Board of Directors
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Amy Barad is Director of Commercial Programs for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, where she focuses on programs that serve developers of commercial-scale renewable energy facilities or advance the use of clean heating and cooling and other technologies in commercial, institutional, and multifamily buildings. Amy developed and now oversees grant programs to develop anaerobic digestion facilities and to upgrade small hydro plants. She previously worked as an analyst at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and Energy Facility Siting Board, and as a policy and planning manager at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Amy holds an MS in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and an AB in Economics from Harvard University.
Danielle Deane-Ryan has devoted her career to her passion for forging equitable climate crisis solutions. She is a senior advisor to the Libra Foundation, and a National Academies of Science Deep Decarbonization Committee member. Previously, Danielle directed the Inclusive Clean Economy Program at The Nathan Cummings Foundation, supporting collaborations that catalyzed world-leading climate and equity policies. She was a co-author of Solar with Justice in collaboration with the Clean Energy States Alliance. Danielle served in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor for External Affairs and Acting Director for Stakeholder Engagement at the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. She was Green 2.0’s founding executive director; launched the New Constituencies for Environmental Program at the Hewlett Foundation; and managed the Commission to Engage African Americans on Energy, Climate Change, and the Environment at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. She has an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics in Environment and Development, and a B.A. from Williams College in Political Economy with an Environmental Studies Concentration.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Tony Gonçalves is a Supervising Resource Planner in the Resource and New Business Strategy Department at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, SMUD’s vision is to partner with its customers and community, provide innovative solutions to ensure energy affordability and reliability, improve the environment, and reduce the region’s carbon footprint. Tony has been with SMUD since 2015, and is responsible for assessing RPS and carbon implications, development of SMUD’s Integrated Resource Plan, and conducting economic analysis for proposed projects and programs. Tony previously worked at two other publicly owned utilities in California and started his career at the California Energy Commission, where he spent over 20 years working on renewable energy issues, and was manager of the renewable energy office from 2009 – 2013. Tony holds a B.S. in Civil and Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.
Illinois Power Agency
Brian Granahan is the Chief Legal Counsel of the Illinois Power Agency, an independent state agency tasked with developing procurement plans and conducting energy, capacity, and renewables procurement events and developing solar energy incentive programs. Brian began his career as an associate with Sidley Austin LLP and worked as clean energy advocate and staff attorney with Environment Illinois before shifting to the public sector, and serving as a policy advisor to two Chairmen at the Illinois Commerce Commission. Prior to joining the IPA, Brian was a Vice President with the strategic consulting firm of Tur Partners LLC working to incubate a startup low-profit, limited liability company (L3C) focused on cleantech adoption by municipal governments. Brian holds a B.S. from the University of Iowa and a J.D. from New York University and is a former board member of the Illinois Environmental Council and Green Economy Chicago.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Doreen Harris is Acting President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions to improve New York State’s economy and environment. During her 10 years of public service at NYSERDA, she has held executive, technical, and policy positions, most recently as Vice President of Large-Scale Renewables. While at NYSERDA, she has overseen the State’s nation-leading advancement of renewable resources under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and Clean Energy Standard. Ms. Harris also spearheaded the strategic development of New York’s offshore wind resource, including the execution of the State’s offshore wind master plan. She was instrumental in advancing and implementing the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act, which will modernize the siting of large-scale renewable energy projects across New York. Before embarking on a career in public service, Ms. Harris spent more than a decade in the energy sector, serving in management and engineering roles.
Energy Trust of Oregon | CESA Chair
Betsy Kauffman heads up Energy Trust of Oregon’s renewable energy department, which provide cash incentives and technical assistance to solar, hydro, biopower, geothermal and wind projects in Oregon. The program has funded more than 8,000 commercial, residential, and large-scale solar projects and more than 20 hydro, bio, and geothermal projects. Along with a local neighborhood organization, Energy Trust operated the first Solarize effort in the nation. Prior to joining Energy Trust, Betsy worked at For the Sake of the Salmon where she managed the Salmon-Friendly Power program, one of Oregon’s first programs to allow utility customers to choose a renewable power option. Betsy also has a long history in the news business, having spent ten years as an anchor and reporter at radio stations across the country. She has bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and moonlights as a stand-up comic.
