North Valley Staff

Staci Richardson, Executive Director

Staci comes from Sierra College, a community college in Placer County outside of Sacramento, where she oversaw their workforce development initiatives following a stint with JobCorps Sacramento. Staci grew up in New Jersey and has spent the past 20 years in the Sacramento region. She has extensive expertise in workforce development, leadership, contract management as well as serving Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) in her former positions at CalTrans. Staci was drawn to GRID because of the amazing work being done along with GRID’s powerful mission statement. She is excited to join GRID's efforts to create rapid, innovative changes to address our global climate crisis and bring equitable energy and employment access to our North Valley communities.

Outreach

Construction

Pablo del'Aguila, Construction Director

Pablo started his solar career installing residential and commercial solar in 2011. He specialized in off-grid design and construction, and became a NABCEP PV Installation Professional in 2013, and a Master Electrician in Pennsylvania in 2018. Pablo lives and breaths solar, so in some of his free time, he works as a solar consultant for companies looking to install solar and wanting to create a more reliable grid in regions where that is lacking. In his non-solar free time, he enjoys hiking and biking with his wife and puppy.
Commercial Construction Manager & Technical Lead
Technical Academy Manager & Solar Installation Training Officer

Workforce & Volunteering

Hilary Tellesen, Workforce Program Manager

Hilary Tellesen is the Workforce Program Manager for GRID Alternatives, North Valley. Hilary has nearly a decade of experience working in outreach and with young adults pursuing their future career goals. When she is not utilizing her talents introducing volunteers to the benefits of solar energy and installation experience, you can find her on a stage in local theater productions!

Development

Achini Bandara, Development & Strategic Partnerships Director

Achini brings over seven years of experience in fundraising, grant writing, and grant-funded project management to GRID NV. Achini transitioned to the nonprofit environmental field following a career in academic research, where she managed large collaborative cancer research projects. She is excited to be a part of GRID's efforts to address our global climate crisis and bring equitable energy and employment access to our North Valley communities. Achini holds a Bachelor's in Chemistry and Mathematics and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Bioorganic Chemistry. Achini loves watching SciFi series and documentaries. Mountain lakes are her favorite geographical feature.

Operations