The secret to successful work isn’t just about innovation – it’s about finding the right people to innovate with purpose together.

We’re a group of mission-driven builders and specialists across marketing, sales, data, design, and software. We passionately believe in democratizing access to clean energy, and we are grateful that our work allows us to protect the planet while improving the financial well-being of families and communities.

  • Solstice Team
  • Software Company Board
  • Nonprofit Board
  • Investors
  • Nonprofit Partners
  • Advisors

Solstice Team

Steph Speirs
Co-Founder & CEO
Steph Speirs

Co-Founder & CEO

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.

Sandhya Murali
Co-Founder & COO
Sandhya Murali

Co-Founder & COO

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.

Lauren Levine
Deputy Executive Director
Lauren Levine

Deputy Executive Director

Lauren leads Solstice’s low-income inclusion program, bringing more than a decade of nonprofit management experience. Previously, she worked in community development and financial inclusion at LISC, delivering creative financing solutions to underserved U.S. communities through New Markets Tax Credits. Prior to that, she served as the Manager of Direct Marketing and Data Analytics at Oxfam and as a nonprofit consultant for M+R Strategic Services. Lauren holds a BA from Tufts University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. Outside of her work to make our world more just and sustainable, Lauren enjoys traveling, cooking for friends and family, digital photography, and reading epic fantasy series.

Andrew Alayza
Director of Marketing
Andrew Alayza

Director of Marketing

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.

Taro Gold
Director of Outreach
Taro Gold

Director 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.

Forrest Watkins
Low-Income Inclusion Program Manager
Forrest Watkins

Low-Income Inclusion Program Manager

Forrest handles development, grant writing, and content creation at Solstice. Previously, over a yearlong Princeton in Asia Fellowship and a two-year world bicycle tour, he developed 360 By Bike, an independent journalism project aimed at understanding and documenting the global impacts of climate change and the energy transition. In his years on the road, he saw first-hand the inequalities inherent in our current energy systems, and resolved to use his skills to help democratize ownership and control of the next generation of energy resources. He graduated from Whitman College in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (BBMB) and Spanish.

Ian Seeley Solstice
Ian Seeley
Operations Manager
Ian Seeley Solstice
Ian Seeley

Operations Manager

Ian manages Solstice’s internal operations, which includes anything and everything inside the organization that supports the team and helps Solstice fulfill its mission. Prior to Solstice, Ian held operations and sales roles at technology companies including PowerDash and Cambridge Computer Services. He also participated in Solstice’s Fellowship program during the summer of 2016 as a Policy and Business Strategy Fellow. Ian received his MBA from Boston University and Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College. Outside of Solstice, Ian is actively involved in Net Impact Boston, and is an avid guitarist and concert goer.

Tim Brown
Outreach Team Lead
Tim Brown

Outreach Team Lead

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.

Edward Lopez
Software Engineer
Edward Lopez

Software Engineer

Edward has ten years of experience working as web developer for nonprofit organizations on issues of renewable energy, energy efficiency, water management and recycling, and is passionate about both technology and the environment. He holds a B.S. in Computer Sciences from Dr. Jose Matias Delgado University in San Salvador and has experience with several programming and database technologies. When not at work, he enjoys traveling, working out at the gym, and spending time with family and friends.

Moh Abujmia
Digital Innovation Manager
Moh Abujmia

Digital Innovation Manager

Moh has nine years of professional experience in branding, communications strategies, and business development for for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He manages the development of Solstice's digital platform, and develops our visual communications strategy. 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.

Christie Young
Operations Coordinator
Christie Young

Operations Coordinator

Christie joined Solstice as a Content Marketing Fellow in the summer of 2017 following her graduation from Northeastern University, where she studied International Relations and Journalism. In early 2018, Christie took on the role of Operations Associate. She manages all recruitment processes, for-profit fundraising, and executive assistance. Christie spent most of 2018 living in Medellin, Colombia, working remotely for Solstice and learning Spanish. She has since returned to Cambridge to work full-time. In her free time, Christie can usually be found practicing yoga, longboarding, or eating dumplings.

