Our Team

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Executive

Dawn Weisz
Dawn WeiszCEO

As Chief Executive Officer, Dawn is responsible for the vision, strategy, and leadership of MCE. Dawn began coordinating efforts to explore and launch MCE in 2004.

Under her watch, MCE has launched service to more than 470,000 customer accounts and more than 1 million residents and businesses in 34 member communities across 4 Bay Area counties: Napa, Marin, Contra Costa, and Solano. MCE has also entered into power purchase agreements that have more than doubled the amount of renewable energy procured for customers, exceeded State Renewable Portfolio Standards, and achieved substantial greenhouse gas reductions to help local communities reach State Assembly Bill 32 targets.

Dawn has 20 years of experience developing and managing renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and projects while working for leading public agencies in the field. Previously, she was a Principal Planner with the County of Marin, where she managed energy and sustainability initiatives and served as the Executive Director for Sustainable North Bay.

Dawn is a highly sought-after speaker at energy-related conferences and has been a guest lecturer for UC Berkeley, the National American Planning Association, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dawn has also received awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Power Association of Northern California.

Vicken Kasarjian
Vicken KasarjianCOO

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 Jackson
Darlene JacksonBoard Clerk & Executive Assistant to CEO

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 Brooks
Jesica BrooksAsst. Board Clerk & Executive Assistant to COO

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.

Department Heads

Alice Stover
Alice StoverDirector of Customer Programs

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.

Garth Salisbury
Garth SalisburyDirector of Finance
As Director of Finance, Garth is responsible for all Finance, Budget, Accounting 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 Shepard
Heather ShepardDirector of Public Affairs
As Director of Public Affairs, Heather oversees MCE’s Account Services, Community Development and Marketing Departments and is responsible for directing MCE’s brand in the marketplace.

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 Parmelee
Justine ParmeleeManager of Administrative Services

Justine joined MCE in March 2016. As Manager of Administrative Services, she supports her team in the areas of finance, facilities, and technology.

Justine provides consistent management of office expenses, maintains a functional workspace, and ensures the technical and administrative needs of all staff are met. 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. 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 loves to explore the tidepools along the California coast.

Lindsay Saxby
Lindsay Saxby Manager of Power Resources

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.

Shalini Swaroop
Shalini Swaroop General Counsel
Shalini oversees MCE’s legal activities, including contracting, municipal law and ethics, and policy advocacy at state regulatory agencies as well as the California Legislature. She previously practiced before the California Public Utilities Commission as a consumer advocate on behalf of low-income constituents and communities of color.

Shalini received her Juris Doctorate from Berkeley Law School, where she was elected student body president. Afterwards, 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 and JustPeace Labs and sits on the board of Youth Celebrate Diversity and the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel.

She previously taught a leadership course at Berkeley Law and served on the boards for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Citizens Advisory Committee, the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California, and the Women of Color Attorney Network. Shalini received the 2012 Dale Minami Fellowship for making a significant contribution to the Asian Pacific American legal community.

Administrative Services

Enyonam Senyo-Mensah
Enyonam Senyo-MensahAdministrative Services Assistant

Enyonam is the first face you see when walking through the doors at MCE. As an Administrative Services Assistant, 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 Clark
Sherry ClarkAdministrative Services Assistant

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.

Taylor Sherman
Taylor ShermanAdministrative Services Assistant

As an Assistant on the Administrative Services team, Taylor assists with the setup of audio/visual presentation tools, meeting coordination, and overall office cohesiveness at our San Rafael location. He is often the first face you see when you walk through the front doors and is one of San Rafael’s go-to people when troubleshooting internal issues.

Taylor grew up in Marin County, engaging with numerous outdoor volunteer programs, Boy Scouts, and environmental education projects. He brings a unique perspective to MCE with his background in watershed ecology and sustainability education.

Before joining MCE, Taylor worked with multiple local municipal agencies in both Marin and Sonoma County, sustainability initiatives, and managed volunteer 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.

Customer Programs

Brett Wiley
Brett WileyCustomer Programs Manager

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 that, he managed energy efficiency, electricity purchasing, and solar installation programs for 5 years at Groundswell, a non-profit that leverages a community’s shared purchasing power to create access and change policy in the clean energy economy for producers, consumers, and workers. Brett’s other professional experience is rooted in experiential education, community organizing (Sierra Club, Renew Missouri, political campaigns), and policy planning (The White House Council on Environmental Quality, National ParkService).

Brett received his B.S. in Biology from Truman State University, his MPA in Energy & Sustainable Development from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), and his Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from SPEA and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Daniel Genter
Daniel GenterCustomer Programs Specialist
As Customer Programs Specialist, Daniel supports the development, implementation, and coordination of multiple energy efficiency and integrated demand side management (IDSM) activities through data analysis and program reporting.

Daniel received his B.S. in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz and his MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University of California. Daniel has previous working experience in the field of marine biology, the solar industry, and assessing sustainability practices for several organizations. At MCE, Daniel works with multiple programs to support the implementation of tailored energy demand reduction programs for residential, commercial and municipal electricity customers.

