Aaron Sutch

Virginia Program Director

Aaron has deep experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency having worked in municipal sustainability leadership, policy & advocacy, and project management. He develops and manages all Virginia solar co-op programs, provides technical support for residents and organizations going solar, and coordinates policy advocacy for distributed solar in Virginia.

Aaron received a Dual Master of Arts in International Affairs and Natural Resources, specializing in International Energy Policy from American University School of International Service and United Nations University for Peace. He has published numerous articles and speaks fluent Spanish. A native of San Diego California, Aaron enjoys being on the water, playing guitar and spending time with his son Gabriel.

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Alexis Miller

Engagement Specialist

Alexis supports the engagement efforts for Solar United Neighbors state programs in Virginia, West Virginia, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. This includes bringing together solar advocates across these states to mobilize and transform their communities. Alexis has a passion for bringing people together to make sustainable change. Alexis is excited to bring her enthusiasm for engagement and tangible energy system solutions together. Alexis is an Oregon native with her current roots in Richmond, Virginia. She has a Bachelors in Social Work and a Minor in sociology with an extensive background in volunteer engagement and large scale event and program planning. Alexis loves to spend time with her husband outdoors, hike, travel, and try any dessert spot she can find.

Angela DeMonbreun

Regional Field Director (FL, TX, AZ, CO)

Angela oversees Solar United Neighbors field programs in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Colorado, and she serves as State Director for the Florida program. Angela is a fourth generation Floridian. She is passionate about community outreach and believes that informed and engaged voters are key to building an accountable democratic society. Her experience includes project development, grassroots organizing, community engagement and policy advocacy focusing on capacity building. Prior to joining Solar United Neighbors, Angela served as president of the League of Women Voters Jacksonville First Coast for four years, working to increase informed voter participation through education and advocacy and still volunteers as their Environment Director. Angela also volunteers as a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park, Florida, serving on the Executive Committee. In 2015, Angela was selected as one of Jacksonville’s Women of Influence. Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Jacksonville University. A certified scuba diver and proud wife and mom, Angela loves to take advantage of the Florida waterways by boating, collecting scallops in the Florida Gulf, and lobster in the Keys.

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Annette Dentel

Office Manager

Annette is responsible for human resources, office and finance management. Annette graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in Urban Planning. She also has a Master of Arts in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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Anya Schoolman

Executive Director

Anya has worked for decades on environmental projects and policy up and down the Western Hemisphere. This work has helped her grapple with the issue of sustainable development and how to make complex issues relevant to the community. Solar United Neighbors got its start when her son Walter asked, “Mom, can we go solar?” In her role as Executive Director, Anya has been instrumental in the passage of landmark solar legislation and regulation. In April 2014, the White House selected Anya as one of 10 White House Champions of Change for Solar Deployment for her groundbreaking work to deploy solar in the National Capital Region.

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Autumn Long

Regional Field Director (WV, PA, OH, IN)

Autumn oversees Solar United Neighbors field programs in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. She serves as State Director for the West Virginia program. Autumn works to grow support for and access to solar by providing education on the benefits of solar, advocating for solar-friendly laws and policies, and implementing solar programs and initiatives across the region. Born and raised in West Virginia, Autumn has been an entrepreneur, community organizer, advocate, writer, editor, and researcher. She holds a NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate Credential, a Master of Arts in Geography from West Virginia University, and Bachelor of Philosophy in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Ben Delman

Communications Director

Ben is an experienced solar communications professional. He has helped solar companies get recognition for their product and project announcements and worked with solar advocates across the county to help them educate the public about policies that allow solar energy to compete a level playing field with other energy sources. At Solar United Neighbors, Ben generates attention to the work the organization does to help people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the George Washington University.

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Bret Fanshaw

Arizona Program Director

Bret works to bring solar power to more Arizonans. He has a decade of experience campaigning for clean energy in the Grand Canyon State. He previously served as the national solar campaign director for Environment America and the director of its state chapter, Environment Arizona. Bret’s work urging fellow Arizonans to speak out to regulators and utilities has helped to foster the growth of rooftop solar in Arizona. He has won campaigns committing the City of Tempe to 100 percent renewable energy and stopping new uranium mining on one million acres around Grand Canyon National Park. Bret is the co-author of a dozen reports on solar energy use in cities and states, and has appeared on Arizona PBS, Phoenix NPR (KJZZ) and in the Arizona Republic, among other publications. He holds degrees in International Studies and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bret lives in Phoenix with his wife Nikki, where he enjoys hiking, backpacking and playing the guitar.

