As CEO, Dawn is responsible for the vision, strategy, and leadership of MCE. After coordinating efforts to explore and launch MCE in 2004, Dawn has been recognized nationwide as a community choice trailblazer—managing a rapidly expanding program that has become a model for CCAs across the state, earning the confidence of Financial Institution investors, making significant strides in combating climate change, providing substantial cost savings to customers, and encouraging more than 160 other communities across California to form or join a local community choice program.
Under her leadership, MCE became the first community choice program to earn an investment-grade credit rating and now provides service to more than 470,000 customers and over a million residents and businesses in 34 member communities across four Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano. MCE has also entered into power supply agreements that have doubled the amount of renewable energy purchased for customers, exceeded State renewable energy portfolio standards, and achieved substantial greenhouse gas reductions to help communities reach State Assembly Bill 32 targets. Dawn also helped launch and serves on the Board of the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) which includes 19 member CCAs across California, serving 10 million customers across the state.
Dawn has more than 25 years of experience developing and managing renewable energy and energy efficiency programs while working for leading public agencies in the field. Previously, she was a Principle Planner with the County of Marin, where she managed energy and sustainability initiatives. She also previously served as the Executive Director for Sustainable North Bay, and prior to that, worked as a labor and environmental justice organizer in Los Angeles.
Dawn has been a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and for the National American Planning Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has also received awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Power Association of Northern California and the U.S. Department of Energy. She currently serves as President of the California Community Choice Association.
As the Chief Operating Officer, Vicken oversees Finance, Treasury, Accounting, Power Resources, Scheduling Coordination with CAISO, Customer Programs, Administrative Services and IT functions at MCE. With a long-term vision of meeting or exceeding environmental goals, Vicken looks forward to developing and establishing internal policies and procedures to help take MCE to the next level of maturity and growth.
Vicken’s career in the energy industry spans over 32 years and includes these highlights:
Imperial Irrigation District: Completed a 20MW/30MWh state-of-the-art battery storage system with Black Start capability that improves on reliability. Negotiated the construction of a 30MW solar facility that allocates 100% of its output to all of the 16,000 low-income customers of IID.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District: Carved out 4,650 MW load from PG&E into a new Balancing Authority that merged together with the operations of MID, SMUD, City of Roseville, City of Redding, City of Shasta Lake, Truckee Public Utility District, WAPA and USBR in northern California. Joined Northwest Power Pool to maximize the effectiveness of regulating reserves between Pacific Northwest and Northern California and to significantly reduce the cost of holding reserves.
Northern California Power Agency: Participated in the creation and implementation of NCPA Metered Sub System within the CAISO. Implemented a forward market pooling process where Members had the opportunity to reduce transmission and scheduling costs.
CAISO: Implemented and ran the first congestion management auction. Documented the details of all in-market and out-of-market transactions during market meltdown.
California Department of Water Resources: Increased revenues from power sales to make the electric pumping cost of delivering of up to 4.2 million-acre feet of water to 29 water contractors almost negligible. Participated in the development AB1890 that created the CAISO.
Darlene joined the MCE team in September 2012 as Board Clerk with 8 plus years of Board management experience.
Darlene assists in the management of electronic and hard copy data of MCE Board and Committee material, provides support and follow-up to the Board of Directors and related Committees, and provides Executive Assistant support to the Chief Executive Officer, by assisting in the management of official MCE records, minutes and event/meeting planning, coordination and scheduling. She also coordinates regular Board and Committee meetings, maintains Board and Committee relations, records meeting minutes, provides support and follow-up to the Board and related Committees, manages the posting and updating of meeting material and Board-approved documents on MCE’s website.
She maintains relationships with Board-member jurisdiction officials in order to facilitate the flow of documents to the CEO and MCE as a whole. Her Executive Assistant support role to the CEO includes meeting planning, coordination, scheduling and management of verbal and electronic correspondence, securing travel arrangements and providing conference presentation assistance.
Jesica joined MCE in July 2016 with 20 years of Administrative support experience, 14+ years at an Executive level.
