Mid-Atlantic Staff

GRID staff poses with GRID banners - in a rainbow pattern and again in their staff shirts!
When Nicole Steele started as GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic’s Executive Director in 2014, there was little precedent for low-income solar policies and programs across the region. In the last four years, Nicole has built partnerships and programs with clean energy organizations and government agencies that have advanced renewable energy and low-income solar access in Maryland, Virginia, and the District. Nicole has led GRID Alternatives Mid Atlantic to install over 150 single-family rooftop solar systems, reach over 300 multifamily tenants with solar benefits, and launch the Solar Works DC program, which trains District residents in solar installation and career readiness skills. Prior to joining GRID Alternatives, she was the Alliance to Save Energy’s Director of Policy and State Relations. She has over 15 years of experience in the environmental and energy fields (urban planning, grassroots advocacy, policy development, and program design and implementation).
Executive Assistant


Residential Construction Manager
Warehouse and Logistics Coordinator
Project Coordinator
Solar Installation Supervisor
Solar Installation Supervisor
Solar Installation Supervisor
Commercial Solar Project Manager
Multi-Family Solar Installation Supervisor
Commercial Project Coordinator
SolarCorps Construction Fellow
Construction Fellow
Construction Fellow

Development & Communications

Elijah Perry is the Development Manager at GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic. Prior to joining GRID, Elijah was recently the Corporate Development Manager at PFLAG National. With more than 15 years in the nonprofit sector, working at Children’s National Medical Center, Feeding America, and Georgetown University just to name a few, Elijah has natural ability to making connections and cultivating longstanding relationships with people from all professions and backgrounds. He attended University of Maryland in College Park, MD, where he studied and earned his B.S. degree in Paralegal Studies. He also received his Masters in Classical Music Composition from Berkelee School of Music. When Elijah is not fundraising, he finds time to continue his passion for music as a performer and songwriter.
Marketing and Communications Manager
Communications and Events Fellow
Development Assistant

Workforce and Outreach

Laura Vendetta is the Strategic Partnership Manager for GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic. Laura utilizes her years of experience political organizing and working on a wide-range of energy policy issues to manage GRID's outreach efforts and partner relationships in the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to joining GRID Mid-Atlantic, Laura worked at the Department of Energy (DOE) where she served as Director of the Quadrennial Energy Review Secretariat and led the development and production of an analytically-based review of U.S. energy policies. Laura has served in various capacities in DOE's Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but started her career as a political organizer working with Obama for America and the Alliance for Climate Protection. Much like GRID's solar panels, Laura is full of energy, but in her time off enjoys lying in the sun, preferably on the beach in her native state of New Jersey. She is a graduate of Rider University where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance.
Community Outreach Manager
Workforce Development and Volunteerism Manager
Workforce Initiatives Coordinator
Senior Outreach Coordinator
Outreach Coordinator
Multifamily Solar Coordinator
Workforce Training Supervisor
Workforce Training Supervisor
SolarCorps Workforce Development and Volunteerism Fellow
SolarCorps Single Family Outreach Fellow
SolarCorps Outreach Program Fellow