- Saul Griffith
Co-Founder & Chief Scientist
Saul Griffith is an engineer and inventor. As Founder and Chief Scientist at Otherlab, an independent R&D lab, he helps government agencies and Fortune 500 companies understand energy infrastructure and deep decarbonization. He’s been a principal investigator and project lead on federally-funded research projects for agencies including NASA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-e), National Science Foundation and United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). He was awarded the MacArthur “Genius Grant” in 2007.
- Alex Laskey
Co-Founder and Executive Chair
Alex Laskey was the President and Founder of Opower, the global leader in cloud-based software for the utility industry. Under Laskey's leadership, Opower grew from a two-person startup to a publicly traded company whose software is used by more than half of the largest electric and gas utilities in the world. Today, Opower, now a division of Oracle, delivers more than 6 TWh of energy savings per year and helps homeowners save more than $1B per year on their energy bills. Laskey is a Board member of Arcadia and a longtime Director of the Conservation Lands Foundation. He was a founding Commissioner on the Energy Transitions Commission and a board member of Advanced Energy Economy.
- Ari Matusiak
Ari is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Purpose Venture Group, a social impact advisory firm and incubator that builds community-centered ventures to address climate and economic inequality. He has almost a decade of executive leadership and operating experience in renewable energy and household electrification. Ari served in the Obama White House as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Private Sector Engagement, where he focused on economic policy related to jobs and competitiveness and oversaw the relationship between the Administration and the private sector. He is Co-Founder and Chairman of Young Invincibles, a national nonprofit focused on delivering economic opportunity to young adults. Earlier in his career, he was the senior executive responsible for strategy and impact investing at the Rhode Island Foundation, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country. His efforts resulted in over $1 billion of affordable housing and thousands of new, local jobs. Ari was a fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University. He graduated cum laude and as a Public Interest Law Scholar from Georgetown University Law Center, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. He lives with his wife, two daughters and puppy in Southern California.
- Sam Calisch
Head of Research
Sam Calisch founded and runs Elmworks and Foli Research to develop technologies for electrification, including projects with the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, and the Department of Energy’s Buildings Technology Office. He is also a research fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s Cyclotron Road Division through Activate. Sam completed his PhD from MIT in 2019, where he led successful research collaborations with major companies, and taught hands-on science and technology development in classrooms and community labs.
- Igor Kofman
Head of Engineering
Igor Kofman is the founder and CEO of Act Now Coalition, a non-profit focused on helping policy makers and individuals make the best data-driven decisions. Previously, he was the founder and CTO of the Y-Combinator document collaboration company Hackpad which was acquired by Dropbox and became Dropbox Paper. Igor was among the early engineers and technical leaders at YouTube and built software products at Google and Microsoft.
- Donnel Baird
Donnel Baird is the founder of BlocPower, a startup that markets, finances and installs solar and energy efficiency technology to help houses of worship, non-profits, small businesses and multifamily projects slash their energy costs. Donnel spent three years as a community organizer in Brooklyn and one year as a voter contact director for Obama For America. He managed a national Change to Win/LIUNA campaign to leverage Dept. of Energy efficiency financing to create green construction jobs for out of work populations. He partnered with the Washington Interfaith Network to generate a $100m government investment in underserved communities in the District of Columbia. Donnel has a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A from Columbia Business School. BlocPower is backed by Kapor Capital and Andreessen Horowitz.
- Kiran Bhatraju
Kiran Bhatraju is the Co-Founder & CEO of Arcadia, the first nationwide renewable energy company. Bhatraju created Arcadia with the mission to change the way America consumes energy – from fossil fuels to renewables. Previously, Bhatraju was a founder of American Efficient, an energy efficiency technology company, and worked as a policy aide on Capitol Hill. He is on the board of the Environmental Voter Project and is a published author.
