Some of the unsung heroes here at GRID Alternatives work in the background. Generous people that are willing to share their knowledge and time to help others. These people don’t get paid for there efforts, but their knowledge and input are priceless. These people are on the Board of Directors for our headquarters office and each of our affiliate offices. They are groups of people who jointly supervise the activities of our organization and set out the overall strategic direction by establishing broad policies, setting out strategic objectives and monitoring the availability of adequate financial resources.
One of our heroes in the Central Valley is Luis H. Sanchez. Luis is the CEO of Community Resource Project in Sacramento and has over six years’ experience in government, 30 years in the private sector with 22 years in the financial services industry and six years in the non-profit arena. Previously, Luis was the Chair of the Board for United Way of San Joaquin County. He now serves on the Board of Directors of California Human Development, San Joaquin County Revolving Loan Fund and he is a vestry member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Stockton.
When asked what brought Luis to GRID Alternatives, he will tell you about a time that he was working for Washington Mutual and attended a community development volunteer opportunity with our headquarters office. The solar project was located in Oakland and years later he met our Executive Director, Tom Esqueda. When the Central Valley office became an affiliate in 2016, Tom thought of Luis who had expressed an interest in getting involved with renewable energy and thought he would be a good candidate for a member of our Central Valley Board of Directors.
With all the pursuits Luis is involved in you may ask what he enjoys during his free time? With four grand kids and one great grandchild, spending time with his family is a priority, but he also enjoys time snow skiing and golfing with friends.
We are grateful to have Luis on our Board and look forward to working together to help lead our Central Valley office in the change to clean energy and promote GRID Alternatives vision of a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone.