Leadership

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 450,000 customers in 33 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.

Vicken Kasarjian
Vicken KasarjianCOO
As the Chief Operating Officer, Vicken oversees Internal Operations at MCE, including HR, Finance, and Accounting, Power Resources including Scheduling, and Customer Programs. 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 30 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 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 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.

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.

Elizabeth Kelly
Elizabeth Kelly General Counsel

Beth serves MCE as General Counsel. She is responsible for all aspects of MCE’s legal and compliance affairs.

She has served as MCE’s chief legal officer since 2012. She joined MCE in 2009 and was part of the three-staff team that successfully launched MCE, the first community choice aggregator (CCA) in California. Prior to her service at MCE, Beth worked in energy, infrastructure and project finance for the New York office of White & Case, an international law firm.

Beth received her J.D. from the New York University School of Law where she was Developments Editor for the Journal of International Law and Politics. She is a proud Midwesterner and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison with comprehensive honors in Economics, International Relations, Spanish, and Political Science.

 

Greg Brehm
Greg Brehm Director of Power Resources

Greg has directed MCE’s electric load and resource planning and procurement efforts since 2012.

His responsibilities include due diligence for local project development, and negotiation of power purchase agreements with developers and wholesale power marketers.

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.

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.

Sarah Estes-Smith
Sarah Estes-SmithDirector of Internal Operations

Sarah joined the MCE team in 2014. As Director of Internal Operations, she oversees office management and security, information technology, accounting, human resources, Board/Committee relations, and strategic planning.

She leads the Internal Operations team, whose members’ responsibilities include creating a welcoming atmosphere for guests, promoting staff and operational efficiency, leading the organizational strategic planning process, recruiting and hiring, maintaining compliance with state and federal employment laws, supporting the Board of Directors and its Committees, and ensuring timely processing of vendor contracts and invoices.

Sarah attended Clark University, earning a Bachelors in Sociology and Spanish in 2008 and a Masters of Public Administration in 2009.

Shalini Swaroop
Shalini Swaroop Director of Regulatory and Legislative Policy

Shalini manages MCE’s policy advocacy at the California Legislature and state regulatory agencies. 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.

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.

Joey Lande
Joey LandeCustomer Programs Manager
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, Operations
Meaghan helps customers to reduce energy and water usage and save on their utility bills by assisting with the administration and implementation of MCE’s Energy Efficiency Programs.

In her primary role, she manages the implementation of MCE’s Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program. She works with property owners to identify upgrade opportunities, navigate rebate programs, obtain technical assistance, and educate tenants. She has strong project management skills, and works with property owners to implement large energy-savings projects from start to finish. Meaghan also manages MCE’s Workforce Development Program, designing trainings for MCE’s Direct Install Team, coordinating industry lead trainings for MCE’s contractor network, and building relationships with industry experts and local Union representatives. Meaghan takes a lead role in Marketing, Education, and Outreach for MCE’s Energy Efficiency Program’s creating awareness and generating customer participation.

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.

Finance

David McNeil
David McNeil Manager of Finance

David McNeil oversees and supports the financing activities of MCE. He is responsible for arranging financing to support energy contracts, managing credit risk, preparing budgets and financial forecasts, overseeing MCE’s risk management processes and supporting the board of directors in their oversight of financial risks and opportunities.

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.

Internal Operations

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.

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.

Enyonam Senyo-Mensah
Enyonam Senyo-MensahAssistant Internal Operations

Enyonam is the first face you see when walking through the doors at MCE. As an Internal Operations Administrative 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.

Jesica Brooks
Jesica BrooksBoard Assistant

Jesica joined MCE in July 2016. As Board Assistant she supports the Executive Assistant to the CEO/Board Clerk and is responsible for a wide range of MCE Board and Committee related matters.

Jesica provides Administrative support and maintains Board and Committee calendars, current database of contact information for Board Directors, Alternates, elected officials, and advocates. Prepares and distributes meeting materials and coordinates room setup and clean up for regular, special Board, Committee and Ad-Hoc Meetings.  Regularly updates MCE’s website as it relates to Board and Committee matters. Maintains relationships with Board member jurisdiction officials in order to facilitate the flow of documents throughout MCE service areas.

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 Kids. She also enjoys spending time with her family hiking, biking, gardening and dining.

Justine Parmelee
Justine ParmeleeInternal Operations Manager

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

Justine provides consistent management of office expenses, maintains a functional work space, 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.

