YPE SF Bay Area Leadership
Welcome to YPE SF Bay Area! Please check out our upcoming events, view our 2016 Annual Report, or read about our 2017 leadership team below. We look forward to seeing you at a YPE event soon!
Interested in becoming a more active YPE member?
The YPE Leadership Team will have several positions opening up in January 2018 including Board roles. This is an awesome opportunity to help shape the annual priorities for the organization, grow the Bay Area Chapter and collaborate closely will fellow leadership team members. If you’re eager to get a head start on the 2018 recruiting process, please contact YPE SF Bay Area co-presidents Francesca and Bob
Francesca Wahl is on the policy and business development team at Tesla where she manages California regulatory policy engagement with key State Agencies including the Public Utilities Commission and the Energy Commission and facilitates relationships with external stakeholder groups.
Previously, she was the Senior Associate for Energy and Environmental Policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association representing more than 390 companies in Silicon Valley. Francesca has also worked on federal energy efficiency policy at the Alliance to Save in DC, analyzed state recycling regulation and legislation, assisted governments and small businesses with implementing sustainability principles in their management plans, and served in the White House Liaison Office at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Francesca has a B.A. in Economics and Foreign Affairs with Distinction from the University of Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, skiing, seeking out new live music venues and restaurants, and exploring the greater Bay Area.
Francesca Wahl is on the policy and business development team at Tesla ...
Bob Wilson is a Senior Sales Associate on the enterprise sales team at Bloom Energy, a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) developer, based out of Sunnyvale, CA. At Bloom, he works with companies like Apple and Walmart and non-profit organizations like Kaiser Permanente, to deliver on-site primary (base load) power generation systems that provide a more reliable, cleaner and cost-effective alternative to the traditional electric power grid.
Prior to Bloom, Bob worked as Director of Strategic Partnerships for Chai Energy, developers of an energy efficiency and energy monitoring software application, and was the Western Zone Managing Director for Synapse Services, a boutique sustainability and environmental risk management consulting firm based in New York. Before finding YPE and starting work in the energy sector, he ran the west coast for AIG Environmental and Zurich Environmental.
Bob has a B.A in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on political science and environmental studies from the University of Missouri – Columbia. When not passionately working on energy projects, you can find him on his bike, in the mountains, on the links, at a concert or just running around with family and friends.
Bob Wilson is a Senior Sales Associate on the enterprise sales team ...
Chief Financial Officer
Nikhil works as an Analyst at Siemens TTB, an external innovation and venture group within Siemens. Siemens TTB partners with startups developing solutions in technology areas relevant to Siemens. Nikhil’s work is at the intersection of technology trend evaluation, startup scouting, business development, and project due diligence. His topics of focus include smartgrid software, and the Internet of Things (IoT) as it relates to industrial automation and energy.
His involvement and interest in energy stems from his time at school: as an undergrad, he was involved with grid research at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), was on the undergraduate leadership team of the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC), and was on the first UC Berkeley Solar Spring Break team to install a rooftop solar array with GRID Alternatives.
Nikhil holds a B.S. in Environmental Science (physical science concentration) from UC Berkeley. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, and reading about politics, South Asian history, and the environment.
Nikhil works as an Analyst at Siemens TTB, an external innovation and ...
Goksenin is an analyst at CohnReznick Capital Markets Securities, a leading boutique investment bank specializing in renewable energy project finance and mergers and acquisitions. He holds a Master’s degree in Global Energy Policy and Finance from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a dual Bachelor’s in International Affairs and Chinese Studies from Okan University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Goksenin has worked and studied in seven countries, including China, Germany and Russia. In addition to his native Turkish, he is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, conversational in Russian and a beginner in Spanish. In his free time, Goksenin enjoys working out, searching for good Turkish food in the Bay area and cheering on his soccer team Galatasaray FC.
Goksenin is an analyst at CohnReznick Capital Markets Securities, a leading boutique ...
