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Marisa Sweeney, Co-President
Marisa Sweeney is an Investment Associate at Generate Capital, a finance company that partners with project developers and technology manufacturers in the renewable energy, technology, and sustainability sectors. Prior to Generate,Marisa worked in New York as a strategy analyst at Onyx Renewable Partners, a Blackstone Portfolio Company.
Marisa has a B.A in Politics Philosophy and Law and a B.S. in Management/Finance from Binghamton University (SUNY). Marisa is a yogi and casual jogger who never turns down the opportunity to try new food!
Logan Ashcraft, Co-President
Logan Ashcraft is an Investment Manager at Centrica Ventures. She works with a global team to identify, evaluate, and invest in startups for Centrica's £100m innovation effort. Prior to Centrica, she developed the ag-tech investment strategy at Generate Capital and later built the Energy and Renewables program at Plenty, a vertical agriculture company backed by SoftBank. Logan began her career at Deloitte Consulting, spending 4 years working on behalf of the US Department of State to stabilize energy markets throughout Central America and Southern Africa.
Logan holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Yale University and resides in San Francisco. She is a competitive sailor and yoga teacher.
Monica Testa, VP Partnerships
Monica is an Origination Manage at Coronal Energy, where she is responsible for securing offtake for the company's utility-scale solar and storage assets across the Western U.S.. Prior to joining Coronal , she spent over 3 years at NextEra Energy Resources, where she led the company’s entry into community solar markets and played a key role in the origination of over 75 megawatts of distributed generation solar projects. Before NextEra, Monica held positions at the California Public Utilities Commission working on the electric vehicle pilot programs and at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, managing residential energy efficiency certifications. Monica has a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont and an MA in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. Outside of the office, Monica can be found surfing, snowboarding, or exploring California.
Buck Endemann, Secretary
Buck Endemann is a partner at K&L Gates LLP, an international law firm with a particular focus on helping businesses achieve their energy and environmental priorities. Located in the San Francisco office,Buck helps clients build, buy, finance, and sell renewable and traditional energy assets and the energy and environmental attributes that those assets generate. Buck also provides comprehensive environmental counseling on infrastructure, remediation, and redevelopment projects, including advice on air, water, species, and waste compliance issues, and represents clients in related litigation. Prior to joining K&L Gates, Buck practiced in the San Francisco office of Paul Hastings and the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins.
Buck is a frequent writer and speaker on a variety of energy related topics, with a recent focus on California’s energy storage policies. He is a proud graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, where he served as lead editor of the Law Review , and spent his first year out of law school clerking for U.S. District Judge Thomas J. Whelan in the Southern District of California. Buck has served on the USD Law alumni board for several years, and has worked extensively with the KIPP network of charter schools.
Madeline Milani, VP of Marketing
Madeline is a marketing and communications professional with a passion for renewables and sustainability. She currently heads content marketing and communications for ForeFront Power, a North American solar and battery storage developer and wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Prior to ForeFront Power, Madeline worked at Mercatus, an energy asset management platform, as well as various other SaaS companies in the Bay Area.
Madeline graduated Cum Laude from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Media Studies and Film. When not traveling she can be found cooking, writing and teaching yoga classes in her native San Francisco.
Ashley Friedman, VP of Strategic Growth
Ashley is the Manager of Global Strategy at AutoGrid Systems, a software platform for energy flexibility management. Ashley has always been interested in energy, writing her college thesis on using solar energy for rural electrification in Latin America. Since college, Ashley has worked in a variety of companies and roles related to energy and sustainability. Most recently she worked at PG&E in a post-MBA rotational program. Prior to business school, Ashley worked in clean energy advocacy and politics at the League of Conservation Voters and in Latin America at large agricultural NGOs helping small-scale farmers adapt to climate change.
Ashley holds a BA in International Development from Brown University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. In her free time, she loves hiking with her new dog, traveling, and cooking.
