Erica Mackie, P.E., Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Erica Mackie co-founded GRID Alternatives in 2001 and has developed it into a major national non-profit. Ms. Mackie has received numerous awards for her leadership of GRID Alternatives, including the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in 2008, the New Leaders Council Energy Leadership Award in 2009, the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award in 2010, the US Green Building Council’s Green Building Super Hero Award in 2010 and the 2013 Clean Energy and Empowerment Award from C3E. Ms. Mackie’s professional experience prior to GRID Alternatives included work in the social sector, first with survivors of domestic violence and then with youth at risk, as well as work in renewable energy and energy efficiency consulting and sales. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from Southern Illinois University, one in Mechanical Engineering and the other in Physics.
Tim Sears, P.E., Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer
Tim Sears co-founded GRID Alternatives in 2001 and has developed it into a major national non-profit. He has shared with Erica Mackie numerous leadership awards for this work, and in 2014 was honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for Solar Deployment. Tim is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and before starting GRID Alternatives managed consulting teams of engineers providing comprehensive energy efficiency retrofit recommendations and construction management of projects totaling over $3 million. Tim is also certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as a Certified Solar PV Installer.
Zach Franklin, Chief Strategy Officer
Zach joined GRID Alternatives in 2006 and built the organization's national fundraising and communications efforts, and now is helping drive GRID's long-term strategy and new initiatives. Prior to joining GRID, Zach worked in the affordable housing field in the areas of project development, fundraising, and community services, including launching and running community technology centers at affordable housing complexes in the Bay Area and Providence, Rhode Island, and helping fund and develop housing facilities for low-income seniors and homeless families in Oakland and Richmond. He holds a degree in Economics and History from Brown University, and serves on the Board of Directors of Rising Sun Energy Center, a leading workforce development organization that provides employment and training programs for youth and adults, while providing no-cost energy efficiency audits and upgrades, in 20 Northern California communities across six counties.
Peter Kodzis, Chief Financial Officer
Peter Kodzis serves as GRID Alternatives' Chief Financial Officer, providing strategic planning input and financial leadership since July 2015. Peter has over fifteen years of executive-level experience in financial and operations management of non-profit organizations. He has been engaged with non-profits focused on social equity, conservation of natural resources, social services/education, climate change and alternative transportation. Prior to joining the non-profit world Peter worked for companies in financial services and the marine transportation field. Peter holds an Executive MBA degree (with Honors) from St. Mary’s College of California and Master’s Degree in Marine Transportation and Management from Gdynia Maritime Academy, Poland. Peter enjoys kayaking, hiking and long motorcycle trips in the summer. During winter he can be found skiing the slopes of the Sierra Nevadas.
Construction & Workforce Development
Anna Bautista, Vice President of Construction and Workforce Development
Anna has broad experience in the solar industry as a site supervisor, hands-on trainer, and design and installation technician. In the private sector, she managed over $4M in residential and small commercial PV projects. She has worked on renewable energy projects and environmental justice campaigns in the Philippines, Haiti, and Costa Rica but is honored to share her skills locally to help democratize access to renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions and training. Anna has a degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT and is proud to represent among other women who are NABCEP Certified Installers in California.
Commercial Construction Manager
National Construction Manager
Erika Symmonds, Vice President of Workforce Development & Service Learning
Erika's professional background spans the not-for-profit sectors of youth development, national service, green construction, and workforce development. Soon after installing panels with GRID for the first time while serving as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat Humanity East Bay, she co-founded Green City Force, a non-profit that combines service and training to connect youth of low-income backgrounds to opportunities in the green economy. Erika joined GRID Alternatives in 2015 and is proud to now focus her time on making solar careers accessible through supporting GRID Alternative's workforce development efforts. Erika is a Brooklyn, NY native and studied Computer Science and Studio Art at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
SolarCorps Workforce Development and Volunteer Fellow
SolarCorps Program Manager
SolarCorps Program Assistant
Workforce Development Coordinator
Volunteerism and Collegiate Programs Manager
Adam Bad Wound, Vice President of Development
Adam’s mission is to strengthen people and planet through philanthropy. As Vice President of Development, Adam leads GRID Alternatives’ organization-wide strategies to advance philanthropic partnerships and promote a culture of philanthropy. Adam is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a certified naturalist from the University of California, and is currently pursuing an Executive Certificate in Conservation & Environmental Sustainability at Columbia University and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership at Harvard University. Adam holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and two master’s degrees in education policy and sociology from Stanford University, where he serves on the board of directors of the Stanford Alumni Association.
Director of Institutional Partnerships
National Grants Manager
National Partnerships Officer
Development Operations Manager
Development Operations Coordinator
Executive Assistant Development Department
Julian Foley, Vice President of Communications
Julian Foley leads GRID Alternatives’ organization-wide communications efforts. A strategic thinker with a passion for storytelling, she has spent over fifteen years in nonprofit communications and development. She holds dual master’s degrees in Journalism and Latin American Studies from UC Berkeley. Her interest in renewable energy started at age five when she and her family moved to Village Homes in Davis, CA, the nation’s first intentional solar community.