- Anne Evens
Anne Evens is the Chief Executive Officer of Elevate, a nonprofit organization dedicated to designing and implementing efficiency programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure the benefits of energy efficiency, demand response and renewables reach those who need them most. Ms. Evens has worked in energy efficiency and affordable housing for twenty years in both the nonprofit and governmental sectors in the U.S. and in southern Africa. Evens sits on the board of the National Housing Trust, the Executive Committee of the Board of the National Center for Healthy Housing and she’s an alumnus of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. In addition, she acted as lead researcher on the Chicago Climate Action Plan and Regional Energy Plan for the Chicago Metro Agency for Planning (CMAP).
- Mike Fishman
Mike Fishman is the former Secretary-Treasurer of Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Before serving SEIU at the national level, Mike served four terms as President of SEIU Local 32BJ, the largest property service union in the country representing 140,000 doormen, cleaners, security officers, school, and public workers. Mike began his involvement in labor as a house builder and member of the carpenter’s union. As President of 32BJ, Mike started the Green Supers Program to help provide New York City metropolitan area with a professional building service workforce capable of reducing energy use, conserving water, saving money, and providing a cleaner and healthier building to live in. Mike continued his work to help build a green economy as a founding officer of Climate Jobs New York (CJNY). Mike now serves as President and Executive Director of Climate Jobs National Resource Center (CJNRC).
- Jacob Harold
Jacob Harold is the Executive Vice President of Candid, the data platform for civil society. Candid was formed by the merger of GuideStar—where Harold served as CEO—with the Foundation Center. At GuideStar, he oversaw a tripling of GuideStar’s reach, a new focus on programmatic data, and partnerships with organizations ranging from Google and the Gates Foundation. Harold came to GuideStar from the Hewlett Foundation where he managed $30 million in grants to build a 21st century infrastructure for smart giving. Earlier in his career, he worked as a strategy consultant at Bridgespan and a climate change campaigner/strategist with the Packard Foundation, Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace. Harold has been named to the Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50 seven times. Harold earned an AB summa cum laude from Duke University and an MBA from Stanford. His essays on climate change and philanthropic strategy have been used as course materials at Stanford, Duke, Harvard, Oxford, and Tsinghua. Harold has further training from Green Corps, Bain, Santa Fe Institute, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Harold is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where his parents led community-based nonprofit organizations. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two sons.
- Lynn Jurich
Lynn Jurich is Co-Executive Chair and Co-Founder of Sunrun (Nasdaq: RUN), the nation’s leading home solar, battery storage, and energy services company. Today with more than $3 billion in installed solar systems across 22 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, Sunrun is revolutionizing how consumers generate and store electricity using rechargeable home solar and batteries. Before Sunrun, Lynn worked at Summit Partners, whereas one of few female venture capitalists, she completed investments with an aggregate market value of over $900 million in the financial services and technology sectors. Lynn was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2013 and Forbes’ Women to Watch in 2015. Lynn earned her BS in Science, Technology and Society and MBA from Stanford University. Lynn serves on the Board of Directors of Generate Capital and is a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. In her free time, Lynn brings her competitive spirit to the tennis court and nurtures her appreciation of nature with long walks. As a mom, she also loves spending time with her children and husband.
- Lori Lodes
Lori Lodes is Executive Director and co-founder of Climate Power, an independent strategic communications and paid media operation focused on building the political will and public support for bold climate action. Previously, Lori was Director of Corporate Communications for Apple, overseeing public relations for its corporate values; including the environment, supplier responsibility and job creation. Before heading to Silicon Valley, Lori's work focused on developing strategic campaigns at the nexus of policy, politics and communications. Over the last two decades, Lori has been at the center of key national and state progressive fights, from the passage, implementation and defense of the Affordable Care Act to the Kavanaugh confirmation to raising the minimum wage to gun violence prevention. Lori served as Director of Communications at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for President Obama, where she led outreach and public education for HealthCare.gov. She also served as Deputy Communications Director for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.
- Jonathan Scott
Jonathan Scott is a renowned designer and builder and co-host/co-executive producer of the Emmy nominated television series Property Brothers which reaches 80 million viewers annually in the US and broadcasts in over 160 countries/territories around the globe. He is co-founder of Scott Brothers Entertainment and Scott Brothers Global through which he manufactures more than ten thousand products for the home. Having built or renovated more than 500 homes during his career, his passion for helping families naturally led him to become an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity as a Habitat Humanitarian, the international housing organization’s highest honor. Shortly after co-authoring the e-book “Knowledge is Power” with Vice President Al Gore and his NGO, Climate Reality, Jonathan made his directorial debut with the PBS documentary “Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip” which was a deep dive into the war being waged against the renewable energy industry by fossil fuel utilities. Social responsibility is deeply engrained in Jonathan’s being and he’s simply keeping a childhood promise to his parents to try his best to make this world a better place.
- Leah Stokes
Leah Stokes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She works on energy, climate and environmental politics. Within American politics, her work focuses on representation and public opinion, voting behavior, and public policy, particularly at the state level. Within environmental politics, Stokes researches climate change, renewable energy, water and chemicals policy. Leah completed her PhD in Public Policy in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning’s Environmental Policy & Planning group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also received a masters from MIT's Political Science Department and, before that, completed an MPA in Environmental Science & Policy at the School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
- Jenna Tatum
Jenna Tatum is the Director of the Building Electrification Institute, an organization that provides cities with the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to accelerate an equitable transition away from fossil fuels in buildings. Jenna previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, where she oversaw the implementation of New York City’s energy efficiency programs, managed the building sector analysis for the City’s Roadmap to 80x50 report, and led development of the city’s building electrification strategy. Prior to the NYC Mayor’s Office, Jenna served as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and worked on several political campaigns. Jenna holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA.
- Adam Zurofsky
Adam Zurofsky is a senior policy advisor to Rewiring America. He was, until 2019, the Director of State Policy and Agency Management for the State of New York. In that capacity, Adam led the development and implementation of all major policy initiatives for New York State and was responsible for strategic management of the State’s executive agencies and authorities and their more than 150,000 employees. Prior to that, Adam served as Deputy Secretary for Energy and Finance for the State of New York where he directly oversaw all policy and regulatory aspects of New York State's energy, climate, and finance portfolios. Among other things, Adam was responsible for leading implementation of the State's climate agenda, including establishing the U.S. Climate Alliance of 25 states and territories committed to upholding the Paris Climate Accords and the decarbonization of the over $200 billion New York Common Retirement Fund. Prior to his time in government, Adam was a partner in the law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel, LLP, where he represented companies and boards of directors in a variety of litigation, regulatory, and governance matters. He currently teaches climate policy at Columbia University's SIPA school and has taught, published, and lectured on topics ranging from corporate purpose to the clean energy transition in various capacities over the course of his career. Adam holds an A.B. with honors in political science from Stanford University and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. He lives in New York City with his wife, three children, and their dog.
- Adrienne Harris
Adrienne Harris was an advisor until September when she became Acting Superintendent for New York State Department of Financial Services. She is a professor of practice at the University of Michigan. The former chief business development officer and general counsel at States Title, Inc., she previously served as special assistant for economic policy to President Obama at the White House National Economic Council, focusing on issues including financial reform, financial technology, and housing finance reform. Harris also served as senior advisor to the Deputy Secretary in the U.S. Department of Treasury, and represented financial institutions and other corporations as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Financial Health Network and of Homie, a prop-tech company. She is an advisor to several fintech and prop-tech companies. Harris earned her JD from Columbia Law School, her MBA with specializations in economics and management from New York University, and her BA from Georgetown University.
- John Rhodes
John Rhodes was an advisor until August 2021 when he became Special Assistant to President Biden for Climate Policy. He was Chair of the New York’s Public Service Commission until February 2021, after previously serving as Chief Executive Officer of NYSERDA, New York’s clean energy agency. In these roles, he played a leading part in developing and implementing New York’s nation-leading clean energy policies.