Staff

Aaron Sutch

Virginia Program Director and Mid-Atlantic Regional 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.

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Alexis Miller

Senior 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.

Angela DeMonbreun

Chief Operating Officer and Regional Director

Angela oversees Solar United Neighbors’ administrative, financial, and operational activities and field programs in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Colorado. 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 Environment Director. Angela also volunteers as a member of the Board of Trustees 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.

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Annie Wolf

Director of Membership and Engagement

Annie has spent her career connecting people to causes they care about through volunteering. She is excited to bring this experience to Solar United Neighbors. Annie held volunteer management roles at several non-profits in the Boston area. This includes the New England Aquarium and the Trustees of Reservations. Her background is in conservation and marine mammal science. She has always had an interest in clean energy.

When not at work, you can find Annie SCUBA diving with her husband or at home hanging out with their two cats.

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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.

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Ben Delman

Senior Director of Communications

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.

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Bobby King

Minnesota Program Director

Bobby is working to create a democratic energy system that benefits everyone. He educates and engages fellow Minnesotans about solar energy. He is building a group of leaders that will change our energy system.

He comes to Solar United Neighbors after 20 years as an organizer with the Land Stewardship Project (LSP). At LSP he worked with members to maintain a family farm‑based system of agriculture.

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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 fellow Arizonans 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.

Bruce Teeter

Manager of Operations

Bruce is a jack-of-all-trades. He’s a sustainability advocate, efficiency master, operations guru, blogger, techie, basketball lover, and more. He seeks to bring impact, connection, and a can-do attitude to everything he does. Bruce understands the value of being someone who can dive in and find solutions to problems. Over the course of his career he has held many roles. He has managed businesses and organizations. This has established his ability to lead people, projects, and process implementation.

In his spare time, he helps startup and small organizations with operational and administrative procedures. He also officiates high school basketball and has aspirations of getting to the big show: Duke vs UNC!

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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.

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Steph Larsen

Campaign Director

Steph is a collaborative and compassionate change-maker. She is a storyteller, policy nerd, and passionate strategist who does her best to center equity in her work and let people tell their own stories.

Steph has worked on a broad range of issues. This includes food security and Farm to School with Community Food Security Coalition; health care, small business development, rural food access, broadband infrastructure, and agriculture with the Center for Rural Affairs. Most recently, she developed digital strategy and online organizing with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal and Clean Transportation campaigns.

Steph’s superpowers include making technical language easy to understand, and asking the questions others in the room have on their mind but haven’t voiced. When not working for a renewable energy future for all, Steph, her spouse, and two children live on an 80 acre farm on Lake Champlain, where they raise yaks.

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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 Installation Professional and a graduate of Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore.

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Dan Robinson

Northern Indiana Field Organizer

Dan is dedicated to empowering individuals and communities to create a better world. He does this by promoting social justice and equity through solar energy. His career has included community organizing, serving as a local elected official, communications work, and educating for social justice. His experience has taught him how challenging it can be to go solar on your own. He’s eager to provide support and guidance to help Hoosiers take that step. Doing so allows them to create a sustainable, democratic energy system by going solar!

Dan is a native Hoosier and a Purdue University grad. He is also a musician, writer, and lover of the Great Lakes.

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Emily Stiever

VP of Growth

Emily spearheads new initiatives to take Solar United Neighbors to the next level as an organization. She oversees the organization’s growth team, which includes volunteer engagement, information systems support, and marketing and communications activities. 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.

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Erik Mariani

Go Solar Specialist

Erik supports Solar United Neighbors field programs in Florida and Ohio. He is excited to help communities transition to an energy system that is both cleaner and more equitable for everyone. He comes with experience working in hazardous waste mitigation as well as backing the efforts of a sustainability-focused market. He’s excited to pursue an opportunity with distributed solar and renewable energy. In his free time, Erik enjoys listening to music, running, and writing.

Glen Brand

Vice President of Policy and Advocacy

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.

