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.

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.

Feby Boediarto

Customer Engagement Coordinator
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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 regulatory, legislative, local government, and community affairs teams. 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 Administrative Analyst. She provides support to the Board of Directors, Community Advisory Committee and related committees, office administration and provides overall administrative support. 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.

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.

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 his 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.

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

Customer Engagement Coordinator
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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.

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.

Deidre Sanders

Director, Public Policy
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Deidre leads EBCE’s efforts in linking local priorities to 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 on the 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.

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.

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.