Greater Los Angeles Staff

Michael has been the Executive Director of GLA since 2013 and previously served on its Board of Directors. He has over fifteen years of experience in public affairs, non-profit consulting, communications, clean-tech, and politics. His advocacy work includes the successful passage of clean energy legislation on both the local and federal levels. Previously, he served as the Director of Public and Consumer Affairs for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and as served as Missouri Policy Director for the 2008 Obama campaign. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Columbia University and a Masters Degree’ from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Construction


Initially from Kingston Jamaica, Norman has spent a majority of his time in the military overseas in Japan. He found himself looking for a new career path after his job in the biotech industry was downsized with the shifting economy. Since he has always had a passion for renewable energy, being a volunteer then eventually working for GRID has been a great career change. He has an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management with an emphasis on Project Management. “Helping to train volunteers and at the same time assisting low income homeowners improve their lives is the best thing that could happen to me.”
Solar Installation Supervisor
SolarCorp Construction Fellow
Senior Solar Installation Supervisor
Solar Installation Supervisor
Solar Installation Supervisor
Solar Installation Supervisor
Solar Installation Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
SolarCorps Construction Fellow

Development


Originally from the east coast, Adewale moved to Southern California in 2007. Initially he worked at California State University, Dominguez Hills for the California African American Political & Economic Institute, a non-profit research organization that disseminated information into the Greater Los Angeles community. During the course of his employment, he took up the study of photovoltaics at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. It was at that time that he learned about and became involved with GRID Alternatives. Since then he has developed a passion for solar energy and all the possibilities its uses create. “To be able to stay involved in building healthy and sustainable communities keeps me grounded as an individual, while staying connected to humanity at large.” “I am excited about the future; I’ve found something in which I am passionate about, that I can build a career in, while helping to save the environment. Just as important is the fact that I am also empowered to help others in a way that that benefits us all. As a Workforce Development Manager, GRID Alternatives provides me with a great opportunity, not only in which to learn and grow, but also to give back.”
Volunteer Training Coordinator
Development Associate
Office Manager/Executive Assistant
Multifamily Development Manager
Strategic Partnerships Manager

Outreach


Gabriel, born and raised in Los Angeles, pursued his undergraduate studies at UCI in History and Chicano Studies and graduate school at CSULB where he was involved in the social justice movement around worker’s rights. After graduation, he helped found a grassroots organization serving disadvantage communities, CESA – Community Education for Social Action. With CESA, Gabriel provided alternative education to the East Los Angeles youth community facilitating learning opportunities in topics such as gentrification, transportation, and urban community gardening. After five years with CESA, Gabriel continued his work in social justice with the Los Angeles Center for Affordable Tenant Housing where his work in tenants’ rights exposed him the environmental injustices facing many communities. Contributing to GRID’s environmental justice mission, Gabriel brings together his community work, lived experience, and professional accomplishments to his work as an Outreach Manager with GLA.
SolarCorps Outreach Fellow
Outreach Coordinator/ Veteran Liaison
Program Coordinator
Senior Outreach Coordinator
Outreach Coordinator
SolarCorp Outreach Fellow
SolarCorp Outreach Fellow
SolarCorps Outreach Fellow
Outreach Coordinator

Project Management


A long time volunteer, Michelle Belacic has finally joined GLA as full-time staff member! Starting off in GRID's job training and volunteer installer program "just for fun," Michelle went on to work for SolarCity in various capacities such as site surveying, inspections, permitting, and project management. Michelle's volunteering spans eight years across GRID’s community from LA to San Diego to the Mid-Atlantic and even Nicaragua. She also serves on GLA’s Workforce Development Committee. Now as a Project Manager with GLA, Michelle will continue to dedicate her time to helping GRID's families.
Project Designer
Project Management Associate
Project Manager
SolarCorp Project Management Fellow