The Executive Assistant to the COO supports the Chief Operating Officer including acting as a liaison to external organization leaders, expense management, meeting and travel coordination, management of verbal and electronic correspondence, calendaring, and scheduling. In collaboration with the Board Clerk, the incumbent also provides administrative support to Board Directors and MCE staff as it relates to Board and Committee matters and board meetings. In collaboration with (or in the absence of) the Executive Assistant to the CEO, the incumbent may provide Executive Assistant support to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
This position requires frequent interaction with MCE Department Heads, staff, Board members, community members, and the public. This role also requires the ability to support the Chief Operating Officer in a variety of administrative duties as requested by management staff or members of the Board.
Jesica was raised in Petaluma, California and earned her Associate’s Degree in Computer Office Administration. In her spare time, you will find Jesica volunteering at various organizations in the Bay Area throughout the year. One of her favorite organizations is Drawbridge, An Arts Program for homeless children. She also enjoys spending time with her family hiking, biking, gardening and checking out local restaurants.
Alice helps customers to reduce energy usage and save on their utility bills by assisting with the administration and implementation of MCE’s energy efficiency programs.
She supports the technical aspects of our energy efficiency programs, from design and implementation to evaluation. Alice has a strong background in research and program evaluation. Before she joined MCE, she was a Senior Project Analyst at Opinion Dynamics. Prior to that, she led a study on the market potential for solar thermal water heaters in Cochabamba, Bolivia for Energetica, a Bolivian NGO that promotes the rational use of energy.
Alice received a B.Sc. in Architecture from McGill University in Montreal and a Dual Master’s Degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC and the United Nation’s University for Peace in Costa Rica.
As Director of Finance, Garth is responsible for all Finance, Budget, Accounting, Treasury, Investments and Internal Financial Risk Management functions. Garth joined MCE with the goal of further enhancing the organization’s mandate of advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency through reduced financing costs, improving and leveraging MCE’s credit strength, and maximizing returns on capital and investments.
Garth brings over 30 years of public electric utility finance experience having worked at major investment banks and consulting firms including 17 years at J.P. Morgan, 8 years at Lehman Brothers and 6 years at Royal Bank of Canada. He has financed over $35 billion of utility infrastructure projects over his career and has over 15 years of sector management experience having managed JPM’s Western Region, Water Resources and Housing Groups, RBC’s Utility Group and spearheaded the internal approvals process for RBC to invest in renewable energy Production Tax Credits and Investment Tax Credits.
While at J.P. Morgan, Garth helped form the California Independent System Operator including testifying at FERC on the structure of the Grid Management Charge and closed over $1 billion of innovative financings for the CAISO over a 15-year period. Garth was one of the senior bankers that completed the largest financing in the history of public finance markets – the $11.3 billion Department of Water Resources California Energy Resources Scheduling program transaction following the California energy crisis. Garth lives with his wife and two young children in Marin County and enjoys hiking, biking and spending time in the Napa Valley.
Heather has more than 20 years of experience in business development, marketing and operations. During the last 10 years Heather has held a variety of market development leadership roles helping cleantech firms in the energy efficiency, distributed generation and clean transportation sectors scale their businesses through strategic partnerships, thought leadership and public/private programs.
Heather received her M.A. in Int’l Affairs and Public Policy from University of California, San Diego and has a B.A. in English Literature from Wesleyan University.
Justine joined MCE in March 2016. As Manager of Administrative Services, she supports her team in the areas of facilities management, capital improvement projects, and expense management.
She leads the Administrative Services team, whose members’ responsibilities include creating a welcoming atmosphere for guests, promoting staff and operational efficiency, supporting the organizational strategic planning process, and ensuring timely processing of vendor contracts and invoices. No two days at MCE are alike and Justine embraces her role with positivity and tenacity.
Justine graduated from Mills College with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. Justine also holds a certificate in Copyediting from UC San Diego. She is actively involved in sustainability in her hometown and previously served as Development Coordinator for Sustainable Lafayette. When she has a moment to spare, Justine facilitates outdoor education opportunities with local youth organizations.
Lindsay is focused on meeting MCE’s ambitious renewable and carbon-free targets through strategic procurement that maximizes benefits to MCE’s customers while keeping energy costs low. Her breadth of experience includes procurement strategy, contract origination and the administration of renewable Power Purchase Agreements, energy markets and management of community solar programs. Prior to MCE, Lindsay spent 6 years at PG&E in renewable procurement and contract management.