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Cathleen Monahan, Vice President of Program Administration
Cathleen Monahan oversees GRID Alternatives’ administration of California’s $162M SASH program, a sub-contractor program, and a team of project managers orchestrating over 1,500 single-family solar installations annually. She also regularly submits proposals, advice letters, and comments to the California Public Utilities Commission. Cathleen is committed to increasing equity and access to solar energy technologies, and focuses the bulk of her work on the California legislative and regulatory space. She co-leads a working group comprised of non-profits, developers, solar advocates, and environmental justice organizations collaborating on inclusive solar policies, and serves as an elected member of the California Solar Energy Industries Association’s Board of Directors, and the chair of its Diversity committee. Cathleen holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Cathleen is a frequent speaker and panelist at various industry events, typically focused on increasing access to solar technologies for low-income communities.
SolarCorps Project Management Fellow
Jeff Coleman, Vice President of Outreach
Jeff has been a leader at the intersection of technology, organizing, and social impact for more than a decade. Since 2003, Jeff has helped leading nonprofits, labor unions, campaigns, and startups build large-scale grassroots organizations by combining traditional community organizing practices with smart, strategic opportunities to leverage emerging technology. Jeff has been a founding executive, advisor, and consultant to social impact startups including Farmigo, Amicus, and Organizer Inc. - technology platforms that empower citizens to organize and bring change to their communities. Prior to that, as Deputy Field Director in 2008 and Senior Advisor in 2012, he was instrumental in developing the groundbreaking organizing strategy of Barack Obama’s historic presidential campaigns. He studied Geographic Information Systems at San Francisco State University.
Director of Family Services
Customer Care Specialist
Director of Outreach Marketing
Customer Care Specialist
Policy & Business Development
Stan Greschner, Chief Policy and Business Development Officer
Stan directed the country’s first low-income solar incentive program (California’s SASH Program), and works closely with policy makers, regulators, utilities, solar companies, and community organizations throughout the country to expand solar access and jobs to underserved communities. Stan holds a bachelor’s degree in bio-mechanical engineering from Marquette University, and a master’s degree in philosophy and public policy from American University. Stan also has a professional background in mechanical engineering, contract manufacturing, and international development programming.
Program Manager, Multifamily Housing
Policy and Regulatory Manager - Community Solar
Policy & Regulatory Affairs Director
MultiFamily Technical Assistance Coordinator
Multifamily Program Coordinator
Manager - Policy & Business Development
Policy and Regulatory Manager
Jenean Smith, Director of International Programs
Jenean joined the solar industry in 2007 to work for Mitsubishi Electric's Solar Division and later worked for Trojan Battery Company's Renewable Energy Division. She is the founder of Power to the People, a non-profit organization that helps bring renewable energy solutions to the developing world, and facilitated its acquisition by GRID Alternatives. Before working in the solar industry, she was the Youth Program Director for the Riecken Foundation in Honduras and was a Peace Corps in San Lorenzo, Nicaragua. Jenean holds a BA in Sociology from UMASS Boston, an MBA from Northeastern University and a Masters in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University.
Nepal Project Coordinator
Field Project Manager
Field Project Manager
International Program Manager
Mexico Project Coordinator
Tim Willink, Director of Tribal Programs
Tim Willink joined GRID in 2014 to lead its new National Tribal Solar Program, bringing solar power and job training to tribal communities nationwide. Mr. Willink earned his B.A. in economics from Cornell University and worked as a lobbyist for the Navajo Nation Washington Office representing the tribe in economic development and education. After living and traveling throughout the United States and Canada, he settled in Colorado and spent six years with Namaste Solar as a Field Supervisor for commercial solar installations. A Navajo from Pueblo Pintado, New Mexico, Mr. Willink has a deep understanding of energy issues on tribal lands, and aims to partner with tribes on both residential and commercial projects in order to bring solar to tribal communities across the country.
Tribal Program Coordinator
Solar Installation Supervisor
SolarCorps Tribal Program Fellow
SolarCorps Construction Fellow
HR & Admin
Katie Kerr, HR Director
Katie started at GRID as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and has since transitioned into her role in HR building the department from the ground up. She graduated from Boston University with a BA in Sociology. She hails from sunny Philadelphia but now calls the Bay her home. She is deeply committed to creating an inclusive environment at GRID Alternatives where staff, clients, volunteers, and partners have a space to grow and feel heard.
Office Manager/Executive Assistant
Steven Fernandez, Director of Operations
Steven has a degree in International Relations with a minor in Geography from Florida International University. After college he returned to his hometown in Pennsylvania and worked for a law firm in downtown Philadelphia, but found a new passion in solar technology. He enrolled in a Photovoltaic program offered by the City University of New York and soon after found work with a small renewable energy company. His desire to help others, implement renewable technologies, and enjoy the great outdoors lead him to California in 2008, where he joined GRID Alternatives' San Diego office as an AmeriCorps VISTA. From that humble beginning he has worked in several different positions with GRID Alternatives, giving him a great understanding of the organization and more passion for GRID's mission. In 2010 he moved to San Luis Obispo County to establish and lead GRID Alternatives' Central Coast office. After helping to launch our New York Tri-State office, Steven went on to take a role as Director of Operations with the GRID Alternatives Headquarters team. Steven is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional and licensed NJ Electrician.