Board of Directors

Mary Luévano

Mary Luévano has led cutting edge initiatives to advance environmental sustainability for nearly two decades.  As Policy and Legislative Director, and later as Vice President of Global Green USA, she spearheaded numerous campaigns to increase the use of energy efficiency and renewable/clean energy practices and technologies in the built environment. 

Prior to her work at Global Green, Ms. Luévano spent 8 years as a Congressional staffer serving in the offices of  US Senator Alan Cranston, US Reps. Augustus Hawkins, Calvin Dooley and Jane Harman.

John Marler

John Marler is Senior Director of Energy and Environment at AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. In this role, John oversees AEG’s corporate environmental sustainability program, AEG 1EARTH, and AEG Energy Services, AEG’s corporate energy management program. John came to AEG from Southern California Edison where he focused on renewable and alternative energy contracts and smart grid research and development. Before joining Edison, John practiced law for four years as an attorney in New York State, focusing on commercial litigation and business transactions. John also serves on the Sustainability Committee for the City of Claremont, California.  

Deep Patel

 

Deep started GigaWatt Inc. (doing business as GoGreenSolar.com) from a garage in 2006, and has since helped thousands worldwide harness the power of sunlight.  Distribution, installation, and product development are at the heart of GigaWatt’s core competencies.  Deep is an advocate for a future powered by solar energy.  His name means light.

Ravi Sankaran, Board Secretary

 

Ravi Sankaran is a Senior Director of Power Origination with SunEdison in Los Angeles, California, where he oversees power origination activities for the U.S. West region where SunEdison has a portfolio of over 250MW of utility solar PV projects either in operation, construction, or under contract for delivery with California’s major utilities.  Ravi has over 10 years experience in the power generation industry.  Prior to SunEdison he was a Power Marketing Manager for solar energy startup Axio Power from March 2010 until Axio’s acquisition by SunEdison in 2011.

Brad Sparks, Board President

Brad is Executive Director of Global Corporate Citizenship for KPMG.  In this role, he focuses on integrating corporate responsibility across the KPMG network, with specific responsibility for the firm’s environmental sustainability initiatives.   He also serves as KPMG’s Liaison Delegate for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.  Prior to Brad’s current position, he served as Director with the Forensic practice of KPMG LLP, assisting clients with a variety of corporate responsibility initiatives such as internal investigations, sustainability reporting, and supply chain integrity.  Other professional experiences include serving as a labor standards monitor with the non-profit Kenan Institute of Asia, a sustainability advisor with KPMG in South Africa, and as an internal auditor with Gateway computers.  Brad is a Certified Public Accountant, has a MBA degree in Sustainable Enterprise from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Masters of Accounting fro

Jess Tirado

Jess Tirado is Senior Vice President, Regional Director of Local Market Outreach, for Wells Fargo’s Government & Community Relations team based in Los Angeles, California. The business unit operates as a link between the company, stakeholders, and the local communities we serve. Tirado is responsible for supporting Wells Fargo’s home preservation efforts, advancing the housing market recovery, promoting sustainable home ownership, and educating partners on the changing regulatory environment in his market, consisting of Southern California, Hawaii, and Idaho.

Previously, he held the role of Vice President, REO Operations Manager, for Premiere Asset Services, the Wells Fargo division responsible for the management and disposition of bank-owned assets. He has worked in the home lending and servicing industry for the last 34 years, managing national fulfillment operations for various lending institutions. He joined Wells Fargo over seven years ago.

Sarah Wauters, Board Treasurer

Sarah Wauters is a Senior Project Manager at Sage Renewables, a consulting firm serving numerous government agencies throughout the State of California. Sarah has provided analysis and strategy to large corporations considering solar energy investments, and developed utility and distributed generation projects in the Southern California region. From 2009 - 2013, as part of a solar design-build firm, Sarah guided dozens of private, public and quasi-public projects in municipal, affordable housing, and market-rate multi-use construction. She has a strong background in CA solar programs, project financing, project analysis, and electricity rate structures. Sarah is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for Grid Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, a non-profit that provides free home solar to lower income homes.