Grace Peralta
Grace PeraltaResidential Program Manager
Grace assists with the development, implementation and coordination of MCE’s Multifamily Program. Grace also supports MCE’s Customer Programs Team with multiple tasks ranging from graphic design, public outreach, marketing and customer service.

Prior to joining MCE, Grace worked on marketing and outreach for Rising Sun Energy Center, a Bay Area wide non-profit organization focused on energy efficiency, youth and workforce development. Grace has also worked on marketing and communications for major human rights organizations in Washington, D.C.

Grace earned her B.A. in Communications for Development from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.

Jenn Kreutzer
Jenn KreutzerCustomer Programs Specialist
As a Customer Programs Specialist, Jenn supports the development and implementation of MCE’s energy efficiency programs. She is deeply involved in both residential and commercial programs and provides excellent customer support and service, contractor management and technical guidance.

Prior to joining MCE, Jenn worked as a Program Manager at PG&E and managed regional energy efficiency programs. She also led technical support for her team, strategy, and compliance.  She began her energy efficiency career as Project and Operations Manager at Community Energy Services, a nonprofit serving Bay Area residents and businesses. She led complex projects focused on helping customers reduce energy usage and save on their utility bills.

Jenn’s passion for energy efficiency and sustainability began during her college years at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her B.S in Environmental Engineering Science from the College of Engineering.

Joey Lande
Joey LandeManager of Customer Programs
Joey Lande joined MCE in July 2017 as a Customer Programs Manager, with a focus on MCE’s Small Commercial Program and non-residential energy efficiency initiatives. He manages the current program’s implementation while exploring new opportunities for MCE to save energy and reduce emissions.

Prior to joining MCE, Joey served numerous ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs over a 7 year period at Energy Solutions in Oakland, covering downstream programs, distributor programs, emerging technologies projects and accelerated commercialization.

Joey has facilitated a diverse group of private sector energy efficiency projects, and he’s supported dozens of local government agencies in project design, project development and measurement and verification. Joey recently returned from a three year stretch in Germany, where he worked on corporate sustainability initiatives and carbon emissions management. Joey received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and his M.Sc. in Environmental Science and Policy from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Lois Smith
Lois SmithCustomer Programs Specialist
Lois brings her background in outreach, education, and customer service to help MCE’s Residential Programs reach a wider audience. As Customer Programs Specialist, Lois develops and implements public outreach initiatives for the Low Income Families and Tenants (LIFT) Pilot Program and the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program. Lois also supports MCE’s Customer Programs Team with multiple tasks ranging from marketing, project management, website development and customer service.

Prior to joining MCE, Lois led communications, outreach and marketing campaigns for Community Energy Services, an energy efficiency nonprofit serving Bay Area residents and businesses. She has also managed sustainability outreach grants and commercial water and energy efficiency projects. Before transitioning to the nonprofit sector, Lois worked in multilingual customer support and project management for international technology companies.

Lois graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in theater arts and holds an MFA in creative writing from California Institute of Integral Studies.

Meaghan Doran
Meaghan DoranManager of Customer Programs

Meaghan Doran moved to Marin County from Syracuse, New York in 2011 to pursue an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise at Dominican University of California. She first entered the world of energy efficiency with Marin City Community Development Corporation (MCCDC), a workforce and economic development agency, where she managed the Direct Install team and conducted outreach for MCE’s Multifamily Energy Savings program. As her passion for energy efficiency and desire for making an impact in her community and the planet grew, Meaghan realized MCE would provide that opportunity. Today, as MCE’s Manager of Customer Programs, Meaghan oversees program implementation, MCE’s Single Point of Contact Model (SPOC), workforce development initiatives, and strategic partnerships, managing a team of six and a $90M budget.

Michelle Nochisaki
Michelle NochisakiCustomer Programs Manager
Michelle joined MCE’s Customer Programs Team after two years of leading Green & Healthy Home Initiative’s (GHHI) efforts in Marin County. Focused on building strategic partnerships and innovative financing for the GHHI Marin collaborative, she manages the current program implementation while exploring new opportunities for MCE to provide comprehensive services to its energy efficiency clients.

Michelle brings 9+ years of experience in the energy efficiency and building performance industries. Prior to her work with GHHI, she led several national and regional programs focused on expanding the energy efficiency contractor market as Education and Development Manager for Efficiency First and spent years in the energy efficiency credentialing space, designing workforce development initiatives for Building Performance Institute (BPI).

Michelle earned her B.S. in Business Administration from the University at Buffalo School of Management.

She is a member of the Advisory Board for Habitat X and the Steering Committee for Marin County’s Aging Action Initiative.

Qua Vallery
Qua ValleryCustomer Programs Specialist
Prior to MCE, Qua Vallery worked at Frontier Energy, a consulting firm, providing technical and regulatory support to water and energy efficiency programs for an array of clients including Regional Energy Networks (RENs), Community Choice Aggregations (CCAs), Joint Power Authorities (JPAs) and Municipalities.