VP, Partnerships and Outreach
Charlotte manages channel partner relationships for SolarCity’s commercial team. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Charlotte spent several years living and working in China followed by a stint on the east coast pursuing entrepreneurial interests in e-commerce and Asian art. She received her MBA/MA in international business from Wharton/The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, with an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College. Charlotte is an avid environmentalist and field hockey player, and spends her free time outside, whether running, skiing, or tending to her (very small) urban garden.
Charlotte manages channel partner relationships for SolarCity’s commercial team. Prior to moving to San Francisco, ...
VP, Strategic Growth
Rishi is on a mission to combat climate change. He currently works in corporate finance for SolarCity, informing executive decision-making with quantitative analyses. He has worn many hats such as running the firm’s cash forecast, managing an 8-figure revolving credit facility, and evaluating the economics of solar installations across dozens of states.
Prior to SolarCity, Rishi worked on BlackRock’s Multi-Asset Solutions team analyzing the competitive positioning of its mutual funds and helping launch www.blackrock.com/charts. Rishi earned a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. In his spare time, Rishi enjoys playing basketball, exploring new restaurants with friends, and recruiting people to join the renewable revolution.
Rishi is on a mission to combat climate change. He currently works ...
VP, Marketing and Communications
Sarah manages commercial marketing efforts at SolarCity, the nation’s leading solar provider. At SolarCity, Sarah is responsible for developing and executing marketing initiatives to attract new commercial clients. Prior to San Francisco, she lived in D.C. and led the marketing team at GridPoint, an energy management solution.
Sarah has a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from Biola University. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, skiing and singing in SolarCity’s rock band, PV Wonder.
Sarah manages commercial marketing efforts at SolarCity, the nation’s leading solar provider. ...
Brian Scaccia is corporate counsel at Cypress Creek Renewables, a developer specializing in community-based, utility-scale solar projects. Located in the San Francisco office, he advises the company in structured financing transactions, asset acquisitions, dispositions and corporate governance matters.
Prior to joining Cypress Creek, Mr. Scaccia was an associate in the Finance practice group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, representing financial institutions and companies in a variety of financing transactions, including renewable and traditional energy projects.
Mr. Scaccia is a frequent writer and speaker on a variety of energy related topics and has served in the Office of the General Counsel at the nonprofit Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). While at the UC Berkeley School of Law, he was an editor of Ecology Law Quarterly and member of the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC), served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Charles R. Breyer in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and served as a graduate student assistant for Commissioner Dian Grueneich of the California Public Utilities Commission.
Brian Scaccia is corporate counsel at Cypress Creek Renewables, a developer specializing ...
Carolyn is as an Origination & Structuring Senior Analyst at Recurrent Energy, a leading North American solar project developer dedicated to helping the world meet its energy needs with clean, competitively priced electricity. At Recurrent, she works to guide strategic business decisions related to project contracting activities through energy market diligence, counterparty outreach, competitive pricing analysis, proposal drafting, and term sheet negotiation. Carolyn began her career in the solar industry as a Research Associate at GTM Research, the market research arm of Greentech Media. While at GTM, she provided in-depth analysis of the U.S. solar market and the global PV supply landscape, contributing to numerous studies including the quarterly SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association)/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight reports.
Carolyn holds a B.A. in Environment, Economics, & Politics from Claremont McKenna College. Outside of the office, she is an avid runner, yoga practitioner, city cyclist, and fiction reader.
Carolyn is as an Origination & Structuring Senior Analyst at Recurrent Energy, ...
Chris Parker is an attorney in the Administrative Law Judge Division of the California Public Utilities Commission. At the Commission, he works closely with the Administrative Law Judges to draft rulings and decisions and to brief Commissioners on controversial issues. He has worked on Net Energy Metering (NEM 2.0), the Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program (GTSR), Time-of-Use Pricing, and residential rate reform. His practice includes energy regulation, financing, and transactions, such as power purchase agreements, renewable and solar incentives, tax incentives, interconnection rules, feed-in tariffs, qualifying facilities, permitting for development and operating authority, and CEQA environmental review. He is especially knowledgeable about jurisdictional issues, tax and accounting for electric corporations, and ratesetting for investor-owned utilities.
