Staff

Aaron Sutch

Virginia Program Director

Aaron has deep experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency having worked in municipal sustainability leadership, policy & advocacy, and project management. He develops and manages all Virginia solar co-op programs, provides technical support for residents and organizations going solar, and coordinates policy advocacy for distributed solar in Virginia.

Aaron received a Dual Master of Arts in International Affairs and Natural Resources, specializing in International Energy Policy from American University School of International Service and United Nations University for Peace. He has published numerous articles and speaks fluent Spanish. A native of San Diego California, Aaron enjoys being on the water, playing guitar and spending time with his son Gabriel.

Contact
[email protected]
804-372-5032

Aaron Sutch

Virginia Program Director

Aaron has deep experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency having worked in municipal sustainability leadership, policy & advocacy, and project management.

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Alexis Miller

Engagement Specialist

Alexis supports the engagement efforts for Solar United Neighbors state programs in Virginia, West Virginia, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. This includes bringing together solar advocates across these states to mobilize and transform their communities. Alexis has a passion for bringing people together to make sustainable change. Alexis is excited to bring her enthusiasm for engagement and tangible energy system solutions together. Alexis is an Oregon native with her current roots in Richmond, Virginia. She has a Bachelors in Social Work and a Minor in sociology with an extensive background in volunteer engagement and large scale event and program planning. Alexis loves to spend time with her husband outdoors, hike, travel, and try any dessert spot she can find.

Alexis Miller

Engagement Specialist

Alexis supports the engagement efforts for Solar United Neighbors state programs in Virginia, West Virginia, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

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Andrea Hylant

Go Solar Program Specialist

Andrea supports the development of projects in our DC, Maryland, and Pennsylvania programs. This includes educating participants about the process of going solar and aiding in the research and development of new educational tools and pilot projects. Andrea is thrilled to have the opportunity to tap into her background in environmental science and geology and passion for sustainability to bring about tangible change to the energy system, both in her D.C. home and across the country.

Contact
[email protected]
202-888-3601

Andrea Hylant

Go Solar Program Specialist

Andrea supports the development of projects in our DC, Maryland, and Pennsylvania programs.

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Angela DeMonbreun

Florida Program Director

Angela is a fourth generation Floridian. She is passionate about community outreach and believes that informed and engaged voters are key to building an accountable democratic society. Her experience includes project development, grassroots organizing, community engagement, and policy advocacy focusing on capacity building. Prior to joining Solar United Neighbors, Angela served as president of the League of Women Voters Jacksonville First Coast for four years, working to increase informed voter participation through education and advocacy and still volunteers as their Outreach Director. Angela also volunteers as a Board of Trustee for St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park, Florida, serving on the Executive Committee. In 2015, Angela was selected as one of Jacksonville’s Women of Influence. Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Jacksonville University. A certified scuba diver and proud wife and mom, Angela loves to take advantage of the Florida waterways by boating, collecting scallops in the Florida Gulf, and lobster in the Keys.

Contact
[email protected]
904-351-8570

Angela DeMonbreun

Florida Program Director

Angela is a fourth generation Floridian.

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Annette Dentel

Office Manager

Annette is responsible for human resources, office and finance management. Annette graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in Urban Planning. She also has a Master of Arts in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Contact
[email protected]
734-210-1287

Annette Dentel

Office Manager

Annette is responsible for human resources, office and finance management.

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Anya Schoolman

Executive Director

Anya has worked for decades on environmental projects and policy up and down the Western Hemisphere. This work has helped her grapple with the issue of sustainable development and how to make complex issues relevant to the community. Solar United Neighbors got its start when her son Walter asked, “Mom, can we go solar?” In her role as Executive Director, Anya has been instrumental in the passage of landmark solar legislation and regulation. In April 2014, the White House selected Anya as one of 10 White House Champions of Change for Solar Deployment for her groundbreaking work to deploy solar in the National Capital Region.

Contact
[email protected]
202-256-4327

Anya Schoolman

Executive Director

Anya has worked for decades on environmental projects and policy up and down the Western Hemisphere.