As a Customer Program Specialist with MCE, Qua supports the development, implementation, and coordination of multiple energy efficiency programs by exploring the nexus between CPUC policy and data-driven implementation.

Qua earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara. In her spare time, she likes to read and hike.

Finance

Justin Kudo
Justin KudoStrategic Analysis & Rates Manager

Justin Kudo is responsible for leading several key MCE programs and initiatives, including time-of-use transition, net energy metering, and overall rate design. In addition, Justin provides impact analysis on pending utility programs, upcoming regulatory and legislative policies, and evaluating the financial impacts of optimizing MCE power supply contracts.

Justin brings over ten years of experience in the energy industry to his role, including managing MCE’s billing operations and PG&E integration for over seven years. His early work includes establishing many of the operational and professional standards for the CCA industry which govern the industry today, by examining challenging policy issues from multiple perspectives to develop successful solutions for all stakeholders.

Since joining MCE in 2012, Justin has supported MCE’s growth from 14,000 accounts to over 470,000 served today. Justin previously worked with renewable energy development and local energy policies, serving clients including Florida Power & Light, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the California Solar Energy Industries Association.

Justin graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Psychology and lives in San Rafael with his wife and daughter.

Maíra Strauss
Maíra StraussSenior Finance Analyst

As Senior Finance Analyst, Maíra coordinates and supports MCE’s finance functions, including budgeting, strategic planning, risk management and financial controls.

Maíra brings a decade of experience in business development, entrepreneurship and operations. Prior to joining MCE, she consulted on strategic business practices for international foundations, startups and in the energy industry in Brazil.

She received her B.S. in Business from San Francisco State University and her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Strategic Marketing from Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is currently a candidate for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Certification.

In her free time, Maíra enjoys surfing and is engaged in year-round fundraising efforts to help underserved residents in Marin County.

Human Resources, Diversity, and Inclusion

Carol Dorsett
Carol DorsettHuman Resources Associate

Carol joined the MCE team in August 2015. As a Human Resources Associate she has responsibility for a wide range of human resources matters. She provides administrative support in hiring and recruiting, new employee orientation, and employee professional development and training.

Carol moved to Marin County three years ago from Illinois where she had a career as a newspaper photographer and photo editor for The Southtown/ Star Newspapers in South Suburban Chicago.

In her free time Carol pursues her creativity through photography always looking forward to the next image.

Lindsay Meehan
Lindsay MeehanHuman Resources Associate

As a Human Resources Associate, Lindsay works on a wide range of employee services including, payroll, leave integration, and benefits. She first joined MCE in the summers of 2016 and 2017 when she interned with the agency’s Public Affairs team where she helped organize community outreach events.
Prior to joining MCE she worked for the Department of the Interior (National Park Service) Human Resources Division in employee hiring and benefits. She also has had professional experience in business development, and product marketing. Lindsay graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Environmental Studies (emphasis in Energy Management) and with a BSBA from the Leeds School of Business in Marketing and Operations Management. In her free time Lindsay loves to travel and explore. She can often be found hiking local trails with her two mini-Australian Shepherds and spending time with family and friends.

Information Technology Services

Jay Marshall
Jay MarshallInformation Technology Systems Manager

Jay joined the MCE team full-time in November 2018, after eight years as a consultant. During his time consulting for MCE he was involved in all of the information system processes.

He implemented and continues to develop the information technology and security infrastructure. His expanded role allows him to not only support MCE’s existing IT initiatives, but to act strategically to advance MCE’s mission through new technologies and processes.

Jay works closely with all business units and external stakeholders to ensure that the information systems support the organizational goals securely and efficiently.

Jay has 15 years of professional IT experience. He spent the last 6 years running his own technology consulting business.

He received a Bachelor of Science from Notre Dame de Namur University in Software Engineering and Management. He holds MCSE 2003:Security and CompTIA Security+ certifications.

Legal and Regulatory

Catalina Murphy
Catalina MurphyLegal Counsel

Catalina serves MCE as Legal Counsel and is responsible for a wide range of MCE transactional and compliance matters. Her work supports MCE’s general operations, energy efficiency programs, contracts management, and human resources. She also provides support to the General Counsel in a variety of MCE’s legal affairs.

Catalina received her Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University School of Law and her B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from California State University, Chico. During law school, Catalina participated in mock trial competitions and held a student judicial clerkship with the Chief Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court, Northern District of California. While pursuing her undergraduate degrees, Catalina was a part of the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) where she was able to participate in environmental advocacy for the local community.

CC Song
CC Song Regulatory & Legislative Policy Manager

With knowledge and training on environmental and energy policy analysis and a passion for mitigating climate change, CC joined the MCE regulatory team after she completed her Master’s in Public Policy at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.

She manages MCE’s regulatory intervention at the California Public Utilities Commission, primarily focused on how the adoption of new clean technologies impacts distribution grid capacity.

