Under her watch, MCE has launched service to more than 250,000 customers in 24 communities and 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.
Beckie has a master of science degree in Environmental Systems from Humboldt State University, where her thesis research focused on development of a seven-county regional PACE financing program on the north coast of California; she received a Switzer Fellowship for her work on the PACE program.
Greg has more than ten years of experience in electric power operations, power scheduling, and risk mitigation for multiple joint powers authorities within California. Greg also oversees state and federal resource compliance reporting, and has facilitated MCE’s local development of more than 20 MWs of utility-scale renewable energy projects. Greg also manages MCE’s lead agency role in compliance with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) permitting activities.
Greg handles the preparation of MCE’s Open Season – Request for Offer process and negotiates and integrates power purchase agreements, ensures contractor performance, manages invoice validation, risk mitigation, and compliance oversight. In this role, Greg is also responsible for the preparation of informational material for the Marin Clean Energy Board of Directors and the public regarding resource allocations. During his tenure, MCE has increased its commitment to deliver in-state renewable energy content from 50% to 80%, and will be 95% greenhouse gas free by 2025.
Jamie earned her B.S. in City & Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Before returning to the San Francisco Bay Area Jamie traveled extensively throughout Europe, Southeast Asia and Central America.
Sarah attended Clark University, earning a Bachelors in Sociology and Spanish in 2008 and a Masters of Public Administration in 2009.
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.
Katie holds a B.A. in environmental policy from Colorado College, and has completed courses in product management, sustainability, and management at UC Berkeley.
Meaghan is a Certified Green Building Professional through Build It Green, a Building Science Principles Professional and a Multifamily Building Operator Professional, both certified through the Building Performance Institute.
Prior to joining MCE, Meaghan was the Energy Efficiency Manager at the Marin City Community Development Corporation where she supported the development and growth of MCE’s Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program. Meaghan advanced MCE’s Direct Install Service so that new, energy efficient improvements can be installed in tenant’s units at no cost.
Meaghan received her B.S. in International Business from the State University of New York at Oswego and her MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University of California.
Paul has implemented cutting edge environmental initiatives in the San Francisco Bay Area for over two decades. As the Associate Director at San Francisco Community Power, Paul launched the first demand response program for small and medium size businesses in California. He has engaged over 500 companies, city governments, residents, and civic organizations as decision makers in the discussions to better manage their energy use.
He has worked with multiple clean tech startups to help launch their innovative technologies. Paul holds an MBA from the Presidio School of Management and a certificate in solar and wind systems design and installation from Solar Energy International.
David brings nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services industry including senior roles in credit underwriting, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions and project management. Prior to joining MCE, David served as President of EEF Advisors which consulted to departments of energy, electric utilities and regulators on the design of energy efficiency and renewable energy financing programs, financial models and organizational structures. David is a former board member and treasurer of several nationally recognized non-profit organizations. He studied history at Queen’s University in Kingston and is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
John develops and administers competitive solicitations for power supply, renewable energy, and data management services required for MCE’s operations. He also manages the preparation of electric load forecasts and resource plans, program electric rates, program budgets, and regulatory compliance activities. When not directly providing services for MCE, John advises public agencies, generation project developers, and private investors on large, multi-million dollar infrastructure projects and energy programs.
Prior to forming PEA, John held senior management positions at Navigant Consulting, Inc., the Automated Power Exchange, PG&E Energy Services, and Southern California Edison Company.
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.
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.
Jay has over 10 years’ experience in the Information Technology field, and has been providing consulting services to MCE since 2010. He is responsible for the ongoing technology needs at MCE, as well as implementing technology solutions and strategies that will serve MCE’s needs as the business grows.
He is a Marin County native and received his B.S. in Software Engineering and Management from Notre Dame de Namur University. In his free time he enjoys working on and modifying anything with an engine.
Justine graduated from Mills College with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. She is actively involved in sustainability in her hometown and is a Development Coordinator for Sustainable Lafayette. When she has a moment to spare, Justine loves to explore the tidepools along the California coast.
Legal and Regulatory
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.
Emily graduated from U.C. Davis School of Law in 2004, where she was a Senior Articles Editor on the U.C. Davis Law Review and active in the Lambda Law Students Association.
Prior to his work at MCE, Jeremy worked for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Clean Coalition. Jeremy received his Masters of Public Administration in Sustainable Management in May of 2011 from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, California, and his Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry from Reed College in Portland, Oregon.
Martha received her BA in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Iowa in 2006 and her MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University of San Rafael in 2014.
