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.

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.

Sarah Moon
Sarah Moon
Director of Business Development
Sarah Moon
Sarah Moon

Director of Business Development

Sarah leads Solstice’s business development team. Previously, she worked at McMaster-Carr in their management rotational program and held internships at EnerNOC and Forbes Magazine. Immediately before joining Solstice, Sarah and her partner took a 5-month, whirlwind trip through South America and Europe. Sarah holds a BA from Harvard University in Earth and Planetary Sciences and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. She’s passionate about social impact and fighting climate change and is thrilled to be working at Solstice where she can deliver on those values. Beyond work, Sarah loves traveling, keeping up on Earth history developments, baking, painting, hiking, and hanging out with her dog, Geo.

Ryan Holt
Ryan Holt
Lead Engineer
Ryan Holt
Ryan Holt

Lead Engineer

Ryan has over 15 years of experience within the Enterprise Software Engineering field. He taught software engineering on a state college level, and has worked for and managed teams of engineers within various multi-million dollar startups, developing IoT systems and modern application architectures. His current career focus lies in solving three key issues facing humanity: renewable energy, food supply and access to clean water. Away from work, Ryan loves going on walks and watching movies with his daughter and son.

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 Ajami
Digital Innovation Manager
Moh Ajami

Digital Innovation Manager

Moh has over ten 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.

Heather Smith
Heather Smith
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Heather Smith
Heather Smith

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Heather joins Solstice after moving to Cambridge from Seattle, WA. She is a mechanical engineer with over 8 years of experience as a project and program manager in the tech industry. Wanting to make a strategic career move and break into the clean energy world, she now supports the CEO and COO as Executive Assistant and contributor to the for profit fundraising efforts. While not at work, Heather can be found volunteering, practicing yoga, cooking, and adventuring outdoors with her dog Tex.

Cece Vander Laan
Digital Marketing Coordinator
Cece Vander Laan

Digital Marketing Coordinator

CeCe is a Digital Marketing Coordinator 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 a desire to preserve its 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.

Scott Becker
Offline Marketing Coordinator
Scott Becker

Offline Marketing Coordinator

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.

Eli Goldman
Eli Goldman
LMI Program Manager
Eli Goldman
Eli Goldman

LMI Program Manager

Eli works to make energy equity a reality for all by leading research initiatives, engaging with stakeholders, and building long-lasting community partnerships. He’s passionate about environmental sustainability and is excited to work towards meeting Solstice’s mission. Before joining Solstice, Eli worked as an environmental planner where he helped communities to enhance their resilience to climate change. He holds a BA in Global Environmental Studies and an MA in Community Development and planning, both from Clark University. After work you might have luck finding Eli planning the next ski trip, playing ultimate frisbee, or swinging in a hammock.

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.

Lawrence Cymbura
Lawrence Cymbura
Full-Stack Engineer
Lawrence Cymbura
Lawrence Cymbura

Full-Stack Engineer

Lawrence has a creative background in photography and graphic design. He got into programming after studying web design and interactive media at the New England Institute of Art in Brookline, MA. Lawrence joined Solstice because the company aligns with his goals of helping both people and the environment. In his spare time, Lawrence likes to build apps and learn new languages, from Javascript to Russian.

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.

Nicholas Mirsky
Nicholas Mirsky
Community Outreach Coordinator
Nicholas Mirsky
Nicholas Mirsky

Community Outreach Coordinator

Nick graduated from Wesleyan University in 2009 with a degree in History. After graduating he worked overseas as an English teacher for a year and spent the following nine years in non-profit fundraising. He decided to join Solstice as a community outreach associate because he believes everyone can do their part in protecting the environment. When he isn't working, he spends his time cooking with friends and family, or travelling someplace new.

Anthony Salpietro
Anthony Salpietro
Community Outreach Coordinator
Anthony Salpietro
Anthony Salpietro

Community Outreach Coordinator

Anthony is a graduate of Juniata College with a degree in politics. His work on campaigns and for non profits gave him a strong sense of mission for improving the lives of people and communities. After spending his career working with people to better their future, he is proud to use his experience to expand access to solar energy.. In his spare time, Anthony is a supporter of the New England Patriots, an avid gamer, and a dedicated Star Wars fan.

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!

Winslow Lewis
Winslow Lewis
LMI Program Associate
Winslow Lewis
Winslow Lewis

LMI Program Associate

Winslow assists with programmatic work for the inclusion team focused on contract innovation and equitable policy advancement. Prior to joining Solstice, Winslow received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington. While completing his undergrad, Winslow worked with nonprofits and federal agencies in the field of environmental health, researching the issue of indoor air pollution in indigenous communities. Outside of work, Winslow's probably exploring new music, watching basketball, or impromptu picnicking in a park.
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.

Ian D Solstice team photo
Ian De La Rocha
Content Marketing Fellow
Ian D Solstice team photo
Ian De La Rocha

Content Marketing Fellow

Ian creates and works with all front-facing aspects of Solstice's content, ranging from social media to email newsletters. Ian studied environmental science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he applied his passion for climate change mitigation. In school, he became interested in discovering better strategies for environmental communication and pursued his career in digital and content marketing. When not at work, Ian can be found either playing sci-fi video games or going out to enjoy many of Boston's attractions and live events.

Andrew Robitaille Solstice Photo
Andrew Robitaille
LMI Inclusion Fellow
Andrew Robitaille Solstice Photo
Andrew Robitaille

LMI Inclusion Fellow

Andrew joins Solstice as the LMI Inclusion Fellow, working on projects that bring people who have been excluded from solar to the table. As an undergraduate at Northeastern University, Andrew has had experience conducting research on climate change refugees at the UN headquarters in Geneva, providing consulting services to microenterprises in Cape Town, South Africa, and developing programs and events that bring Boston business leaders to the forefront of civic issues like transportation and clean energy. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking through New England, running around Boston, and rollerblading into work.

Margot van der broek
Margot van den Broek
Outreach Fellow
Margot van der broek
Margot van den Broek

Outreach Fellow

Margot is a recent graduate from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a major in Biology. Although she grew up hiking, camping, and being surrounded by nature, it was a study abroad program in Australia that catalyzed her passion for the environment. Studying coral reefs and the interconnectedness of habitats motivated her to help preserve the planet, and now, Margot is excited to connect people to clean solar power. In Margot’s free time you can find her cooking, jogging along the Charles River, or finding other fun outdoorsy activities.

Rima
Canine in Residence
Rima

Canine in Residence

Rima plays a vital role in Solstice's work.. Often coming to work in her trademark patterned bandannas, she sets a high standard for fashion in the workplace. And whether she's vigilantly guarding the office doors or providing mid-workday cuddles, Rima is a key part of Solsticers' positivity and productivity!

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