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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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317-268-2099

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.

219-209-3670

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.

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.

Autumn Long

Regional Field Director (IN, MN, OH, PA, WV)

Autumn oversees Solar United Neighbors field programs in Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. She serves as State Director for the West Virginia program. Autumn works to grow support for and access to solar by providing education on the benefits of solar, advocating for solar-friendly laws and policies, and implementing solar programs and initiatives across the region. Born and raised in West Virginia, Autumn has been an entrepreneur, community organizer, advocate, writer, editor, and researcher. She holds a NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate Credential, a Master of Arts in Geography from West Virginia University, and Bachelor of Philosophy in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Contact
[email protected]
304-608-3539