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Hanna Mitchell

Texas Program Director

Hanna Mitchell works to bring more solar energy options to Texas communities. As an organizer and campaigner with a passion for environmental justice, she started organizing after attending a summer training program with the Sierra Student Coalition over a decade ago. She has experience working on local, state, and national campaigns. For three and a half years, she worked with Greenpeace in North Carolina to improve access to cleaner and cheaper energy options and support the intersecting movement for environmental and social justice. During this time, she led grassroots outreach for Solarize Charlotte, ran a 100% renewable energy initiative for public schools, and met her husband with whom she moved to Austin, Texas in the summer of 2017. Originally from Maine, Hanna earned her B.A. in Environmental & Urban Studies from Bard College in New York, focusing on Environmental Policy. When she’s not organizing, Hanna can be found salsa dancing, cooking up food to share with friends, or running on an Austin greenbelt.

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Heaven Campbell

Florida Program Director

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.

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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 sons, Jesse and Robin.

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Jada Sherman

Energy Equity and Inclusion Fellow

Jada is a bright, passionate, and motivated environmentalist. She enjoys educating others on how to achieve full-scale climate solutions. She is dedicated to sustainable development and establishing equitable systems.

Jada has worked with an array of organizations. This includes the Environmental Defense Fund, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Audubon North Carolina, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

At SUN, Jada builds and maintains relationships with community stakeholders and SUN participants. She is also a senior Environmental Studies student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Jessica Hamilton

Go Solar Specialist

Jessica is dedicated to empowering communities to go solar. Growing up in Western Maryland’s post-coal economy fueled her passion to study environmental science through a multidisciplinary lens. Jessica is skilled in residential photovoltaic installation. She spent the Spring of 2019 with D.C. residents installing no-cost solar for the community. At Solar United Neighbors, she supports program development for Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Minnesota.

Julia Herbst

Gulf Coast Program 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.

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Julianna Dantzer

Grants Manager

Julianna works to ensure funding for the organization. She is passionate about attaining a more sustainable economy. Julianna has worked in environmentally-focused outreach, research, and grant administration positions. She holds a B.A. in Environmental & Sustainability Studies and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Kentucky.

Kimberly Armstrong

Maryland Program Director

Kimberly is Maryland Program Director for Solar United Neighbors. She is nationally recognized for her work on social justice and equality. She has experience as a sustainability adviser, author, and community advocate.

Kimberly has been a part of Solar United Neighbors for several years. She served as a Maryland advisory board member. She has also served on the boards of several other community grassroots organizations.

She brings a unique, integrated perspective to her work. It lets her meet complex community challenges and social demands. In her free time she enjoys being with her immediate family and traveling.

Krystal Persaud

Digital Media Manager
Krystal is passionate about educating people about renewable energy and having fun while doing it. She brings her 10 years of design & entrepreneurship experience to amplify SUN’s digital presence and reach.
Before joining Solar United Neighbors, Krystal founded Grouphug Solar, a solar consumer product company, and invented the Window Solar Charger. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Georgia Tech. In her spare time, she enjoys reading science fiction books and eating donuts.

Laura Tellez

South Florida Program Coordinator

Laura is passionate about sustainability. She is excited to expand solar energy in South Florida. She has more than a decade of experience in environmental and field education. Laura has worked with various non-profit organizations and government agencies. Her work has stretched from Panama to Alaska. She has worked with thousands of students and educators in the classroom and in the field. Together, they’ve explored environmental issues and solutions.

Laura has a B.S. in Environmental Sciences. She holds a M.S. in Ecological Leadership and Education. She has an Occupational Endorsement in Sustainable Energy as well. When not working, Laura enjoys meditation practices and spending time outdoors and in the wilderness.

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Leah Barbor

West Virginia Program Associate

Leah believes in cultivating stewardship through fostering connections to the natural world. She makes political and social change, in her community and beyond.

This change will shift our energy system. It will promote fair access to energy independence. She hopes to see these efforts benefit climate, health, and the economy. This will ensure a healthy, safe, and peaceful world for generations to come.

