll and Supply Chain; and ensuring service level achievement by the providers as well as ongoing process improvements.

Prior to joining Washington Gas, Mr. Mahan was a Director of IT Operations with Nextel Communications. He was part of the team responsible for merging Nextel and Sprint from a technology perspective, and recommending rationalization of vendors and services as part of the merger.

Mr. Mahan holds a Masters in Business Administration from the College of William & Mary and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science from Howard University.

Jessica Booker

Jessica Booker

Before joining Sunrun, Jessica Booker was the Interim Talent Acquisition Director at PepsiCo and led diversity and inclusion initiatives globally. Her previous experience also included working as a Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner/Diversity Leader at Coca-Cola, and an Executive Recruiter at Lucas Group.

Purpose and drive fuel Jessica’s passion for diversity and inclusion. Her mission is to power forward diversity at Sunrun one hire at a time, while helping foster an inclusive culture where everyone feels they belong.

Jessica’s role is to build Sunrun’s diversity and inclusion programming framework and initiatives from the ground up. She manages diversity and inclusion recruitment programs, public policy diversity outreach, and diversity training and development nationwide. Jessica also facilitates existing employer resource groups such as Sunrun’s Women’s Network and Women in Engineering while leading the charge in establishing new employee resource groups.

Eli Allen

Eli Allen

Eli Allen directs Civic Works’ Baltimore Center for Green Careers (BCGC), overseeing its three-part model of classroom training, on-the-job learning and business development aimed at strengthening companies and workers. Eli has pioneered BCGC’s business development strategy, supporting leading solar companies in expanding their customer acquisition strategies, addressing skills gaps, implementing inclusive hiring, and developing a healthy, engaged, and sustainable workforce. Eli is committed to creating a thriving and more inclusive green economy.

Rick Peters

Rick Peters

Rick Peters is the president of Solar Energy Services, Inc. (SES) where he manages administration, sales and marketing for the company.

Rick holds a mechanical engineering degree from Marquette University and an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. Prior to entering the solar industry, Rick’s 9-year executive leadership position in Sales and Marketing of an information technology services company was instrumental in growing the firm of 14 employees to more than 100.

His previous positions build a broad base of experience that includes: civilian engineering project manager in submarine silencing for the US Navy; and various manufacturing management positions for a Fortune 500 packaging manufacturer. Rick is active in regional solar policy initiatives and he has served as former President and current member of the board of directors of the Maryland/DC/Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) since 2010. Rick invests time in education and market development for various solar technologies. Rick’s lifelong support for environmental concerns coupled with his extensive business experience has positioned him well for advancing SES while pursuing his passion.

 

Andrew Levitt

Andrew Levitt

Andrew Levitt is Senior Market Strategist at PJM Interconnection where he assesses emerging technologies for opportunities to strengthen PJM markets. He leads PJM efforts to integrate distributed energy resources into markets and operations. Previously, he directed the vehicle-to-grid program at NRG Energy in collaboration with University of Delaware. He started in the power industry as Project Manager for coal plant upgrades at the Public Service Company of New Mexico.

Mr. Levitt is a member of the Smart Grid and Demand Response Advisory Council of SEPA and the balloting committee for IEEE 1547.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree from The University of Delaware, where he performed research with the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration. He has co-authored articles in Energy Policy and Science, among others.

Mr. Levitt lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.

Tom Matzzie

Tom Matzzie

Tom Matzzie is founder, president and CEO of CleanChoice Energy. Tom started CleanChoice Energy in 2011 to offer consumers a simpler way to purchase renewable energy for their home or business. Tom has been creating and growing businesses for more than 20 years, from inspiring innovation at Fortune 500 media, technology, and telecom companies as the principal of Gladius Strategy to transforming MoveOn.org into a leading national political voice through his prior work as Washington Director. Prior to MoveOn, Tom developed powerful online communities and pioneered Internet innovations now considered best practices. Tom is a widely-recognized entrepreneur. He has raised more than $250 million to start and expand his businesses and organizations. In 2015 he was recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and was named “a rising star” by The New York Times Magazine.

Amir Yazdi

Amir Yazdi

Amir is SEIA’s Assistant General Counsel, providing legal services to SEIA’s Consumer Protection efforts, SEIA’s Finance Initiative, and assisting the State Affairs team.

Amir holds a B.S. in Physics from the College of William & Mary and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Before law school, he worked at a solar company in southeast Virginia. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and swimming.

Christopher Mansour

Christopher Mansour

Christopher Mansour serves as Vice President of Federal Affairs. Before joining SEIA, Christopher served in the Obama Administration as the Director of Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar from February 2009 to April 2013. Christopher provided the Secretary with direct advice on crafting, approving and advancing the Department’s legislative agenda through the Administration and the Congress, including the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2000, the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement of federal mismanagement of individual Indian trust accounts and four Indian tribal water settlements totaling over a $1 billion.

Prior to his service in the Interior Department, Christopher served for 24 years with U.S. Representative Dale Kildee [MI] as his chief of staff and his principal legislative and political advisor. Christopher was responsible for advancing the Congressman’s diverse agenda of legislation to help Michigan’s struggling auto industry, to reform federal education and social welfare laws, and to conserve large tracts of Michigan’s natural lands, rivers and waters

Geoffrey Underwood

Geoffrey Underwood

Geoffrey S. Underwood develops utility-scale solar projects for 174 Power Global (a member of the $100b Hanwha Group of vertically-integrated companies, including Hanwha Q CELLS). Entering the solar industry in 2008, Mr. Underwood has since contracted more than 500MW of projects in 15+ states, and developed a recognized specialization in brownfield project development. Beginning in 2012, Mr. Underwood led the acquisition development, project management and closing of the first utility scale solar project constructed on an active Superfund/CERCLA site. The 10.86MW Maywood Solar facility was constructed on the re-mediated Reilly Tar & Chemical contamination site in Indianapolis, IN, and became operational in early 2014 – resulting in the receipt of the first-ever EPA RENEW Award in 2015.

Prior to 174 Power Global / Hanwha Q CELLS, Mr. Underwood managed solar asset acquisitions for Constellation Energy (now Exelon NYSE: EXC) in support of its national solar asset portfolio. Priot to Constellation, Geoff relocated from Virginia to co-found – and lead business development for – a regional solar development and construction firm, leading growth to more than $50MM annual revenues in its fourth year of operations. Entering the renewables sector post-eMBA, Mr. Underwood launched renewable energy equities coverage as a senior associate at Virginia-based FBR Capital Markets in 2007.

Before entering the solar industry in 2007/8, Geoff completed an eighteen year career in Washington, DC with significant work in energy policy and economics, business and venture development, and with federal agencies, Congress and the White House. Mr. Underwood received his BA from the University of Florida and his MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.