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.

Nicole Steele

Nicole Steele

When Nicole Steele started as GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic’s Executive Director in 2014, there was little precedent for low-income solar policies and programs across the region. In the last four years, Nicole has built partnerships and programs with clean energy organizations and government agencies that have advanced renewable energy and low-income solar access in Maryland, Virginia, and the District. Nicole has led GRID Alternatives Mid Atlantic to install over 150 single-family rooftop solar systems, reach over 300 multifamily tenants with solar benefits, and launch the Solar Works DC program, which trains District residents in solar installation and career readiness skills. Prior to joining GRID Alternatives, she was the Alliance to Save Energy’s Director of Policy and State Relations. She has over 15 years of experience in the environmental and energy fields (urban planning, grassroots advocacy, policy development, and program design and implementation).

Jennifer Spinosi

Jennifer Spinosi

Jennifer is the Vice President of Regulatory and Compliance at CleanChoice Energy, where she engages stakeholders in the development of policies and regulations on retail and renewable energy and ensures that company contracts and marketing materials are in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Previously, Jennifer worked for Direct Energy and was responsible for the development, advocacy, and implementation of legislative and regulatory policies to support the company’s solar growth agenda. Her background in issues impacting restructured (energy choice) states gives her a unique perspective on renewable energy policy. Jennifer has extensive experience in smart meter and data access policy, and has testified on these issues in D.C., OH, IL, and MA. Jennifer has Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from The Ohio State University and a J.D. with a concentration in environmental and energy law from Capital University. Jennifer resides in Columbus, Ohio and is an avid gardener and food preservationist.

Todd Chason

Todd Chason

Todd is a Member in the law firm of Gordon Feinblatt LLC in Baltimore, Maryland, Chairs the Firm’s Energy and Environmental Practice and is the Team Leader of the Power Development Team.

Todd has spent more than 15 years developing relationships with key Maryland officials within executive branch agencies and the legislature.  During Maryland’s General Assembly session, Todd lobbies on energy and environmental legislation for clients including renewables interests and merchant power generators.   He also often participates in Maryland Public Service Commission rulemakings, including community solar.

Todd devotes substantial time to developing large solar projects in Maryland, providing permitting counsel for more than a dozen utility-scale solar projects with more than 300 MWs of capacity. The majority of these projects have progressed through Maryland’s Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (“CPCN”) process, though Todd has also handled CPCN-exempt projects.  He successfully represented a client to obtain the first solar CPCN issued in Maryland for a 20MW facility. These projects leverage not only his experience in energy matters but also his knowledge of the environmental aspects.

Todd has been named a “Maryland Rising Star” in Energy & Natural Resources Law in Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine each year since 2010. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Stevenson University.

Frank Caliva

Frank Caliva

Frank’s expertise lies at the intersection of business and government. As president of consultancy P.R. Quinlan, he helps energy companies understand and respond successfully to public policy opportunities and challenges. Frank and his team have over three decades’ of experience in retail electricity and clean energy markets in more than 20 states, and the firm leverages its strong network of public stakeholder relationships to build outside consensus and support for clients’ policy goals. Frank’s public affairs and advocacy skills help organizations to see the private opportunity in public policy trends, and then engage the right strategy to successfully achieve their objectives.  He provides the insight and leadership needed to help organizations think through complicated issues.

Prior to founding P.R. Quinlan in July 2014, Frank managed the public affairs practice at Strategic Communications, LLC, where he provided strategic consultation and government relations assistance to clients in multiple sectors – including energy, education, healthcare, financial services, engineering, manufacturing, and more. Frank also worked as a senior industry and trade analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce. His portfolio included identifying trade and policy barriers to the international competitiveness of U.S. clean energy firms and developing effective strategies to overcome those obstacles.

A native of Syracuse, NY, Frank currently resides with his wife and son in Arlington, VA.  He has a Master of Arts degree, with distinction, from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he concentrated in international business-government relations, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, summa cum laude, from Providence College.

Mike Healy

Mike 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.

