Lauren FriedmanSolar Ambassador Program Manager
Andreas KarelasExecutive Director
Prasanna KrishnanSolar Asset Manager
Ashley MalyszkaDevelopment Director
Marques MasonSolar Account Manager
Sean McGaugheyDirector of Solar Project Operations
Mark SorianoSoftware Engineer
Cami ThompsonDirector of Finance
Board of Directors
Julius GakwasiSales and Acquisitions, Amp Energy
Jon GibsonTrading Operations, Farallon Capital Management
Jennifer MartinExecutive Director, Center for Resource Solutions
Maura McKnightExecutive Director, Business Council on Climate Change
Julian Mocine-McQueenCo-Founder, The Million Person Project
Robert J. NelsonPartner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Kassie RohrbachActing Director, Sierra Club
Michael SpiegelmanVice President, Global Product Innovation at Netflix
Erika SymmondsVP of Equity and Workforce Development at SEIA
Dr. Paul WapnerDirector of Global Environmental Politics Program, American University
Clint WilderSenior Editor, Clean Edge
Adaora Ifebigh is Director of Impact at Sol System and leads efforts to execute Sol’s comprehensive Impact and Infrastructure strategy. In this role, she builds community partnerships and collaborates with local organizations who are driving positive change in their communities in their efforts to address systemic challenges to sustainability.
Ms. Ifebigh has over 15 years of program management and leadership experience across the energy sector with specific experience in energy access and community impact work in rural cooperative territory. As Program Director for Energy Access at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), she started and led the Advancing Energy Access for All initiative that spotlights cooperatives' involvement in facilitating healthy communities, explores the innovative ways they do it, and uncovers new directions community assistance programs are taking. The initiative created a sustainable practice around supporting cooperatives as they holistically serve their members, especially low- and moderate-income households and to ensure that rural communities are not left behind in the transition to clean energy.
At the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-e), she led a program portfolio of more than 23 energy research and development awards worth $77M with awardees across the education, corporate and non-profit sectors. Ms. Ifebigh holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the George Mason University in Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
Brian Kissel is a co-founder and board member at ClimateDonor.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit crowd-funding platform for environmental sustainability projects from nonprofits, universities, national labs, and local government agencies. He also serves on the Advisory Board of AV8 Ventures, a venture capital firm supporting early-stage start-ups focused on healthcare, enterprise & financial services, and deep-tech. Over his career, Brian has served as the CEO of two VC-backed software companies as well as product leadership roles at public and private software as a service (SaaS) platform companies. Brian also served as Lieutenant in the US Navy Submarine Force. He holds a BS Mechanical Engineering from the US Naval Academy and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.
The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”
A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors.
Danny Kennedy is the CEO of New Energy Nexus, connecting entrepreneurs everywhere to capital to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all. New Energy Nexus is a global platform organization for funds and incubators, with chapters in the USA, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Uganda and India. He acts as Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund. This includes overseeing the CalSEED.fund of $25m for very early-stage companies driving innovation and building equity in the California economy and the $12m CalTestBed initiative with UCOP. He is an adviser to Young Greentech Entrepreneurs in China with the Asia Society. Kennedy also serves as President of CalCharge, a public-private partnership with DoE National Labs, universities in California, unions and companies, working to advance energy storage.
Kennedy co-founded Sungevity in 2007, the company that created remote solar design, and Powerhouse, an incubator and fund in Oakland, CA. He was the first backer of Mosaic in 2011, the $1B solar loan provider, and remains on the Board of Powerhive, a solar mini-utility in Kenya. He was a founding Director of Sunergise, the solar-as-a-service business out of Fiji and the EnergyLab Australia. He is also a Director of the non-profits Power for All and the Epic Institute and is an adviser to the company Solar Philippines. Kennedy authored Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy – and Our Planet – from Dirty Energy in 2012. Prior to being an entrepreneur and investor he worked at Greenpeace and other NGOs on climate & energy since 1989.