Prior to law school, Chris performed research on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at the Sierra Club, did market research for an East Coast solar integrator, and worked in political fundraising.
Chris received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he completed a specialization in tax and business law through the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law & Policy and externed with the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Duke University. In his spare time, Chris enjoys homebrewing beer and training for the Inca Trail.
Chris Parker is an attorney in the Administrative Law Judge Division of ...
Kelley Vendeland is a Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications with Recurrent Energy, one of North America’s largest solar project developers. She drives all aspects of the company’s marketing and communications strategy, including corporate positioning, policy communications, and community engagement in regions where Recurrent Energy develops and operates utility-scale solar facilities.
Prior to joining Recurrent Energy, she served as Account Manager with 463 Communications (now Vrge Strategies), a public affairs consultancy, where she executed strategic campaigns and programs for clients including Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and Facebook. She holds a B.A. from Tufts University. Outside of the office, Kelley volunteers with the SPCA and enjoys soccer, skiing and traveling.
Kelley Vendeland is a Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications with Recurrent ...
Michael is an Associate in SunEdison’s Management Leadership Development Program, a post-graduate 2-year rotation. Michael recently completed a dual degree MBA/MIA at Columbia University, concentrated in Global Energy Management & Policy. While at Columbia, Michael was the Co-President of the CBS Energy Club, evaluated new market opportunities for EnerNOC, and worked as an EDF Fellow in the energy strategy team at Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas. In his free time, Michael is an avid ice hockey player, and enjoys cycling, running, hiking, and beach volleyball.
Michael is an Associate in SunEdison’s Management Leadership Development Program, a post-graduate ...
In her capacity in the Sierra Club’s International Climate & Energy Campaign, Vrinda Manglik advocates for public energy spending that is aligned with global climate and development goals. Prior to joining the Sierra Club, she worked at the Environmental Law Institute and Natural Resources Defense Council, both in Washington DC. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Interests outside of work including singing, drawing, and being outdoors.
In her capacity in the Sierra Club’s International Climate & Energy Campaign, ...
Arthur Kegels is a Project Development Analyst at SunPower. He works in cross-functional teams to scale the Commercial & Industrial organization. Before SunPower, he was a Masters’ student at UC Berkeley’s Product Development Program focused on the commercialization of new technologies. There he led a consulting team on a technology-market fit project for Alphabet Energy.
Arthur moved to San Francisco after graduating from University College of London with a B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering with First Class Honours. He spent time there as Vice President of the Economics & Finance Society. Arthur originally comes from Belgium, however, was raised half his life in Spain and the other in Russia.
Arthur Kegels is a Project Development Analyst at SunPower. He works in ...
Sarah is an experienced attorney, policy advisor and legislative advocate who specializes in issues of clean energy, climate change adaptation and mitigation, California water issues and corporate sustainability.
As a practicing attorney, Sarah has worked on multiple civil and family law cases, as well as regulatory proceedings in the clean energy and energy efficiency space. She also has extensive experience advising policymakers, developing and running policy workshops and panels, building coalitions within the business and non-profit communities, and lobbying decision makers. Sarah has greatly enjoyed working on energy and environment issues as both a legislative staffer and advocate for the business community and looks forward to continuing working in this space to help achieve progress on these critical issue areas.
She is currently the Sr. Associate for Energy and Environment at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and she previously served as Legislative Counsel to U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC-07) and as a Legal Fellow to U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27). She earned a B.A. in Government at the University of Virginia, a J.D. at the Catholic University of America and is a member of the Maryland State Bar.
Sarah is an experienced attorney, policy advisor and legislative advocate who specializes ...
Willa Howe is a Senior Partnership Associate at 3Degrees Inc., a leading renewable energy and carbon trading and consulting group. At 3Degrees, she manages two nationally-recognized utility green power programs and works on larger, company-wide strategy and innovation efforts. Prior to her work at 3Degrees, Willa worked at EnerNOC in Boston as a Contract Management Associate, guiding the closing of the sales process for demand response and energy intelligence software deals.
