Andreas Karelas is the founder and Executive Director of RE-volv. Andreas is a dedicated renewable energy advocate with over ten years of environmental and renewable energy nonprofit experience. 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. He is a 2013 Audubon Toyota TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow and a 2016 OpenIDEO Climate Innovator Fellow. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Local Clean Energy Alliance.
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Associate Director of Partnerships & Philanthropy
Sarah is committed to protecting the environment by offering clean energy solutions to all. Prior to joining RE-volv, Sarah was a major gifts officer at the Sierra Club, the nation's most prominent environmental organization. At the Sierra Club, Sarah supported national campaigns to get the country on the road to 100% clean energy. In addition to raising gifts from individuals and institutions, Sarah also managed the national fundraising efforts specifically for the Environmental Law Program, one of the Club's most vital activist tools. She attended the University of California, Davis where she led efforts to divert waste at the nation's first zero waste stadium. Sarah was elected to the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter Executive Committee and will serve from 2016-2018. In her free time, Sarah enjoys running marathons, hiking, playing soccer, and traveling.
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Solar Project Manager
Zak is on a mission to make clean energy a reality for everyone. Prior to joining RE-volv, Zak dedicated more than three years to advancing the adoption of solar. He worked with two major solar developers to facilitate financing for over 30 MW of solar capacity in the residential and commercial sectors, and enhanced their business processes to support further solar development. Zak holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, and is currently pursuing NABCEP certification in PV.
Senior Account Manager (PPA), Lightsource Renewable Energy
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 Account Manager at UK-based Lightsource Renewable Energy. 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.
Solar Energy Consultant
Pras is passionate about the power of entrepreneurship to build sustainable, healthy communities, which made his decision to join RE-volv an easy one. His depth is in solar photovoltaics. He has worked in engineering and leadership roles at OptiSolar, Belectric, SunEdison, and most recently, a startup developing an environmentally friendly, low-cost stationary storage battery. Currently he consults in the areas of performance engineering and lean operations for solar EPC firms and advises social entrepreneurs across sectors including agriculture, social inclusion and education. He holds degrees in electrical and solar engineering and is very excited about helping support RE-volv’s growth over the coming years.
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Energy Foundation
Megan is passionate about supporting the critical intersection of clean energy and finance. As Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Energy Foundation, Megan works to establish, strengthen, and steward funders. She earned her MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in 2014. Prior to business school, Megan worked for ten years for Symphony Asset Management, a $10B institutional hedge fund company, where her focus was on client service, marketing, management and coordination of both internal and external communications. Megan is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA, 2007) and received a BS in Veterinary Science (1998) from the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Trading Operations, Farallon Capital Management
Jon Gibson is a sustainable business builder dedicated to renewable energy resource development. He works as a financial analyst and business development strategist because it feels good to make money for both himself AND others while helping solve the world’s critical energy transition needs. Jon earned an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, and a Bachelors of Finance from Bentley University outside of Boston. He’s the co-founder of Muir Data Systems, a for profit Wind Energy Operations Software (SaaS) platform, has 10 years’ experience in hedge fund trading operations at Farallon Capital, and six years portfolio and partnership accounting experience. Jon loves developing financial models to inform business planning and strategy as well as meeting people, forging partnerships, building, and growing sustainable businesses. In his spare time he enjoys skiing and paddle boarding with his wife and two children and listening to The Energy Gang podcast. Connect with Jon on Twitter @Bugnato
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.
Expeditions Manager, EarthEcho International
Sean has worked to bring the issues of environmental education and green schools to a national level of importance and implementation. He has played a key role in organizing the successful creation of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act and also the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program. He has written a plenitude of environmental curriculum with such entities as PBS and the U.S. Department of Energy. Sean has also pioneered a national program that fostered solar installations on schools and incorporated renewable energy education into the classroom. Currently, he is working with Philippe Cousteau, Jr. and his team at EarthEcho International to lead teachers on expeditions across the world to raise awareness on environmental issues on both the local and global level.