Ken Alston is an investor at the Climate Pledge Fund at Amazon. Prior to this role, Ken was Director at New Energy Nexus, an international organization that supports clean energy entrepreneurs with funds, accelerators, and networks, featuring programs in California, China, India, Southeast Asia, and East Africa. He also served as Investment Manager for CalCEF Ventures. Prior to these roles, Ken served in the Obama Administration at the White House and U.S. Department of Energy. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an MS in Environment and Resources from the Stanford School of Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences.
Andreas Karelas is the founder and Executive Director of RE-volv. Andreas is a dedicated renewable energy advocate with over 15 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 an Audubon TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow, an OpenIDEO Climate Innovator Fellow, and the author of the book Climate Courage.
Prasanna Krishnan is a solar energy engineer with 13 years of experience as an engineer, consultant and entrepreneur. Pras' relationship with RE-volv dates back to 2014 when he first discovered the organization. In 2015 he joined the board and served until 2018, serving as chair for his final year. He has worked in engineering and leadership roles at OptiSolar, Belectric, SunEdison as well as co-founding an energy storage startup. As principal of Surya Energy Consulting he provides independent engineering, asset management, and O&M consulting services to a range of local and international clients. He holds degrees in electrical and solar engineering. Pras is very excited to be part of the team in this new capacity and looking forward to supporting RE-volv’s growth over the coming years.
Sean is a seasoned solar energy professional with over 10 years of experience in the industry. A long-time advocate for deploying solar energy to combat climate change, Sean is committed to make solar energy more equitable and accessible to communities that need it the most. While at Sungevity, Sean gained valuable experience in Project Management, Operations, and Process. During his sabbatical, he volunteered in Nicaragua helping install off grid solar systems, consulted for an energy efficiency company in Colombia, and most recently worked for a solar and storage company in Australia. Sean is very excited to join RE-volv to help nonprofits reduce their energy bills with solar so that they may further support their communities and mission.
Marques is a solar sales professional with over 8 years of experience in solar sales and building teams for solar professionals in the residential solar market. He is responsible for over 1000 solar installs across 24 different States creating over $40 million in solar sales revenue. He has trained over 500 Solar sales professionals who have gone on to become leaders, managers, and CEO's within the solar industry. Marques brings a wealth of hands-on knowledge in sales strategies, tactics, and processes by working with some of the biggest solar companies in California and by founding his own solar sales companies. He has an AA in International Business studies and communications from Palo Verde College. Lastly, Marques was awarded the recognition of being the number one producer and team building for one of the biggest Northern California Home Improvement companies 3 years in a row from 2016 to 2019.
Cami has over a decade of corporate finance and business strategy experience from leadership roles in public and private companies. She is passionate about bringing those skills to the nonprofit world to help drive an equitable transition to a clean energy economy. Cami is a graduate of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute's Fellowship program (2023 Cohort). Cami studied Economics and Political Science as a student athlete at College of the Holy Cross and University of Oxford. While Cami loves living in Chicago, she also enjoys travel, especially visiting her birthplace, Chile, to see relatives and enjoy the outdoors.
Lauren comes to RE-volv with nearly a decade of workforce development experience. After most recently serving as the Senior Workforce Operations Manager for GRID Alternatives, she brings seven years of experience in administering national solar job training programs. Her work has emphasized the need for diversifying the industry with a focus on building accessible, equitable pathways with communities that have been historically underrepresented in solar. Lauren received both her Master’s in Public Administration and undergraduate degree from Florida State University. She lives in San Francisco, California with her husband and cat.
Ashley has over a decade of experience fundraising for national renewable energy and environmental nonprofits. Prior to RE-volv, Ashley served as Director of Corporate Partnerships at GRID Alternatives where she successfully raised millions of dollars worth of grants and equipment donations, and oversaw an employee volunteerism program that engaged hundreds of individuals each year. She strives to bring a community-centric approach to her work and believes everyone has a role to play in resourcing the transition to a clean energy economy. Ashley has a B.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice from San Francisco State University and currently resides in beautiful Marin County, California.
Mark is passionate about making renewable energy accessible to everyone. Prior to joining RE-volv, He mentored in a computer science program to empower underrepresented students through technology. Mark holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and has been working as a software developer. When he isn’t working, you’ll find Mark listening to music, searching for new tech, and playing guitar.