Nicole Sitaraman

Nicole Sitaraman

Nicole W. Sitaraman is a Senior Manager of Public Policy at Sunrun, Inc.  In this role, Nicole manages Sunrun’s engagement in legislative and regulatory policy initiatives in New Jersey, Maryland, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Delaware.  Prior to joining Sunrun, Nicole served as an Assistant People’s Counsel in the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia (DC OPC). She was the People’s Counsel’s chief advisor on renewable energy policy issues and represented District of Columbia ratepayers before the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, Council of the District of Columbia, PJM Interconnection, as well as federal regulatory agencies.

Prior to working in renewable energy advocacy, Nicole was a senior attorney in a nationally-recognized civil and employee rights law firm where she represented numerous workers in race discrimination, sexual harassment, environmental and nuclear whistleblower retaliation cases.  Nicole is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and Steering Committee Member of Interfaith Power & Light, DC.Md.NoVA.  She was recently listed as a “Catalyst” in the 2018 Grist 50 List – https://grist.org/grist-50/2018/.  Nicole earned a B.A. in English from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

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.

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.

Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali

Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali

Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali, is the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus. Mustafa Ali joined the Hip Hop Caucus, after working 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). At the EPA, he served as the Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization elevating environmental justice issues and strengthening environmental justice policies, programs and initiatives. At the EPA, Mustafa Ali led the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJIWG), which was comprised of 17 Federal agencies and White House offices focused on implementing holistic environmental justice strategies. In 2010, Mustafa Ali served as the Environmental Justice Lead for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He has also worked with over 500 domestic and international communities to secure environmental, health and economic justice. From 2007 through 2008, Mustafa Ali was a Brookings Institute Congressional Fellow in the Office of Congressman John Conyers, where he led the development of legislation on Foreign Policy in Africa and South America, Homeland Security, Health Care, Veterans Affairs, Appropriations and Environmental Justice.

Dr. Mustafa Ali is a renowned International Keynote Speaker, Commencement Speaker, award-winning Trainer and Facilitator specializing in environmental justice issues. Dr. Ali has conducted over 1,000 presentations, including speeches, guest lecturers and trainings worldwide. Mustafa Ali has been a Guest Lecturer at Yale University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Spelman College, Albany Law School and Howard University School of Law. Mustafa is a former instructor at West Virginia University and Stanford University.

Miranda Ballentine

Miranda Ballentine

Miranda Ballentine is the CEO of Constant Power, inc., a Toronto-based developer, integrator, and operator of distributed energy resources through its Energy Storage as a Service (ESaaS) solution (advanced battery storage with AI-enabled energy management). Constant Power is built on experience and a strong network that enhances its reach and value proposition. Previously, Miranda was Managing Director of the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center, driving innovation to improve national security, drive economic gains, and solve climate challenges. BRC serves over 200 members, who have completed 8,000+ renewable deals. Miranda formerly served President Obama as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment, & Energy), where she was responsible for a $9 billion annual energy budget and environmental programs for 9 million acres of land, 200 miles of coast line, 600,000 acres of forestland, and 270,000 acres of wetlands. She launched the Resilient Energy Demonstration Initiative (REDI), which developed smart, cyber-secure microgrids, including a “Future Forward Operating Base.” She provided war-fighting Commanders with visibility to strategic risk-to-mission from kinetic and cyber-attacks to energy systems. Previously, Miranda was Director of Sustainability for Global Renewable Energy at Walmart Stores, Inc, where she led a team in fifteen countries to develop strategies toward Walmart’s goal to be supplied by 100% renewable energy. These programs identified $1+ billion in potential annual energy savings and 9 million metric tons of avoided GHG potential. In 2013, she was selected to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. She has a BS degree from Colorado State University and an MBA from George Washington University. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, daughter, and step-daughter.

Will Reisinger

Will Reisinger

Will Reisinger is an attorney specializing in energy law and public utility regulation. Will regularly represents clients in energy-related matters at the Virginia State Corporation Commission and the Virginia General Assembly. Prior to entering private practice, he worked for five years as an Assistant Virginia Attorney General. His work in the Attorney General’s Division of  Consumer Counsel included representing residential consumers in cases before the Virginia State Corporation Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Supreme Court of Virginia. Will also previously served as a staff attorney for a non-profit environmental organization in Ohio. A native of Blacksburg, Virginia, Will graduated from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, and the Claude W. Pettit College of Law in Ada, Ohio. He is licensed to practice law in Virginia and Ohio.