Katie Gaier
Katie Gaier Manager of Human Resources
Katie joined Marin Clean Energy in December 2013 after providing human resources consulting services to MCE for over two years.

With over 25 years of public sector human resources experience, Katie brings a wide range of HR expertise to MCE, including employee relations, benefits, payroll, labor law, recruitment, classification and compensation, and management advise. As Deputy Director of Human Resources for the County of Marin, Katie led the Labor Relations and Benefits/Payroll team for over 10 years. A native of rural Ohio, Katie graduated from the University of Detroit with a Bachelor’s degree in political and social sciences. After moving to the west coast, she was a VISTA volunteer in Lane County, Oregon and an Employment Counselor for a local non-profit agency. Besides her work experience, Katie has enriched her life by travel to over 45 countries and volunteering with an organization in Nepal that prevents young girls from human trafficking.

Lia Anzures
Lia AnzuresInternal Operations Assistant-Finance
Delia joined MCE in January 2018.  As an Administrative Assistant on the Internal Operations team, she provides financial and administrative support to all MCE staff.

Delia has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the National Institute of Technology in Chihuahua, Mexico, and over 10 years of professional experience in the San Francisco financial industry.  In this field, she took on the roles of Administrative Specialist, Relationship Associate, Loan Documentation Specialist, and International Operations Analyst while working for Wells Fargo. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has experience in document translation.  In her spare time, Delia enjoys traveling, dining, road trips, hiking, yoga, meditation, the outdoors, and learning about ancient knowledge and history.

Sherry Clark
Sherry ClarkInternal Operations Assistant

Sherry joined MCE in April 2018 as an Internal Operations 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 ShermanInternal Operations Assistant
As an Administrative Assistant on the Internal Operations 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.

Legal

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.

Troy Nordquist
Troy NordquistLegal and Policy 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.

Policy

CC Song
CC Song Senior Policy Analyst

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.

Michael Callahan
Michael Callahan Regulatory Counsel

Michael represents MCE and its member communities in regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC).

He works to support MCE’s innovative energy efficiency programs including expanding access to low-income communities and improving state energy efficiency policy. Michael also advocates for appropriate policies guiding other customer-facing programs including integrated demand-side management and the buildout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. In addition to his role with customer-facing programs, Michael works on general issues to support MCE’s mission including ratepayer protections for its member communities and reducing the impacts of climate change.

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.

Nathaniel Malcolm
Nathaniel MalcolmRegulatory 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.

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 (SCAPA), 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

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.

Lindsay Saxby
Lindsay Saxby Power Supply Contracts Manager

Lindsay will be focused on the procurement and development of local renewable energy projects in addition to negotiation, management, and settlement of power purchase agreements with new and existing renewable resources.

Lindsay brings 6 years of experience from the electric utility industry in renewable procurement and contract management to MCE. 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.
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.

Miriam Makhyoun
Miriam MakhyounPower Supply Contracts Manager
Miriam joined MCE in early 2017 with eight years of experience in business and renewable energy, capacity procurement and project management. Miriam supports MCE’s portfolio management and is responsible for oversight of power supply contracts, Request for Offer administration, Integrated Resource Planning, supplier performance monitoring, and portfolio optimization activities.

Miriam brings her knowledge of the California energy market, including its regulatory framework and renewable portfolio standard, and her first-rate project management skills to MCE.

Her past experience includes portfolio management at a California investor-owned utility as well as educational non-profit work focused on promoting and developing cleaner energy options.

Miriam has a M.S. in Appropriate Technology and a M.B.A. from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, her home state.

In her free time, Miriam enjoys taking dance classes and visiting art galleries.

 

Public Affairs

Alex DiGiorgio
Alex DiGiorgio Deputy Director, Community Development

As Deputy Director of Community Development, 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.

Alexandra McGee
Alexandra McGee Community Power Organizer

Alexandra is responsible for representing and advocating for customers in MCE’s service area who have been traditionally underrepresented in the renewable energy narrative.

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.

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.

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 Development 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.

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 Kudo
Justin KudoDeputy Director, Account Services

Justin has been a member of the Public Affairs team since 2012, coordinating billing operations and account services, analyzing customer impacts, building data models, and providing expertise on PG&E programs.

Over the last four years, Justin has worked with PG&E to ensure proper integration of the two programs, including maintaining customer access to services and improving billing and messaging. In particular, Justin works closely with impacts for solar customers and the future of Net Energy Metering Policies.

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.

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.

Nicole Busto
Nicole Busto Deputy Director, 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 BoylesAccount Manager

As Account 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.

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.