Our Team

Nick Chaset

Chief Executive Officer

Nick is Chief Executive Officer and has overall responsibility for all facets of EBCE’s operations. Nick is also very active working on CCA issues across California as a member of the Board of the California Community Choice Association. Prior to EBCE, Nick served as Chief of Staff to Michael Picker, President of the California Public Utilities Commission and as a special advisor to Governor Jerry Brown focused on distributed energy resources. He began his career working in clean energy for Q-Cells, RenewFinancial, the California Public Utilities Commission and KEMA Consulting. Nick holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA in international relations from Tufts University.

Taj Ait-Laoussine

Vice President, Technology and Data Analytics
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Taj manages the technological and data components of EBCE’s operations. Taj has over 20 years’ experience designing, implementing and evaluating energy management solutions for global utilities. Most recently, Taj was a Senior Director at Oracle Utilities / DataRaker, where he helped utilities deploy software solutions to capture the value and promise of advanced metering infrastructures, with a particular emphasis on customer service and energy efficiency. Prior to Oracle, Taj held numerous positions at energy management technology companies such as EnerNOC, Aclara and Itron. Taj holds a B.A. in Physics and an M.S. in Energy and Resources, both from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Doug Allen

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Doug develops and maintains EBCE’s modeling capabilities to help teams across the organization understand the potential impact of a variety of regulatory, political, and technological changes on EBCE’s operations and strategy. In addition, he is responsible for understanding the models and projections produced by other companies, organizations, and governmental agencies throughout California that are used to develop energy policy at the local, regional and statewide levels. Prior to joining EBCE, Doug spent over seven years at Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3) in San Francisco, providing energy and electricity sector analysis to clients across the public and private sectors.

In addition to his B.A. in Economics and M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford, where he focused on energy economics, Doug has earned a master’s degree in Communication from UPenn, studying political communication and journalism

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Adrian Bankhead

Assistant Clerk / Office Manager
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Adrian joined EBCE as the Assistant Clerk/Office Manager on 2/3/20. He will help provide critical administrative support for the EBCE Board of Directors, manage office operations and procedures, and help ensure a quality experience for our customers.

Prior to joining the EBCE, Adrian provided 18 years of administrative support and customer service in the financial services industry. Adrian is an East Bay native and is excited to help build California’s clean energy future.

Jason Bartlett

Finance Manager
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Jason manages all of EBCE’s day-to-day financial operations including budget development, expense tracking, financial reporting, managing internal controls, account monitoring, and other activities essential to EBCE’s fiscal health.

Jason has over 10 years of public finance experience including financial planning and consulting for some of California’s largest utilities. He was also a business and risk analyst in California’s natural gas market. Before coming to EBCE, Jason was serving as budget director for Oakland Unified School District.

Jason simultaneously earned two master’s degrees from UC Berkeley–one in policy and economics and the other in civil and environmental engineering. His B.S. is in toxicology from UC Davis.

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Jamal Bernardez

Communications Fellow
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Jamal works to help inform the community about how they can save money and help make the world more green. A Bay Area native and graduate of the University Of San Francisco, Jamal is determined to help his community grow for the better. Jamal is looking forward to helping you on your journey with Green Energy.

Feby Boediarto

Regulatory Analyst
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Feby Boediarto coordinates East Bay Community Energy’s (EBCE) outreach efforts to inform Alameda County residents about the changes from PG&E to EBCE regarding electricity generation. Feby engaged with the general public and many community organizations during EBCE’s enrollment phase in Fall of 2018. Before EBCE, she was a Sustainability Consultant at an engineering and building design consulting firm located in Oakland. Her work focused on healthy materials vetting under building design certification like LEED and Living Building Challenge. Feby received a BA in Environmental Analysis, focused on Energy Policy at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA.

Melissa Brandt

Senior Director of Public Policy and Deputy General Counsel
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Melissa oversees EBCE’s participation in regulatory proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission (CEC), California Air Resources Board (CARB), and California Independent System Operator (CAISO) on strategic issues that affect EBCE. She works closely with EBCE’s lobbying firm on California legislative matters that impact EBCE. Melissa has ten years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining the EBCE team, Melissa led a team of regulatory case managers at PG&E. She previously led greenhouse gas commercial strategy and cap-and-trade procurement efforts and negotiated long-term electric power purchase agreements. She began her career in the federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Bureau of Land Management and the State Department, and as a civil servant at the Office of Management and Budget. Melissa holds a B.A. in Environmental Sciences from U.C. Berkeley, a Juris Doctor from Columbia University, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She is a member of the State Bar of California.

