Solar with Justice Project Team
The Solar with Justice project’s goal is to encourage greater state and community collaboration on equitable solar development. The project plans to do this through developing knowledge products, facilitating productive conversations, and fostering innovative models of state and community collaboration. Project team members play different roles to support these goals, including academic research, community and state outreach, and technical analysis.
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Sustainable Capital Advisors
Trenton Allen is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Sustainable Capital Advisors (SCA). Sustainable Capital Advisors is a consulting and financial advisory firm that provides a comprehensive suite of services to support the successful deployment of capital for sustainable energy projects, domestically and internationally. Mr. Allen is an experienced energy and banking professional with 20+ years and $30 Billion in infrastructure financing experience. Mr. Allen has financed a wide range of energy infrastructure projects including energy efficiency, renewable energy and water projects for utility, business, state and local government clients across the country. For example, he successfully led the inaugural $67 million bond financing for the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility. Prior to founding SCA, Mr. Allen was a director at Citi, developing financing strategies for utility-scale and distributed renewable energy projects including solar, biomass and energy efficiency that combined traditional project finance structures utilizing equity and debt investments with tax and environmental credit monetization strategies.
Just Energy Interim Director, Partnership for Southern Equity
Sr. Project Manager – Solar, Energy Trust of Oregon
Sector Lead - Renewable Energy, Energy Trust of Oregon
Betsy Kauffman leads Energy Trust of Oregon’s renewable energy sector, which provides cash incentives and technical assistance to solar, hydro, and biopower projects in Oregon. The program has funded more than 19,000 commercial, residential, and large-scale solar projects and more than 20 hydro and bio projects. 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 has bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
Associate Professor, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Janelle Knox-Hayes is the Lister Brothers Associate Professor of Economic Geography and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She holds a visiting research fellowship at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. Her research focuses on the ways in which social and environmental systems are governed under changing temporal and spatial scales as a consequence of globalization.
Policy Director, Access & Equity Program, Vote Solar
Olivia Nedd serves as the Policy Director, Access & Equity Program for Vote Solar. In this role she works to support Vote Solar’s policy and regulatory work, to advance a more equitable and just clean energy future. Prior to joining Vote Solar, Olivia worked with Florida Conservation Voters where she led a statewide campaign to bring electric school buses to low-income and communities of color.
Olivia grew up in Beacon, New York and now lives in Palm Beach, Florida. She holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Central Florida and her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. In her free time Olivia enjoys acrylic pour painting and spending time with her family in Antigua and Barbuda, where she is from.
Senior Vice President, Sustainable Capital Advisors
As Senior Vice President at Sustainable Capital Advisors, Victor Rojas leverages his experience across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to deliver policy, capital markets advisory and financial structuring expertise to advance climate change and environmental justice efforts.
Victor joined SCA after serving as Senior Manager for Clean Energy Finance with the Environmental Defense Fund. Victor’s prior experience includes Deputy Commissioner with the City of Chicago Department of Environment; Senior Vice President with Sindicatum Carbon Capital/Managing Director of Sindicatum Carbon Technologies; Principal with Medley Capital; Managing Director for Cleantech Investment Banking at First Analysis Securities; Managing Partner of San Joaquin Venture Partners, and Assistant Vice President with First Chicago Capital Markets Public Finance. Victor also served a Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs and Public Liaison at the United States Department of the Treasury and Legislative Counsel for a senior member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Victor earned his B.S. degree at University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. at Hofstra University.
Sr. Program Strategies Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon
Lizzie Rubado helps customers tap into clean, affordable energy in new and unique ways as a Senior Program Strategies Manager at Energy Trust of Oregon. Lizzie has been with Energy Trust for 15 years, and currently leads innovation and strategic planning, with a focus on underserved customers and communities. Energy Trust is an independent, non-profit organization that offers information, services and cash incentives to help customers save energy and produce their own power from renewable resources.
Vice President, External Affairs and Policy, Sustainable Capital Advisors
Nicole Sitaraman is an experienced advocate and policy strategist with a background in clean energy policy, consumer and civil rights advocacy and stakeholder engagement. She serves as Vice President of External Affairs and Policy at Sustainable Capital Advisors, a financial advisory and consulting firm dedicated to connecting capital to communities for inclusive sustainable infrastructure projects. Prior to joining Sustainable Capital Advisors, Nicole was a Senior Manager of Public Policy at Sunrun, Inc., the nation’s largest residential solar, battery storage and energy management services provider. Her work at Sunrun followed several years of service as an Assistant People’s Counsel in the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia where she was the chief advisor on local, regional and federal clean energy policy on behalf of DC ratepayers. She began working on energy issues after serving as an attorney at one of the nation’s leading civil rights litigation firms.
Research Associate Professor -- The Harris School of Public Policy, The University of Chicago
Kim Wolske is a research associate professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and a fellow with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). Her work draws on the fields of environmental, social, and cognitive psychology to examine the behavioral dimensions of energy issues, with an eye toward improving the design of public-facing policies and programs. Most recently she collaborated with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of the Department of Energy's Sunshot Initiative to investigate strategies for lowering the soft costs of residential rooftop solar. Other research examines how different ways of framing climate change solutions may influence public perceptions of the issue and support for mitigation and adaptation policies.