+ SANDHYA MURALI, CO-FOUNDER
Responsible for finances, product development, solar developer relationships, and financial inclusion. Sandhya began her career in Barclays’ investment banking division in New York and London, advising on and executing public equity transactions for Technology, Media and Telecom companies, and was also deeply involved in Barclays Philanthropy. Her volunteer work included Endeavor, Women’s World Banking, and Barclays’ Social Innovation Fund. During graduate school, Sandhya worked at Buen Power Peru, a for-profit social enterprise that distributes solar lamps and water heaters to off-grid communities in Peru. She holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she received the Sustainability Certificate.
+ SEAN HUTTON, FIELD OPERATIONS MANAGER
Sean is a community outreach specialist who has worked with a variety of organizations throughout New England to educate and engage citizens on issues of environmental importance. During his time with the Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, Sean developed and coordinated outreach campaigns to excite communities within Massachusetts about investing in local renewable energy generation and generate supporters for their Green Power Programs. His experience also includes employment with the Worcester Roots Project and Connecticut Rivers Alliance. Sean holds a Master of Science and Policy from Clark University where he resided as an International Development, Community, and Environment Fellow.
+ TIM BROWN, COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Tim recently graduated with a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from the Harvard University extension school where his coursework included classes in social entrepreneurialism, sustainable product design, international development, and sustainability leadership. During his studies, Tim developed a strong interest in social enterprises that are employing innovative concepts to address social and environmental challenges. Prior to graduate school, Tim pursued his passion for the outdoors through a variety of positions which included work as a ski patroller, backcountry ski guide, naturalist and educator, sales and inventory manager at a surf film startup, and EMT. He has also founded a location based lifestyle clothing and apparel brand. Outside of work, Tim enjoys surfing, sailing, reading, and exploring new places – both in New England and further abroad.
+ MOH ABUJMIA, MARKETING FELLOW
Moh has nine years of professional experience in branding, communications strategies, and business development for for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He handles graphic and web design and visual communications strategies at Solstice. Moh participated in the Middle East Web Design Awards in 2009, where he was ranked as the #1 Best Rich Internet Applications Designer in the Middle East and North Africa.
+ Ariane Benrey, Low-Income Inclusion Fellow
Ariane is passionate about energy policy and markets, grid transformations, and climate change, and is committed to ensuring that the energy transition reaches everyone. She has previously worked as a consultant to major energy companies both in the United States and in Europe, crafting policy to support a cleaner and more affordable energy future. Ariane joined Solstice to work on solar policy and low-income inclusion. A dual citizen of the United States and France, she recently graduated from Columbia University and SciencesPo Paris with Dual Masters of International Affairs with a major in Energy and Environment. When she isn’t traveling the world, Ariane is likely to be found exploring New York museums or enjoying Central Park.
+ Kate Liu, Growth Marketing Fellow
Kate studied Integrated Marketing Communication during her time at Emerson College, and fell in love with the concept of community solar as soon as she heard about Solstice. As a Marketing Fellow, Kate dedicates her time to executing customer acquisition campaigns across earned, owned, and paid media. Kate is also the Associate Director of Marketing at NAAAP Boston, which is currently the largest and fastest growing Asian American professional organization in Greater Boston. Outside of work, Kate loves working out at the gym and hanging out with her family and friends.
+ STEPH SPEIRS, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO
Responsible for external engagement and partnerships, marketing and communications, raising capital, and expansion. Steph is a social entrepreneur and community builder with operational experience in the U.S., Middle East, and South Asia. She was selected as an Echoing Green Climate Fellow, a Global Good Fund Fellow, a Grist 50 Fixer, a Kia Revisionary, and an Acumen Global Fellow, all of which recognize emerging leaders in social enterprise. She previously led sales and marketing innovation initiatives at d.light India, a solar products company powering areas without reliable electricity; spearheaded Acumen's renewable energy sector investment strategy in Pakistan; developed Middle East policy as the youngest Director at the White House National Security Council; and managed field operations in seven states for the first Obama presidential campaign. She holds a B.A. from Yale, a Master in Public Affairs (MPA) with distinction from Princeton, and an MBA from MIT, where she earned a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. At MIT, she received the Paul and Daily Soros Fellowship, Legatum Fellowship, Public Service Fellowship, and Dean's Fellowship.
+ KELLY ROACHE, SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER
Kelly has years of experience working as a diplomat and activist fighting for human rights and social justice. At the US State Department, she helped achieve a humanitarian evacuation in Syria, advanced the U.S.-India bilateral relationship, and led an Ambassador-level review and overhaul of the goals and objectives of the U.S. Embassy to the UAE. While in graduate school, Kelly pivoted to intersectional social justice activism. As an organizer, Kelly led a campaign to divest Princeton University's endowment from corporations complicit in human rights violations in the Middle East, which won majority support among the student body. She has likewise campaigned for marriage equality and LBGTQIA+ rights in New Jersey. Kelly earned her BA cum laude and an MPA, both from Princeton. She loves traveling, studying foreign languages, reading contemporary fiction and feminist theory, and spending quality time with her little cousins and malshi puppy.
+ ANDREW ALAYZA, MARKETING MANAGER
Andrew brings some serious growth marketing experience from the software and eCommerce world. With a background in marketing and statistics, a soft spot for the arts, and a passion for data-driven growth, he's responsible for pushing growth metrics up and to the right. You can find him in a few different places, like your inbox (if you get our emails), our blog (if you read our content), and next to the coffee machine (he wakes up way too early and drinks too much coffee for his own good). He's crazy about wildlife, fitness, mountains, and his girlfriend. But instead of surfing the mountains, he now surfs the world wide web for inspiration on conversion, copywriting, and sexy landing pages.