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Autumn Long

West Virginia Program Director

Autumn works to grow support for and access to solar in West Virginia by providing education on the benefits of solar, advocating for solar-friendly laws and policies, and implementing solar programs and initiatives across the state. Her written work on renewable energy has been published in local and regional media. Born and raised in West Virginia, Autumn has been an entrepreneur, community organizer, advocate, writer, editor, researcher, and gardener. She holds a Bachelor of Philosophy in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Arts in Geography from West Virginia University. Leading by example, Autumn resides on a solar-powered homestead in rural Harrison County, West Virginia, with her husband, dog, cats, chickens, horse, and donkey.

Contact
[email protected]
304-608-3539

Autumn Long

West Virginia Program Director

Autumn works to grow support for and access to solar in West Virginia by providing education on the benefits of solar, advocating for solar-friendly laws and policies, and implementing solar programs and initiatives across the state.

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Ben Delman

Communications Director

Ben is an experienced solar communications professional. He has helped solar companies get recognition for their product and project announcements and worked with solar advocates across the county to help them educate the public about policies that allow solar energy to compete a level playing field with other energy sources. At Solar United Neighbors, Ben generates attention to the work the organization does to help people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the George Washington University.

Contact
[email protected]
202-888-3602

Ben Delman

Communications Director

Ben is an experienced solar communications professional.

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Bret Fanshaw

Arizona Program Director

Bret works to bring solar power to more Arizonans. He has a decade of experience campaigning for clean energy in the Grand Canyon State. He previously served as the national solar campaign director for Environment America and the director of its state chapter, Environment Arizona. Bret’s work urging citizens to speak out to regulators and utilities has helped to foster the growth of rooftop solar in Arizona. He has won campaigns committing the City of Tempe to 100 percent renewable energy and stopping new uranium mining on one million acres around Grand Canyon National Park. Bret is the co-author of a dozen reports on solar energy use in cities and states, and has appeared on Arizona PBS, Phoenix NPR (KJZZ) and in The Arizona Republic, among other publications. He holds degrees in International Studies and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bret lives in Phoenix with his wife Nikki, where he enjoys hiking, backpacking and playing the guitar.

Bret Fanshaw

Arizona Program Director

Bret works to bring solar power to more Arizonans.

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Bryce Carter

Colorado Program Director

Bryce has a deep-rooted passion for bringing communities together to pursue a just, renewable energy economy. For more than six years he served as an advocate and program manager for the Sierra Club where he led the Colorado Ready for 100 campaign. The campaign supported more than ten community commitments for 100% renewable electricity, resulting in Xcel Energy and Colorado to respond to the growing demand. Bryce also served with the Association of Climate Change Officers. There he performed sector analysis assessing envirophysical threats for the federal government and supporting municipalities working toward climate solutions. With Colorado on track to be a renewable energy leader, he believes it’s imperative to support deploying localized renewable resources in communities most in need or most impacted by the ongoing transition. Bryce lives in Denver with his wife Katie, and their 70-pound lap dog Molly.

Contact
[email protected]
720-295-3804

Bryce Carter

Colorado Program Director

Bryce has a deep-rooted passion for bringing communities together to pursue a just, renewable energy economy.

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Carra Cheslin

Director of Engagement

Carra serves as the Director of Engagement for Solar United Neighbors and is passionate about connecting, activating, and engaging people from all walks of life in the environmental movement. She joined Solar United Neighbors to contribute to the implementation of tangible on the ground solutions to climate change and to mobilize more folks to get involved with spreading the word about renewable energy in their communities. Carra has over a decade of professional experience in program management and design, community outreach and engagement, youth development, and digital organizing in the non-profit, local government, recreation, and education sectors. Carra holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Sociology-based Human Relations from Connecticut College and is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Master Gardener.

Contact
[email protected]
202-854-9815

Carra Cheslin

Director of Engagement

Carra serves as the Director of Engagement for Solar United Neighbors and is passionate about connecting, activating, and engaging people from all walks of life in the environmental movement.