Willa has her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Sociology from Tulane University in New Orleans, and recently completed a Certificate in Sustainable Energy Management at Presidio Graduate School. Outside of the office, Willa is an indoor cycling instructor, avid reader, yogi, and taco connoisseur.
Willa Howe is a Senior Partnership Associate at 3Degrees Inc., a leading ...
Carmen is an attorney in Morrison & Foerster LLP’s Finance and Projects Group. She represents developers, sponsors, and lenders in a variety of renewable energy transactions, including acquisitions, debt financings, and operations.
Prior to attending law school, Carmen worked as an alternative energy consultant for Newcomb Anderson McCormick advising institutional and utility clients on solar procurement and energy efficiency programs.
Carmen received her J.D., summa cum laude, from UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. While at Hastings, Carmen worked as a law clerk in the Administrative Law Judges Division of the California Public Utilities Commission. In her free time, Carmen enjoys playing music, running painfully long distances, and the artistic genius of David Lynch
Carmen is an attorney in Morrison & Foerster LLP’s Finance and Projects ...
Nneka Uzoh is an energy and sustainability innovator. The creator of the Energy Circus podcast, she produces intriguing narratives around how macro energy issues influence the lives of everyday people. Nneka works for Pacific Gas and Electric, a leading utility in California and is building an organic pesticides startup, EmekaTech. Prior to PG&E, Nneka worked in a variety of finance roles for NextEra Energy Resources in Florida. She received her Bachelors in Finance from Hampton University, Masters of Finance– Energy Specialization from Tulane University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Nneka is active with the Young Professionals in Energy and Women in Cleantech and Sustainability and mentors a student through the East Bay College Fund. In her free time, she enjoys tennis, painting and traveling.
Nneka Uzoh is an energy and sustainability innovator. The creator of the ...
Marisa Sweeney is an Investment Associate on the underwriting team at Generate Capital, a specialty finance company based in San Francisco, California, that partners with project developers and technology manufacturers in the renewable energy, technology, and sustainability sectors. At Generate, she focuses on financing solar PV projects across the US.
Prior to Generate, Marisa worked in New York as a strategy analyst at Onyx Renewable Partners, a Blackstone Portfolio Company. At Onyx, she worked on the acquisition of a portfolio of US C&I assets from SunEdison. Marisa started her career at Goldman Sachs as a credit analyst.
Marisa has a B.A in Politics Philosophy and Law and a B.S. in Management/Finance from Binghamton University (SUNY). Marisa is a yogi and casual jogger who never turns down the opportunity to try new food!
Marisa Sweeney is an Investment Associate on the underwriting team at Generate ...
Ambassador, Harvard University
Nora Barr is a Senior Business Development Manager at NextEra Energy Resources, focusing on new product and origination strategy for NextEra’s Distributed Generation business. Nora originally joined NextEra in 2015 as an MBA summer associate, working with the origination team on innovative PPA structures and new products.
Prior to NextEra, Nora spent four years at Credit Suisse Group AG on the Commodities Trading Desk in New York, specializing in energy. Initially, Nora worked with corporate clients on their hedging programs and focused on the physical natural gas business. She then transitioned to Investor Sales, where she developed and sold commodities indices to multinational and institutional clients.
Nora received her MBA with honors from Harvard Business School, where she served as Co-President of the Energy & Environment Club. She earned her Bachelors in Engineering Sciences, cum laude, from Harvard College. An avid singer, Nora serves on the Board of Directors of the Radcliffe Choral Society Foundation. When not on a basketball court, Nora can be found on the ski slopes of Tahoe, and is an enthusiastic advocate of Keep Tahoe Blue!
Nora Barr is a Senior Business Development Manager at NextEra Energy Resources, ...