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Lisa Trope

Engagement Specialist

Lisa supports the engagement efforts for Solar United Neighbors state programs in Colorado, Texas, Indiana, Minnesota, Arizona, and, Ohio.

She works with the State Program Directors to create educational events and skills trainings for SUN members. This lets them learn about opportunities to go solar and to fight for solar rights.

Lisa has a background in environmental political organizing. Lisa previously worked for two national non-profits, Green Corps and Food & Water Watch. She was responsible for planning, executing, and managing campaigns on legislation pertaining to food, water, climate, trade, and energy development.

Lisa graduated in 2008 from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and now lives in Denver. She spends much of her free time doing yoga, learning to play the guitar, and backpacking in the Rockies.

Liz Veazey

Solar Advocacy Campaigner

Liz is excited to bring her almost 20 years of experience with clean energy, climate, and social justice organizing and advocacy to her role as Solar Advocacy Campaigner. Liz has served in many leadership roles across the movement for clean energy and climate justice. Mostly recently, Liz was Network Director at We Own It building the movement for rural electric co-op reform and energy democracy from 2015-2020. During that time, Liz served three years on the Steering Committee of the RE-AMP Network helping to set a goal of equitably eliminating GHG emissions in the Midwest by 2050. She served as Co-chair of the Power Shift Network board from 2016-2019 (which she co-founded in 2004 as the Energy Action Coalition) to bring youth together to build a clean energy future. She enjoyed helping people go solar through Solarize Eugene and looks forward to bringing solar to many more people through her work with Solar United Neighbors.

Liz is from North Carolina, but currently lives in Omaha, Nebraska where she’s on the board of a multi-modal transportation advocacy group, Mode Shift Omaha, and is an active customer-owner of Omaha Public Power District (OPPD). Sadly, her roof doesn’t face south, but she does participate OPPD’s community solar program. She has a MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon, a BS in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina, and she received the Morris K. Udall Scholarship in 2002 and 2003. She enjoys biking, gardening, and hanging out with her chickens.

Monica Carey

Pennsylvania Program Associate

As a scientist and community organizer, Monica is dedicated to making solar energy accessible to everyone. She grew up in Amish Country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She then earned a PhD in chemistry from Michigan State. Her worked researched low-cost, earth-abundant solar materials. During this time, she worked to increase equity and inclusivity in the Physical Sciences college. She founded the Conversations with Women in Science project. Monica began at SUN as the Pennsylvania Policy Intern. She will continue her work in analyzing public policies on renewable energy. She will also support the expansion of SUN’s Pennsylvania-based solar co-ops. In her downtime, Monica is an avid bread baker and gardener, and enjoys learning new languages.

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Morgan Byrne

Engagement Specialist

Morgan has a passion for sustainability, community building, and political activism. She brings this passion to support Solar United Neighbors state program engagement efforts. She coordinates local engagement opportunities in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana. Morgan started at SUN as a Program Intern. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from Towson University. Morgan enjoys hiking, reading, making amateur art, and practicing yoga in her spare time.

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Roger Horowitz

Director of Co-ops

Roger is dedicated to empowering communities to go solar. Roger combines his passion for community development and organizing with his love of solar energy.

Before joining Solar United Neighbors, Roger owned his own ice pop business for 10 years. He also has a background in community organizing. This focused on high school and college outreach. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s in Peace, War, and Defense and in Spanish. Roger lives with his family in Washington, D.C.

Sukrit Mishra

Solar Program Associate

Sukrit supports our solar work across the Mid-Atlantic region. He has a passion for everything sustainability-oriented. He uses it to educate people about solar energy. Sukrit brings a deep research background to SUN. He’s studied topics such as solar financing, waste reduction, and energy efficiency.

Sukrit spent his childhood in Thailand. He moved to the United States for college. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Sustainability Studies from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He’s now lives in D.C. He enjoys the city’s architecture and museums, but he maintains his fandom for (most of) Chicago’s sports teams.