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Bryce Carter

Colorado Program Director

Bryce has a deep-rooted passion for bringing communities together to pursue a just, renewable energy economy. For more than six years he served as an advocate and program manager for the Sierra Club where he led the Colorado Ready for 100 campaign. The campaign supported more than ten community commitments for 100% renewable electricity, resulting in Xcel Energy and Colorado to respond to the growing demand. Bryce also served with the Association of Climate Change Officers. There he performed sector analysis assessing envirophysical threats for the federal government and supporting municipalities working toward climate solutions. With Colorado on track to be a renewable energy leader, he believes it’s imperative to support deploying localized renewable resources in communities most in need or most impacted by the ongoing transition. Bryce lives in Denver with his wife Katie, and their 70-pound lap dog Molly.

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Carra Cheslin

Director of Engagement

Carra serves as the Director of Engagement for Solar United Neighbors and is passionate about connecting, activating, and engaging people from all walks of life in the environmental movement. She joined Solar United Neighbors to contribute to the implementation of tangible on the ground solutions to climate change and to mobilize more folks to get involved with spreading the word about renewable energy in their communities. Carra has over a decade of professional experience in program management and design, community outreach and engagement, youth development, and digital organizing in the non-profit, local government, recreation, and education sectors. Carra holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Sociology-based Human Relations from Connecticut College and is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Master Gardener.

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Corey Ramsden

Vice President of Go Solar Programs

Corey is an experienced IT and solar professional. He was inspired to pursue the latter path by a museum exhibit on sustainable communities. He realized that he wanted his professional life to expand renewable energy and positively affect his community. It took a few years, but by volunteering, taking online courses, working for a local solar installer, and an online solar shopping site he set himself on a path toward his current role at Solar United Neighbors. Now he develops, deploys, and scales educational materials and on-the-ground project models in rooftop solar, community solar, battery storage, and electric vehicle charging. He is a NABCEP-certified PV Technical Sales Professional and a graduate of Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore.

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Emily Stiever

Chief Operating Officer & Vice President of Field Operations

Emily oversees the organization’s administrative, financial, and operational activities and provides direction to the organization’s state-level programs. She also spearheads new initiatives to take Solar United Neighbors to the next level as an organization. Emily began at Solar United Neighbors as when it was a local community group working on solar, and over time has helped grow the small project into a national nonprofit that represents the needs and interests of solar owners across the country. Before joining Solar United Neighbors, Emily worked as a renewable energy consultant specializing in solar electric and solar water heating initiatives and incentive programs. She graduated from Grinnell College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Political Ecology and was a member of the 2016 Neighborworks Achieving Excellence program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Erik Mariani

Go Solar Program Coordinator

Erik supports Solar United Neighbors field programs in Florida and Ohio. He is excited to help communities transition to an energy system that is both cleaner and more equitable for everyone. He comes with experience working in hazardous waste mitigation as well as backing the efforts of a sustainability-focused market. He’s excited to pursue an opportunity with distributed solar and renewable energy. In his free time, Erik enjoys listening to music, running, and writing.

Glen Brand

Vice President of Policy and Advocacy

Glen has served on the staff of several national and state environmental and labor organizations. He worked for the national Sierra Club from 1998-2010 in a variety of roles, including Director of the “Cool Cities” campaign, the organization’s first nationwide grassroots effort to advocate for local clean energy solutions. From 2012-2017, he served as Director of the Sierra Club’s Maine Chapter.

He has been quoted widely in media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has been a guest speaker on clean energy issues at many venues throughout the country, as well as in Denmark and Brazil. A Florida native, Glen was educated at the University of Florida and the University of Houston. He is an avid kayaker, bicyclist, and amateur jazz musician.

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Hanna Mitchell

Texas Program Director

Hanna Mitchell works to bring more solar energy options to Texas communities. As an organizer and campaigner with a passion for environmental justice, she started organizing after attending a summer training program with the Sierra Student Coalition over a decade ago. She has experience working on local, state, and national campaigns. For three and a half years, she worked with Greenpeace in North Carolina to improve access to cleaner and cheaper energy options and support the intersecting movement for environmental and social justice. During this time, she led grassroots outreach for Solarize Charlotte, ran a 100% renewable energy initiative for public schools, and met her husband with whom she moved to Austin, Texas in the summer of 2017. Originally from Maine, Hanna earned her B.A. in Environmental & Urban Studies from Bard College in New York, focusing on Environmental Policy. When she’s not organizing, Hanna can be found salsa dancing, cooking up food to share with friends, or running on an Austin greenbelt.