Nitzan Goldberger

Nitzan Goldberger

Nitzan Goldberger is ESA’s State Policy Director. In that capacity, Nitzan drives and designs storage policy through regulatory and legislative advocacy at the state level. Before joining ESA, Nitzan served as Borrego Solar’s Director of Policy & Business Development for California, where she advised and shaped Borrego Solar’s unique business strategies and product offerings in California. Prior to Borrego, Nitzan worked as a renewable energy policy expert for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)—one of the largest investor owned utilities in the US– where she developed renewable energy policy strategy on RPS implementation, compliance, and legislation impacting PG&E’s energy procurement. Nitzan’s experience in energy policy and strategy spans beyond renewable energy and the power sector. She spent nearly three years as an associate with the Eurasia Group where she advised corporate, financial, and government clients on US federal and state-level natural gas, oil and electric sector policies. Nitzan earned her MS in foreign service from Georgetown University and her BA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Josh Levi

Josh Levi

Josh Levi is recognized for his technology and business policy expertise in key areas across the technology ecosystem.

Since 2002, he has served as Vice President for Policy for the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), a nationally-recognized trade association serving the region’s technology community. He is the policy voice of the organization, leading federal, state and local government relations, policy development and advocacy initiatives. In addition to managing and coordinating NVTC internal and external policy staff, Josh represents the association and its membership before policymakers and policymaking bodies, as well as on national, state and local policy-driven coalitions and business organizations.

Josh has advocated before Virginia policymakers as a registered lobbyist for the past 20 years. He is recognized as a leader in forging consensus among diverse stakeholders and building and leading coalitions to advance key organizational priorities. Josh has participated in numerous policy-related committees and commissions including gubernatorial technology policy transition committees and legislative advisory committees.

Josh established NVTC’s Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee to advocate on behalf of the data center sector. In addition, Josh led the launch and development of NVTC’s Sustainable Energy Committee to help drive the organization’s efforts in advancing a strong regional and statewide clean tech and sustainable energy ecosystem.
Josh serves as a key spokesperson for NVTC with national, regional and local media outlets and regularly presents on behalf of the organization as a panelist or speaker. As a member of the NVTC’s senior leadership team, he provides strategic guidance and counsel related to all facets of the organization’s mission, goals and strategy.

Josh was awarded a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech, graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law, and is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

Nick Kerwin

Nick Kerwin

Nick Kerwin is the Director of Partnerships for Wunder Capital, a leading financier in the C&I solar sector. In his role at Wunder, Nick is responsible for forging key relationships with EPCs and developers to bring financing options to the traditionally underserved C&I solar market. In the past year, Nick has built the outside/inside sales teams and drove the efforts that lead to a 6x increase in Wunder financing requests (from a $250M annual run rate to a $1.5B annual run rate).

Prior to joining Wunder Capital, Nick worked in sales, management, and project development, first with Affordable Solar (Albuquerque, New Mexico) and then with Namasté Solar (Boulder, Colorado). Nick has been riding the solar coaster since 2010 and brings a wealth of knowledge about business development, customer acquisition, process optimization and the commercial solar industry. In his free time, Nick works with his local SEIA chapter on state level solar policy and is actively involved in helping Boulder create their own municipal electric utility.

Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams is a Senior Loan Officer and industry expert in renewable energy lending at Live Oak Bank, the nation’s leading USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) lender. She has closed more than $250MM in utility-scale solar debt.

Prior to Live Oak, Williams managed solar project investments and acquisitions at Sol Systems. She has worked in solar finance for more than a decade, including roles at Self-Help Credit Union and Ventures Fund, Mosaic, and Sungevity.

Williams holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School at Duke University and an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she graduated Beta Gamma Sigma. She received her B.A. with honors from Middlebury College. She works out of Live Oak’s Washington, D.C. office.

John Farrell

John Farrell

John Farrell directs the Energy Democracy Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and widely known as the guru of distributed energy. He is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy.

John authored Energy Self-Reliant States, a state-by-state atlas of renewable energy potential highlighted in the New York Times, showing that most states don’t need to look outside their borders to meet their electricity needs. He’s also written extensively on the economic advantages of Democratizing the Electricity Systemand community renewable energy, published a rich interactive map on solar grid parity, and polished the policies (like Minnesota’s solar energy standard) necessary to support locally owned renewable energy development.