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Tristan Rader

Ohio Program Director

Tristan has made it his life’s work to further social, economic, and environmental justice in his home state of Ohio. He has more than a decade of experience in community outreach, media, and organizing. He now brings this experience and his skills to bear to build Ohio’s community of solar supporters. Tristan spends a great deal of his free time engaged in his local community where he serves on multiple boards and as an elected member of Lakewood City Council. Tristan holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Kent State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Cleveland State University. He and his wife, Caitlin, live in the Cleveland area with their dog, Marcus.

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Vincent Jerkovich

Go Solar Program Specialist

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. He is also a NABCEP-certified Photovoltaic Associate.

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Yesenia Rivera

Director of Energy Equity and Inclusion

Yesenia has been focusing on community development for over ten years. 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 as a Student Attorney in the Community Development Clinic. As the DC Program Director, Yesenia implemented SUN’s Solar for All program and now works to increase access to solar energy across the country. At Solar United Neighbors, she combines her love of science and community development to help expand access to solar energy.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kimberly Frank

Board Member
Kimberly Frank has more than 15 years’ experience in federal and state regulation of electric power. Kimberly represents clients in electric utility regulatory proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state public utility commissions as well as before appellate courts in appeals of these agencies’ decisions. Kimberly advises clients participating in the federally regulated regional transmission organization/independent system operator stakeholder processes, and provides counseling on proposed market rule changes in the wholesale energy, capacity, and ancillary services markets and other changes to grid operators’ tariffs. She also advises clients regarding FERC’s regulation of transmission service and rates, and transmission cost allocation. Kimberly is a Partner with the law firm K&L Gates, LLP. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her M.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland College Park. Before practicing law, Kimberly was research faculty with a law and economics think tank in the Department of Economics at University of Maryland College Park.

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.

Lisa Anne Hamilton

Board Member

Lisa Anne Hamilton is an Attorney specializing in Climate Law and Policy. She is the former Adaptation Program Director for the Georgetown Climate Center in Washington, DC and the former Director of the Climate & Energy program for the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). Ms. Hamilton’s work focuses on championing ambitious climate policies by leveraging the power of law to protect the environment and promote human rights. She has provided input to stakeholder convenings and technical assistance as a regulatory consultant for the Pace Energy & Climate Center and the Institute for Energy Economics Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Her work focused on closing the information gap about the fiscal and financial risks and opportunities for pubic power and investor owned utilities.

Ms. Hamilton has been a moderator for the Climate Resilience Planning and Adaptation Project with WEACT for environmental justice in Harlem and continues to collaborate with a global network of attorneys and activists to foster a Just Transition. Prior to joining GCC she provided technical assistance to the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) to further state led coastal resilience. She is a member of the Global Adaptation and Resilience Working Group (GARI) and the Campus Divestment Advisory committee. She is a frequent speaker and panelist on the intersection of environmental sustainability and financial risk Ms. Hamilton is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and Cornell University.

Nicole Sitaraman

Board Member

Nicole W. Sitaraman is an experienced attorney and policy strategist. She has a diverse background in energy and environmental policy, consumer advocacy and stakeholder engagement. She currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Engagement at Sustainable Capital Advisors.

Nicole is a thought leader on climate and energy issues. She has participated in local, regional and national discussions regarding the integration of clean energy resources and community-driven climate solutions for the benefit of communities of color, low-income families, the environment and the broader energy grid.

Prior to joining Sustainable Capital Advisors, Nicole was a Senior Manager of Public Policy at Sunrun, Inc. She also worked in the D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel. She began working on energy policy after several years working as a civil rights and whistleblower rights attorney.

Nicole is a proud member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. She has been elected to leadership roles in regional clean energy and environmental organizations such as MDV-SEIA and Interfaith Power & Light, DC/Md./NoVa. National energy and public policy organizations have honored and recognized her work. This includes the Aspen Institute, Grist.org, Women in Renewables Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE) and We Act for Environmental Justice. Nicole earned her B.A. at Yale University and J.D. at Boston University School of Law.

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.

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,

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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.

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.

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,