Anya Schoolman


Anya is the founder and Executive Director of 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.