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Corey Ramsden

Vice President of Go Solar Programs

Corey is an experienced IT and solar professional. He was inspired to pursue the latter path by a museum exhibit on sustainable communities. He realized that he wanted his professional life to expand renewable energy and positively affect his community. It took a few years, but by volunteering, taking online courses, working for a local solar installer, and an online solar shopping site he set himself on a path toward his current role at Solar United Neighbors. Now he develops, deploys, and scales educational materials and on-the-ground project models in rooftop solar, community solar, battery storage, and electric vehicle charging. He is a NABCEP-certified PV Technical Sales Professional and a graduate of Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore.

Contact
[email protected]
240-334-7720

Corey Ramsden

Vice President of Go Solar Programs

Corey is an experienced IT and solar professional.

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Emily Stiever

Chief Operating Officer & Vice President of Field Operations

Emily oversees the organization’s administrative, financial, and operational activities and provides direction to the organization’s state-level programs. She also spearheads new initiatives to take Solar United Neighbors to the next level as an organization. Emily began at Solar United Neighbors as when it was a local community group working on solar, and over time has helped grow the small project into a national nonprofit that represents the needs and interests of solar owners across the country. Before joining Solar United Neighbors, Emily worked as a renewable energy consultant specializing in solar electric and solar water heating initiatives and incentive programs. She graduated from Grinnell College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Political Ecology and was a member of the 2016 Neighborworks Achieving Excellence program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Contact
[email protected]
240-244-9840

Emily Stiever

Chief Operating Officer & Vice President of Field Operations

Emily oversees the organization’s administrative, financial, and operational activities and provides direction to the organization’s state-level programs.

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Glen Brand

Policy and Advocacy Director

Glen has served on the staff of several national and state environmental and labor organizations. He worked for the national Sierra Club from 1998-2010 in a variety of roles, including Director of the “Cool Cities” campaign, the organization’s first nationwide grassroots effort to advocate for local clean energy solutions. From 2012-2017, he served as Director of the Sierra Club’s Maine Chapter.

He has been quoted widely in media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has been a guest speaker on clean energy issues at many venues throughout the country, as well as in Denmark and Brazil. A Florida native, Glen was educated at the University of Florida and the University of Houston. He is an avid kayaker, bicyclist, and amateur jazz musician.

Contact
[email protected]
207-749-3896

Glen Brand

Policy and Advocacy Director

Glen has served on the staff of several national and state environmental and labor organizations.

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Heaven Campbell

Florida Program Associate

Heaven brings her passion and experience in program management, volunteer management, research, capacity-building, diversity and inclusion, and evaluation to her work. She is a native of Florida and proud to say she’s #FreshfromFlorida. She has a Master of Science in Family, Youth and Community Sciences and. Heaven loves hiking and spending time with friends and family.

Contact
[email protected]
904-701-4059

Heaven Campbell

Florida Program Associate

Heaven brings her passion and experience in program management, volunteer management, research, capacity-building, diversity and inclusion, and evaluation to her work.

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Henry McKay

Pennsylvania Program Director

Henry’s passion is to build a movement of empowered – and solar-powered – advocates across Pennsylvania to fight for a cleaner and fairer energy system. Through earlier positions at the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, he has spent the better part of a decade working to make American communities more sustainable, more resilient, and more equitable by supporting local leaders and elevating good ideas. Henry is a NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate™ and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Oberlin College. Henry lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Sarah, and son, Jesse.

Contact
[email protected]
412-440-8934

Henry McKay

Pennsylvania Program Director

Henry’s passion is to build a movement of empowered – and solar-powered – advocates across Pennsylvania to fight for a cleaner and fairer energy system.

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Ian Reichardt

Go Solar Program Specialist

Ian has worked to build sustainable communities across the globe. He studied the effects of a small-scale hydroelectric dam on agriculture and water resource allocation in rural Ecuador. He worked with local farming communities to ensure they had equitable water access. Ian is happy to be back in the States working toward a clean, equitable energy system. Ian graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s in Communications and minors in Computer Science and Sustainability.  Outside of work, he loves to play guitar, read, bike, and spend time with friends and family.

