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 position 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.

Melissa Brandt

Director, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs 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.

Stephanie Cabrera

Executive Assistant/Clerk of the Board
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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.

Leah Goldberg

General Counsel
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Leah serves EBCE as General Counsel. Leah has over 25 years of experience practicing environmental law, including brownfields reuse, sustainability, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act issues, CERLCA, RCRA and energy issues. She was instrumental in drafting and passing major brownfields legislation in California. Prior to joining EBCE, Leah served as counsel to San Jose Clean Energy.

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.

Dan Lieberman

Senior Manager, Account Services
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Dan oversees customer account management, engaging with EBCE’s customers to hear their concerns, answer questions, and ensure a quality experience. 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.

Deidre Sanders

Director, Government and Community Affairs
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Deidre leads EBCE’s efforts in building strong relationships with its government and community partners by ensuring their engagement in the development and implementation of EBCE’s policy goals. She has 17 years of energy industry experience with 10 years at PG&E as their Environmental Justice Manger, and before that seven years with Southern California Edison in Market Research, Community Engagement, and Environmental Affairs. In addition to her work at EBCE she also serves as an industry representative on the US EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and the California League of Conservation Voters Green Advisory Council, as well as the state Air Resources Board AB617 Stakeholder Consultation Group. Deidre earned a Ph.D in Politics and Policy from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in History and International Relations from the University of Southern California.