While she was a graduate student at UCLA, she was a program manager for the electric vehicle program at the Luskin Center for Innovation, where she managed research analysis and program administration. Prior to graduate school, CC worked on legislative advocacy at the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) and The Greenlining Institute in Berkeley, CA. She was also a program associate and executive assistant at Rebuild the Dream, an organization founded by Van Jones, former White House advisor on green jobs.

 Daniel Settlemyer
Daniel SettlemyerRegulatory & Legislative Policy Assistant
Daniel joined MCE in September 2018 as an Administrative Assistant for the Legislative and Regulatory Policy Team.

He supports the team and MCE by filing regulatory documents, managing team members’ schedules, maintaining the team’s various organizational databases and documents.

He received his Bachelors of Science degree from the Energy Management and Design program at Sonoma State University where he studied topics such as heat load analysis, energy efficient building design, energy efficient lighting, solar design, computer-aided energy analysis, and economic payback analysis. He has gone on to become a LEED for Homes Accredited Professional and continues to build his knowledge and understanding of renewable energy

Jana Kopyciok-Lande
Jana Kopyciok-LandeSenior Policy Analyst

Jana joined MCE in March 2019 as a Senior Policy Analyst, supporting MCE’s engagement with different regulatory agencies, such as the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board. Jana’s work is primarily focused on regulatory proceedings relating to the implementation of MCE’s customer programs, including energy efficiency, MCE’s Net Energy Metering, and electric vehicle programs. She is also responsible for developing policy positions and advocating for appropriate and innovative policies relating to distributed energy resources, from distributed generation to storage, energy efficiency and electric vehicles.

Jana comes to MCE with more than 12 years of experience in managing a broad group of clean energy programs in California. Most recently, she managed PG&E’s green tariff program, as well as two community solar programs for disadvantaged communities. With her strong background in implementing public policy into effective and innovative customer programs, she will be supporting MCE’s mission of reducing GHG emissions through renewable energy and energy efficiency while focusing on the customers and communities we serve.

Michael Callahan
Michael CallahanSenior Policy Counsel

Michael Callahan represents MCE and its member communities in regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC), and at the California State Legislature. He works on a wide range of issues to support MCE’s mission of reducing energy-related greenhouse gas emissions through clean electricity and energy efficiency provided at stable and competitive rates.
Michael has a firm knowledge of all aspects of electricity service: market structure, rates, clean energy policies, and procurement. Michael addresses policy challenges to MCE’s innovative energy efficiency programs that expand access to low-income communities. He also advocates for appropriate state policies guiding other customer-facing programs, such as integrated demand-side management and the buildout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Michael helped launch and served as one of the first members of the California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee, a statewide stakeholder forum for energy efficiency programs. He currently volunteers as the Executive Chair of the Advisory Board for a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing alternative dispute resolution education and training among students.
Previously, Michael addressed climate change and environmental issues at the California Public Utilities Commission, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Michael received his Juris Doctor from the University of California (UC), Hastings College of the Law, and a Bachelor of Science in environmental and energy policy from UC Davis.

Nathaniel Malcolm
Nathaniel MalcolmPolicy Counsel

Nathaniel represents MCE’s interests in regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC).

His work supports implementation of MCE’s customer programs, including MCE’s energy efficiency programs, its programs to serve low income and disadvantaged communities, and MCE’s Net Energy Metering and demand response programs.
Nathaniel also focuses on cost allocation and ratemaking issues to strengthen ratepayer protections for MCE’s member communities. His efforts advance MCE’s ability to fight climate change and provide renewable energy options to its customers at affordable and fair rates.
Prior to his current role as Policy Counsel, Nathaniel was a Regulatory Law Clerk at MCE.
Nathaniel received his Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law and his B.A from the University of California, Berkeley. During law school, Nathaniel held student judicial clerkships with the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, the California Court of Appeal, 2nd Appellate District, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California. He also served as a Staff Member on the Northeastern Law Journal.

Stuart Fishman
Stuart Fishman Compliance Operations Manager

Joining MCE in 2018 as the Manager of Compliance Operations, Stuart is responsible for managing the processes by which MCE meets its compliance requirements, for both external and internal stakeholders.  His focus is on ensuring that MCE meets and exceeds its reporting obligations while continuing to improve the systems that support these processes.

Stuart has an MBA in Sustainable Management (a “Green MBA”) and has been working in the renewable energy field since 2010.   He has worked as a Residential Solar Installations Project Manager, Product Manager of Solar Finance Operations, and Senior Systems Designer for a utility-scale solar infrastructure firm.  Prior to entering the renewable energy sector, Stuart worked as an IT Software Designer and Project Manager, developing and managing back-office business systems for a wide array of industries.  One of Stuart’s proudest achievements was managing the installation of more than 600 residential rooftop solar systems, bringing over two megawatts of clean energy into California homes.