Cece Vander Laan
Operations Coordinator
Cece Vander Laan

Operations Coordinator

CeCe is an Operations Associate with a passion for color-coding, list-making and continuous improvement. From roles such as summer camp counselor in New Hampshire and volunteering at the New England Aquarium, CeCe has always had a respect for the natural world, and desire to preserve it's beauty. Prior to joining Solstice she worked at the MIT Energy Initiative in an operations role. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, biking around Boston, petting any dog she encounters, and long odds cooking experiments.

Matteo Pocobene
Outreach Team Lead
Matteo Pocobene

Outreach Team Lead

Matteo has always been passionate about the environment, but never found a way to get involved until he joined Solstice. After graduating from Emmanuel College in 2016 with a degree in Psychology and Neuroscience, he began exploring jobs that would allow him to do what he does best: connecting with others. Since graduation, he has continued his summer tradition of caddying at The Country Club in Brookline, while using his winters to travel. These activities are his two biggest passions, and when he’s lucky, he gets to do both at the same time.

Chéri Faso Olf
Market Expansion Coordinator
Chéri Faso Olf

Market Expansion Coordinator

Chéri is a renewables industry veteran, bringing to Solstice a wealth of experience in solar policy, markets, finance, education, workforce, capacity building, and project development. Her passion is developing solar projects and programs benefiting disadvantaged communities. Most recently, Chéri founded Covenant Solar Initiative, a non-profit organization with the mission of empowering Native Americans to bring the economic and environmental benefits of solar to their communities, ending the cycle of energy poverty. Throughout her career, she has held senior leadership and consulting positions with Tesla, SolarCity, the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), the U.S. Department of Energy, and Boston University. Chéri is a native Bostonian and lifelong ocean advocate. She lives on the shore in Rhode Island with her partner, a fishing boat captain, and her three children.

Clayton Phillips-Dorsett
Software Engineer
Clayton Phillips-Dorsett

Software Engineer

Clayton was educated in software engineering while working at the Harvard Business School and has built applications in the clean energy space at numerous startups, including a renewable energy investment platform and a home energy efficiency scheduler. He comes to Solstice to help build the most sophisticated software platform in the community solar industry.  Outside of work he enjoys rock climbing, soccer, tennis, and snowboarding.

Scott Becker
Content Marketing Associate
Scott Becker

Content Marketing Associate

Scott shares Solstice’s mission with the world through blog and media content. Prior to joining our team, he worked as a researcher and writer at Harvard Kennedy School, where he wrote about government innovations in emerging technologies. Scott joined Solstice to apply his passion for writing and his belief in the strength of communities to a powerful movement for environmental and social good. A lifelong swimmer and outdoor enthusiast, he can be found diving into the ocean, admiring local wildlife, climbing trees, or writing Frost-esque poetry.

Avni Pravin
LMI Inclusion Program Associate
Avni Pravin

LMI Inclusion Program Associate

Avni handles programmatic opportunities in the Eastern US, contributes to Solstice's data analysis research projects, and helps maintain relationships with Solstice's wide network of community solar and low-income inclusion policy advocates. Her experiences at the University of Oregon as a Graduate Teaching Fellow and a participant in her union shaped her desire to contribute to a just transition towards a zero-carbon society. When she isn't at work, you can find Avni biking around Cambridge, struggling through French literature, or baking bread with her perpetual supply of overripe bananas.

Monjuree Yousuf
Designer
Monjuree Yousuf

Designer

Monjuree is a strategic, multidisciplinary designer with an eye for creation and pixel perfection. Among other organizations, she has worked with Harvard University, Raytheon, and Fidelity investments, and she's excited to bring her expertise in UI and web design to Solstice. As a lifelong learner, Monjuree is constantly looking for new projects and perspectives. Besides design, she is a passionate artist and loves driving, music, movies, hiking, traveling, and cooking.

Yassine Abouelouafa
Software Engineer
Yassine Abouelouafa

Software Engineer

Yassine is a recent graduate of Cadi Ayyad University in Morocco. He joined Solstice as a software engineering fellow to sharpen his skills while developing technology that will promote solar and preserve the environment. Yassine previously worked as a software engineering intern at a startup, where he specialized in creating beautiful web applications using modern frameworks and technologies. In his free time, you might find him reading blogs and articles or playing soccer.