Michael received his Juris Doctor from University of California Hastings College of the Law. Michael served as the publications editor for the West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy and as an executive board member for the alternative dispute resolution team. Michael 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 worked on addressing climate change at the California Public Utilities Commission and on environmental advocacy with organizations including the Center for Biological Diversity and the Environmental Defense Center located in Santa Barbara, California.
She advocates on ratepayer protections, equity issues, program autonomy, and implementation challenges. Additionally, Shalini collaborates with grassroots organizations through MCE Community Power, focusing on marginalized communities. She previously practiced before the CPUC 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. She received the 2012 Dale Minami Fellowship for making a significant contribution to the Asian Pacific American legal community. Shalini has worked on human rights issues in active conflict zones, developing countries, and with the United Nations. Currently, Shalini teaches a course at Berkeley Law and holds leadership positions on the boards of the ACLU of Northern California, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Citizens’ Advisory Committee, and JustPeace Labs.
Brian develops and administers competitive solicitations for power supply, renewable energy, capacity products, and scheduling coordinator services required for MCE’s operations. As part of the solicitation process, Brian manages and advises on contract and credit negotiations with potential counterparties. He also helps manage the preparation of electric load forecasts and resource plans, program electric rates, program budgets, and regulatory compliance activities. When not directly providing services for MCE, Brian provides similar technical consulting services to other existing CCA’s, aspiring CCA’s, and publicly owned utilities throughout California.
Prior to joining PEA, Brian held a senior management position at Direct Energy where he lead the North America regulatory and compliance team related to Direct Energy’s energy trading and retail operations.
Byron has extensive experience in the electric utility industry, having held a variety of roles involving renewable and conventional power trading, scheduling, and contract origination and administration.
A North Bay native and graduate of Stanford University, Byron spends as much time as he can outdoors, most frequently hiking in the Bay Area and fly fishing in the Sierras.
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.
Kirby has over 17 years of experience in the electric utility industry administering statewide power purchase contracts, managing utility-scale energy procurement activities, implementing Community Choice Aggregation initiatives, managing database development projects, analyzing and reengineering business processes, and implementing effective compliance programs.
Kirby serves as a technical advisor to McE, primarily focusing on business activities related to power resource planning, procurement and compliance, and has also assisted California’s other operating CCA programs during formation and ongoing operations. Kirby previously served the State of California’s Department of Water Resources as an energy contract analyst and database developer, providing guidance to CERS’s executive management regarding contractor performance and carrying out general contract management responsibilities associated with the administration of approximately 50 statewide power purchase agreements valued at $35 billion. He possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Managerial Economics from the University of California (Davis).
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.
As the main point of contact for the Community Power Coalition and MCE Latino, her role is sensitive to the issues which affect low-income communities and Spanish-speakers, in particular.
She received her MA from UC Berkeley in 2014, after completing her thesis on small-scale, decentralized, renewable energy systems for rural electrification in Nicaragua. Alexandra joined MCE in late 2015.
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.
Jenna has worked and volunteered in several informal science education settings, from the San Francisco and Bronx Zoos, to the California Academy of Sciences. She received her MA from Columbia University in Climate and Society in 2015 and returned to the Bay Area, where she grew up, to pursue a career in sustainability.
JR joined MCE in June 2016 and is excited to collaborate with communities to meet their climate and energy goals through MCE programs.
Prior to joining MCE, JR served as Network Engagement Manager at ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, USA, where he managed a nationwide network of local governments focused on urban sustainability, climate action planning and greenhouse gas management. He developed a national sustainability report for Sustainable Bolivia and spent considerable time working in commercial film production. Living and working in Mexico, Spain and Bolivia, JR developed a strong command of Spanish.
JR has a BA in Economics from Pitzer College and did graduate work in CSR/Greenhouse Gas Accounting and City Planning at Harvard and Tufts, respectively. Outside of his role at MCE, JR commits to a sustainable and resource-conscious lifestyle spending time with his family and outdoors, especially the ocean.
Prior to working with MCE, Justin worked as a political consultant specializing in renewable energy development and policy, serving clients including Florida Power & Light, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the California Solar Energy Industries Association. Justin is also a former member of the Planning Commission and former chair of the Human Relations Commission at the City of Davis. He currently lives in San Francisco.
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.
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.
Utilizing diverse skills gained from running and managing her own design firm for over twenty years, her strategic thinking and team building experience with creative and client management brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise to the Public Affairs team.
Her responsibilities at MCE include event coordination and tracking, data analysis, print production management, and quality control. She collaborates closely with the marketing 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, self-sustaining waste reduction program in local public schools, and she is a proud, long-term Deep Green customer in Marin County.