Kelly Birdwell Brezovec

Customer Care Manager
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Kelly is the lead customer care representative for EBCE, overseeing the contact center, issue resolution, and procedures. Kelly has over 10 years of experience in the utility industry and has spent time at PG&E as an account manager and more recently as an energy efficiency and green power program manager at Alameda Municipal Power. Prior to the utility industry, Kelly worked in the semiconductor industry. She has an MBA in sustainability from Presidio Graduate School and a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Stephanie Cabrera

Clerk of the Board/Administrative Analyst
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Stephanie has been a part of East Bay Community Energy since the steering committee stage and officially joined the EBCE team as the Clerk of the Board and Executive Assistant to the CEO. She provides support to the Board of Directors, Community Advisory Committee and related committees, office administration and provides Executive Assistant support to the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining EBCE Stephanie was a Deputy Clerk for Alameda County in the County Administrator’s Clerk of the Board office and the Community Development Agency, providing clerking support to the Board of Supervisors, Committees, and Board of Zoning Adjustments.

Howard Chang

Chief Operating Officer
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Howard has direct responsibility over the Power Procurement, Marketing & Account Services, and Technology & Analytics functions, as well as oversees finance and administrative functions. He works closely with the CEO to operationalize and execute on the strategy and vision for EBCE. Prior to EBCE, Howard led Sol Systems’ Utility Development and M&A efforts nationally and worked at SunEdison leading the C&I Channel Operations team, serving as Chief of Staff of the North America Region, and in Utility-scale project finance. He began his career in Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan and worked in General Electric’s Energy Financial Services division and EnerNoc’s Utility Solutions team. Howard holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a BA in Economics from Johns Hopkins University.

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Juan Cortez

Outreach Fellow
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Juan Cortez is a Bay Area Native who was born and raised in Richmond. Juan does community outreach to inform Alameda County residents about the benefits of EBCE services, has passion for sustainability, and collaborating with local organizations to keep the public informed. Juan graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Planning. He is excited to be part of a growing field and learn from his experience here at East Bay Community Energy.
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Jessie Denver

Manager, Distributed Energy Resources Program
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Jessie leads development of demand side solutions that deliver benefits to residents and businesses in Alameda County. Priority initiatives include development of EBCE’s electric mobility strategy, and local solar and energy storage projects to increase community resilience. Prior to joining EBCE, Jessie served as the City of San Francisco’s Distributed Energy Resources Program Manager. In this role her team developed and implemented citywide building and transportation electrification, energy efficiency, distributed solar and energy storage policies and programs. With 20 years of experience, Jessie also served as a Program Director with Vote Solar and was the City of San Jose’s Energy Officer. She holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Community Planning and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies.

Alex DiGiorgio

Public Engagement Manager
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As EBCE’s Public Engagement Manager, Alex collaborates with a wide variety of stakeholders to advance sustainable development, catalyze environmental justice, and expand access to competitively-priced renewable energy. By cultivating partnerships with residents, businesses, elected leaders and community groups, Alex helps EBCE’s customers reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and support policies that align with their values. To this end, he conducts strategic outreach and advocacy, and manages the inclusion of new communities within EBCE’s service area. Prior to joining EBCE, Alex was the Deputy Director of Community Development for Marin Clean Energy (MCE) where he spent seven years helping to make California’s first CCA a success. He also served on Alameda County’s Steering Committee during the formation of EBCE’s Joint Powers Authority. Alex received his law degree from UC Berkeley with certificates of specialization in energy regulation and environmental law. He received his BA in political science and human rights from Columbia University, and is the proud father of two adorable Earthlings.

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Jim Dorrance

Power Resource Associate
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With a degree in Oceanography and a background troubleshooting electrical systems; Jim brings a diverse skill set into his role as a member of the Power Resources Group. Previous employment was with the power procurement team at Alameda Municipal Power, the power provider for the City of Alameda. Current work with EBCE involves procuring renewable and carbon-free power to meet EBCE customer’s power needs.

Todd Edmister

Director of Regulatory Affairs and Deputy General Counsel
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Todd served the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as an Administrative Law Judge from 2013-2016, and as a Public Utilities Counsel from 1999-2004. Before and after ihst stints at the CPUC, Todd spent over fifteen years in private practice litigating various regulatory matters before the CPUC and FERC, and advising project developers and project financiers on regulatory issues associated with utility-scale renewable and traditional generation projects. He is also experienced in negotiating power purchase agreements and interconnection agreements.

Todd received his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, UC Berkeley Law in 1995. He earned his B.A. in economics from UC Berkeley in 1991.