David Martindale
Community Outreach Coordinator
David Martindale

Community Outreach Coordinator

David brings 30 years of experience working in the solar industry to his role as Solstice Community Outreach Coordinator. The Solstice mission of putting affordable clean energy within reach of every American echoes David's passion to help alleviate our dependence on fossil fuels. Beginning in fourth grade when his class was taught about the greenhouse effect, he has devoted his effort into promoting renewable energy. Living in New York, Arizona and Montana, as well as traveling as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far south as Guatemala, has helped David develop a keen sense of the importance of cooperation with one another to ensure we transition to a sustainable and renewable energy economy. David continues this effort to be ever mindful of the needs of others, while also enjoying quality time with his family hiking, canoeing and appreciating this remarkable planet we all inhabit.

Astrid Adams
Outreach and Customer Success Administrator
Astrid Adams

Outreach and Customer Success Administrator

Astrid is a recent Environmental Science graduate of University of Vermont. She loves helping others be more sustainable, and as part of the Outreach team, she can do just that! In addition to climatology and stormwater pond research, Astrid's academic career has taken her to the Andes to study microclimates. In her free time, she can usually be found doing anything and everything related to science fiction, and experimenting with cooking.

Johanna Lunn
Community Outreach Associate
Johanna Lunn

Community Outreach Associate

In her undergraduate studies, Johanna found a way to merge two of her greatest interests --  people and their environments -- by graduating with a degree in Human Dimensions of Climate Change from the University of Maine. Now as a member of Solstice’s outreach team, she has the opportunity to address climate change on a community level. With a natural inclination toward human connection, she’s excited to interact with community members and help provide access to clean energy. In her free time, you can catch her scouting out hidden gems at thrift shops, practicing yoga, or exploring all the wonders of the natural world with friends.

Lia Downing
Community Outreach Associate
Lia Downing

Community Outreach Associate

Solstice has provided Lia with an opportunity to explore her passions for climate mitigation and community organizing all in one position through community outreach. Before moving to Boston, she worked as a paralegal at the Department of Justice and contributed to community-based research efforts in St. Louis. Lia graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Anthropology and Chinese. She would describe herself as an amateur bread maker, watercolor artist, and avid journal writer. 

Jayne Lino
Community Outreach Associate
Jayne Lino

Community Outreach Associate

Jayne joined the outreach team at Solstice to be able to combine her love for the environment with community engagement and organizing. Although she spent most of her recent years studying and conducting research in the Boston area, Jayne came on board after obtaining her Master's degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. When not enrolling new households in solar, you can find Jayne hiking, running, taking care of her plants, or baking.

Jack Quinn
Community Outreach Associate
Jack Quinn

Community Outreach Associate

Jack joined Solstice after honing his sales skills as a technical recruiter in downtown Boston. A graduate of St. Lawrence University with a combined Environmental Studies and Government degree, Jack's role as a Community Outreach Associate allows him to directly impact local communities by spreading the growing benefits of solar. Outside of the office, you can find Jack hiking in the White Mountains or cycling around New England.

Scott Adelberg
Talent Acquisition Associate
Scott Adelberg

Talent Acquisition Associate

Scott is a Talent Acquisition Associate for Solstice, helping to recruit the most amazing team members. Ever since starting his Middle School's Green Club, Scott has had a passion for the environment and making an impact. Before graduating from Northeastern University, he gained experience in marketing and communication through working on the INBOUND Team at HubSpot. In his free time, Scott can be found traveling, catching a local musical, and cheering on the New York Mets!

Manan Joshi
Software Development Fellow
Manan Joshi

Software Development Fellow

Manan is a student at Rochester Institute of Technology and has worked extensively in software research and development. What drove Manan to Solstice was the company’s effort to build a better future through renewable energy. But it’s not all work for Manan--he has played Cricket for his state and district teams at home and plays 6 different musical instruments. You can also find him working on drone videos and music production.

Aditi Bansal
Policy Fellow
Aditi Bansal

Policy Fellow

As Solstice’s policy fellow, Aditi tracks community solar policy development across the U.S. She is currently a graduate student studying sustainability management and policy at Columbia's Earth Institute. Aditi is passionate about energy access and equity, with a research focus on energy access in refugee camps. Her other passions include trying to make stray cats love her, drawing and writing poems about NYC park benches, biking, climbing, reading, cooking, and writing letters to her friends & family.