When Stuart is not pursuing his passion for renewable energy and energy efficiency, he can be found studying guitar and hiking in the East Bay hills.

Troy Nordquist
Troy NordquistLegal Assistant

Troy joined MCE in June 2017 as Administrative Assistant for the Legal and Policy Team.

She supports the team and MCE by drafting contracts, filing regulatory documents, and providing general support such as calendar management and the maintenance of informational documents. She brings two years of administrative experience to MCE from Pennsylvania, where she worked as a constituent service assistant for Bloomsburg University.
Working at MCE gives Troy the opportunity to explore the world of sustainable energy, a topic she has been passionate about for many years. After a day at the office she enjoys dancing and reading.

Power Resources

Aziz Danialian
Aziz DanialianPower Settlements Analyst
Aziz joined MCE’s Power Resources team in 2018 with over 20 years of experience in procurement, planning, energy trading, and settlements for electric and gas utilities.

Aziz’s work experience includes various roles at: Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP), Southern California Gas, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Public Power Administration (SCPPA), and Glendale Water & Power.

Aziz applies his knowledge of electric markets, modeling, and software development toward the automation of MCE’s energy procurement processes, transaction modeling and analysis, invoice validation and settlement, and regulatory filing processes.

Aziz has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California and an MBA in Finance and Technology from University of Southern California.

Bill Pascoe
Bill PascoePower Resources Coordinator
Bill Pascoe joined MCE’s Power Resources team in December of 2017.  Bill is responsible for coordination of contract execution, reporting, management, and portfolio optimization activities in support of MCE’s Power Resources team.

Bill brings seven years of business operations experience in the solar industry, with a focus on compliance with utility interconnection processes and state incentive programs.  He has a passion for implementing efficient processes that enable  success.  Bill also brings experience advising senior leadership on the ever changing renewable energy policy landscape. Bill has an MBA with an emphasis in Sustainable Business from San Francisco State University.  In his free time, Bill enjoys surfing, a good book, and camping

CB Hall
CB HallPower Supply Contracts Manager
CB joined MCE’s Power Resources team in 2018. His responsibilities include resource planning, resource procurement, contract management and portfolio optimization activities.

Prior to joining MCE, CB worked for 14 months as a compliance analyst at Sonoma Clean Power, where he spent a large portion of his time on Integrated Resource Planning and Resource Adequacy. Before joining Sonoma Clean Power, CB spent 7 years at PG&E where his experience included working on CAISO market design initiatives, managing a team of engineers responsible for testing and inspecting PG&E’s hydroelectric fleet and working on the team that interconnects new generation to PG&E’s distribution circuits. Prior to PG&E, CB worked and lived for 9 months on a cashew farm in rural South Africa and spent 3 years working for Morgan Stanley in New York. CB has a BA in Economics from Brown University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

CB lives in San Rafael with his wife and son.

David Potovsky
David PotovskyPower Supply Contracts Manager

David is a Power Supply Contracts Manager with MCE’s Power Resources team. David is responsible for supporting local renewable energy projects and integrating them into MCE’s diverse supply of clean renewable energy resources.

His responsibilities include managing MCE’s FIT (Feed in Tariff) program which purchases energy from small renewable energy generators located within the MCE service territory and assisting regional developers with their plans for utility scale installations in Marin and neighboring counties.

David has ten years of experience developing commercial scale solar projects throughout California. He is a Cal Poly SLO alum and a lifelong resident of Marin County.

Ian Williams
Ian WilliamsPower Supply Contracts Manager
Ian joined the MCE Power Resources team in 2018. His responsibilities include power supply contract management, Request for Offer administration, Integrated Resource Planning, supplier performance monitoring, and portfolio optimization activities.

Prior to joining MCE, Ian worked in various capacities within PG&E Energy Policy & Procurement including Integrated Resource Planning, Portfolio Management Strategy & Policy, Real-Time Asset Management and CAISO Market Design Project Management. He brings deep experience in CAISO scheduling and settlements for renewable energy generation and project integration.

Ian also brings a capital markets and corporate finance background having previously worked at a large international investment bank.

Ian was born and raised in New Orleans and has a B.A. in economics from Harvard University. In his free time, Ian enjoys playing and teaching tennis, reading about 20th-century history, and learning new recipes for his no-carb diet.

JIm Himelic
JIm HimelicPower Supply Contracts Manager

Jim joined the MCE Power Resources team in 2019. His responsibilities include power supply contract management, resource planning, and portfolio analytics and optimization.

Prior to joining MCE, Jim worked at PG&E for 3 years, where he supported managing the company’s hydro generation assets via optimization models and financial analysis. Jim also forecasted the adoption of behind-the-meter distributed energy resources to assist with long-term resource planning. Before moving to the Bay Area in 2016, Jim spent 9 years at Xcel Energy in Denver, Co. While at Xcel, Jim held various front-office roles related to trading and analytics to support their multiple operating companies. Jim has in-depth familiarity with production cost modeling and techno-economic analyses addressing the integration of renewables onto the grid.

