Our Team

Staff

Andreas Karelas

Andreas Karelas
Executive Director

Andreas is a dedicated renewable energy advocate with over nine years of environmental and renewable energy non-profit experience. Andreas incorporated RE-volv as a non-profit organization in February 2011. Prior to founding RE-volv Andreas worked with a number of leading organizations including the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the National Audubon Society, blueEnergy, and the Center for Resource Solutions. Andreas holds Master’s degrees in International Affairs and in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Andreas has a bold vision of communities around the nation powering their lives with renewable energy. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Local Clean Energy Alliance.

 Polly Baranco

Polly Baranco
Solar Finance Director

Polly has over ten years experience in high tech, with four of those years being in the cleantech industry, and she is currently a Senior Analyst at Silverado Power. With experience at Southern California Edison and both solar integrators and solar manufacturers, Polly now leads RE-volv’s financial arm helping communities realize their renewable energy goals. Polly has created financial models that look at European and multiple US state markets, and is utilizing that experience to help RE-volv provide services to underserved communities while also being sustainable. Polly holds an MBA with a concentration on Finance and Strategy, and a Master’s in Arts Management.

 

Rachel Spikula
Operations Manager

Rachel is a communications and design professional with more than seven years of experience.  She previously worked at the United States Mint helping to produce the coins in your pocket.  Rachel holds a BA in Public Communication as well as a MSc in Global Media from the London School of Economics and a MA in Global Communications from the University of Southern California.  Rachel is interested in how individuals participate in, create, and consume culture online and is eager to help RE-volv catalyze a solar energy movement. 

Julia Kim
Communications Director

Julia graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Political Science and Philosophy, and a MPP in Environmental Policy and International Security/Economic Policy. She has a strong background in project management, research and analysis, and a passion for environmental sustainability and resource management. Julia will be working with RE-volv as an Americorp Resident in Social Enterprise through the New Sector Alliance.  Julia is excited to join the RE-volv team, and will be launching an effective communications strategy to support the reach and growth of RE-volv.

Andrew Lutz
Solar Sales Associate

Andrew is a graduate student in the Environmental Management program at the University of San Francisco. Andrew is a strong supporter of sustainable policies and practices. He is committed to renewable energy development, and excited to promote community-based solar energy generation with RE-volv. Andrew holds a BS in Environmental Science.

 Board of Directors

Samy Jana

Samy Jana
Senior Manager, Corporate Programs, Yahoo

Samy is a skilled marketing and advertising professional with over six years of experience, currently working at Yahoo. She possesses a deep understanding of digital media, off line media, organic and paid search, mobile, and social media marketing. She is passionate about the renewable energy field and excited to be working with RE-volv. Samy is overseeing RE-volv's communications efforts with a focus on social media, online communications, and fundraising. Samy holds a degree in Biology and Biomedical Engineering.

Jennifer Martin

Jennifer Martin
Executive Director, Center for Resource Solutions

Jennifer has over twenty years of experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency and distributed generation policy, markets and technology development, as well as electricity sector and climate change policy and regulation. Jennifer is responsible for the overall management of the Green-e Energy and Green-e Climate certification programs, and provides strategic program guidance to all CRS programs and new initiatives. Jennifer is a long-standing leader in the renewable energy community.

Sean Miller

Sean Miller
Co-Director, The Green Schools Group

Sean has worked tirelessly to bring environmental education and green schools to a national level of importance. For instance, he has played a key role in organizing the successful creation of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act – one of the most transformative pieces of healthy schools legislation ever enacted by a municipality – and also the U.S. Department of Education’s new Green Ribbon Schools program, the first ever for the federal government. He has written a plenitude of environmental curriculum with such entities as PBS and the U.S. Department of Energy to further bring the many benefits of sustainability education to schools and communities nationwide. He received his BA in both Psychology and Philosophy from The College of William and Mary and earned two Master’s degrees in International Relations (MA) and Education (MAT) from American University. When he isn’t riding his bike around the nation’s capital, Sean is working on his doctorate in sustainability education at Georgetown University and teaching about such subjects at American University as well.

Paul Wapner

Dr. Paul Wapner
Director of Global Environmental Politics Program, American University

Paul is a thought leader on the environmental issues of today. He is a prolific writer having written such books as Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism, and, Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics. Through his years of teaching he has developed a deep understanding of human behavior in relation to environmentalism, climate change, and civic engagement.

 Geoffrey Willard

Geoffrey Willard
Manager of Public Programming, California Academy of Sciences

Geoff has been an informal science educator for more than 8 years. For several years he led school groups in creek restoration projects, helping students cultivate a connection to their watersheds and the ecology of their backyards. At the CA Academy of Sciences, Geoff crafts engaging and educational programs that reach more than a million people per year. He finds inspiration in the amazing story of evolution and is passionate about developing social and environmental resiliency in his neighborhood and community.

 

Note: Andreas Karelas, Executive Director and Polly Baranco, Solar Finance Director also serve on the Board of Directors.

Advisory Committee 

Troy Arnold

Troy Arnold
Director of Development, Justice & Diversity Center

Troy is a long standing professional in the field of development. He has raised over $15 million dollars for a variety of nonprofits and has over a decade of fundraising experience. He has managed annual fund campaigns, major gifts, events, foundation and government grants, and board development. His development work has included many environmental and renewable energy focused organizations.


Galen Lemei
Advisor to the Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Galen has a long history of applying his legal expertise to issues of renewable energy. He has served as Advisor to California Energy Commissioner Douglas since August 2009, after a year of service as Energy Commission staff counsel. Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Galen was a legal consultant for the Center for Resource Solutions, an environmental nonprofit advocating for renewable energy, and practiced commercial litigation with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP.

Alyssa Newman

Alyssa Newman
Public Affairs Manager, Trina Solar

Alyssa has eighteen years of experience working in the energy and environmental space. She is a global corporate social responsibility professional with diverse experience in the public and private sector. She's currently the Public Affairs Manager for Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL). Alyssa founded the SunPower Foundation where she managed $5M in global energy education programs and over 1MW in product donations in developed and developing markets. She's previously worked at PG&E, SunPower, SolarCity, The Nature Conservancy, and Sungevity.