Board of Directors
Laureen Boles, President
Erica Mackie, Secretary
Erica Mackie is CEO and Co-Founder of GRID Alternatives.
Tim Sears, Treasurer
Tim Sears is CFO/COO and Co-Founder of GRID Alternatives.
Donnel Baird is the founder of BlocPower, a startup that markets, finances and installs solar and energy efficiency technology to help houses of worship, non-profits, small businesses and multifamily projects to slash their energy costs. Donnel spent three years as a community organizer in Brooklyn and one year as a voter contact director for Obama For America. He managed a national Change to Win/LIUNA campaign to leverage Dept. of Energy energy efficiency financing to create green construction jobs for out of work populations. Baird is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. and is a perpetually exasperated fan of the New York Knicks.
Tria Case, Esq.
Tria Case is the University Director of Sustainability for the City University of New York (CUNY). Since 2007, on behalf of NYC, Ms. Case has led the development and the implementation of multiple U.S. DOE funded solar programs, including the NYC Solar Map, leading to a ten-fold increase in solar capacity and the quadrupling of installation companies. The current focus, SMART NY, addresses soft Balance of System costs in NYC and includes plans to expand the program throughout the State. In addition, Ms. Case assists CUNY’s 24 institutions of higher education to meet the goal of reducing CUNY’s carbon footprint 30% by 2017 through the CUNY Sustainability Project as well as CUNY Conserves; a university wide effort to reduce energy consumption. Formerly, Ms. Case served as the Director of the office of Environmental Business Services for Empire State Development Corporation and received her undergraduate degree from Union College and earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Jeanne M. Fox served as a Commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) from January 2002 until September 2014 when she retired. Ms. Fox served as President and a member of the Governor’s cabinet from January 2002 to January 2010. The NJBPU has regulatory jurisdiction over telephone, electric, gas, water, wastewater and cable television companies and works to ensure that consumers have access to safe, reliable services at reasonable rates. Under President Fox’s leadership, NJBPU has become a leader among states in developing cutting edge clean energy policies, and promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency. As a result, New Jersey has been second only to California in the number of solar installations. In 2014, the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association (MSEIA) awarded Commissioner Fox the Chapin, Fuller, Pearson Medal, which is awarded “to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the development of solar energy in the Mid-Atlantic region”. Previously, Ms. Fox served as a Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and as Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy. Jeanne graduated cum laude from Douglass College, Rutgers University and received a Juris Doctor from the Rutgers University School of Law - Camden.
Benjamin Healy, Senior Manager of Clean Energy Finance, joined the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority (CEFIA) in 2012 in order to support the development of financing and marketing initiatives that can accelerate the deployment of clean energy and energy efficient solutions across Connecticut. Earlier in his career, he served as the Staff Director to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in the Massachusetts State Legislature. In addition, Mr. Healey has experience working on public power deals with Morgan Stanley and in cleantech investing with DBL Investors, a “double bottom line” venture capital firm. He holds degrees from the Yale School of Management, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and Yale College, and he is a former member of the New Haven Board of Aldermen.
With over twenty years of project finance and power industry experience, Ms. Stern has sourced, structured and executed over $3 billion of power, energy and infrastructure investments. At BayernLB, she specialized in originating and structuring renewable energy debt financings, primarily in the wind sector. As a founding member of GMAC's project finance group, Ms. Stern sourced and closed senior debt financings for greenfield power development and acquisitions of distressed assets. Prior to that at CIBC, she structured and syndicated leveraged loans in the power sector as well as gaming and telecommunications. Ms. Stern began her career as a consultant with Price Waterhouse, advising the Philippine Government on the privatization of its power, water and wastewater sectors. She serves the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) as an elected board member. She holds a AB from Harvard University and an MA from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.
Esther Toporovsky is the Senior Program Director for Green Communities at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a non-profit that has invested $11 billion to build over 300,000 green affordable multifamily homes nationwide. The Green Communities Program provides policy, capital, and innovative solutions to create resilient, healthy and sustainable communities. Esther provides strategic oversight of innovative green business models for community development having procured $12 million of public-private innovation funds to test and scale mission-based clean energy service business models. She manages philanthropic capital to assess opportunities in emerging technologies, and also manages clean energy capital platforms for multifamily affordable housing. In addition, she has secured and manages $5 million in lending capital and some grant funds for the Bank of America Energy Efficiency Finance program to test a portfolio line of credit, coupled with comprehensive clean energy services. Esther also manages a $30 million retrofit and renewable energy pilot fund including deployment of lending capital and grant funds. Prior to joining Enterprise, Esther was the Deputy Director of EDNY and E4, Inc, an environmental non-profit that provides sustainable and social responsibility consulting, and also community outreach through public-private partnerships where she secured sponsorship funding for Corporate Social Responsibility branding and ad campaigns across New York City, including Elle Magazine, Burt’s Bees, Toyota, Saturn, Con Edison, and MTA.
Lisbeth Shepherd is a believer in the power of young people to change their lives and the world. She co-founded Green City Force (GCF) in 2009 with Erika Symmonds and Lucian Cohen to address the dual imperatives of youth unemployment and climate change. Lisbeth previously coordinated the Clean Energy Corps working group at Green for All, and co-founded Unis-Cité, the leading national youth service program in France which engages over 7000 annual corps members in 72 cities and inspired national legislation affecting 250K young adults. She is an Echoing Green alum, Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, Audubon “Woman Greening the City,” White House Youth Jobs+ Champion of Change, Yale graduate and mother of two.
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Julia Bovey is an independent consultant advising organizations to advance and deploy renewable energy. She has worked on clean energy policy from four perspectives: non-profit advocacy at the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Conservation Law Foundation, renewable project development at First Wind, national reform at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and, most recently, state oversight at the New York Department of Public Service, where directed the DPS Long Island office and was part of the team developing New York’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” goals and policies. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two sons.