+ ALEX LAWTON, OUTREACH ASSOCIATE
Alex Lawton is a recent graduate of Northeastern University, where he majored in Environmental Studies and Entrepreneurship. He previously worked in the Innovation and Industry Support division at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-governmental agency promoting clean energy in the Commonwealth, and with the Energy Program at As You Sow, a non-profit that works to promote environmental and social corporate responsibility. Alex's studies at Northeastern centered around solar PV’s progress, challenges, and larger role in the future American grid system, and he is constantly exploring the various paths to a low-carbon economy. He jumps at any opportunity to travel and enjoys rock climbing, camping, and music.
+ CHRISTIE YOUNG, CONTENT FELLOW
A recent graduate of Northeastern University, Christie studied International Affairs and Journalism and became interested in the clean energy transition as a global socioeconomic and political issue. She has joined Solstice to write grant and competition applications and produce content for marketing and outreach. Prior to joining the team, she worked at a domestic violence shelter, a cross-cultural communication firm and a couple of bakeries, but has found that her passion lies in protecting the environment in any way she can. In her spare time, Christie is a biker, wannabe yogi, professional dog sitter and a hunter-gatherer of office snacks.
+ Alex Marquez, Business Development Fellow
Alex is working with Solstice to identify community solar partnership opportunities around the country. He graduated from Connecticut College in 2015, with a B.A. in Government, and has spent the last two years researching and participating in community development projects and energy studies. He uses his diversified background to approach community problems with a systemic, holistic perspective, and is personally most interested in the efficiency, accessibility, and affordability of public systems. When not at work, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and cooking, and has been known to be doctor to both cars and computers.
+ TARO GOLD, HEAD OF OUTREACH
Taro leads Solstice’s community outreach efforts, helping to connect people with solar projects in their area. He has years of experience working directly with customers, both at large corporations, such as EF - Education First, and at small startups like AnyRoad. Originally from the Boston area, he attended Colby College, where he majored in International Studies and minored in Business and Japanese. He now turns his career towards fighting climate change, an issue that he cares deeply about. Taro and his fiance recently spent seven months traveling around the world, volunteering, building a travel website, and living out of carry-on bags! He loves being outdoors, and is a traveler, sports enthusiast, bike-commuter and quasi-vegetarian.
+ ANTHONY CHEN, LEAD ENGINEER
Anthony Chen is a solar enthusiast and full stack technical leader with over a decade of experience in designing distributed software systems and service oriented architectures. Starting with a DIY 45W solar-powered chicken tractor, he has moved on to a 10KW 40 panel rooftop install and is looking forward to helping ease the path to solar for more people. Anthony has held various roles in engineering including individual contributor, team lead, software architect and CTO. He has worked in several industries including virtualization, disaster recovery, non-profit education, and consulted for medical and internet press companies. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and remains connected by volunteering to coach and mentor MIT undergraduates on leadership and career path.
+ FORREST WATKINS, DEVELOPMENT & GRANT WRITER
Forrest has spent the last three years writing about and photographing impacts of climate change and the energy transition, and is leveraging that experience to help tell the Solstice story. He graduated from Whitman College in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (BBMB) and Spanish, spent a year teaching English in China through Princeton in Asia, and then set off on a world bicycle tour aimed at understanding and documenting local impacts of climate change and the energy transition. In his two years on the road, he saw first-hand the inequality inherent in our current energy systems. He believes that renewable technologies, distributed and non-polluting, can change that, but only if we build better institutions to support them--and that includes businesses like Solstice.
+ Jackie Burke, Outreach Coordinator
Jackie is passionate about climate change and bringing renewable clean energy awareness to the forefront so future generations can live a happier healthier life. As part of the Solstice Outreach Team, she brings 25 years’ experience in commercial and residential sales with a focus on community revitalization. She is currently a member of various nonprofit organizations and has previously held office on several boards. Jackie and her husband are lifelong residents of Central New York. Together they have raised four children and have six grandchildren. She is an avid runner that enjoys road races, mud runs and Spartan competitions, as well as attending local theater and art events.
+ Carmiya Gale, Operations Fellow
Carmiya makes sure Solstice's operations are running smoothly and efficiently. She is a recent graduate of Clark University, where she studied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environmental Science. Her research focused on finding business practices that are both sustainable and cost-effective, and she has spent the time since her graduation selling residential solar energy systems. Environmental policy has always been a major interest for Carmiya, and she sees solar at the forefront of climate change mitigation. She loves traveling, going to concerts, and fitness.
+ CeCe Vander Laan, Outreach Fellow
CeCe is a student at Northeastern University, studying Political Science. At Solstice, CeCe assists the Outreach team with research on new projects and communications strategies. She previously worked at the MIT Energy Initiative, and hopes to continue exploring the ever-growing world of clean energy. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, tennis, hiking and long-odds cooking experiments.
+ Kaia, Popeye & Kugo, Canines in Residence
Our office pups play a vital role at every step of our work. (From top right) Kaia belongs to Sandhya and likes to stand guard by the office doors. Andres' Popeye often comes to work in knitted sweaters or his trademark nautically-themed diapers. Kugo is a constant dogsitting client of Christie, and he can often be found chasing down sticks in the front lawn.