TEAM

+ STEVE MOILANEN, CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

Responsible for internal operations and management, community outreach, regulatory affairs, legal, and talent. Steve has spent years working for the federal government, international organizations, and political campaigns in support of social change. He was previously employed by the White House Office Energy and Climate Change, which worked to reduce carbon emissions from the electricity industry, promulgate fuel efficiency standards, and manage the federal response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In connection with his work on Solstice, Steve was selected as a Halcyon Fellow and Echoing Green Climate Fellow, which both recognize and support outstanding young entrepreneurs with ambitious visions of social change. Steve’s experience also includes employment with the United Nations Environment Programme, the U.S. Department of Energy, and Obama for America. Steve graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and holds a Master in Public Affairs degree from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.

+ 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.

 

+ 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.

+ 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.

A recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a native of the Chicagoland area, Emily studied Computer Science and Theology in her undergraduate studies and is interested in the use of technology to solve the world’s most pressing issues. She is passionate about sustainability, environmental advocacy, and the importance of being a global citizen. In addition, she loves traveling, reading, writing, coffee, engaging with new people, and practicing mindfulness. 

+ EMILY CLAPS, COMMUNITY OUTREACH ASSOCIATE

A recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a native of the Chicagoland area, Emily studied Computer Science and Theology in her undergraduate studies and is interested in the use of technology to solve the world’s most pressing issues. She is with Solstice Initiative through ServiceCorps, which matches graduates with non-profits for a year-long stint. Afterwards she will work for her corporate sponsor, GE Power, in a 2-year rotational program. She is passionate about sustainability, environmental advocacy, and the importance of being a global citizen. In addition, she loves traveling, reading, writing, coffee, engaging with new people, and practicing mindfulness.

+ KELLY ROACHE, SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER, LOW-TO-MODERATE INCOME FINANCIAL INCLUSION

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.

 

+ FORREST WATKINS, DEVELOPMENT AND GRANT WRITER

Forrest has been writing about and photographing impacts of climate change and the energy transition for three years, 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.

+ SANDHYA MURALI, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

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.

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+ 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.

+ MADELINE IFFERT, COMMUNITY OUTREACH ASSOCIATE

Madeline recently graduated from Penn State University with degrees in Industrial Engineering and Spanish. She is working with Solstice through the fellowship program ServiceCorps, which places graduates with non-profits for a year before beginning a full-time job. In college she was co-president of a campus group that worked with Girl Scouts in the local community. Through this, she helped to organize a weekend workshop for middle school girls to learn about energy and the environment. After Solstice, Madeline will work for GE Power in a rotational program. In her spare time, she loves speaking Spanish, ballroom dancing, and snacking on coconut milk ice cream.

 

+ ANDRES ALAYZA, MARKETING MANAGER

Andres 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.

+ HALEY SHEWFELT, FINANCIAL INCLUSION FELLOW

Haley is pursuing a bachelor's degree in economics and environmental studies at Boston College. On campus, she works with student government to program events that promote sustainability. These events include bringing environmental leaders to speak on campus and planning student initiatives. She is passionate about the intersection of industry and the environment and hopes to work on solutions that drive toward a green economy. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, yoga, traveling, and art.


INVESTORS

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Ana Carolina

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Eduardo Gentil

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Obvious Ventures

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Jacqueline Novogratz

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Pipeline Angels

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Princeton 

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Everyone from Solstice has gone above and beyond. They are incredibly committed, dedicated, and knowledgeable. I really admire their persistence and idealism.
— Deb, Bridgewater, MA, local Solstice Leader