Contact
[email protected]
202-888-3601

Ian Reichardt

Go Solar Program Specialist

Ian has worked to build sustainable communities across the globe.

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Jody Finver

South Florida Program Coordinator

Jody is known across South Florida as “Solar Girl” for her work to help her community go solar. She puts her decades of experience as an advertising copywriter and creative director to use creating witty slogans and signage that educate voters and fight for solar rights in Florida. Prior to joining Solar United Neighbors, she served as the Solar Chair for her local League of Women Voters chapter where she audited the solar permitting process of her city and worked with various departments to improve the process and waive permitting fees. A net-zero rooftop solar customer, EV driver, and local community organizer, she lives by example. When she’s not being a solar evangelist, she can be found kayaking with her dog Walter and her right-hand man Simon.

Contact
[email protected]
786-671-5434

Jody Finver

South Florida Program Coordinator

Jody is known across South Florida as “Solar Girl” for her work to help her community go solar.

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Julia Herbst

St. Pete Co-op Coordinator

Julia is thrilled to work with Solar United Neighbors to help expand solar in the Sunshine State. Her passion for clean energy began while working in Pennsylvania’s coal regions as an AmeriCorps member. Water quality, landscape design, and community service projects grew out of her Master of Landscape Architecture Degree from RISD. She has completed Frostburg University’s Wind and Solar Energy (WISE) Education Program, Pinellas County Water Stewards Program and Florida Master Naturalist courses. Through teaching, volunteer and work experiences, she champions the power of education and local action in positive environmental change. Julia’s a native plant and butterfly fan who loves to hike, bike and travel the world with her husband.

Contact
[email protected]
727-537-6194

Julia Herbst

St. Pete Co-op Coordinator

Julia is thrilled to work with Solar United Neighbors to help expand solar in the Sunshine State.

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Lauren Barchi

Maryland Program Director

Lauren is a third-generation native of Baltimore City. She grew up playing in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay where she discovered her passion for the environment and the communities that live in its watershed.  As an environmental scientist and community activist, Lauren joins her love of people with her scientific background, striving to bring together diverse groups around common goals.  After years working in the government and private sectors, she is excited to be part of this team where she can help all Marylanders access solar energy.  Lauren lives in West Baltimore with her wife and dog, Cinnamon.

Contact

[email protected]
443-436-2590

Lauren Barchi

Maryland Program Director

Lauren is a third-generation native of Baltimore City.

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Matt Bearzotti

Director of Electric Vehicle Initiatives

Matt has more than a decade of experience advocating policy at the federal, state, and local levels. This includes issues ranging from clean energy and transportation to Department of Defense programs, aerospace, and telecommunications.

In his role, he is developing and managing electric vehicle (EV) initiatives, incrementally incorporating EVs into existing state co-op programs, and coordinating policy advocacy for electric vehicles across our active states.

Matt has a B.A. and an M.A. in history from California State University, Fresno and is working towards an M.A. in Energy and Sustainability from George Mason University. Matt hails from California, and when he has spare time he can be found section hiking the Appalachian Trail or on the softball field.

Matt Bearzotti

Director of Electric Vehicle Initiatives

Matt has more than a decade of experience advocating policy at the federal, state, and local levels.

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Michael Rader

Director of Digital Organizing

Michael has a long history of developing smart digital strategies to help advance sustainable energy. During his time on the government affairs staff at the Solar Energy Industries Association, he was part of the team that extended the solar investment tax credit, and helped the association start it’s first digital program. As a consultant at the digital agency Forum One, he advised non-profit and government clients on digital strategy and managed several major website redesign projects for the Obama White House, USAID, and Indivisible. He has also worked on the outreach and digital teams at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Food & Water Watch.

Michael has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Michigan University, and a master’s degree in public policy from American University, both with concentrations in energy & environmental policy. In his spare time, Michael spends too much time indulging his love of science fiction through books, television, and video games.