Robert J. Nelson
Partner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Robert J. Nelson is a partner at Lieff Cabraser Law Firm. He has played a leading role in the firm's False Claims Act (whistleblower law), automotive, aviation, defective products, mass torts, tobacco, and consumer fraud cases, taking on many of the world's largest corporations and holding them accountable. He has served as court-appointed Lead or Co-Lead Counsel in numerous state and federal coordinated proceedings, as well as in more than 30 class actions.
Associate Director, Sierra Club
Kassie Rohrbach is a Senior Energy Campaigner at Greenpeace, leading up the 100% Renewables campaign in the U.S. Previously, Kassie served as the Senior Campaigns Manager for National Wildlife Federation’s Climate and Energy Program. Kassie brings over a decade of experience with campaign organizing and coalition building, working to address the climate crisis. Prior to joining NWF in 2008, Kassie co-founded and served as the Co-Director of Energy Action Coalition (EAC), a youth led coalition of environmental and social justice organizations. Kassie also spent three years at the Center for Resource Solutions, working on the Green-e Renewable Energy Certification Program. In 2003, Kassie graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in Gender and Women’s Studies. She got her start organizing on climate and energy while at Connecticut College, where she led one of the first student campaigns to invest in renewable energy.
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.
Senior Editor, Clean Edge
Clint Wilder is senior editor at leading clean-tech research and advisory firm Clean Edge and has been writing and speaking about the clean-tech industry for more than a decade. He is co-author of two books, Clean Tech Nation: How the U.S. Can Lead in the New Global Economy (HarperCollins, 2012) and The Clean Tech Revolution (HarperCollins, 2007). Clint is a frequent speaker at clean-tech and green business events in the U.S. and overseas, a blogger for the Green section of The Huffington Post, and has been a facilitator in the Energy and Climate Change track of the Clinton Global Initiative. At Clean Edge, Clint is a lead author of many of the firm’s research reports including its flagship U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index, a widely cited annual ranking of U.S. states and metro areas in leadership in clean-tech deployment, policy, and finance. He is also director of clean technology at Green Bear Group, a Silicon Valley-based green marketing services firm. A Californian for nearly 25 years, Clint lives in Sausalito and is a former member of the Sierra Club Marin Group executive committee. He has a B.A. in history from Yale University and did graduate work in business journalism at Boston University.
Director of Product Innovation for Growth & Acquisition, Netflix
Michael is currently the Director of Product Innovation for Growth & Acquisition at Netflix, where his team is responsible for driving new member signups across the service. Previously, he served as product leader for the website and tablet experiences.
Before joining Netflix in 2010, Michael was at Yahoo!, where he was Senior Director of Entertainment & Lifestyle Products, responsible for the music, movies, TV, celebrity, video and lifestyles sites around the world. Prior to that, he was Senior Director and General Manager of Yahoo! Music, running product development, label relations and editorial for a $100M/year business that included personalized radio, music videos and artist information. He started at Yahoo! in 2003 as a product manager in the music division, where he helped launch the Yahoo! Music Unlimited subscription service.
Previously, Michael was cofounder and principal at Web Paradox, a small web design & development company, where he was responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships with Verizon, AT&T, the US Marine Corps, and others. Before that, he was a Senior Strategy Consultant at iXL, a ‘Fast Five’ Internet consulting firm. He also worked at Arthur Andersen Consulting and began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the public sector consulting practice. He currently lives in San Francisco, California.
Director of Development, The Clean Coalition
Adrienne Pierce believes that clean energy can unify, include and build sustainable community. Adrienne has more than 15 years of experience in managing programs and building partnerships in environmental technology and semiconductor industries. At SunEdison, Adrienne led the REDI program to redesign the data collection and visualization for performance monitoring of over 1800 renewable energy sites. Previously, Adrienne was with Edwards as a global Business Development Director for vacuum, exhaust gas treatment and water purification systems used in the manufacturing of semiconductors and photovoltaics. Adrienne is active in the CleanTech Open, Women in CleanTech and Sustainability and TechWomen. She holds an M.B.A. from Thunderbird and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College.