Board of Directors

Brandie Williams

Brandie Williams has more than 25 years of success with high-profile technology companies from around the world. Currently she serves Johnson Controls Inc. as their West Region Director for Performance Infrastructure with a focus on Distributed Energy Systems and PV , enabling innovative and energy efficient infrastructure. She has a strong record of achievement using excellent relationship-building skills, cognitive needs analysis, creative problem solving, and successful account and people management. Previously, she served as an advocate for regulatory and regional utility power providers, with a focus on Federal and State policies.

Derrick Ross, Secretary & Treasurer

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,’.

Jonathan Marz, President

Jonathan Marz is General Counsel and Chief Strategy Officer of Terrapin Technology Group, Sacramento’s premier provider of IT solutions and support. At Terrapin, Jonathan’s responsibilities include developing and enhancing the suite of services the company offers to its clients in the legal sector, where Terrapin is a market leader. mmediately prior to joining Terrapin, Jonathan was a litigator at Diepenbrock Elkin Gleason LLP, where his practice focused on complex business disputes and construction matters. 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.

Kate Meis

Kate Meis has been a leader at the Local Government Commission for the last decade and has served as Executive Director since 2013.  The LGC is a nationally recognized nonprofit connecting local leaders, implementing innovative solutions and advancing smart-growth policies.  Meis has been recognized for her climate change work by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the nation's "40 under 40 Young Leaders Who Are Solving the Problems of Today - and Tomorrow."  Meis has helped launch many of the LGC's pioneering programs, including the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, the California Adaptation Forum, CivicSpark, and the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation.

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).