Department of Energy & Environment (Washington, D.C.) | CESA Treasurer
Taresa Lawrence is the Deputy Director of the Department of Energy & Environment, which is charged with developing energy plans, policies, and programs in the District. Her experience includes the sustainable use of energy in the residential, commercial, and institutional sectors, and she specializes in strategic planning, energy management and analysis, program design and implementation, and evaluation methods. Dr. Lawrence currently oversees a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, including those administered by the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility. She also works on a variety of electric and natural gas utility rate issues, where she assesses the impacts of various rate proposals on the District’s ratepayers. Prior to joining the District in 2008, Dr. Lawrence was a Regulatory Economist at the Public Service Commission of Maryland, and Center Director of the Small Business Development Center at Howard University Center for Urban Progress. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Howard University and a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from University of Manchester, England.
California Energy Commission
Natalie Lee is the deputy director of the California Energy Commission’s Renewable Energy Division, leading the implementation of the state’s Renewables Portfolio Standard, the Power Source Disclosure Program, New Solar Homes Partnership, and other programs that support the development and use of renewable energy throughout California. Ms. Lee has spent more than 25 years serving in California agencies, developing environmental programs and policy. Before joining the Energy Commission, she worked at the California Air Resources Board, where she served on a team that updated the AB 32 Scoping Plan, as well as a key member overseeing the Cap-and-Trade Auction program. Ms. Lee also worked in a variety of capacities within the California Environmental Protection Agency, leading education and marketing efforts for several programs and serving as a liaison to local governments, other state agencies, and the businesses community. Ms. Lee holds a bachelor of science in environmental policy analysis and planning from the University of California, Davis.
New Mexico State Land Office
Jeremy Lewis is director of the Office of Renewable Energy at the New Mexico State Land Office leasing and stewarding state trust land for renewable energy projects. He currently manages a one-gigawatt portfolio of wind and solar projects and is working to grow renewable energy in the Land Office to four gigawatts. He was bureau chief for the New Mexico Energy Office where for ten years he worked to forward projects, policy, and education on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and alternative fuels and transportation. He has served as a transmission policy analyst with Western Resource Advocates to increase renewable energy access to the grid, with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps to forward positive youth development and conservation in Northern New Mexico, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer to expand sustainable agriculture in Cameroon, West Africa. He has a Masters of Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico and a BS from the University of Massachusetts.
Clean Energy Group
Seth Mullendore is vice president and project director for Clean Energy Group, overseeing projects ranging from customer-sited solar and battery storage to the replacement of power plants with clean technologies. Seth works with policy makers, project developers, industry, advocates, and community and environmental justice groups to advance clean energy policies and projects, with a focus on achieving greater access to solar and battery storage technologies for disadvantaged communities. Much of his work pertains to the research and reporting of energy storage technologies, policies, and supporting market structures. Prior to joining Clean Energy Group, Seth served as a Sustainable Energy Fellow with Union of Concerned Scientists and worked with Maine Clean Communities to help advance clean transportation initiatives. Seth holds a M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Geosciences from the University of Southern Maine.
Bentham Paulos is the principal of PaulosAnalysis, consulting and writing on clean energy policy, technology, and trends, for clients in the non-profit, media, industry, and philanthropic sectors. He is currently directing the Power Markets Project, looking at the impact of renewable energy on electricity market designs in Germany and the US. He founded and managed America's Power Plan, a policy roadmap for moving to a high renewable energy future. He was a program director with the Energy Foundationfrom 2000 to 2013, making grants to promote renewable energy, utility efficiency, and advanced biofuels. He previously worked for the Energy Center of Wisconsin, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Abt Associates, and has an MA in Energy Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA from Tufts University.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Ryan Wiser is a Senior Scientist in and Group Leader of the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He leads a research program on renewable electricity systems, including on the costs, benefits, impacts and market potential of renewable electricity sources; on electric grid operations and infrastructure impacts; on public acceptance and deployment barriers; and on the planning, design, and evaluation of renewable energy programs. Ryan has published 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, 20 book chapters, and over 380 other conference papers, magazine articles and research reports. He has been a lead author for two reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; is a founding member of the academic advisory board for the University of San Francisco's Master of Science in Energy Systems Management; represents the United States on a multi-country IEA Wind collaboration on the cost of wind energy; and has given invited testimony to the U.S. Senate. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and holds an MS and PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.