John provides data-rich presentations on local renewable energy for the common citizen, and has wowed crowds from Presque Isle, Maine to San Francisco to Berlin.  He’s keynoted conferences like Solar Energy Focus in Washington, DC, and the Midwest Energy Fair.

John’s work appears most regularly on Energy Self-Reliant States, a blog with timely and compelling analysis of current energy discussions and policy.  The posts are frequently enriched by charts, translating the complex economics of energy into tools for advancing local energy ownership and have been regularly syndicated at Grist, CleanTechnica, and Renewable Energy World.

Reach John on Twitter @johnffarrell or by email at jfarrell@ilsr.org

Garrett Nilsen

Garrett Nilsen

Garrett Nilsen is the program manager for the Technology to Market team, having spent the previous five years serving as a technology advisor for the team, as well as the acting program manager for the Soft Costs team. He works with businesses of all sizes focusing on the development of innovative products and manufacturing technologies to help drive down costs and increase the deployment of solar energy. He enjoys helping all innovators in the solar energy space de-risk their products and processes to make them attractive to private investment along with helping them access the resources and develop the skills needed to make an impact on solar energy.

Prior to joining SETO, Garrett was in graduate school in Sweden and Germany. Prior to that, he worked for Technologies Solutions and Invention, a small business in Connecticut that was an awardee on government contracts to develop optics-based devices for various government customers.

Garrett has a B.S. in physics from Union College (NY) and an M.S. in solar energy engineering from Hogskolan Dalarna (Dalarna University) in Sweden.

Jeremiah Miller

Jeremiah Miller

Jeremiah Miller is a Technology Manager for the Systems Integration team, joining in October 2016. Prior to this role, Jeremiah was a senior power systems smart grid analyst for Smarter Grid Solutions, where he worked with European and North American utilities to support massive wind and solar energy deployments on distribution grids via grid-edge automation controls that enable the dynamic grid hosting capacity. Through this work, he supported enabling transactive grids, community microgrids, and utility of the future efforts in New York’s Reforming the Energy Visions (REV). Prior to this, he was a solar ombudsman in New York City where supported market transformation and resilient distributed generation through streamlined permitting, distribution system capacity mapping, and innovative power electronics and energy storage applications.

Jeremiah is a registered Professional Engineer since 2013, having worked in the solar, energy efficiency, energy storage, semiconductor, precision manufacturing, naval nuclear, and natural gas industries. He has a Master’s degree in energy and environmental policy from University of Delaware, where he was an NSF IGERT fellow for sustainable energy from solar hydrogen, and an M.S. and B.S. in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and Kansas State University respectively.

Brooke Harper

Brooke Harper

Brooke is CCAN’s Maryland Policy Director, advocating for progressive climate policies in and around the state. Most recently, she was CCAN’s MD Field Director. She also chairs the Environmental Justice Committee of the MD State Chapter of the NAACP.

Brooke graduated from York College of Pennsylvania and began organizing the summer of 2007 with Moveon.org’s campaign “Americans Against the Escalation in Iraq.” From there she received a position on President Obama’s 2008 staff, and traveled through eleven states on the presidential campaign. She then moved onto battling globalization issues with Jubilee USA Network and Global Trade Watch. She worked on Unite HERE’s BWI Airport campaign to improve working conditions and unionize eight hundred food and retail workers. At CCAN, she spearheaded our field efforts to expand the Renewable Portfolio Standard and to ban fracking.

Harry A. Warren

Harry A. Warren

Harry A. Warren, Jr. is President of CleanGrid Advisors LLC, providing consulting and new venture development support on renewable energy opportunities nationwide, with special focus on Mid- Atlantic markets.

Harry is also a co-founder and serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Renewables Integration, a 501c3 non-profit working on state energy policy advancing the deep penetration of renewable energy on the grid.

Harry was formerly Executive Vice President of Community Energy, Inc., a leading developer of large-scale solar power projects. Prior to joining Community Energy, Harry was president of Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc., a leading retail electricity and natural gas marketer in the mid-Atlantic region. He served as President of WGES from 1997 to 2014. Harry is a former Board member of MDVSEIA and winner of the Association’s 2011 Solar Leader – Industry award.