Andrew Cornelia, CFO
Andrew is a member of the Energy Finance and Business Operations team at Tesla where he focuses on Charging Infrastructure and Commercial (C&I) Solar. In his role, Andrew provides executive finance partnership through long-term strategic planning (FP&A), operational analytics, business case development, and unbiased decision-making. A Tesla veteran of 4+ years, Andrew has also spent time within the Accounting and Sales Operations Orgs.
Prior to Tesla, Andrew worked for Duff & Phelps where he advised clients in the technology sector in the areas of M&A, private stock valuation, intellectual property settlements, and intangible asset valuation.
Andrew has a B.S. from the University of Vermont in Business Administration (focus in Finance & International Business), with a minor in Fine Arts, as well as additional schooling from Florence, Italy and Stockholm, Sweden. In his free time, you can find Andrew training for his upcoming 100 mile Ultra Marathon; contributing as a Board Member to Aggregate Space Gallery, a non-profit art gallery in Oakland; or in front of a stove-top burner, trying not to make too big of a mess in the kitchen.
Michael Didyk, Events Committee
Michael started at SunEdison in 2015 as part of its rotational Management Leadership Development Program. In his first rotation, Michael worked on the Advanced Solutions team and focused on strategic entry into the EV sector. He administered SunEdison’s $5MM Series B investment into an EV services venture. Following the bankruptcy filing Michael exited the rotation program and became an Asset Manager. His role then expanded to include being SunEdison’s SREC Trading Manager.
Michael holds dual MBA/MIA degrees from Columbia, with a concentration in Global Energy Management & Policy. In his spare time, Michael is an avid ice hockey player, and he enjoys cycling, running, hiking, and beach volleyball.
Victoria Chu, Events Committee
Victoria Chu is an Electric Sector Analyst at the Sierra Club, the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization with over 3.5 million members and supporters nation-wide. There, she provides technical support, quantitative analysis, and strategic recommendations for the organization's mission to decarbonize the electric grid.
Victoria has a B.A. and M.A. in Environmental Studies with a focus on energy and paleoclimatology from the University of Southern California and has most recently received her certification in Data Analytics & Visualization from U.C. Berkeley. Victoria spends her weekends exploring the Bay Area's great outdoors with her dog and deepening her love for cooking.
Kezia Wright, Events Committee
Kezia Wright is a venture investor at Amaranthine, where she sources and carries out due diligence on investments in early and growth stage technology companies. Passionate about the intersection of technology and sustainability, Kezia focuses on food-tech, ag-tech and energy software companies, amongst other technology verticals. Prior to this, Kezia studied at Trinity College Dublin, graduating top of her class in Political Science with an emphasis on Energy and Technology Policy. Here, her research focused on European renewable energy policies and US climate voting. While at University, Kezia interned with the World Wildlife Fund, spearheaded a successful anti-plastic campaign, and organized Trinity’s first ‘green incubator’ to generate innovative business ideas to address sustainability issues on campus. In her free time, Kezia loves to surf and sing.
Sara Prochasson, Events Committee
Sara is an internationally experienced engineer, passionate about sustainable energy and cleantech. She currently works at Autogrid as Product Manager. She previously conducted smart grid projects for the French Distribution System Operator Enedis-EDF, analyzing the energy system transformation. Sara also held positions at Suez environment, working with public bodies and regulatory authorities, and at Demeter Partners, the largest European VC company in renewable energy and cleantech.
She is an Energy Engineer from the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon, and a former International Athlete of the French Rowing Team.
Natasha Hjerrild, Events Committee
Natasha is a R&D engineer at SunPower, where she spends her days developing silicon solar cells to help drive down the $/watt of solar energy. Natasha has a PhD in Renewable Energy Engineering from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), a MSc in Materials from Oxford, and a BSc in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell University.
When she’s not thinking about solar energy, she enjoys playing soccer, running, biking, and hiking.
Rashmi Gupta, Events Committee
Rashmi is the Founder & Executive Director at Terrabliss, a non-profit organization that helps startups and small businesses become sustainable with assistance from university students and experts in the field. Prior to starting her venture, she was at UC Berkeley School of Law pursuing Master's in Energy & Cleantech Law and Environmental Law. During this time, she interned with the Governor's Office of Planning & Research and was involved in policy research projects with the CPUC. Before moving to California, Rashmi was an Environmental Litigation Attorney at a law firm in New Delhi. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, cooking, swimming and decorating (almost anything!).
Robbie Heath, Events Committee
Robbie Heath is a Sr. Analyst in the Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance (REEF) team at Wells Fargo. In this role, Robbie leads due diligence efforts and assists in the structuring of tax equity project finance for renewable energy power plants throughout the U.S. and has helped the Wells Fargo REEF team deploy over $2Bn since joining in 2016. Robbie has also worked in electricity market analysis and transmission planning at ERCOT. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas and an M.B.A. from the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Aishwarya Saxena, Events Committee
Born in India, I grew up traveling all around. I have always aspired to advocate for green power. To give me the right tools to fulfill this goal, I went on to study business administration and then law. Craving for more, I traveled to Montpellier, France to earn a specialization in International Nuclear Law. Continuing my clean energy education journey, I traveled to Berkeley to get my Master of Laws in Energy and Clean Technology Law and Environmental Law. Currently, I'm working as a Post-Bar Law Clerk at the CPUC where I work on EV, rate-making, DER and reliability issues.
Nora Hennings, Events Committee
Nora Hennings is a Senior Manager of Strategy and Business Development at NextEra Energy Resources, focusing on new product and origination strategy for NextEra’s Distributed Energy business. Prior to NextEra, Nora spent four years at Credit Suisse on the Commodities Trading Desk in New York, specializing in energy. Nora received her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she served as Co-President of the Energy & Environment Club. She earned her Bachelors in Engineering Sciences from Harvard College. When not on a basketball court or singing with her family, Nora can be found on the ski slopes of Tahoe, and is an enthusiastic member of Keep Tahoe Blue’s Associates Board!
Emily Wallace, Events Committee
Emily Wallace is an environmental engineering design consultant at Burns & McDonnell, a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm.
Her interest in energy and sustainability leadership blossomed in college. She was President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), travelled to Peru with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), and participated in UC Berkeley’s Solar Spring Break with GRID Alternatives.
Emily has a B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Emily is an avid yogi and adventurer, with an insatiable appetite for new experiences.
Chris Parker, Events Committee
Chris is an attorney in the Environment, Energy, and Resources practice in the San Francisco office of Perkins Coie LLP. His practice includes regulation, litigation, and transactional matters for renewable energy projects. He also contributes a significant number of hours each year to pro bono work, including civil rights impact litigation. Chris received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he completed a specialization in tax, and a B.S. in Economics from Duke University. In his spare time, he enjoys brewing beer and running.
Benjamin Fox, Events Committee
Benjamin Fox is an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP, an international law firm with over 1,000 lawyers headquartered in San Francisco. Ben’s practice focuses on the representation of clients in the clean technology, renewable energy and sustainability space.
Prior to attending law school, Ben worked and studied for several years in China and Taiwan, including spending a year as a Fulbright Fellow researching renewable energy and urban development policy. Ben has a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. You can find Ben hiking around the Bay Area with his labradoodle puppy, Sidney.
Sherrie Totoki, Events Committee
Sherrie is passionate about working in communities and creating change. She is currently the Dealflow Manager at Elemental Excelerator, a growth accelerator that funds solutions in energy, water, agriculture, mobility, and beyond. In this role, she manages the marketing and due diligence process to select a cohort of 15-20 companies each year.
Prior to this, Sherrie worked on consulting projects related to sustainability in higher education, manufacturing, and smart cities. She also has a background in high-tech recruiting and operations. She received a BS in Psychology from Santa Clara University and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.
Originally from Hawaii, she enjoys being outdoors hiking, fishing, and learning to surf!