Ambassador, Berkeley and University of Texas
Juli Johnston is a Deputy Director of Policy and Electricity Markets at SolarCity. Specializing in electric rates and tariffs, she provides analytical support for regulatory policy efforts across the Southwestern U.S. Prior to joining SolarCity, Juli was a Senior Associate at MRW & Associates, a small Oakland-based consulting firm that provides expertise for electric and natural gas litigation and regulatory proceedings, in the form of market and policy analysis and financial assessments.
Juli has a B.S. in Environmental Economics and Policy from UC Berkeley, and an MS in Community and Regional Planning with an emphasis in environmental planning from the University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, Juli enjoys road cycling, cooking, traveling, reading, and camping.
Juli Johnston is a Deputy Director of Policy and Electricity Markets at ...
Georges Meouchy is an Engineering Manager at Green Charge Networks, an energy storage company based out of Santa Clara. At Green Charge, Georges is in charge of the data science and asset performance team, whose role is to design the forecasting and optimization algorithms that operate the portfolio of storage systems both behind the meter and for grid services. Prior to joining Green Charge, Georges worked in the mechanical design team at Primus Power, a flow battery startup.
Before moving to California, Georges lived in France and in Lebanon and is fluent in French and Arabic. He holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and a BS in Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. In his spare time, Georges enjoys swimming and skiing, as well as playing and watching soccer.
Georges Meouchy is an Engineering Manager at Green Charge Networks, an energy ...
Ambassador, Northwestern University
Amanda Myers is a public affairs professional who focuses on advancing clean energy policy. Most recently she was a Public Affairs Manager at SolarCity, helping open new rooftop solar markets and preserving established ones.
Previously, she was a Business Development Consultant at Oracle. Amanda grew Oracle’s hardware business as well as shortened the sales cycle for different hardware products. During her undergraduate studies, Amanda was a Communications Intern at the White House Council on Environmental Quality before completing a Communications & Policy internship at the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) in Chicago. At the White House, Amanda worked to help spur the wind industry via the Wind Production Tax Credit; she also contributed to Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, which strive to increase fleet fuel efficiency mandates. At ELPC, she focused on the environmental and public health impact of a Chicago-based rail yard expansion in addition to lobbying for various environmental policies at the city and state level.
Amanda holds a BA in political science, business, and Chinese language from Northwestern University. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys running, biking, hiking, cooking, and reading.
Amanda Myers is a public affairs professional who focuses on advancing clean ...
Ambassador, European Business Schools
Marissa is the Global Content Lead for all Energy Products at Tesla including solar, Powerwall and Powerpack. Prior to Tesla, Marissa was a consultant for the Global Environment Fund responsible for providing executive leadership and marketing management to two portfolio clients. Marissa also ran marketing for SPG Solar, a commercial and utility solar company, and spent over four years at CNN as a producer and editor. She received her MBA in International Business from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain and a Journalism degree from UC Berkeley. In the summer of 2015, Marissa designed and engineered a one-of-a-kind solar charged electric bicycle and toured solo from CA to NY to raise awareness for healthy living and clean energy (www.marissamuller.com). Marissa is an avid cyclist, clean tech enthusiast and lover of all water sports.
Marissa is the Global Content Lead for all Energy Products at Tesla ...
For the last several years, Lauren Burke has been advocating for sustainable businesses and clean technologies at the intersection of transportation, energy, and finance. Her expertise lies in designing and implementing communications to drive market change. As Senior Director at mc², Lauren leads client campaign strategy for early and mid-stage companies. Before mc², Lauren spearheaded campaigns for Opower, Recargo, WaterFX and William McDonough at Blue Practice, supporting clients through M&As, global sales, and fundraising.
She’s garnered international experience, as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in Albania, and worked with local organizations on environmental and human rights-based projects, campaigns, and curricula. Most notably, she co-created a documentary on the discourse of gender and employment in Albania, which premiered on one of Albania’s leading talk shows and was recognized by U.S. Ambassador Arvizu for her leadership.
Committed to creating clean and affordable energy access, Lauren also serves as an advisor to Amped Innovation, in addition to YPE. She holds a BA cum laude from UC Berkeley.
For the last several years, Lauren Burke has been advocating for sustainable ...