Rich Walsh

Rich Walsh

Rich Walsh manages the clean energy program at WGL Energy. 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.

Katherine Gensler

Katherine Gensler

Katherine Gensler is the Director of Government Affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, and recently celebrated her ten-year anniversary. Ms. Gensler lobbies the U.S. Congress and the Administration in support of a variety of solar energy policies, including tax and financing issues, solar power plant siting, and transmission grid policies. She also leads SEIA’s advocacy work in the Texas regulatory and legislative arenas.

Previously, Katherine spent six years at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, both in Washington, D.C., and in Folsom, Calif., where she advised the Commission on electricity and natural gas policies, particularly the redesign of market rules governing electricity sales in California and the West.

Katherine sits on the Board of Directors for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and the Advisory Council for Americans for a Clean Energy Grid. She holds her Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin. She lives in a solar-powered home on Capitol Hill.

Mishal Thadani

Mishal Thadani

Mish is the Co-Founder and President of District Solar and Co-Founding Member of the Coalition for a Resilient DC, a 501(c)(4) advocating for grid-modernizing legislation in Washington, D.C. Mish’s previous energy experience includes: business development and strategy at Direct Energy Solar; project siting and development for BP Wind Energy and Pattern Energy Group; and market research for environmental commodities with Element Markets. He also serves as the recruitment manager for the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, a professional development organization with a mission to empower and connect diverse young professionals seeking leadership roles in clean energy. Mish holds a BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability from Rice University.

Chris Walker

Chris Walker

Chris Walker is a Senior Program Manager at The Solar Foundation, where he leads the Solar Training Network, a federal program designed to help meet the workforce needs of the solar industry through convening a solar jobs strategy commission and a network of employers, training providers, and workforce boards; holding career fairs and instructor-employer summits; supporting hands-on learning opportunities for job seekers in partnership with GRID Alternatives; performing workforce research; and developing workforce tools and resources. Chris has also worked on SolSmart at The Solar Foundation, a federally-funded solar technical assistance and designation program for local governments. Before going to The Solar Foundation, Chris worked in residential sales at SolarCity (now Tesla); at the Climate Institute, a DC-based think tank; and volunteered extensively with the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Chris holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Florida in Political Science, with concentrations in global political economy and sustainable development.

Jacob Ouslander

Jacob Ouslander

Jacob Ouslander is an Assistant People’s Counsel with the Maryland Office of People’s Counsel, and appears on behalf of residential utility customers in various proceedings before State and Federal regulatory agencies. He has worked extensively on dockets before the Maryland Public Service Commission involving low-income energy assistance, grid reliability, and the implementation of Maryland’s community solar program.

Prior to joining the Maryland Office of People’s Counsel, Jacob served as a Staff Attorney with the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau’s Housing and Consumer Law unit.

Jacob holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Keith Harkins

Keith Harkins

Keith Harkins is the Vice President of Workforce Development and Continuing Education for Southside Virginia Community College. Keith has been with SVCC since 2015. Prior to his service at SVCC, he was the Executive Director of Virginia Technical Institute and Assistant Professor of Human Services and Coordinator of Workforce Development at Central Virginia Community College.

Keith has developed training programs for companies like Fluor, Dominion, BWXT, and AREVA. He works closely with business and industry leaders to develop innovative programs designed to meet the present and future needs of the regional workforce. These programs include both traditional academic programs and customized, short-term programs designed to lead directly to employment.

Outside of education, he has owned several businesses including a Ford Dealership, a Finance Company, and a vehicle warranty company. He has also worked as an IT/Customer Service consultant for the automotive industry. His first career was as a Training Coordinator for Psychiatric Hospitals.

Keith currently serves on the Commonwealth Regional Commission, Region 8 Workforce Investment Board, and is the chair of the Credential Completion and Employment Committee for the Virginia Community College System’s Workforce Advisory Council. He is also the Sponsor Representative to NCCER for the State of Virginia.

He lives on a small farm in Rustburg, VA with his wife, two daughters, and three dogs.

