Board of Directors

Jonathan Marz, President

Jonathan Marz is an attorney at O'Laughlin & Paris LLP in Sacramento, where he counsels and represents public agency and private clients in matters involving water rights and related environmental issues. Jonathan's interest in GRID Alternatives arises from his interest in the company's three-part philanthropic goals: (1) helping low-income families attain economic security; (2) providing volunteer installers valuable hands-on experience; and (3) pursuing clean, renewable energy.

Derrick Ross, Secretary

Derrick Ross specializes in mechanical engineering, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technologies. Currently employed as a Research & Development Engineer at UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center, Derrick studies emerging HVAC technologies using a combination of equipment modeling, laboratory experiments, and field demonstrations with the hopes of ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Derrick states, "GRID Alternatives provides a comprehensive solution that will help push our planet towards a sustainable future, while at the same time giving back to local communities in the underserved portions that need it most. The support provided by the organization is enabling the participation of all people in the renewable energy revolution, regardless of socioeconomic status  In summary, GRID Alternatives’ mission is an effective approach to build a sustainable future while improving local communities, and I want to help facilitate that."

Sara Long

Sara Long

With 10 years of marketing development and an extensive network within the greater Sacramento area’s solar industry, Sara’s expertise includes lead generation, branding, event planning, and strategic development. She currently serves as the Senior Marketing Manager at Direct & Digital Acquisition at Sunrun, Inc., and has previously worked for Rec Solar, Inc. and Conergy USA in various marketing positions. In 2011,Sara had the pleasure of installing a solar system on a school in Nicaragua with Power to the People! (presently GRID Alternatives International Program).

GRID Alternatives NV Board Member Kacey Lizon

Kacey Lizon

As the Deputy Executive Director of Planning and Programs for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Kacey's work is regional long-range land use and transportation planning. Kacey has led collaborative initiatives in land use, housing, transportation, transit-oriented development, environmental and rural planning. This includes developing policies and programs for sustainable and equitable development that supports economic growth. All of this work is increasingly focused on climate mitigation and adaptation. The policies, plans, and programs developed at the regional level, with regional stakeholders, are ultimately implemented at the local level, and their true success is when public, private and non-profit sectors align in their distinct roles toward a common goal. "I see GRID working in that collaborative space between sectors as well and appreciate the role it plays," she states. "GRID’s mission reflects my values: for our communities, states, nations, and planet to survive and thrive, economic justice and environmental justice must be twin goals. To combat climate change and adapt to it as a society, we have to support our most vulnerable neighbors—clean energy for all and workforce training for the economy of the future."

Kristen Cooper Carter, GRID Alternatives North Valley Board Member, looks into the camera.

Kristin Cooper Carter MA, CSDP

Kristin has over twenty-five years of experience as a technical writer and project manager.  She is the owner-founder of Grant Management Associates, a federally recognized Women-Owned Business and California State recognized Small Business firm that specializes in funding identification, grant development, business management, and strategic planning. Kristin is a former professor at CSU’s College of Engineering, where she founded the CIM program and served as the Director of Environmental Programs. She is well versed in working with green-tech start-ups, focusing on business development and strategic alliances, amassing over $500M in funding for her clients. It is this experience that makes her an important member of the GRID Alternatives team as a member of the Board of Directors for the North Valley region.  Kristin believes strongly in the mission and the opportunities that GRIDs' work in this region offers.