Heaven Campbell

Florida Program Associate

Heaven brings her passion and experience in program management, volunteer management, research, capacity-building, diversity and inclusion, and evaluation to her work. She is a native of Florida and proud to say she’s #FreshfromFlorida. She has a Master of Science in Family, Youth and Community Sciences and. Heaven loves hiking and spending time with friends and family.

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Henry McKay

Pennsylvania Program Director

Henry’s passion is to build a movement of empowered – and solar-powered – advocates across Pennsylvania to fight for a cleaner and fairer energy system. Through earlier positions at the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, he has spent the better part of a decade working to make American communities more sustainable, more resilient, and more equitable by supporting local leaders and elevating good ideas. Henry is a NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate™ and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Oberlin College. Henry lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Sarah, and son, Jesse.

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Jessica Hamilton

Go Solar Program Coordinator

Jessica is dedicated to empowering communities to go solar. Growing up in Western Maryland’s post-coal economy fueled her passion to study environmental science through a multidisciplinary lens. Jessica is skilled in residential photovoltaic installation. She spent the Spring of 2019 with D.C. residents installing no-cost solar for the community. At Solar United Neighbors, she supports program development for Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Minnesota.

Jody Finver

South Florida Program Coordinator

Jody is known across South Florida as “Solar Girl” for her work to help her community go solar. She puts her decades of experience as an advertising copywriter and creative director to use creating witty slogans and signage that educate voters and fight for solar rights in Florida. Prior to joining Solar United Neighbors, she served as the Solar Chair for her local League of Women Voters chapter where she audited the solar permitting process of her city and worked with various departments to improve the process and waive permitting fees. A net-zero rooftop solar customer, EV driver, and local community organizer, she lives by example. When she’s not being a solar evangelist, she can be found kayaking with her dog Walter and her right-hand man Simon.

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Julia Herbst

Gulf Coast Co-op Coordinator

Julia is thrilled to work with Solar United Neighbors to help expand solar in the Sunshine State. Her passion for clean energy began while working in Pennsylvania’s coal regions as an AmeriCorps member. Water quality, landscape design, and community service projects grew out of her Master of Landscape Architecture Degree from RISD. She has completed Frostburg University’s Wind and Solar Energy (WISE) Education Program, Pinellas County Water Stewards Program and Florida Master Naturalist courses. Through teaching, volunteer and work experiences, she champions the power of education and local action in positive environmental change. Julia’s a native plant and butterfly fan who loves to hike, bike and travel the world with her husband.

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Julianna Dantzer

Grants Manager

She works to ensure funding for the organization. She is passionate about attaining a more sustainable economy. Julianna has worked in environmentally-focused outreach, research, and grant administration positions. She holds a B.A. in Environmental & Sustainability Studies and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Kentucky.

Lauren Barchi

Maryland Program Director

Lauren is a third-generation native of Baltimore City. She grew up playing in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay where she discovered her passion for the environment and the communities that live in its watershed.  As an environmental scientist and community activist, Lauren joins her love of people with her scientific background, striving to bring together diverse groups around common goals.  After years working in the government and private sectors, she is excited to be part of this team where she can help all Marylanders access solar energy.  Lauren lives in West Baltimore with her wife and dog, Cinnamon.


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Lisa Rimmert

Marketing Director

Lisa aims to make the world a better place through good communication. She has marketed a variety of events and programs throughout the non-profit sector. Lisa brings this experience to her role as marketing director at Solar United Neighbors.

Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s. Her bachelor’s is in mass communications from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her master’s in public relations is from Webster University in St. Louis. In her spare time, she enjoys comedy and music. Lisa also volunteers on programs to advance social justice in her county and beyond.

Roger Horowitz

Director of Co-ops

Roger is dedicated to empowering communities to go solar. Roger combines his passion for community development and organizing with his love of solar energy.

Before joining Solar United Neighbors, Roger owned his own ice pop business for 10 years. He also has a background in community organizing. This focused on high school and college outreach. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s in Peace, War, and Defense and in Spanish. Roger lives with his family in Washington, D.C.

Scott Greenler

Engagement Specialist

Scott activates people across the country to join in the effort to promote a just and equitable distributed system of solar energy. Before joining to Solar United Neighbors, Scott was a Program Fellow at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, where he advocated for federal policies to address climate change. Scott has also engaged in federal and state political organizing and campaigns in Colorado, where he completed his undergraduate degree in environmental and organismic biology from Fort Lewis College. During his time as an undergraduate, Scott served as Student Body President, and completed internships with the Conservation Lands Foundation and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Scott is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys running, rock climbing, skiing, and surfing.