Jim is a CFA charterholder and is registered with the CFA Society San Francisco.

Jim was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona and a M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado. Jim received his MBA from the Leeds School of Business, also at the University of Colorado. In his free time, Jim enjoys playing music and exploring outside with his girlfriend and dog.

Public Affairs

Alex DiGiorgio
Alex DiGiorgio Senior Specialist

As Senior Specialist, Alex collaborates with stakeholders throughout MCE’s service area to advance sustainable development and expand access to competitively-priced renewable energy.

By cultivating partnerships with residents, businesses, local leaders, and community groups, Alex helps MCE’s customers determine which resources they wish to support through their electricity purchases. To this end, he conducts strategic outreach and advocacy, and helps manage the inclusion of new communities within MCE’s service area.

Alex is especially proud to be serving the City of Richmond, where his parents and grandparents were small business owners, and his mother worked as a reporter for the Richmond Independent. Since Richmond’s successful MCE enrollment in 2013, Alex has helped several other new communities join MCE, including the Cities of San Pablo, Benicia, El Cerrito, Lafayette and Walnut Creek. Today, he continues to engage with cities and counties throughout California that are eager to pursue community choice energy.

Prior to joining MCE, Alex worked as the campaign manager for the successful Palo Alto Green Energy & Compost Initiative (PAGE). He received his law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, where he earned certificates of specialization in energy regulation and environmental law. He received his BA in political science and human rights from Columbia University. Alex began with MCE as an AmeriCorps service member, and is thrilled to be working with California’s first community choice energy program, based in beautiful Marin County.

Alexander McCoy
Alexander McCoyMarketing Associate, Videographer
As a Marketing Associate, Alexander is responsible for developing and implementing a wide range of digital content along with performing administrative duties to support the Public Affairs team.

For Alexander, joining MCE has been a valuable opportunity to explore the renewable energy landscape here in California, an area of interest that has long been important to him.  Prior to joining MCE, Alexander worked to research and develop culinary experiences focusing on local ingredients and innovative implementations for a variety of Bay Area and Seattle located establishments. Additionally, Alexander was MCE’s Fall 2017 Video Intern.

Alexander received his BA in communications from The Evergreen State College and joined MCE in September of 2018. After a day at the office, he can be found ascending the Berkeley Hills on his bike, or catching up on the latest trends in recipe research and development.

Allen Chiu
Allen ChiuMarketing Manager

Allen Chiu works with the Public Affairs Team with an emphasis in marketing strategy and marketing campaign performance tracking and analysis.

He also manages MCE’s social media channels and works with the Community Development Team to grow the public agency’s Deep Green Champions Program.  The program includes commercial businesses in MCE’s service territory who have chosen to eliminate any energy-related pollution and negative environmental impacts by purchasing Deep Green 100% renewable energy service. In addition, Allen also facilitates the internal distribution of MCE program information, agency-wide.Prior to joining MCE, Allen worked in hospitality management for 4 years producing special events in San Francisco. He is a Bay area native who graduated from Cal State East Bay with a B.A. in Accounting and on his free time enjoys making music and visiting fine art museums.

Ayaka Emoto
Ayaka EmotoMarketing Manager
Ayaka focuses on deepening MCE’s relationship with its commercial and industrial customers.

Ayaka has been creating and executing marketing and communications strategies with social impact for over 10 years. Most recently, she worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council, partnering with cities, counties, and states to reduce food waste. Prior to that, Ayaka worked at PG&E designing marketing strategies and tactics for programs that served 1.4 million residential customers in low income and diverse multicultural segments.

Ayaka received her BA from Bowdoin College and MBA in Sustainable Management with focuses on sustainable energy and sustainable food systems from Presidio Graduate School.

Ben Choi
Ben ChoiAccount Manager

Ben focuses on fostering strong relationships with MCE customers and community partners.

Deeply engaged with customers, Ben is an excellent listener and problem solver. Ben strives to provide receptive and responsive customer service, and inclusive and collaborative community outreach. He is especially committed to engaging customers in Richmond, where he is a proud member of the community and sits on the Richmond Planning Commission. Prior to joining MCE, Ben worked as the Program Coordinator of a Demand Response program based in San Francisco. He is a graduate of Amherst College and an occasional online food writer.

Bill Rus
Bill RusData Analyst

An experienced senior analyst and analytics leader, Bill provides data analysis and decision support at MCE. Previous highlights include leading the analytics and data science teams for Apollo Group’s education platform, Customer Analytics Group manager at Autodesk, VP and Chief Analyst at Gartner, and founder and director of Venture Analytics Inc. He has also served as an advisor for the National Science Foundation.

Energy experience includes lead analytics consultant on the team that created PG&E’s new Energy Data Analytics platform, co-founder and CEO of Cool Planet Labs, and work in nanotechnology supporting next-generation photovoltaics and storage.