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Chris Eshleman

Power Resources Manager
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Chris manages fixed price energy hedging, risk surrounding load coverage and procurement related data analytics and visualization. Additionally, he leads the Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process. Prior to joining EBCE, Chris spent five years working on PG&E’s day ahead scheduling desk where he led the process of creating optimization based scheduling for their hydroelectric portfolio. Chris holds a Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering from Lehigh University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University.
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Marie Fontenot

Senior Director of Power Resources
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Marie sets the procurement strategy for all wholesale power products and leads a team to execute this strategy, ensuring EBCE delivers upon its commitments to the Board of Directors and communities it serves to provide customers with clean, affordable electricity. She also ensures EBCE complies with California’s renewable portfolio standard, resource adequacy and electric system reliability requirements.
Prior to joining EBCE, Marie served as Chief of Staff to PG&E’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel; she also led PG&E’s Competitive Solicitations team, negotiated long-term energy storage and renewable energy contracts, and stood up PG&E’s renewable energy credit (REC) trading program. She began her career in energy at Xcel Energy as a NERC-certified Power Systems Trader responsible for bidding supply and demand into the MISO and SPP energy markets, performing generation control and dispatch and trading physical electricity.

Marie holds a BS in Journalism and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

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Vanessa Gerber

Strategic Operations Analyst
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Vanessa works closely with the COO and CEO on executing the Strategic Plan and operationalizing prioritized initiatives. She also supports the Power Resources team in procurement planning and compliance, while ensuring that operations for the growing team run smoothly. Prior to joining EBCE, Vanessa worked in the building decarbonization space through her role running marketing and business development at CleanFund, a nationwide Commercial PACE financing provider. She holds a B.S. in Conservation & Resource Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.Sc. in Environmental Change & Management from the University of Oxford.
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Molly Gilmore

Legal Analyst
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Molly manages the contracting process for all non-power Agreements, maintains the contracts database, manages the compliance workflow across departments, and works with the General Counsel to coordinate all legal requests from staff. Molly is an East Bay native and very proud to be working for a community-based organization. She earned her B.A. from UC Santa Barbara in Sociology and her Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Policy from CSU East Bay. She has previously worked in nonprofits, public Healthcare, hospitality, and consulting.

Annie Henderson

Vice President, Marketing and Account Services
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Annie’s role at EBCE focuses on the customer experience. She oversees marketing and account services, which include customer noticing and program policies. Annie was previously with Renew Financial in Oakland, where she served as Vice President of Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. Her tenure at Renew Financial spanned over eight years, during which Annie launched three PACE programs throughout California and one statewide program in Florida, managed the initial web portal development for Energy Upgrade California, and executed multiple initiatives across all functions of the business. Prior to that position, Annie was Program Manager for the pilot solar water heating rebate program within San Diego Gas and Electric territory, which was then expanded to all investor-owned utility territories across California.

Daniel Kelly

Account Services Analyst
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Daniel works to inform the community about East Bay Community Energy in addition to engaging with EBCE’s commercial customers. Growing up in San Francisco and receiving his B.A. in Geography from The University of California at Berkeley, Daniel has a passion for the Bay Area and promoting a clean energy future.  Daniel is looking to promote and support your small or medium business and would love to hear from you!

Kevin Li

Data Scientist
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Kevin analyzes EBCE’s rich dataset to support and guide the decision making process across the Marketing, Regulatory, Procurement, and Finance teams. In addition, he develops and maintains EBCE’s data platform to ensure robust processes, as well as clean and consistent data.

Prior to joining EBCE, Kevin has spent the last five years at Oracle Utilities, delivering operational solutions to clients and managing the product’s core analytics. Kevin holds a B.S. in Statistics from University of California Berkeley and an M.S. in Energy Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dan Lieberman

Director of Marketing
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Dan is responsible for a wide range of customer marketing, including web and print content, social media, press relations, and outreach coordination. Dan has twenty years of renewable energy experience in California, including stints in local government, non-profit, private start-ups, and large corporate settings. Dan comes to EBCE from Peninsula Clean Energy, the CCA serving San Mateo County, and has lived in Albany for the past 20 years. Dan received a BA in History from Macalester College and MBA and MPA degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Beckie Menten

Program Manager, Building Electrification and Energy Efficiency
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Beckie designs and implements energy efficiency and building electrification programs for the EBCE community. She focuses on programs that conserve energy, maximize the efficient use of renewable energy resources and provide important co-benefits to the community. Beckie has more than 15 years experience working on energy conservation and climate change mitigation strategies, including experience working at the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, and launching the first set of demand side management programs offered by a CCA in California during her tenure at MCE. Beckie holds an M.S. in Environment, Technology, and Policy from Humboldt State University.
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Diego Ponce de Leon Barido

Director of Analytics
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Diego is Director of Data Analytics at EBCE. Diego joined EBCE from Xinampa, which he founded to close the energy data gap in the 30 fastest growing economies in emerging markets. He has experience in developing, deploying and maintaining wireless sensor networks and data infrastructure to create high-resolution energy data baselines in data limited environments. His work has focused on technology and data innovation around energy efficiency, demand response, and environmental justice amongst other sectors. Prior to Xinampa, Diego consulted as a data engineer for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USAID, IBM Research, and the Inter-American Development Bank, among others. He holds a PhD from the Energy and Resources Group (UC Berkeley), and a BA in Economics and BS in Civil Engineering from Macalester College and the University of Minnesota Respectively.

