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 simultaneously protect the planet, while improving the financial livelihoods of families and communities.

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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
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.

Taro Gold
Head of Outreach
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.

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.

Kelly Roache
Director of Inclusion
Kelly Roache

Director of Inclusion

Kelly has years of experience organizing to build community power. She serves on the Steering Committee and chairs the Policy and Intersectionality Working Group of the NY Energy Democracy Alliance, a statewide coalition advancing a just and participatory transformation to a renewable, equitable, accountable, and local energy system. Formerly a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, Kelly 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 U.A.E. In graduate school, she spearheaded 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. Kelly is Co-Founder of Symbiosis, a confederation of neighborhood direct democratic institutions throughout North America building an ecological society from the ground up. She earned her B.A. cum laude and a Masters in Public Affairs (M.P.A.), both from Princeton. Kelly enjoys feminist art and spending quality time with her little cousins and malshi puppy, Lulu.

Sean Hutton
Field Operations Manager
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.

Jackie Burke
Community Outreach Coordinator
Jackie Burke

Community 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.

Forrest Watkins
Development and Grant Writer
Forrest Watkins

Development and Grant Writer

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.

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.

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.

Christie Young
Operations Associate
Christie Young

Operations Associate

Christie joined the Solstice team as a Content Marketing Fellow in the summer of 2017, following her graduation from Northeastern University. In college, she studied International Affairs and began to understand climate change as not only an environmental issue, but as a matter of human rights. After six months on the marketing team, she turned her efforts to operational and fundraising support, taking on the role of Operations Associate. In January 2018, Christie moved to Medellin, Colombia to practice Spanish, and continues to work remotely for Solstice's mission of clean energy for all.

Tim Brown
Community Outreach Coordinator
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.

Emily Woodrum
Community Outreach Associate
Emily Woodrum

Community Outreach Associate

Emily joined the Solstice team to spread the word about community solar, following two years of sales and customer service experience in the greater Boston area. As a native Kentuckian, she witnessed the social, economic, and environmental consequences that accompany our reliance on non-renewable energy resources, and this ultimately motivated her to earn a B.A. from the University of Kentucky in Environmental Sustainability Studies. Today, she takes great pleasure in helping Solstice connect individuals to affordable, renewable energy. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, afternoons at the farmers market, entire days spent outdoors, and live music.

Sruthi Davuluri
Data Analyst
Sruthi Davuluri

Data Analyst

Sruthi is excited by the way that Solstice combines renewable energy and social justice. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in the Technology and Policy Program at MIT. She is interested primarily in energy policy and the economics of electricity markets, and is working with local utility companies to research policy initiatives to decrease electricity consumption. Sruthi has worked in the past with solar companies, on biomass energy, and researching the design of nuclear reactors. Prior to attending MIT, Sruthi received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. Sruthi loves hiking, cooking, running, dancing, and meeting new people!

Matteo Pocobene
Community Outreach Associate
Matteo Pocobene

Community Outreach Associate

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.

Cece Vander Laan
Operations Associate
Cece Vander Laan

Operations Associate

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.

Anna Prouty
Low-Income Inclusion Program Associate
Anna Prouty

Low-Income Inclusion Program Associate

Anna is helping to build Solstice’s low-income inclusion program. She has been a proud social justice warrior since the age of 7, and her human rights work has taken her from California to the Caribbean to the Middle East. She is passionate about intersectional environmental justice that goes beyond mere sustainability, and came to Solstice for the chance to foster genuinely impactful solutions to climate change and economic inequality. She holds a BA cum laude in Political Science from Barnard College and a MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics. Outside of work, she enjoys capoeira, rock climbing and painting, and is currently working on her second book of political philosophy and third novel.