Sarah Fick
Business Development Fellow
Sarah Fick

Business Development Fellow

Sarah is an undergraduate at Northeastern University majoring in Environmental Studies and Economics. Her previous work experience in the clean energy industry attracted her to this mission driven organization.  She has always had a passion for the conservation of our natural environment and is thrilled to be surrounded by like-minded colleagues. Aside from saving the planet, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, performing in musical theater shows, and going to concerts.

Chilo Chiziba
Data Analysis Fellow
Chilo Chiziba

Data Analysis Fellow

Coming to Solstice from Zambia, Chilochibi (Chilo) analyses data and designs and implements research methodologies targeted at innovating inclusion approaches for low- to moderate-income customers.  He possesses a four years track record of efforts directed towards advancing socioeconomic development, gender equity, and health through research and data analytics obtained while working for Jhpiego, Concern Worldwide, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Out of work, he enjoys listening to music and taking walks.

Popeye, Kaia & Kugo
Canines in Residence
Popeye, Kaia & Kugo

Canines in Residence

Our office pups play a vital role at every step of our work. Andres' Popeye (Top Left) often comes to work in knitted sweaters or his trademark nautically-themed diapers. Kaia (Top Right) belongs to Sandhya and likes to stand guard by the office doors. Kugo (Bottom) is a constant dog-sitting client of Christie, and he can often be found chasing down sticks in the front lawn.

Software Company Board

Sky Lance
Managing Principal, SustainVC
Sky Lance

Managing Principal, SustainVC

Kirk Arnold
Executive in Residence, General Catalyst
Kirk Arnold

Executive in Residence, General Catalyst

Edouard Bulteau
Senior Principal, Total Energy Ventures (Observer)
Edouard Bulteau

Senior Principal, Total Energy Ventures (Observer)

Michael Ferrante
Cleantech Advisor (Observer)
Michael Ferrante

Cleantech Advisor (Observer)

Nicole Glaros
Chief Investment Strategy Officer, Techstars Ventures (Observer)
Nicole Glaros

Chief Investment Strategy Officer, Techstars Ventures (Observer)

Nonprofit Board

Sabrine Dupré
Social Good, Brand Strategy, and Communications Consultant
Ben Healey
EVP, Corporate Development and Finance at PosiGen
David Simas
CEO, Obama Foundation

Investors

SustainVC
Sustain VC
Techstars Ventures
Techstars Impact Accelerator
Total Energy Ventures
Next Wave Impact
True Wealth Ventures
Able Partners
AmplifyHer Ventures
Social Venture Circle
Obvious Ventures
MassCEC
Jacqueline Novogratz
Chris Anderson
Michael Ferrante
Sachiko Kuno
Ed Roberts
Steve Malkenson
Techstars Boston
Elemental Excelerator
Eduardo Gentil
Mehdi Alhassani
Deena Shakir
Ana Carolina
Entrepreneur
Pipeline Angels
Dorm Room Fund
Princeton University

Nonprofit Partners

Sunshot Program
Department of Energy
McCance Foundation
Ittleson Foundation
J.M. Kaplan Fund
Godley Family Foundation
The Boston Foundation
The One Foundation
SCE
Atlas Corps
ServiceCorps

Advisors

Andrew Beebe
Solstice Investor, Managing Director, Obvious Ventures
Sky Lance
Managing Principal, SustainVC
Kirk Arnold
Executive in Residence, General Catalyst
Jon Carson
Founder, Trajectory Energy
Gina McCarthy
Former Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Claire Brodo Johnson
Co-Founder, SunEdison
Brian Trelstad
Partner, Bridges Ventures
Will Byrne
Founder, Groundswell
Anthony Chen
Lead Engineer
Tom Leyden
Senior Director of Distributed Energy & Storage, EDF Renewable Energy
Batool Hassan
Director, Acumen Fund
George Foote
Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Tom Hardart
Founder, XOL Ventures
Nathan Ratledge
Former Executive Director, Community Office for Resource Efficiency
Adje Mensah
CEO, A.F. Mensah Inc.
Adam Gibbons
Founder, Community Collaborative Consulting
Dawn Dzurilla
Founder, Gaia Human Capital Partners