Abdi was born in Somalia but raised in San Diego. He’s been involved in many nonprofit organizations in San Diego. Created and managed youth development and educational programs. Currently holds a position as Program Director in youth/family servicing organization. Abdi joined GRID San Diego in 2014, hoping to expand and reach out to communities that need our services the most. He is an advocate and fan of renewable energy. Holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Calfironia State University, San Marcos as well as a Masters in Organizational Management & Leadership.
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Albert is a Lead Instructor for Building Trades class at Center for Employment Training (CET), a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting poverty & dependence on public aid by making hands-on job training available to youth and adults of all educational levels & backgrounds. He teaches hand on skills including Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Solar PV, and Building Performance.
Pedro Villegas is Director of Regional Public Affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric, a whollyowned subsidiary of Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 company based in San Diego, California. Mr. Villegas is responsible for SDG&E’s relations with local governments and special districts in the County of San Diego. Mr. Villegas’ career includes several positions managing external regulatory, legislative, policy, community, and international affairs in private, state government, and non-profit sectors. Mr. Villegas previously served as Government Affairs Manager for Sempra Energy, managing relations with local and state governments and communities in several Western states. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Villegas held several posts in the California State Assembly.
While attending San Diego State University (SDSU), Tara Kelly held officer positions with the student government and nonprofit environmental organizations and wanted to pursue a career in sustainability and helping the local community. Tara received a Bachelor's of Professional Studies and Fine Arts Degree in Public Relations in 2011 and started work at Sullivan Solar Power two days after graduation. In 2011 Tara helped create the San Diego Solar Coalition. The organization helped fight bad policy proposals that would have killed the solar industry. With Tara’s passion for environmental and social issues, she looks forward to continuing to steer the region toward achieving energy independence through education and outreach.
Karim is responsible for launching the San Diego chapter of the Main Street Alliance, focusing primarily on grassroots organizing and leadership development, campaign management, fundraising and partner and ally relationship building. He has worked on key issues such as opportunities in the emerging green jobs sector; sustainable vocational careers for youth; pathways into healthcare careers for the Latino population; a leadership development program; a national pilot program to support aging-out foster youth; a state-wide job training program for adults in need; and homeless youth in an urban shelter. He is committed to collaborative, evidence-based strategies and motivated by the potential of the non-profit sector to be innovative, forward-thinking change agents for our community’s most pressing social challenges.
Mr. Robinson currently works as Special Assistant to the President at Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, he was trained by the Institute of Cultural Affairs to do Strategic Planning and Goal Setting, and by San Diego Mediation Center to do community mediations. Mr. Robinson has served on numerous Boards and Commissions for the City of San Diego. During the Civil Rights Movement, he had the opportunity to march with great names like Dr. King, Jesse Jackson and others along with the NAACP Youth Leaders. He rode on the Freedom Train from Florida to Washington D.C. for the “March on Washington” with his Dad, who was one of the 1st black conductorson the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad.
Lee Barken, CPA, LEED-AP is the Chief Community Officer at CollectiveSun®, LLC. He has broad industry experience in renewable energy project finance, environmental commodities consulting and public policy analysis. He is dedicated to helping nonprofit's develop economically viable energy projects. Lee writes and speaks on the topics of renewable energy project finance, green building and community financing. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from San Diego State University where he graduated with honors and academic distinction.