Paul Dingus
Community Outreach Associate
Paul Dingus

Community Outreach Associate

Paul works with the outreach team at Solstice, allowing him to combine his interest in advancing clean energy with his passion for community organizing. Paul earned a degree in Materials Science and Nanoengineering from Rice University, where he helped push school policy to be more supportive of low-income students. Before moving to Boston, he worked in the field organization and analytics team of the Alex T for Texas campaign. Paul likes to be described as an intrepid outdoorsman, and you will often find him bouldering, enjoying the fact that he lives in a bike-friendly city, or petting other people's dogs.

Jack Walker
Business Development Fellow
Jack Walker

Business Development Fellow

Jack assists with Solstice's work on finances, product development, solar developer relationships, and financial inclusion. Jack began his career advising private equity firms at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Jack then worked for Thomas H. Lee Partners (THL) originating and executing investments in Business & Financial Services. While at THL, Jack volunteered for Acumen, supporting their mission to change the way the world tackles poverty. At business school, Jack is the Vice-Chair of the For-Profit Social Enterprise Group and a member of the Energy & Environment and Outdoors Clubs. Jack holds a BA in Economics and English from Harvard College and is working towards an MBA from Harvard Business School.

René García Franceschini
Data Analysis Fellow
René García Franceschini

Data Analysis Fellow

René is a rising senior majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering and minoring in Statistics and Data Science at MIT. In his department, he has conducted research on how to make infrastructure inspections using drones more effective in uncertain communications environments. He is the current president of Class Awareness Support and Equality (CASE), where he has lead numerous efforts in combating food insecurity, increasing financial literacy, providing access to winter clothing, and tackling other issues related to financial insecurity. He has been involved in numerous initiatives that promote wellness and equality at MIT, student-led and otherwise.

Mamadou Balde
Operations Fellow
Mamadou Balde

Operations Fellow

Mamadou is an international student from Guinea and has recently graduated from Bunker Hill Community College with a Business degree. He plans to transfer to a four-year school in the spring. As an Operations Fellow at Solstice, he works to coordinate administrative procedures and conduct research related to funding, new markets, and the solar industry.  His desire to expand renewable energy access in his home country drew him to Solstice and its mission. In his free time Mamadou enjoys hiking, playing soccer and volunteering with environmental organizations.

Tor Zipkin
Policy Fellow
Tor Zipkin

Policy Fellow

As a policy fellow, Tor researches and analyzes the variety of community solar policies throughout the US, while helping to incorporate them into Solstice’s business development and advocacy efforts. He has studied renewable energy in countries around the world, including in Denmark, where he led a development plan for farmers interested in creating a wind cooperative. He has a B.S. in environmental science from UCLA and Msc. From Aalborg University in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management. If he is not scouring thrift stores for vintage Harris Tweed, he will either be reading fiction (his favorite book Infinite Jest) or appreciating the beauty of Boston.

Scott Becker
Content Marketing Fellow
Scott Becker

Content Marketing Fellow

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 data systems and technologies. Scott joined Solstice to apply his passion for writing to a powerful movement for environmental and social good. A lifelong swimmer and outdoor enthusiast, Scott can be found diving into the ocean, admiring local turkey flocks, climbing trees, or writing Frost-esque poetry.

Astrid Adams
Outreach Fellow
Astrid Adams

Outreach Fellow

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.

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.

Investors

Chris Anderson
Eduardo Gentil
Jacqueline Novogratz
Mehdi Alhassani
Ana Carolina
Entrepreneur
Obvious Ventures
Pipeline Angels
Mass CEC
Dorm Room Fund
Princeton University

Advisors

Andrew Beebe
Solstice Investor, Managing Director, Obvious Ventures
Kirk Arnold
CEO, Data Intensity
Jon Carson
Founder, Trajectory Energy
Gina McCarthy
Former Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Claire Brodo Johnson
Co-Founder, SunEdison
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.
Brian Trelstad
Partner, Bridges Ventures
Adam Gibbons
Founder, Community Collaborative Consulting
Dawn Dzurilla
Founder, Gaia Human Capital Partners