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General inquires about the Solar United Neighbors of D.C. program

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Contact Solar United Neighbors of D.C. team members directly

Yesenia Rivera

D.C. Program Director

Yesenia has called the Greater Washington area home for almost 20 years. Before that, she lived in New York and Puerto Rico. She is excited to be a part of Solar United Neighbors of D.C., where she can combine her love of science and community development to help expand access to solar energy in the District. Having benefited from solar energy herself, she is passionate about assisting D.C. homeowners to make the transition to solar.

Contact
Yesenia@solarunitedneighbors.org
240-523-3948

Yesenia Rivera

D.C. Program Director

Yesenia has called the Greater Washington area home for almost 20 years. Before that, she lived in New ...

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Anya Schoolman
Anya Schoolman

Anya Schoolman

Executive Director

Anya loves to cook, raises backyard chickens, and has worked for decades on environmental projects up and down the Western Hemisphere. She grappled with the issue of sustainable development and how to make complex issues relevant to the community. She learned that finding something that works and benefits the community is not as simple as replacing one problem with another. Solar United Neighbors got its start when her son Walter asked, “Mom, can we go solar?”

Contact
anya@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-256-4327

Anya Schoolman

Executive Director

Anya loves to cook, raises backyard chickens, and has worked for decades on environmental projects up and ...

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Sam Polino
Sam Polino

Sam Polino

Director of Solar Co-ops

Sam’s commitment to clean energy stems from a passion for ecology, in particular, from growing up on the Chesapeake Bay and research experience in tropical ecosystems. Sam enjoys connecting with individuals and helping them understand the often-overlooked values of clean energy. In his spare time, he keeps the office well fed with a variety of homemade baked goods.

Contact
sam@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-930-2964

Sam Polino

Director of Solar Co-ops

Sam’s commitment to clean energy stems from a passion for ecology, in particular, from growing up on ...

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Andrea Hylant
Andrea Hylant

Andrea Hylant

Go Solar Program Coordinator

After majoring in environmental science and geology, Andrea discovered a passion for work that helps guide communities toward more sustainable futures. Research in food systems, waste systems, renewable energy systems, and the climate proved to her that one can work toward this goal in many ways. At Solar United Neighbors, she loves being part of projects that produce tangible results and help create a sustainable energy system. When she’s not helping educate homeowners about solar, Andrea can be found hiking, biking, or sipping coffee in any café across D.C.

Contact
andrea@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-888-3601

Andrea Hylant

Go Solar Program Coordinator

After majoring in environmental science and geology, Andrea discovered a passion for work that helps ...

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Carra Cheslin
Carra Cheslin

Carra Cheslin

Director of Engagement

Carra is passionate about connecting, activating, and engaging folks from all walks of life in the good fight to protect our mother earth. She has a deep connection to southern coastal Maine where she has spent much of her life treasuring the tidal marsh areas and beaches. The dots connected for Carra when she studied abroad in the Brazilian Amazon and felt small in such an immense and interconnected ecosystem. Carra joined Solar United Neighbors to impact tangible on the ground solutions and mobilize more folks to get involved with spreading the word about solar in meaningful ways. Carra loves cooking, skiing and being outside and is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and Master Gardener.

Contact
carra@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-854-9815

Carra Cheslin

Director of Engagement

Carra is passionate about connecting, activating, and engaging folks from all walks of life in the good ...

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Zach Schalk
Zach Schalk

Zach Schalk

Communications Specialist

Zach is a passionate storyteller dedicated to promoting justice. He believes in the power of human-scale stories to motivate action and the potential for collective action to shape a more just and equitable future. Building a society with distributed, community controlled solar power system is one step toward the future he hopes to see.

Contact
zach@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-888-3602

Zach Schalk

Communications Specialist

Zach is a passionate storyteller dedicated to promoting justice. He believes in the power of human-scale ...

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