- 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 is the author of Electrify and The Big Switch. 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
Co-founder and CEO
Ari “Breaker Box” Matusiak is the CEO of Rewiring America. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Purpose Venture Group, a social impact incubator building ventures to address climate and economic inequality. He 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 Administration’s relationship with the private sector. Ari was Chief Strategy Officer at Renovate America, which was the largest residential renewable energy and financing platform in the U.S., financing $3.5 billion of improvements across 150,000 homes. He is Co-Founder of Young Invincibles, a nonprofit delivering economic opportunity to young adults. As the senior executive responsible for strategy and impact investing at the Rhode Island Foundation, he secured over $1 billion of new affordable housing and thousands of new, local jobs. Ari 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 dog in Southern California. Ari is proudly from Wisconsin. His family owns two shares of stock in the nonprofit Green Bay Packers, making him a part-owner of an NFL franchise.
- Cammie Croft
Chief of Staff
Cammie Croft is the Chief of Staff at Rewiring America. She has spent two decades at the intersection of advocacy, marketing, and technology scaling organizations and building high-performing teams that love what they do. She is a nationally recognized and award-winning campaign strategist whose work spans the White House, Amnesty International, Khan Academy, the Guardian, and the 2008 Obama Campaign. Cammie worked for the Obama Administration, serving at the White House and Energy Department, building first-of-their-kind digital teams. Cammie comes to Rewiring America from FWD.us, where she served as their Chief Community Officer and Managing Director. Cammie graduated with Distinction from the University of Washington, where her peers selected her into the Student Hall of Fame.
- Keishaa Austin
Engagement and Partnerships
Keishaa Austin is the Head of Engagement and Partnerships at Rewiring America. She joins Rewiring America from the Energy Division at the California Public Utilities Commission, where she served as a Senior Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst in Grid Planning and Reliability. While at the CPUC she led the development of the CPUC’s Distributed Energy Resources’ Action Plan 2.0. Prior to that she worked as a Program Analyst at the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia, where she developed engagement and outreach programs focused on Distributed Energy Resources. Before earning her law degree, Keishaa held a variety of roles with media and entertainment companies including Urban One Inc., BET Networks and Capitol Music Group. Keishaa earned her law degree at Texas Southern University and her bachelor’s degree from Howard University. Keishaa is from Los Angeles, CA.
- Sam Calisch
Sam "Heat Pump" Calisch leads Special Projects at Rewiring America, with a focus on unlocking opportunities and tackling thorny problems on the way to electrifying a billion machines. He is the founder of Elmworks, a start-up developing manufacturing technologies for electrification, and is a Research Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s Cyclotron Road Division through Activate. Sam has run projects with the National Science Foundation, the DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office, and the DOE's Buildings Technology Office, and recently collaborated with Saul Griffith and Laura Fraser on Electrify, an optimistic vision for a zero carbon future. Sam completed his PhD from MIT in 2019, where he worked with major companies on technology development and taught hands-on STEM in classrooms and community labs. Sam lives in Berkeley, California, but remains a midwesterner at heart.
- Lauren Fraser
Lauren Fraser is leading Growth at Rewiring America. Her team is responsible for launching and scaling new projects and programs and supporting the internal growth of the organization. Before transitioning to work on climate change she worked in consumer technology and media. Most recently, she was the COO of CrowdTangle, an analytics company acquired by Facebook. Prior to that she managed sports partnerships at Twitter and was the Director of Business Development at Bleacher Report. Lauren graduated from Georgetown University and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and two daughters.
- Rachael Grace
Rachael Grace is Senior Director of Policy at Rewiring America. She leads the policy team in its federal and state policy development and strategy. Prior, Rachael worked in ESG consulting for private equity and impact investors. Here, she developed the firm’s climate change diligence framework, assessed over 80 companies in sectors ranging from industrials to tech to consumer, and led the firm’s own environmental corporate responsibility. She has also worked as a triple-bottom line economic development consultant for multiple cities across the country including Austin, New York, and Augusta. She holds a MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Earth Institute where she was an environmental fellow. She also holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and a certificate from Columbia University’s Indigenous Summer Studies Program (ISSP).
- Sarah Lazarovic
Communications and Brand
Sarah Lazarovic is the Head of Communications and Brand at Rewiring America. She is an artist, writer, creative director, and marketing strategist.
As VP of Marketing at Clean Prosperity, Sarah increased public support for carbon pricing and stronger climate policy. In 2021 she launched Talk Climate to Me, a free climate education experience that has trained thousands of women across NorthAmerica.
In 2014, her book A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy, a visual essay about consumerism, was published by Penguin. She writes a sustainability column for Yes! Magazine and her climate comics and charts appear all over the world.
Sarah has created award-winning films for Canada’s National Film Board and been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre. In 2015, she was awarded a Massey Fellowship to study behavioral science and environmental policy at the University of Toronto. Sarah has taught communications and design at Humber College and frequently gives climate communications talks.
- Stephen Pantano
Steve is the Head of Research at Rewiring America. He joins the team from CLASP, where for the past ten years he led global teams delivering policy, market development programs, research, and technical analysis aimed at maximizing the climate and energy access benefits that can be achieved with energy efficient appliances and equipment. In this role he authored an influential report on heating electrification and oversaw development of analytical models to quantify the greenhouse gas reduction potential of on-grid and off-grid appliances. Steve previously worked for ICF International, where he led a technical team developing ENERGY STAR appliance test procedures and specifications, and spent years before that tinkering with and testing everything from fuel cells to Space Shuttle hardware. He has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.
- Leah Stokes
Leah Stokes is Rewiring America's Senior Policy Counsel. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Leah’s book, Short Circuiting Policy, examines the role that utilities have played in promoting climate denial and rolling back clean energy laws. It was named the Best Energy Book of 2020 by the American Energy Society, listed as a top 5 climate book from 2020 by The New York Times, and won 3 awards from the American Political Science Association. Leah’s academic research has been published in top journals including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Nature Energy, Energy Policy, and Environmental Science & Technology. 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).
- Laura Fraser
Laura Fraser is the Wordsmith of the Communications team at Rewiring America. She is an award-winning journalist and essayist whose work has been featured in numerous national publications and anthologies. She is the author of four nonfiction books, including the New York Times-bestselling memoir An Italian Affair. She has collaborated with several authors on their books, including Rewiring America founder Saul Griffith’s Electrify (MIT Press). She is also a mentor for the OpEd Project and was founder and Editorial Director of the feminist digital press Shebooks. She is a long-time San Franciscan, a devoted salsa dancer, and has kept a list of all the books she’s read since she was 12. Find her at laurafraser.com.
- Katie Ingebreston
Engagement and Partnerships
Katie Ingebretson works on the Engagement and Partnerships team at Rewiring America where she supports municipal work including the Mayors and Municipal Leaders Coalition. She previously worked in politics, serving on both Obama campaigns, from field operations in the Iowa caucuses to Deputy Battleground States Director for the reelection. She was a political appointee during the first term of the Obama Administration at the Pentagon, where she was awarded the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Achievement. She has since worked on efforts spanning entertainment and media, education and green energy.
She is a proud native of the panhandle of Texas, though currently resides in Pasadena in California.
- Jamal Lewis
Jamal is the Director of Policy Partnerships and Equitable Electrification for Rewiring America. Previously, he led the energy and climate initiatives at Green & Healthy Homes Initiative and worked with states and localities across the country to advance electrification, healthy housing, and energy efficiency programs and policies. He has multiple publications outlining pathways to promoting equity by retrofitting our existing housing stock to be healthy, energy-efficient, all-electric, and affordable. He is a Young, Gifted, & Green 40 under 40 award recipient for his leadership in Environmental Justice.
Jamal has an MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate from the Fall 2021 DC Cohort of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute.
- Christopher Mayorga
Christopher Mayorga is part of the Research team at Rewiring America where he conducts research on energy prices related to heating homes and transportation, in addition to building community with other climate and environmental justice organizers. He is a resident of San Antonio, TX where he strives to be current with local campaigns and direct actions. Some issues he is passionate about include: supporting low income and working class folks cope with the effects of climate change; transforming systems to be just and equitable; expanding access to electric vehicles and appliances. Christopher completed his Bachelor’s in Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. He also holds a Certificate in Data Science from Codeup. Christopher was born and raised in Worthington, MN.
- Rob O'Donnell
Rob O'Donnell is part of the Communications team at Rewiring America. He is the Founder of 38 Paces, a leading communications, consulting, and production firm. During the 2020 cycle, Rob directed and produced TV, radio and digital ads for Presidential, statewide, and congressional campaigns. As the Director of Broadcast Media at the White House under President Obama, he briefed President Obama for all on camera media appearances. As part of the senior communications team, he developed and executed the White House’s communications strategy and media appearances by the President and senior White House and Administration officials. Prior to joining the White House, Rob served as the Co-Executive Director for the House Democratic Policy & Communications Committee (DPCC). Prior to that, he was a Vice President at SKDKnickerbocker and a press aide on President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and at the Department of Justice.
- Christin Pelgrum
Christin Pelgrum is the Operations + Administrative Manager at Rewiring America. Over the course of her career, Christin has taught micro- and macroeconomics at her alma mater, led data analytics and reporting for an economic development nonprofit, as well as served as the EA to executives of Silicon Valley tech startups and venture capital firms. She earned both her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and her Master degree in Applied Economics from Ohio University. She lives with her husband, three children and Portuguese Water Dog in Issaquah, Washington where she spends her free time hiking, camping and paddle boarding.
- Joel Rosenberg
Joel Rosenberg is part of the Special Projects team at Rewiring America. He is an educator and entrepreneur focused on helping solve the climate crisis for his elementary-age daughter, his amazing partner, and the future of everyone on the planet. He has worked on science and engineering education — especially how to teach about energy systems — at the Museum of Science, Boston; the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany; the Lawrence Hall of Science at U.C. Berkeley; Maker Media; and Otherlab. He is also the co-founder of 3D Fab Light, an industrial laser cutter company. Joel has a mechanical engineering degree from MIT, and a master’s from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.
- Nicole Staple
Nicole Staple is part of the Growth Team at Rewiring America and a consultant for consumer businesses tackling opportunities at the intersection of technology and positive social impact. She previously co-founded Brideside, a direct-to-consumer retailer in the bridal industry, leading the company as CEO and growing from concept to national ecommerce platform with six retail stores. Under her leadership, Brideside became one of the largest woman-owned venture businesses headquartered in Chicago. Nicole has also held positions as a venture capital investor at Silicon Valley Bank and a healthcare investment banker, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the cancer support nonprofit The Red Door Community (previously Gilda’s Club New York). Nicole is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she was a varsity lacrosse player, and has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She lives outside of Los Angeles in Topanga Canyon.
- 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.
- Igor Kofman
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.
- 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.
- 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.