An active advisor and mentor, he was on the founding team of Roots of Peace, a humanitarian organization dedicated to the global eradication of landmines and economic recovery of post-conflict regions. He mentored several startups in the Global Social Venture Competition at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School. He has advised innovative women-led ventures at Astia. He also does timing and results for the Dipsea Race—the legendary trail race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach, and for the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. He is an avid offshore sailor.

Bill earned a degree in physics at U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from San Francisco State University.

Chris Kubik
Chris KubikBusiness Relationship Manager

As Business Development Manager, Chris focuses on team collaboration, planning, and community outreach to residential, commercial, and municipal energy customers.

Chris works to ensure that our customers have all of the resources needed to make the energy choices that are best for them.

Prior to joining the Public Affairs team at MCE in May 2015, Chris worked in the renewable energy programs group at Constellation Energy and was an early member of the California team at EnerNOC. At both companies, she helped California energy customers evaluate adoption of demand side energy management and onsite and externally sourced generation solutions.

Chris earned her B.A. in Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and M.I.A in International Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. A resident of Marin County and a Deep Green customer herself, Chris loves to spend free time exploring Marin and neighboring counties while hiking, road biking, and running.

Gabi Lichtenstein
Gabi LichtensteinCommunity Affairs Coordinator
As a Community Affairs Coordinator, Gabi educates the public and municipal staff about MCE through presentations, community events, and social media. She currently leads outreach to multifamily properties for MCE’s inaugural electric vehicle (EV) and EV charging rebate program and manages the Living Lightly Challenge, a campaign that encourages community groups to form teams and increase participation in MCE’s Deep Green 100% renewable energy option.

Gabi is driven by her belief in a just energy transition that makes renewable energy accessible to all, and creates pathways for those facing barriers to entry in this field to pursue high-wage, green-collar careers. She is passionate about local, public power, as well as community engagement and investment.

Prior to joining MCE, Gabi worked as an Integrated Solutions Sustainability Fellow at the University of New Hampshire, where she conducted research and produced a report on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) in Massachusetts for members of the New England Municipal Sustainability Network. She received her B.A. in International Relations and Public Relations from Syracuse University.

Jenna Famular
Jenna FamularCommunity Development Manager

As one of MCE’s Community Development Managers, Jenna acts as one point of contact for various stakeholders in MCE’s service area.

She works with staff from member communities to promote sustainability initiatives and community engagement, with community advocacy groups to develop local campaigns to increase climate change and environmental awareness, and with local schools and student groups to educate the next generation about our planet.
Jenna’s previous work experience includes informal science education facilities such as the California Academy of Sciences, Bronx Zoo, and San Francisco Zoo. She earned her BS in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz and MA from Columbia University in Climate and Society. Her work with young learners continues to inspire her passion for educating the public about energy related issues at MCE.

Justin Marquez
Justin MarquezCommunity Affairs Coordinator
Justin works on MCE’s Community Development Team as a Community Affairs Coordinator. In this role, Justin serves as a liaison to key stakeholders including local government partners, businesses, and community advocates, connecting customers to MCE services and programs. Additionally, he supports MCE’s environmental justice work including supplier diversity and workforce development initiatives. Justin also assists with the implementation of MCEv, MCE’s electric vehicle and charging infrastructure rebate program focusing on engaging municipal and low-income customers.

Justin first joined MCE in 2017 through the Climate Corps Fellowship Program. Prior to MCE, he served as an AmeriCorps Member working for the City of El Cerrito on their community-wide greenhouse gas inventory and other climate action plan initiatives. For this work, he was selected to join the U.S. People’s Delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany, representing local government climate action. Prior to that, Justin received his B.A. from Northwestern University where he studied economics and environmental policy, and earned a certificate from the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern.

Justin is an active Oakland resident, avid home cook, and proud member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.

Kalicia Pivirotto
Kalicia PivirottoMarketing Manager

As Marketing Manager at MCE, Kalicia has a wide range of responsibilities related to the implementation of marketing efforts for the Public Affairs department.

In addition to writing, from press releases to blog posts and MCE’s eNewsletter, she plans, tracks, and implements marketing campaigns by managing media buys and the development of outreach content. Kalicia works closely with MCE’s marketing team on marketing strategy, as well as managing the Public Affairs budget.

A poet with a MFA from Saint Mary’s College of California, Kalicia earned BAs in English and Italian from San Francisco State University. At MCE, and in her past work at University of California Press and YWCA of San Francisco and Marin, Kalicia leverages her marketing experience in both private and nonprofit sectors to unite her personal commitment to social and environmental justice with her professional career.

Katelyn Heflin
Katelyn HeflinAccount Manager
As an Account Manager, Katelyn strives to give all MCE customers an excellent customer service experience: from helping customers understand their rate schedule, to breaking down the complexities of solar billing. For Katelyn, customer interaction is an opportunity to inspire others to be a part of creating more sustainable communities.

