Board of Directors
|Jeff Spies||QuickMount PV||Director||Manufacturer||2017|
|Walker Wright||Green Charge Networks||Director||Appointed||2017|
|Jeanine Cotter||Luminalt||Vice President||Contractor||2017|
|Ben Airth||Center for Sustainable Energy||Director||At-Large||2018|
|Allison Duffy||Yaskawa - Solectria||Director||Manufacturer||2018|
|Norm Nielsen||Chico Electric||Director||Contractor||2018|
|Ed Murray||Aztec Solar||Treasurer||Contractor||2019|
|Gary Gerber||Sun Light & Power||Director||Contractor||2019|
|Gina Heng||Mitsubishi Electric USA||Director||Manufacturer||2019|
|Cathleen Monahan||GRID Alternatives||Director||Contractor||2019|
Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director
Ms. Del Chiaro came to CALSEIA in July 2013 with over a decade of policy and advocacy experience on renewable energy issues in California. As the Director of Clean Energy and Global Warming Programs at Environment California, Ms. Del Chiaro was a leading voice within several major clean energy policy initiatives including the Million Solar Roofs Initiative (SB 1) and the resulting California Solar Initiative, the Solar Water Heating Initiative (AB 1470), and the renewable portfolio standards established at the state and local levels. She's authored several clean energy reports and has been quoted widely in the media including MSNBC, NPR, BBC, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and dozens of local and trade outlets. Del Chiaro, a California native, graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. She lives in Sacramento with her husband and two young children, Oliver and Willa.
Brad Heavner, Policy Director
Brad has over sixteen years of clean energy advocacy experience with statewide and national organizations. He was the architect of the nation’s strictest state policy on existing coal-fired power plants, the Healthy Air Act, and led the campaign for Maryland’s law modeled on California’s AB 32. He is the author of dozens of research reports written for statewide policy campaigns across the country. Before joining CALSEIA’s staff in 2013 he was working to support the development of Sonoma Clean Power and other Community Choice Aggregation initiatives in California.
Kelsea Jones, Membership and Marketing Director
Kelsea began her career with CALSEIA in 2012 but she got her start in solar much earlier than that. Growing up in a family with both parents in the solar industry, an 8kw PV system, and solar thermal on her childhood home, Kelsea gained her passion and deep understanding of solar energy. Originally from Florida, Kelsea moved to California to pursue a career in the solar industry. She graduated Cum Laude from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in English. While at FIU, Kelsea helped pilot some of the university’s first large-scale environmental efforts - implementing programs that are still continued today, served on committees on sustainability, and conducted environmental service in the Galapagos Islands.
Elise De Grande, Operations Director
Elise comes to CALSEIA with more than five years of experience working for non-profits in executive and administrative roles. She is a native of Brazil and has spent several years in non-profit work in India. She has now settled in Sacramento and is eager to focus her energies on growing CALSEIA and furthering our cause of increasing solar power throughout California.
Kelly Knutsen, Policy Advisor
Kelly joins CALSEIA to head up the ITC Campaign from his role as lead advisor in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy where he addressed market barriers to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and vehicle technology deployment through financing, regulatory processes, state and local policies, and stakeholder partnerships. Kelly also served as a Project Manager in the DOE Solar Program overseeing and developing roughly 20 projects at four national labs. Prior to the DOE, Kelly served as legislative policy staff for Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and as an AAAS Congressional fellow in the office of Senator Mark Udall (D-CO). Kelly developed state policy experience with Utah Clean Energy and renewable energy technical expertise at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Kelly holds an undergraduate degree from Carleton College and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
Carter Lavin, Membership Coordinator
Carter brings to CALSEIA over eight years of experience serving nearly every aspect of the solar market. His experience includes launching sales campaigns, media relations, organizing and managing conferences and trade show exhibits, conducting market research, and creating product and corporate presentations. Carter has helped manufacturers of thin-film and crystalline modules, micro and string inverters, racking and mounting systems as well as energy storage solutions providers, installers, hybrid power systems providers, energy monitoring software developers, MDV-SEIA and Solar Energy Trade Shows. He earned a BS from Georgetown University where he studied international energy and environmental security. Carter is a passionate bicyclist, and an amateur historian.
Will Gonzalez, Lobbyist
Will Gonzalez has over 15 years of legislative and political experience. In 2002 he established his firm, Gonzalez Public Affairs, which specializes in legislative advocacy on transportation, environmental, and energy issues and prides itself on its policy expertise and close bipartisan relationships. The firm has achieved significant legislative victories for its clients including securing millions in state transportation funding, helping pass sweeping renewable energy laws, and spearheading efforts to reform state procurement.
Donald Simon, General Counsel
Donald primarily focuses on matters related to business and construction law, solar, green building and environmental policy. He has broad experience representing public and private clients on a multitude of contract, litigation, regulatory and general business issues. Donald co-founded the firm’s Green Business Practice Group and led the firm’s internal sustainability efforts, including becoming the first law firm to attain green business certification.