Headquarters Staff

Executive Leadership

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 Franklin joined GRID Alternatives in 2006 and has helped grow it into a nationally recognized organization. Most recently, Zach developed, launched and leads the organization's expanding clean mobility equity work, first in California and now beyond. Prior to joining GRID, Zach worked in the affordable housing field in the areas of project development, fundraising, and community services. He holds a degree in Economics and History from Brown University and serves on the Board of Directors of Rising Sun Center for Opportunity, a leading workforce development organization based in Oakland.

Bambi Tran, Vice President of Regions

Bambi grew up in the Washington, DC area. She holds a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia, a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland in College Park, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. In her career she has worked as a green builder, designer, and consultant for a number of private and non-profit developers, building owners, and design/engineering/contracting firms throughout the US and internationally. Bambi enjoys cooking, eating, hiking, traveling, reading, teaching, humming, building things, and spending time with her family. She believes in trying anything, especially unique foods, at least once!


Anna Bautista, Vice President of Construction

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.

Workforce Development

Adewale OgunBadejo, Vice President of Workforce Development

Originally from the east coast, Adewale moved to Southern California in 2007. Initially he worked at California State University, Dominguez Hills for the California African American Political & Economic Institute, a non-profit research organization that disseminated information into the Greater Los Angeles community. During the course of his employment, he took up the study of photovoltaics at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. It was at that time that he learned about and became involved with GRID Alternatives. Since then he has developed a passion for solar energy and all the possibilities its uses create.

“To be able to stay involved in building healthy and sustainable communities keeps me grounded as an individual, while staying connected to humanity at large.”

“I am excited about the future; I’ve found something in which I am passionate about, that I can build a career in, while helping to save the environment. Just as important is the fact that I am also empowered to help others in a way that that benefits us all. As a Workforce Development Manager, GRID Alternatives provides me with a great opportunity, not only in which to learn and grow, but also to give back.”
Headquarters Workforce Technical Training Director
Program Coordinator, Workforce Recruitment & Support
Program Development SolarCorps Fellow


Communications Officer, Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund


Carole Bernard , Vice President of Communications

Carole Bernard has always been passionate about strengthening and empowering individuals and communities. And she is excited to bring her 20+ years of nonprofit management experience in strategic communications to GRID from her home in Maryland. She's originally from Boston, where her career started as a speechwriter for the Mayor of Boston and as the Director of Public Information for Action for Boston Community Development, Inc., a large anti-poverty agency. She most recently served as the CEO of the Amara Legal Center, where she addressed human trafficking through a racial justice lens. She has a 22-year-old son who is the light of her life, a beautiful black kitty named Brady, and she loves playing the piano, drawing, and writing.
Communications Coordinator (Access Clean California)

Program Administration

Christopher Walker, Vice President, Policy and Programs

Christopher Walker is GRID Alternatives’ Director for the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program. Prior to coming to GRID, Chris was a Senior Program Manager at The Solar Foundation where he directed a federal solar workforce development effort and empowered cities to remove soft cost barriers to solar deployment through designation and technical assistance. Chris has also worked in residential sales at SolarCity, and at the Climate Institute, a DC-based think tank. Passionate about working at the intersection of climate action and environmental and economic justice, has volunteered extensively with the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Florida in Political Science, with concentrations in global political economy and sustainable development.
Sr. Coordinator, SOMAH Tenant Education & CBO Partnerships

Policy and Business Development

Senior Director of Policy & Business Development
Multifamily Technical Assistance Coordinator


Director of Community Engagement & Partnerships
Clean Mobility Outreach Program Manager
Program Assistant, HQ Program Administration

International Program

Jenean Smith, Senior Director of International Programs

Jenean Smith is the Senior Director of International Programs at GRID Alternatives. She combines her experience in international development and solar energy to lead the nonprofit's international work. She has a passion for protecting a balanced ecosystem, empowering women and ensuring renewable energy is accessible to all. Jenean joined the for-profit solar industry in 2007 and worked for Mitsubishi Electric's Solar Division and later worked for Trojan Battery Company's Renewable Energy Division. In 2008 she founded Power to the People, a non-profit organization that brings 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 Volunteer in San Lorenzo, Boaco, 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.

Tribal Program

Talia Martin, Director of Tribal Programs

Talia is GRID Alternatives’ Director of Tribal Programs. She brings 12+ years of experience in tribal and federal governmental issues on environmental waste management and nuclear and renewable energy. Talia is an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall, Idaho. Prior to joining GRID, she was the Tribal Department of Energy Director for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and performed as the liaison between the Tribes and the U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office. She attended University of Kansas and received a B.A. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. She also attended Haskell Indian Nations University and received an A.S. in Natural Resources. Her education has fueled her passion in promoting STEM-opportunities for tribal youth and integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge into her work with GRID Alternatives and Tribal Nations. She resides on the Fort Hall Reservation where she enjoys hunting, fishing and camping with her family and coaching youth basketball.

Simon Wood, Tribal Program Deputy Director

After completing an undergraduate degree in Canada, Simon moved to Colorado to pursue an internship with Solar Energy International. This set the course for his career and over the past two decades he has become proficient in PV system development, design, construction, and O&M. His skills are now focused on bringing renewable energy projects to low income communities and empowering people who serve them. Simon is an avid outdoors enthusiast and spends his time in Colorado skiing, biking, and river rafting with his wife and two kids.
Tribal Program Junior Solar Installation Supervisor

HR & Admin

Katie Kerr, Vice President of People and Culture

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.


Steven Fernandez, Vice President 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.

Clean Mobility Strategy Team