Allison Mond

Allison Mond

Allison Mond is a Senior Solar Analyst at Wood Mackenzie (formerly GTM Research), focusing on the competitive landscape of the U.S. downstream solar market. Allison is the lead analyst behind the distributed Solar Data Hub, a tool which allows clients to manipulate and analyze city- and company-level data for distributed solar markets. Prior to joining GTM, Allison was a Senior Analyst at Compass Lexecon, an economic consulting firm, where she carried out research and data analysis for litigation and regulatory cases in the electricity and natural gas industries. Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Colby College.

MJ Shiao

MJ Shiao

MJ Shiao currently serves as the Director of Community Solar at Arcadia Power, where he works to connect residential customers with community solar projects developed by Arcadia Power’s partners. Before Arcadia, MJ held various positions at Greentech Media and Wood Mackenzie, including leading GTM Research, a 30-person team tracking, analyzing and forecasting the evolution of the solar, energy storage and grid edge industries. MJ is a leading expert in the transformation of the electricity sector. He has spoken at numerous industry events, testified in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission on solar trade issues and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg and Buzzfeed. Before joining GTM Research, MJ managed and designed several MWs of residential and commercial PV projects. He holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, where he was named a National Truman Scholar. A believer in the social benefits of solar power, MJ has also researched, installed and tested rural off-grid PV in India and Thailand.

Sara Rafalson

Sara Rafalson

Sara Rafalson is Director of Market Development at EVgo, America’s largest public EV fast charging network, with over 1010+ chargers in 66 metropolitan markets. Prior to joining the EVgo team, Ms. Rafalson led public policy and market strategy efforts for Sol Systems, a national solar energy development firm based in Washington, D.C. She previously served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Maryland-D.C.-Delaware-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) and led national initiatives to increase recruitment and retention of women in cleantech industries. Ms. Rafalson holds a BA in International Studies, Sustainability, and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with highest distinction and was captain of the water polo team.

Robin Dutta

Robin Dutta

Robin Dutta joined SunPower in 2015 where he leads the company’s east coast state policy initiatives, as well as supports the company’s Federal Affairs team. Robin is a bit of a throwback, having broken into the industry working on solar water heating policy for Skyline Innovations. His move to the PV space has shifted his focus to net metering/rate design, community solar, and the next generation of state renewable goals. Robin currently sits on the boards of the Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association as well as the Georgia Solar Energy Industries Association. He holds a M.A. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware, and a B.A. in Political Science from Drew University. Originally from New Jersey, Robin currently resides in Washington, DC.

Alina Kasprik

Alina Kasprik

Alina Kasprik serves as Standard Solar’s primary financial expert responsible for evaluation of solar project opportunities for the internal capital investment fund with the oversight of all aspects of project investment process including pricing analysis, market and policy research, due diligence, acquisition, and financing. Alina also assisted with the sale of the company to Energir (formerly known as Gaz Metro), a Montreal-based diversified energy company with more than $7 billion in assets.

Prior to joining Standard Solar, Alina worked as a Cost Engineer for Forrester Construction firm where she managed financial performance and risk reporting for multiple projects in both government and private sectors. Alina’s previous experiences also involve consulting work at Deloitte and overseeing business processes and supporting the launch of the proprietary cloud-based financial planning software by McLean Asset Management Corporation. Alina has received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Maryland and is a proud Terp.

Leigh Yeatts

Leigh Yeatts

Leigh manages operations, event planning, and provides policy support for MDV-SEIA. She manages committees, tracks legislation, and provides policy updates to MDV-SEIA members. She also coordinates partnerships, sponsorship, content development, and logistics for MDV-SEIA’s annual regional conference, Solar Focus. She holds a degree in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, focusing on policy and politics, from George Mason University. She is a Virginia native who enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her golden retrievers.

Stephanie Bonini

Stephanie Bonini

Stephanie Bonini is the Director of Sales at Sungage Financial. Sungage is shaping the residential solar industry by bringing reliable and flexible financing solutions to the market. Through their offerings, Sungage enables solar installers to build strong and resilient businesses while helping families save money and live more sustainably. Sungage Financial originates thousands of loans each year through hundreds of different solar installation partners through their solar finance platform.
In her role as Director of Sales, Stephanie brings almost a decade of experience with kitchen table home improvement sales to partner enablement efforts at Sungage. When Stephanie joined the solar industry over five years ago, she discovered how integral financing was to the sale. Ever since, she has worked with sales teams to build knowledge and comfort around consumer lending and financial product basics. Her focus is helping partners get the most out of the Sungage platform by improving closing and referrals rates while also reducing cancellation rates.