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Seán Stickle

Vice President of Growth

Seán is passionate about (at least) three things: non-profits; technology; and non-profit technology. He’s worked for D.C. non-profits and associations since 1999, serving as Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at the Physician Assistant Education Association, IT Director at the American Meat Institute, and Senior Developer and Project Manager at the American Society for Engineering Education. He earned his degree in philosophy from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He spends his free time studying ancient languages and classical literature.

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Tracey Hall

Social Media Coordinator

Tracey works to foster online engagement with our members, supporters, and friends through our various social media channels. This includes helping people find the answers and solutions they are looking for as they try to bring solar to their communities, as well as keeping them up to date on the latest news from the world of sustainable energy, and helping start conversations about solar, and the many ways solar can help the environment and promote energy independence. Tracey brings an extensive background in communication and engagement from the higher education sector and a passion for environmental sustainability, nature, and technology as a tool to bring people together and promote change. She, her husband, and their 2 children, live in the historic village of Gilbertsville, N.Y.

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Tristan Rader

Ohio Program Director

Tristan has made it his life’s work to further social, economic, and environmental justice in his home state of Ohio. He has more than a decade of experience in community outreach, media, and organizing. He now brings this experience and his skills to bear to build Ohio’s community of solar supporters. Tristan spends a great deal of his free time engaged in his local community where he serves on multiple boards and as an elected member of Lakewood City Council. Tristan holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Kent State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Cleveland State University. He and his wife, Caitlin, live in the Cleveland area with their dog, Marcus.

Vincent Jerkovich

Go Solar Program Specialist

Vincent has worked across the spectrum of solar. Before joining Solar United Neighbors, he worked with a national solar installer and then for a non-profit organization where he provided technical assistance to local governments implementing solar best practices. At Solar United Neighbors, he helps educate co-op participants so that they can make truly informed decisions when going solar. Vincent has a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Kansas. He is also a NABCEP-certified Photovoltaic Associate.

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Yesenia Rivera

D.C. Program Director

Yesenia has spent the last ten years focusing on community development. She has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico-Cayey and a J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. It was during her time in law school that she began her journey working with low to moderate income families in the District as a Student Attorney in the Community Development Clinic. She is excited to be a part of Solar United Neighbors of D.C., where she can combine her love of science and community development to help expand access to solar energy in the District. Having benefited from solar energy herself, she is passionate about assisting D.C. homeowners to make the transition to solar.

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Zach Schalk

Indiana Program Director

Zach is a passionate organizer and storyteller dedicated to promoting justice. He believes in the potential for collective action to build power and shape a more just and equitable future. Building an electric system that distributes control and benefits back to local communities—with rooftop solar as the cornerstone—is one step toward that future he hopes to see. Zach is a native Hoosier who earned a BA in journalism and political science from Indiana University and a MA in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University. He has more than a decade of experience as a communicator and organizer.

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Chrissie McHenry

Board Member

Christina (Chrissie) McHenry is a principal at The Raben Group.

Chrissie was previously at NeighborWorks America where she was the Senior Vice President, Public Relations for more than six years. NeighborWorks, a national housing and community development organization chartered by Congress, leads a network of almost 250 independent, locally-based nonprofits across the nation. Chrissie provided strategic communications counsel to the NeighborWorks America CEO and colleagues in four regional offices. She also provided high-level communications support to the leadership of network organizations around crisis communications and reputation management, nonprofit governance and overall visibility including politically sensitive stakeholder and funder messaging and outreach.

Prior to joining NeighborWorks America Chrissie was Director of Communications, Community and Corporate Responsibility for Fannie Mae, working extensively in crisis communications, reputational risk, and community relations, as well as managing diversity communications for the company. Throughout the foreclosure crisis, Chrissie worked to help homeowners facing foreclosure and the communities where they lived weather the financial storm of the Great Recession.

For a large part of her career, Chrissie was a broadcast journalist covering politics for a number of leading news organizations. Most recently she was the Senior Producer of Washington Week with Gwen Ifill on PBS and held a variety of roles with CBS News, ABC News Nightline, and PBS’s NewsHour.

Chrissie sits on the board of the Nantucket Boys and Girls Club.  In her spare time, she loves to needlepoint and is planning an eventual Appalachian Trail thru-walk (despite the skepticism of her three children).

Chrissie holds a B.A. from Tufts University in Political Science and French.