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Michael Rader

Director of Digital Organizing

Michael has a long history of developing smart digital strategies to help advance sustainable energy.

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Nick Seymour

Communications Coordinator

Nick has a deep passion for fostering an environmentally responsible and forward-thinking economy that works for everyone. As Communications Coordinator, he assists the broader communications team in ensuring that their daily, weekly, and monthly goals are met. Prior to joining Solar United Neighbors, Nick worked to elect environmental champions and defend environmental policies at the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund. Nick has also served in the press office of the Georgia State Senate. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia.

Nick Seymour

Communications Coordinator

Nick has a deep passion for fostering an environmentally responsible and forward-thinking economy that works for everyone.

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Robert Noel

Texas Program Director

Robert is a proud Texan, born in the “Golden Triangle” area of Southeast Texas. It is named as such because of the area’s large number of oil refineries. A desire for a better, more efficient energy source cultivated his passion for solar and electric vehicles. Robert is a leader of people and has lead large client relations teams for several telecommunication giants. He uses his experience as a real estate professional to educate Texans on the benefits of rooftop solar. He is a licensed real estate broker who believes that investing in rooftop solar is the best home improvement upgrade a home owner can make. He is an avid sports fan who likes music and movies. He calls Houston home but enjoys exploring new places with his wife, Deborah.

Robert Noel

Texas Program Director

Robert is a proud Texan, born in the “Golden Triangle” area of Southeast Texas.

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Scott Greenler

Engagement Specialist

Scott activates people across the country to join in the effort to promote a just and equitable distributed system of solar energy. Before joining to Solar United Neighbors, Scott was a Program Fellow at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, where he advocated for federal policies to address climate change. Scott has also engaged in federal and state political organizing and campaigns in Colorado, where he completed his undergraduate degree in environmental and organismic biology from Fort Lewis College. During his time as an undergraduate, Scott served as Student Body President, and completed internships with the Conservation Lands Foundation and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Scott is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys running, rock climbing, skiing, and surfing.

Contact
[email protected]
202-888-3602

Scott Greenler

Engagement Specialist

Scott activates people across the country to join in the effort to promote a just and equitable distributed system of solar energy.

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Seán Stickle

Vice President of Growth

Seán is passionate about (at least) three things: non-profits; technology; and non-profit technology. He’s worked for D.C. non-profits and associations since 1999, serving as Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at the Physician Assistant Education Association, IT Director at the American Meat Institute, and Senior Developer and Project Manager at the American Society for Engineering Education. He earned his degree in philosophy from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He spends his free time studying ancient languages and classical literature.

Contact
[email protected]
202-780-9175

Seán Stickle

Vice President of Growth

Seán is passionate about (at least) three things: non-profits; technology; and non-profit technology.

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Vincent Jerkovich

Go Solar Program Coordinator

Vincent has worked across the spectrum of solar. Before joining Solar United Neighbors, he worked with a national solar installer and then for a non-profit organization where he provided technical assistance to local governments implementing solar best practices. At Solar United Neighbors, he helps educate co-op participants so that they can make truly informed decisions when going solar. Vincent has a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Kansas.

Contact
[email protected]
202-888-3601

Vincent Jerkovich

Go Solar Program Coordinator

Vincent has worked across the spectrum of solar.

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Yesenia Rivera

D.C. Program Director

Yesenia has spent the last ten years focusing on community development. She has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico-Cayey and a J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. It was during her time in law school that she began her journey working with low to moderate income families in the District as a Student Attorney in the Community Development Clinic. 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
[email protected]
240-523-3948

Yesenia Rivera

D.C. Program Director

Yesenia has spent the last ten years focusing on community development.

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Zach Schalk

Indiana Program Director

Zach is a passionate organizer and storyteller dedicated to promoting justice. He believes in the potential for collective action to build power and shape a more just and equitable future. Building an electric system that distributes control and benefits back to local communities—with rooftop solar as the cornerstone—is one step toward that future he hopes to see. Zach is a native Hoosier who earned a BA in journalism and political science from Indiana University and a MA in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University. He has more than a decade of experience as a communicator and organizer.

