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Who

Locals. Experts. Visionaries.

Founders

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SAM BROOKS

Sam, who previously served as Director of the Energy & Sustainability Division for the DC Department of General Services (DGS), has been at the forefront of some of DC’s most exciting clean energy projects. As the Managing Director of ClearRock, Sam has served as an owner's representative for a dozen DC-based businesses and institutions purchasing renewables. Previously, at DGS, Sam architected and directed several landmark projects, including a 12MW solar deployment and the data-driven efficiency project, "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 (Logan Circle).

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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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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 Principle at Integral Group, where he works on net-zero and innovative green buildings 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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NIKHIL BALAKUMAR

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

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.

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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. 


 
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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). 

 

 
 

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