JP Ross

Senior Director, Local Development, Electrification and Innovation
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JP leads EBCEs local development and innovation programs, to deliver benefits to residents and businesses in Alameda County. He has been actively engaged with solar market development and commercialization since 1999. After completing a Masters Degree from the University of California at Berkeley from the Energy and Resources Group, JP joined Greenpeace, to advocate for wind and solar instead of 50GW of gas plants in response to the California Energy crisis. JP then moved to Vote Solar, and successfully campaigned for California’s Million Solar Roofs initiative that commercialized the California markets. JP lead Vote Solar’s activities in pro-solar rate design regulatory proceedings across the US. In 2007, JP moved to Sungevity, and helped grow the business from 4 to 750 employees as the third largest residential solar installer in the US. JP’s responsibilities included developing Sungevity’s procurement and installation capabilities, market expansion, strategy and channel development. JP then joined Origin Energy, Australia’s largest energy utility, where he lead the development of Origin’s Business Solar PPA, IT Program and Channel Strategy. In his spare time JP rides bikes, brews beer and makes wood fired pizza with his wife Monique and two children, Hazel and Keenan.

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Gabrielle Ruxin

Customer Care Coordinator
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Gabrielle’s role focuses on providing support to residential customers and assisting with billing analysis. She helps to oversee the contact center and resolve issues that arise. Prior to joining EBCE, she worked as a CivicSpark fellow with the City of El Cerrito, where she drafted a strategic energy plan for the City which included analysis of the City’s energy usage and recommendations for increasing efficiency. Most recently, Gabrielle worked at Vital Link Medical Alert Systems, providing customer service and account management to clients. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Meagan Smith

Assistant to the CEO and COO
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Meagan provides executive support to the CEO and COO. She serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies, as well as coordinates executive outreach and external relations efforts. Prior to joining EBCE, Meagan worked at an Oakland-based political strategy and communications consulting firm. Meagan received a B.A.in Studio Arts/Art History Combined Dual Concentration from Union College in Schenectady, NY.

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Michael Susko

Power Resources Manager
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Michael leads EBCE’s resource adequacy procurement and portfolio management. He also supports the procurement team with short term contract negotiation and solar + storage resource planning. He is a green energy advocate who spent five years with The Energy Authority, trading power across the MID-C and CAISO in both the real-time and cash markets. He started his energy career at Morgan Stanley where he spent five years in the commodity credit risk hedging and valuation group. He holds an M.S. in Energy Management from Oklahoma City University and a B.S. in Finance from Pennsylvania State University. Michael enjoys the outdoors and completed a southbound thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.
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Stefanie Tanenhaus

Principal Regulatory Analyst
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Stefanie Tanenhaus supports EBCE’s policy positions in regulatory proceedings at the CPUC and CAISO. Stefanie joined EBCE from Energy and Environmental Economics (E3), where she focused on distributed and system-wide resource planning and economic evaluation. Prior to E3, Stefanie helped develop PG&E’s strategy and positions on renewable energy policies and worked on the implementation of California’s climate policies for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). She received an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.
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Zac Thompson

DER Program Associate
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Zac assists with EBCE’s transportation electrification and local solar and storage initiatives to provide benefits to residents and businesses and increase resiliency in Alameda County. Prior to EBCE, Zac served as the Zero Emission Vehicles Analyst at the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment where he helped lead the development of the City’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Ready Community Blueprint, assisted in coordinating a public-private EV Working Group, and succeeded in acquiring grant funding for medium- and heavy-duty EV pilot projects. Zac earned a B.A. in Biology from San Francisco State University.

Samantha Weaver

Principal Regulatory Analyst
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Samantha works with stakeholders and EBCE staff to develop EBCE’s policy positions in regulatory proceedings at the CPUC, CEC, and CAISO. Sam joined EBCE from PG&E, where she led policy and technical analysis for PG&E’s annual Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) Plan, and served as case manager of the Distribution Resources Plan (DRP) and Integrated Distributed Energy Resources (IDER) proceedings, among other roles in Energy Policy & Procurement and Regulatory Affairs. Prior to working in the utility industry, Sam was a researcher in the Electricity Markets & Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She holds an M.A. in Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning from Tufts University and a B.A. from Kalamazoo College.