Contact
[email protected]
317-268-2099

Zach Schalk

Indiana Program Director

Zach is a passionate organizer and storyteller dedicated to promoting justice.

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Board

Cathy Kunkel

Board Member

Cathy Kunkel is an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis where her research focuses on utilities in the mid-Atlantic region. She lives in Fayetteville, West Virginia and has testified on numerous occasions before the West Virginia Public Service Commission in support of stronger energy efficiency programs. Previously, she worked for Energy Efficient West Virginia and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Cathy Kunkel

Board Member

Cathy Kunkel is an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis where her research focuses on utilities in the mid-Atlantic region.

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Chrissie McHenry

Board Member

Christina (Chrissie) McHenry is a principal at The Raben Group.

Chrissie was previously at NeighborWorks America where she was the Senior Vice President, Public Relations for more than six years. NeighborWorks, a national housing and community development organization chartered by Congress, leads a network of almost 250 independent, locally-based nonprofits across the nation. Chrissie provided strategic communications counsel to the NeighborWorks America CEO and colleagues in four regional offices. She also provided high-level communications support to the leadership of network organizations around crisis communications and reputation management, nonprofit governance and overall visibility including politically sensitive stakeholder and funder messaging and outreach.

Prior to joining NeighborWorks America Chrissie was Director of Communications, Community and Corporate Responsibility for Fannie Mae, working extensively in crisis communications, reputational risk, and community relations, as well as managing diversity communications for the company. Throughout the foreclosure crisis, Chrissie worked to help homeowners facing foreclosure and the communities where they lived weather the financial storm of the Great Recession.

For a large part of her career, Chrissie was a broadcast journalist covering politics for a number of leading news organizations. Most recently she was the Senior Producer of Washington Week with Gwen Ifill on PBS and held a variety of roles with CBS News, ABC News Nightline, and PBS’s NewsHour.

Chrissie sits on the board of the Nantucket Boys and Girls Club.  In her spare time, she loves to needlepoint and is planning an eventual Appalachian Trail thru-walk (despite the skepticism of her three children).

Chrissie holds a B.A. from Tufts University in Political Science and French.

Chrissie McHenry

Board Member

Christina (Chrissie) McHenry is a principal at The Raben Group.

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Courtney Cuff

Board Chair

Courtney Cuff is executive director of Western Conservation Foundation. She is an expert at designing creative campaigns that motivate diverse constituencies to achieve specific conservation outcomes. Previously, she worked as Pacific regional director for the National Parks Conservation Association, where she designed programs to protect National Parks in California and Hawaii from development, pollution, and underfunding. She recently launched a “Defending the Desert” campaign to protect the biodiversity of the Southern Californian desert lands. Courtney has also served as director of Government Affairs for the Green Scissors Campaign at Friends of the Earth in Washington, D.C., and has worked on several U.S. House and Senate political races, served on the League of Conservation Voters Political Advisory Committee, and served on the board of the Safe Energy Communications Council.

Courtney Cuff

Board Chair

Courtney Cuff is executive director of Western Conservation Foundation.

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Diego Morley

Board Member

Diego Morley served as one of the founding members of the Mt. Pleasant Solar Cooperative that in turn sparked the movement that led to the creation of Solar United Neighbors. Diego continues to serve as an advisor to Solar United Neighbors of D.C. and as an activist on renewable energy issues. He brings expertise in communicating with and mobilizing youth and has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to our mission through more than seven years of extensive volunteering. He graduated from Brown University in 2016.

Diego Morley

Board Member

Diego Morley served as one of the founding members of the Mt.

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John Farrell

Board Member

John Farrell is a recognized national leader in community-based and community-owned renewable energy. He is the director of democratic energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its work on democratic energy. John is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy. He’s the author of Energy Self-Reliant States, a state-by-state atlas of renewable energy potential that shows how most states don’t need to look outside their borders to meet their electricity needs. He has also written extensively on the economic advantages of democratizing the electricity system, published a rich interactive map on solar grid parity, and polished policies that support locally owned renewable energy development.