Lindsay is a North Bay native and discovered her passion for renewable energy while pursuing an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys swimming, bluegrass and spending time with friends and family.
As Director of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion, Shaheen oversees MCE’s Human Resources department leveraging a team of HR professionals to meet the strategic objectives of the agency and is responsible for the development of a wide range of companywide programs and initiatives that support, drive, and influence MCE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion philosophy, strategy, goals, and customer relationships to create and maintain a diverse and inclusive work environment.
Shaheen has more than 15 years of experience as a strategic human resources and people operations leader specializing in leading the human resources function and key HR initiatives like diversity, equity, and inclusion. Over the last 10 years, Shaheen has held a variety of human resources leadership roles in clean energy, philanthropy, health care compliance, and pharmaceuticals. He works as a true partner to design and execute strategic initiatives, solve complex business issues, and build strong cultures to engage employees and deliver exceptional business results.
Shaheen received his B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources Management and his B.S. in Psychology from California State University, East Bay.
Shalini leads MCE’s legal and policy teams, overseeing litigation, compliance, municipal law, and policy advocacy at state regulatory agencies and the California Legislature. Shalini has advocated on issues related to equity, CCA ratepayers, and local governance in over 100 cases before California regulatory agencies. She has testified in the State Capitol building before a joint panel of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC) on the future of California’s energy market. Shalini has also advocated on dozens of bills for MCE, including AB 2145 (2014), SB 350 (2015), and SB 100 (2018). She previously practiced before the CPUC as a consumer advocate on behalf of low-income constituents and communities of color. Shalini was recently profiled in the LA Times for her work at MCE and leadership in the community choice energy movement.
Shalini received her Juris Doctorate from Berkeley Law School, where she was elected student body president. Afterward, she completed a federal judicial clerkship at the High Court of American Samoa. Currently, Shalini holds leadership positions on the boards of the ACLU of Northern California, JustPeace Labs, and Youth Celebrate Diversity; she also sits on the board of the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel. Shalini received the 2019 Public Interest Achievement Award from the South Asian Bar Association of North America and the 2012 Dale Minami Award from Berkeley Law School.
Enyonam is the first face you see when walking through the doors at MCE. As an Administrative Services Associate, she provides administrative support to all staff. She maintains a functional office space and reliable daily operations to enable the MCE team to do its best work.
Enyonam was born and raised in Oakland, California. She has been an Administrative Assistant in several companies over the years. She has an Associate’s Degree in Apparel Design & Merchandising and has worked in the field as an Operations Manager at a local design house. Her role included assisting the designer and production team, as well as serving as their in-house photo shoot stylist. In her free time, Enyo explores ways to express her creativity.
Sherry joined MCE in April 2018 as an Administrative Services Assistant. She supports the Strategic Plan Committee, ensures reliable daily operations, and provides excellent customer service. She brings four years of utility experience where she worked for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. During her time there, she spent two years working as a Public Relations Assistant for San Francisco’s CCA program, CleanPowerSF.
Sherry graduated from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She is a long-time resident of Solano County, where she loves to spend her free time with her family, relaxing with her dogs, and exploring her passion for cooking.
As an Assistant on the Administrative Services team, Taylor supports staff in areas of audio/visual presentation tools, Information Technology administration, and office coordination for our San Rafael location. Taylor is one of the go-to people when troubleshooting internal issues, and strives to maintain effective communication methods between all agency resources.
Taylor grew up in Marin County, engaging with numerous outdoor volunteer programs, Boy Scouts, and both municipal and not-for-profit environmental organizations within the County. He brings a unique perspective to MCE with his background in environmental education and technological literacy.
Before joining MCE, Taylor worked with multiple local municipal utility agencies in both Marin and Sonoma Counties, sustainability initiatives, and has managed education programs within the environmental field. In his free time, Taylor likes to adventurously travel around the world and has a goal to explore all of South East Asia.
Brett finds, assesses, and manages new opportunities to serve MCE customers through pilot programs on the cutting edge of our energy transition, ensuring that no one gets left behind. He currently manages programs focused on expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure, ensuring low-income residents can own electric vehicles, and demonstrating how distributed energy resources benefit MCE customers and our grid.
He brings a decade of experience coming into MCE. Most recently, he led stakeholder engagement and manuscript development for published research on our national energy transition. Prior to tha