Board of Directors
Joseph Karp, President
Partner, Winston & Strawn, LLP
Joseph Karp is a partner in Winston and Strawn LLP's energy group who focuses his practice on regulatory, transactional, and project development matters. He has dealt with natural gas and electricity issues in the United States and internationally. Mr. Karp received a B.A. in Law and Society from State University of New York at Binghamton, where he received the Foundation Award for Academic Excellence and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, in 1986. He received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1989.
Ben Tarbell, Secretary
Vice President for Products, SolarCity
Ben is responsible for SolarCity's new product development and deployment. He leads SolarCity's efforts to bring new money-saving energy technologies and products to customers. Prior to joining SolarCity, Ben was responsible for product development at MiaSolé, a thin-film solar module manufacturer in Silicon Valley. Ben has also led the sustainable product design offering at IDEO in Palo Alto, and worked at the clean tech venture capital firm Nth Power in San Francisco.
Ric Lucien, CPA, Treasurer
Co-Founder & CEO Lucien & Co.
President & Interim CEO, Bio Architecture Lab, Inc.
Ric currently serves as President & Interim Chief Executive Officer of a 50-person renewable products and technology company with an international footprint. He has served previously as Chief Financial Officer and in operating and executive management capacities in both public and pre-public companies; helped raise over $150 million in public and private financings; extensive international experience, including cross-border M&A transactions and post-acquisition business integration; managerial background includes finance and operational oversight of multi-subsidiary international companies.
Vice President of Policy and Client Services, California ISO
A 30-year veteran of public affairs and policy, Karen Edson is the Vice President, Policy and Client Services for the California Independent System Operator Corporation (California ISO). She joined the organization in 2005 and has responsibility for the areas of customer service and industry affairs, government/regulatory affairs, communications, and policy development. Prior to joining the ISO, Ms. Edson served in a number of senior roles within state government, including Commissioner on the California Energy Commission and Assistant Director of the California Research Bureau. From 1985-2000 she headed a small consulting firm that specialized in energy policy development and power plant permitting, with clients that included major geothermal and other non-utility power plant developers. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley.
Principal, Mara Feeney & Associates
Mara has over 30 years of professional experience in socioeconomic impact assessment, land use and housing market analysis, public participation programs and more. Her consulting business has dealt with the evaluation of potential impacts of major development projects on community land use, regional employment and income, population and demographic characteristics, adopted local plans and policies, and quality of life. Mara is deeply involved in her community, serving on several boards including, most recently, the San Francisco Beautiful Board and Habitat for Humanity San Francisco.
Partner, Masdar Capital
Anup is an accomplished investor having invested over $500 million in the renewable energy and resource efficiency sectors over the past 10 years. Anup is involved in several children’s charities and environmental charities in India and is a National Judge for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, the Financial Times/Just Means Social Innovations Awards and the MIT Clean Energy Prize. Anup is a graduate of the University of Chicago and resides in San Francisco.
President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley
Janice has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, including executive positions in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as CiviCorps Schools and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Janice provides functional expertise in operations, fund development, marketing communications, and strategic planning, as well as a wealth of leadership experience. She has worked closely with Board members, corporate executives, elected leaders and government officials, community leaders and volunteers in a variety of capacities.
Partner, Bingham McCutchen
Bill focuses his law practice on energy and environmental matters. He typically represents conventional and renewable energy companies in matters relating to power plants and transmission before state and federal agencies. Bill has held senior positions in federal and state government. He worked at the State Dept. and the White House from 1997-2001. He was senior deputy legal affairs secretary to Gov. Gray Davis and a member of the Governor’s Energy Task Force during the 2000-2001 electricity crisis. Bill was also a member of the California Electricity Oversight Board, after being appointed by Gov. Davis in 2002. He currently serves as a Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointee to the SF Regional Water Quality Control Board.
GRID Alternatives client
Vivian Richardson is a GRID Alternatives client in the Bayview-Hunter’s Point community of San Francisco who has played an active role in her community around housing issues. She worked for more than 20 years as an accounts manager in telecommunications and a project manager for the San Francisco Housing Authority. She is currently providing in-home care for developmentally disabled adults through the Adult Family Home Agency.
National Advisory Council
Dan M. Kammen
Daniel M. Kammen is Professor in the Energy and Resources Group Energy and Resources Group (ERG), Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy and is Professor of Nuclear Engineering in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL). Kammen advises the U. S. and Swedish Agencies for International Development, the World Bank, and the Presidents Committee on Science and Technology (PCAST), and is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Working Group III and the Special Report on Technology Transfer).
Jigar Shah is an entrepreneur and visionary committed to leveraging the next economy by solving the challenging issues of our time. Shah has recognized this as “The Impact Economy,” also the subject of his upcoming book. His first foray in realizing his vision was the founding of SunEdison in 2003; today the world’s leading solar services company.
Kat Taylor’s life has been dedicated to serving social justice and environmental health. Kat is active in a variety of social business, public benefit and philanthropic ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, she serves as CEO of One PacificCoast Bank, a Community Development Financial Institution whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.
John Schaeffer is an American environmentalist, author, entrepreneur, and the founder and president of Real Goods, a sustainable lifestyle catalog and Real Goods Solar, a solar electric system installation business in California and Colorado. He also founded the educational nonprofit Solar Living Institute, whose mission is to promote sustainable living through inspirational environmental education.