John Farrell

Board Member

John Farrell is a recognized national leader in community-based and community-owned renewable energy.

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Karl R. Rábago

Board Member

Karl Rábago is the Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, at the Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. The PECC mission is to protect the earth’s environment through solutions that transform the ways that society supplies and consumes energy. Karl has some 25 years experience in energy and climate policy markets. Karl serves as Chair of the Board of the Center for Resource Solutions, a San Francisco-based non-governmental organization that works to advance voluntary clean energy markets. He also sits on the Board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Karl also is co-director and principal investigator for the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition, a US DOE SunShot Initiative Solar Market Pathways project.

His past positions include Commissioner, Texas Public Utility Commission; Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Energy; Vice President of Distributed Energy Services at Austin Energy; Director of Regulatory Affairs for the AES Corporation and AES Wind; and Managing Director & Principal of the Rocky Mountain Institute. A graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management, Karl is an attorney (University of Texas Law School, J.D. with Honors) with post-doctorate degrees in environmental (LL.M., Pace University School of Law) and military law (LL.M., US Army Judge Advocate General’s School). A veteran of more than 12 years in the US Army, he served as an Armored Cavalry officer and member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and is Airborne and Ranger qualified.

Karl R. Rábago

Board Member

Karl Rábago is the Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, at the Pace Law School in White Plains, New York.

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Leslie Rigby

Board Secretary

Leslie Rigby is the assistant director for Communications at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She is a communications expert and senior editor, writer, and manager for print and online publications of nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and membership associations. Previous publications experience includes AARP and Congressional Quarterly. She has provided technical advice and communications support for Solar United Neighborhoods since its inception.

Leslie Rigby

Board Secretary

Leslie Rigby is the assistant director for Communications at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Randall Speck

Board Member

Randall Speck has spent more than 30 years working in energy law, handling a variety of complex proceedings involving electric industry restructuring, development and implementation of organized electric markets, design and construction projects, antitrust claims, and fraud and negligence suits. He has represented state public utility commissions in major proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and before the U.S. Courts of Appeals relating to electric resource adequacy, the exercise of market power in wholesale electricity markets, and incentive rates of return. Randall has also represented states in the development and implementation of new markets for electric capacity in New England and the mid-Atlantic region, conducted a retrospective review of electric industry restructuring, and evaluated the cost-effectiveness of options for supplying electricity in the future. Randy was designated a “Groundbreaking Lawyer for 2009” by Public Utilities Fortnightly and is ranked by Best Lawyers in America (2012-16) for his work in Energy Law. He also serves as a commissioner on Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3G, for the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Randall Speck

Board Member

Randall Speck has spent more than 30 years working in energy law, handling a variety of complex proceedings involving electric industry restructuring, development and implementation of organized electric markets, design and construction projects, antitrust claims, and fraud and negligence suits.

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Wendy Hauenstein

Board Treasurer

Wendy Hauenstein has spent the last 24 years working in the private and public sectors. Ms. Hauenstein has worked domestically and internationally as a program manager, financial analyst, and independent business consultant. Her formal career started as a small business advisor with the Peace Corps in rural Kenya. She has since worked for several notable companies, including seven years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Other employment includes a year with the state savings bank in Vilnius, Lithuania, and serving as the head of mission for the United Methodist Committee on Relief in Haiti. Recently, she completed a two-year contract with Groundswell International, a small, grassroots, nonprofit organization. She is familiar with all aspects of nonprofit accounting and finance, including compliance with state and federal regulations. She speaks French fluently and has working knowledge of Swahili, Lithuanian, and Spanish. Ms. Hauenstein is currently working on a socially-responsible business endeavor in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA in International Business and Economics from James Madison University and an MBA from the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia,

Wendy Hauenstein

Board Treasurer

Wendy Hauenstein has spent the last 24 years working in the private and public sectors.

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