Stephanie is completing her MBA at the University of Massachusetts’ Isenberg School of Business this year and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of New Haven.

Laura Pagliarulo

Laura Pagliarulo

Laura oversees the Community Solar team at CleanChoice Energy that is responsible for community solar market expansion, sales, marketing and operations. Laura has sixteen years of experience in retail energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Prior to joining CleanChoice Energy she led the community solar business at SunEdison, and managed the Green Products division of Washington Gas Energy Services, one of the largest and longest serving electricity, natural gas and green power suppliers in the mid-Atlantic region.

Bryan Clark

Bryan Clark

Over 30 years in the electric utility industry, Bryan Clark has experienced multiple facets of the business through varied leadership experiences including power plant operations, transmission and distribution system operations, system operator training, reliability improvement, and engineering leadership roles. He currently serves as Director Utility of the Future for Pepco Holdings, an Exelon Company, where he leads a team responsible for regulatory compliance and the development of business strategy and regulatory policy related to emerging technologies and new utility scale service offerings at Pepco Holdings’ three operating companies – Pepco, Delmarva Power, and Atlantic City Electric. In his previous role as Director of Engineering, Bryan led the combined Pepco Holdings utilities in achieving significant improvements in reliability, most recently posting performance levels in the top quartile of the industry. He holds a B.A.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Delaware and a MBA from Wilmington University.

Magnus Asbo

Magnus Asbo

Magnus is the Director of Product Marketing for SolarEdge North America, a global leader in smart energy solutions that address a broad range of solar market segments. Magnus has three decades of experience in solar, telecommunications and semiconductor industries. His background includes over eight years managing inverter products at SolarEdge and other renewable energy companies. Prior to that, he managed carrier telecommunications products at Siemens and Nokia.

Magnus holds an MBA from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara.

Melanie Santiago-Mosier

Melanie Santiago-Mosier

Melanie Santiago-Mosier is the Program Director for Access & Equity for Vote Solar, the nation’s leading non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to repowering the U.S. with clean energy by making solar power more accessible and affordable through effective policy advocacy. Since 2016, her role at Vote Solar has focused on building partnerships with community leaders and advocating for comprehensive solar programs that open up solar opportunity – and its benefits – for the tens of millions of underserved households in the US. Melanie’s work for Vote Solar focuses on four objectives: policy analysis and research, thought leadership, partnerships, and advancing statewide policy campaigns to increase access and equity. This policy work is also centered in Vote Solar’s broader vision for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), which Melanie has helped to lead. This work includes commitments to programs, partnerships and internal practices that help advance a more just energy system. Melanie has worked to
advance clean energy policy for a decade. Prior to joining Vote Solar, she led the government affairs efforts for organizations such as the Maryland Public Service Commission 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. Melanie is an attorney licensed to practice law in Maryland. She holds her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law, and her BA from St. John’s College. In 2015, she was named one of Maryland’s “Leading Women” by The Daily Record, Maryland’s premier business and legal news publication.

Laura Caspari

Laura Caspari

As Director of Origination, Laura Caspari is responsible for ENGIE Distributed Solar’s Origination efforts, focused on offtake strategy and execution for energy storage and solar projects. Laura has developed solar projects and negotiated contracts with dozens of utilities throughout the US. In 2016 / 17 Laura led an effort with for Dairyland Power which led to the construction of 14 distributed solar projects across Wisconsin, doubling the amount of solar energy in the state- all planted with pollinator habitat. In 2016 Laura was recognized by Midwest Energy News as one of the Midwest’s “40 Under 40” clean energy leaders. Before joining ENGIE, Laura worked since 2006 in the utility scale wind development space in both the U.S. and Australia, most recently managing the development of greenfield wind projects in the Midwest and New England with Nordex USA, Inc. Laura holds a BS in Environmental & Conservation Biology and in Geography & Environmental Science from Monash University, Australia.