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 member-staff, 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
Julius Gakwasi is a member of Amp Energy's investments team, working on asset and platform development, sales and acquisitions. Prior to Amp, Julius held various roles in energy and infrastructure finance and banking at J.P. Morgan, New York Green Bank and Macquarie Group. Outside of work, Julius remains engaged in energy transition as a mentor through NYC's Young Professionals in Energy mentorship program, and through select contract work for the Dept. of Energy. Julius is a graduate of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute's Fellowship program and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.
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.
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.
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.
Kassie Rohrbach is a Acting Director at Sierra Club, 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.
Maura McKnight is the Executive Director of the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) - a membership-driven nonprofit organization of corporate sustainability leaders implementing and championing tangible climate action in the San Francisco Bay Area. As an action-oriented leader, she has spent 15+ years working at the intersection of climate/energy, technology, conservation, business development and social impact. Prior to joining BC3, Maura worked for 8 years leading Corporate Partnerships for GRID Alternatives - the nation's largest nonprofit solar installer. Early in her career Maura worked as a biologist for the National Park Service. She holds a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Conservation and Resource Studies and an M.S. in Wildlife Biology from Humboldt State.
Michael Spiegelman is currently the Vice President of Global Product Innovation for Growth & Acquisition at Netflix, where his team is responsible for acquiring new subscribers in 190 countries around the world through product features and programmatic marketing channels. He originally joined Netflix in 2010 as Director of Product Innovation and led product strategy for the streaming website and tablet experiences.
Before joining Netflix, Michael was at Yahoo!, where he was Senior Director of Entertainment & Lifestyle Products, responsible for the music, movies, TV, celebrity, video and lifestyles websites around the world. Prior to that, he was Senior Director and General Manager of Yahoo! Music, running product development, label relations and editorial for the company's music business, including 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 co-founder and principal at Web Paradox, an independent web design and development consultancy, where he was responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships with companies such as Verizon, AT&T and the US Marine Corps. Before that, he was a Senior Strategy Consultant at iXL, an early Internet consulting firm, where he helped large companies as well as startups formulate digital strategies. He also worked at Arthur Andersen Consulting and began his career in the public sector consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He currently lives in San Francisco, California.
Robert J. Nelson
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.
Julian Mocine-McQueen is an Oakland, CA native raised in rural Northern California. He brings years of organizing, facilitation and training experience to his role as the co-founder, Training Director and Lead Facilitator for the Million Person Project. The Million Person Project exists to support leaders to harness the power of personal narrative to serve the most important movements of our time. Since 2011 they have worked with over 3,000 leaders from across the US and 71 different countries.
In addition, Julian utilizes story to help organizations explore their relationship and commitment to justice and equity so that they may ensure their structures, norms, practices and culture are inclusive, safe and generative for all people.
Previously, Julian was a founding team member of Van Jones’s green economy organization Green For All where he co-created a College Ambassador program and launched a Fellowship program.
In 2015, Julian was recognized by Huffington Post as one of “10 Leaders reshaping the Environmental Movement.” He and his Partner Heather Box were recognized as one of 16 projects to watch in 2016 by Grist, and Julian was a member of the inaugural “Grist 50” environmental change makers list. In 2019, he co-wrote the book, “How Your Story Set You Free,” published by Chronicle Books. He is the father to Roman, who is now walking…watch out!
Erika was born and raised by her mom in Brooklyn, NY. A child of Caribbean immigrants, she was lucky to grow up in a community of many immigrants from the islands. Erika's youth was influenced by Caribbean culture and her connection to many nonprofits including Fenimore St. United Methodist Church, Canarsie Karate Club, the Central Brooklyn Lions Club, North Highway Little League, A Better Chance, and Habitat for Humanity. Each of these organizations offered her opportunities to learn about herself, develop skills, and gain confidence. Her career has been dedicated to doing the same for others. Her work has been in the nonprofit sector and at the intersections of youth development, environmental education, green building, job training and workforce development. Erika looks forward to supporting RE-volv's efforts to include community-serving nonprofits in the clean energy transition and educate and engage future leaders of that transition in the process.