Courtney Cuff

Board Chair

Courtney Cuff is executive director of Western Conservation Foundation. She is an expert at designing creative campaigns that motivate diverse constituencies to achieve specific conservation outcomes. Previously, she worked as Pacific regional director for the National Parks Conservation Association, where she designed programs to protect National Parks in California and Hawaii from development, pollution, and underfunding. She recently launched a “Defending the Desert” campaign to protect the biodiversity of the Southern Californian desert lands. Courtney has also served as director of Government Affairs for the Green Scissors Campaign at Friends of the Earth in Washington, D.C., and has worked on several U.S. House and Senate political races, served on the League of Conservation Voters Political Advisory Committee, and served on the board of the Safe Energy Communications Council.

Diego Morley

Board Member

Diego Morley served as one of the founding members of the Mt. Pleasant Solar Cooperative that in turn sparked the movement that led to the creation of Solar United Neighbors. Diego continues to serve as an advisor to Solar United Neighbors of D.C. and as an activist on renewable energy issues. He brings expertise in communicating with and mobilizing youth and has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to our mission through more than seven years of extensive volunteering. He graduated from Brown University in 2016.

John Farrell

Board Member

John Farrell is a recognized national leader in community-based and community-owned renewable energy. He is the director of democratic energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its work on democratic energy. John is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy. He’s the author of Energy Self-Reliant States, a state-by-state atlas of renewable energy potential that shows how most states don’t need to look outside their borders to meet their electricity needs. He has also written extensively on the economic advantages of democratizing the electricity system, published a rich interactive map on solar grid parity, and polished policies that support locally owned renewable energy development.

Karl R. Rábago

Board Member

Karl Rábago is the Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, at the Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. The PECC mission is to protect the earth’s environment through solutions that transform the ways that society supplies and consumes energy. Karl has some 25 years experience in energy and climate policy markets. Karl serves as Chair of the Board of the Center for Resource Solutions, a San Francisco-based non-governmental organization that works to advance voluntary clean energy markets. He also sits on the Board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Karl also is co-director and principal investigator for the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition, a US DOE SunShot Initiative Solar Market Pathways project.

His past positions include Commissioner, Texas Public Utility Commission; Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Energy; Vice President of Distributed Energy Services at Austin Energy; Director of Regulatory Affairs for the AES Corporation and AES Wind; and Managing Director & Principal of the Rocky Mountain Institute. A graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management, Karl is an attorney (University of Texas Law School, J.D. with Honors) with post-doctorate degrees in environmental (LL.M., Pace University School of Law) and military law (LL.M., US Army Judge Advocate General’s School). A veteran of more than 12 years in the US Army, he served as an Armored Cavalry officer and member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and is Airborne and Ranger qualified.

Leslie Rigby

Board Secretary

Leslie Rigby is the assistant director for Communications at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She is a communications expert and senior editor, writer, and manager for print and online publications of nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and membership associations. Previous publications experience includes AARP and Congressional Quarterly. She has provided technical advice and communications support for Solar United Neighborhoods since its inception.

Randall Speck

Board Member

Randall Speck has spent more than 30 years working in energy law, handling a variety of complex proceedings involving electric industry restructuring, development and implementation of organized electric markets, design and construction projects, antitrust claims, and fraud and negligence suits. He has represented state public utility commissions in major proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and before the U.S. Courts of Appeals relating to electric resource adequacy, the exercise of market power in wholesale electricity markets, and incentive rates of return. Randall has also represented states in the development and implementation of new markets for electric capacity in New England and the mid-Atlantic region, conducted a retrospective review of electric industry restructuring, and evaluated the cost-effectiveness of options for supplying electricity in the future. Randy was designated a “Groundbreaking Lawyer for 2009” by Public Utilities Fortnightly and is ranked by Best Lawyers in America (2012-16) for his work in Energy Law. He also serves as a commissioner on Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3G, for the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Wendy Hauenstein

Board Treasurer

Wendy Hauenstein has spent the last 24 years working in the private and public sectors. Ms. Hauenstein has worked domestically and internationally as a program manager, financial analyst, and independent business consultant. Her formal career started as a small business advisor with the Peace Corps in rural Kenya. She has since worked for several notable companies, including seven years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Other employment includes a year with the state savings bank in Vilnius, Lithuania, and serving as the head of mission for the United Methodist Committee on Relief in Haiti. Recently, she completed a two-year contract with Groundswell International, a small, grassroots, nonprofit organization. She is familiar with all aspects of nonprofit accounting and finance, including compliance with state and federal regulations. She speaks French fluently and has working knowledge of Swahili, Lithuanian, and Spanish. Ms. Hauenstein is currently working on a socially-responsible business endeavor in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA in International Business and Economics from James Madison University and an MBA from the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia,