Visionaries. Experts. Locals.


Jon Wellinghoff

Senior Advisor
Jon, a past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), is an internationally-recognized clean energy expert with over 40 years of experience in federal, state and local energy policy, regulation, and project development. While at FERC, his tenure was notable for opening up markets to DERs and promoting efficiency and resilience in energy infrastructure through advanced technologies and system integration. Before and after FERC, Jon’s legal work has focused exclusively on grid modernization clean energy. Among many efforts: primary author of Nevada’s RPS; counsel to the US Senate Commerce Committee and the Federal Trade Commission; NV’s first Consumer Advocate.

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Jigar Shah

Senior Advisor
Jigar was the founder and CEO of SunEdison, where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. After SunEdison, Jigar served as the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change. Jigar sees business model innovation as a leveraged tool for driving the next productivity revolution — resource efficiency — and is committed to helping entrepreneurs and large companies implement solutions using "no money down" project finance models. Jigar has lived on-and-off in the DC area for over a decade.


Karl Rabago

Senior Advisor
Karl is the Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, at the Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. Karl has been actively involved in every aspect of NY’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a groundbreaking proceeding to modernize New York's grid in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. With more than 25 years of experience in energy and climate policy and markets, Karl is recognized as an innovator in electric utility regulatory issues relating to clean energy services and technologies. Past positions include: Commissioner, Texas Public Utility Commission; Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Energy; Managing Director & Principal of Rocky Mountain Institute.

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Sam Brooks

Chair of the Board
Sam has been at the forefront of some of DC’s most exciting clean energy projects. As Managing Director of ClearRock, Sam served as an owner's representative for a dozen DC-based businesses and institutions purchasing renewables. Previously, as Director of the Energy & Sustainability Division for the DC Department of General Services (DGS), Sam architected and directed several landmark projects, including a 12MW solar deployment and the data-driven efficiency initiative, "Game Change." As a result of his work, Sam was awarded the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Individual Climate Leadership Award in 2014. Sam lives in Washington, DC (Shah).


Nikhil Balakumar

Board Member; Executive Director
Nikhil, who serves as the manager for The Coalition for a Resilient DC, is the founder of Greentel, a group leading the development of holistic solutions to accelerate the development of smart grids. At Incentive Technology Group (ITG), a DC-area IT firm, Nikhil builds energy management software and lobbies for grid modernization policy. Prior to establishing Greentel, Nikhil founded the non-profit Operation CHAMPS, providing military families with education and childcare services in 14 states and military bases in Germany, Japan and Korea. Nikhil lives in Washington, DC (NoMa).

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Michael Murray

Board Member
Michael has been one of the country's leading experts in energy data management for over 15 years. Michael serves as President of Mission:data, after previously serving as its Chief Technology Strategist. With Mission:data, an entity that represents over 40 technology and energy companies, he works to expand consumer access to energy data at the state and local level across the country. Michael previously served as CEO of Lucid, a firm he co-founded in 2004. Over a decade, Michael grew Lucid into one of the country's preeminent energy management software firms — helping commercial building building owners improve the energy performance of their buildings.


Bill Updike

Billwho previously served as the Chief of the Green Building & Climate Branch at the DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), is a national leader in green building and urban sustainable development. Bill is currently a Principal at Integral Group, where he works on net-zero and innovative green building projects around the country. Bill has also worked in project management for a renewable energy company and in construction management for a deep green design/build firm. Bill earned Living Building Challenge Hero Award from the International Living Future Institute, and a BOLD Award at Greenbuild in 2015. Bill has lived in the Washington, DC area for over a decade. 

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Laura Wang

Laura is the Program Director responsible for planning, managing, and overseeing initiatives at Gridworks, a grid modernization consultancy in San Francisco. She has an extensive background with California DER issues, including facilitating the California Distribution Resources Plan (DRP) proceedings’ stakeholder groups. Laura has also been involved in the Hawai’i Pathways to an Open Grid, O’ahu (POG) effort, a collaborative, data-driven process to develop a web-based modeling tool of O’ahu’s distribution grid. Prior to Gridworks, Laura served as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow in Samoa, working with developing countries through on-the-ground engagement and energy policy analysis. 


Mishal Thadani

Mish recently co-founded District Solar, a firm that provides solar brokerage and development services for DC residents. Mish also serves as the recruitment manager for the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, a professional development organization based in Washington, DC with a mission to empower and connect diverse young professionals seeking leadership roles in clean energy. Mish's background includes: business and strategy analyst for at Direct Energy Solar;  environmental permitting and siting for BP Wind Energy and Pattern Energy Group; operation of anaerobic digester projects. Mish, who holds a BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Rice University, lives in Washington, DC (Eckington). 


Jorge Camacho

Jorge, who previously served as the Chief of the Office of Infrastructure and System Planning at the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, is a registered professional electrical engineer with 20+ years of experience working on grid modernization across the globe. Jorge has maintained the underground electrical distribution system in New Orleans; supported the US government with deployment of fast-response mobile microgrid facilities; kicked-off the MEDSIS Initiative that seeks to modernize energy delivery in DC; and assisted Puerto Rico's utility, PREPA, during and after Hurricanes Irma and María. Jorge lives in Washington, DC (Woodley Park).




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