Outside of her Account Manager role, she attends various events where she is able to engage with local communities and promote renewable energy. Prior to joining MCE, Katelyn worked in curriculum development for grades K-12 with The Energy Coalition where she authored various lessons regarding the science of energy and environmental challenges of our time. She also has a background in energy and geopolitics researching at The Center for Strategic and International Studies. She received her BA in the Environmental track of International Studies from Texas A&M University.

Martin Bond
Martin BondBusiness Relationship Manager

As Business Relationship Manager, Martin focuses on planning and outreach to commercial and industrial energy customers. Martin works to ensure that our customers have the resources needed to make the energy choices that are best for them.

Martin has more than 10 years of experience in design and implementation of advanced energy efficiency and solar technology programs with cities, residents, and businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Prior to joining the Public Affairs team at MCE in 2019, Martin was Executive Director of Community Energy Services, a nonprofit serving Bay Area residents and businesses. He led the organization’s work on strategic energy management for commercial buildings.  During his time at CESC, he worked with many local cities to promote energy awareness and to help implement their Climate Action Plans. Martin also led a successful program to encourage the adoption of electric heat pumps to replace gas water heating in single family homes.

Martin has regularly presented at industry conferences and to trade organizations on energy management and sustainability.  Martin previously was an adjunct professor at Laney College in their Green Jobs Program, and formerly worked as a sales executive specializing in sales training and team development. Martin received his B.A. from UC Santa Barbara is LEED certified and a licensed General Building Contractor,  #1051452.

Outside of his work at MCE, Martin is an apheresis platelet donor and works with the Taproot Foundation to provide Pro Bono consulting for nonprofits. Martin lives in Oakland with his wife and three children.

Nicole Busto
Nicole Busto Manager of Marketing & Communications

Nicole delivers MCE’s messaging and branding to our customers and other stakeholders through print and digital collateral.

Her work converges strategy, creative, and UX functions, as she strives to communicate engaging messages about MCE’s work. Working across MCE’s teams, she leads the development of marketing and communications strategies, as well as designs multi-channel outreach and advertising campaigns. Nicole earned both her M.B.A. in Sustainable Management and Certificate in Sustainable Energy Management from Presidio Graduate School, and her B.A. in Psychology from Reed College.

Noël Voskuil
Noël VoskuilCreative Content Designer

Noël focuses her efforts on design and communications for MCE. By utilizing the diverse skills gained from running and managing her own design firm for over twenty years, her strategic and creative thinking and client management brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise to the Public Affairs team.

Her responsibilities at MCE include design and content creation for digital and print, print production management and quality control. She collaborates closely with the Public Affairs team to design a variety of effective and compelling customer-facing collateral for MCE, applying branding, graphic design, print, and marketing strategy.

Noël has a BA in Graphic Design from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is committed to a sustainable environment though her work developing a student-run, sustainable waste reduction program in local public schools, and she is a proud, long-term Deep Green customer in Marin County.

Rebecca Boyles
Rebecca BoylesCustomer Care & Billing Ops Manager

As Customer Care & Billing Ops Manager, Rebecca strives to more deeply include customers in MCE’s mission to make communities stronger and more sustainable.

Rebecca is a proud Deep Green customer herself and helps customers to understand their options for renewable energy, as well as the intricacies of their electric bills. Moved by MCE’s mission, she also assists with community outreach, building relationships with community advocates for green power. In her previous role as Senior Stakeholder Engagement Manager at Future 500, she forged relationships between companies and activists in order to effect systemic, market-based change on climate and human rights issues. Rebecca earned a Master of Business Administration in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.

Ryan Maecker
Ryan MaeckerCommunity Affairs Coordinator
As a member of the Community Development team, Ryan is responsible for building relationships with a variety of stakeholders throughout MCE’s service area.

In addition, he assists the Public Affairs team with project implementation, customer service, and communication across a wide variety of topics. He enjoys helping a diverse set of people understand California’s energy landscape and their choice to contribute to a greener future.

Ryan began working at MCE through a Climate Corps fellowship. Prior to his time at MCE, Ryan consulted as an energy security and sustainability specialist. He also worked in the energy industry in Colorado as an environmental advisor and community & government liaison.

Ryan holds a Master of Laws in International Law & Sustainable Development from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, and his B.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University. Ryan specialized in sustainability & energy research in collaboration with the United Nations.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys the outdoors and a passion for travel. He spends time exploring California and has a lifelong goal to spend extended time in every continent, and has currently visited 4 of 7.

Sandra Zelaya
Sandra ZelayaPublic Affairs Assistant

Sandra joined MCE in January 2018 as Administrative Assistant for the Public Affairs Team. She supports the team and MCE by the coordination, organization, and planning of community events and meetings, and providing general support such as calendar management and the maintenance of informational documents. Sandra works closely with MCE’s marketing team as well as the community development team. She brings over 10 years of experience in customer service and administrative roles.

Sandra has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Human Development from Berkeley City College. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Sandra is a resident of Contra Costa County, where she loves to spend her free time painting, gardening, going to local antique stores, cooking new recipes, and exploring her passion for interior design.