Board of Directors & Staff

CALSEIA’s membership dues support professional staff, including a legislative and regulatory lobbyist, who advocate on members’ behalf at the Legislature, Governor’s Office, and at state and local agencies. CALSEIA is governed by a 15 member Board of Directors. These individuals are leaders in the solar industry, and CALSEIA members-in-good-standing for at least one year. Directors are nominated by and voted on by CALSEIA members in November. Directors serve a term of 3 years and serve without compensation. 


 

Board of Directors 

 

Name

Email

Title

Category

Board Term Ends December…

Aaron Thurlow

aaronthurlow@gmail.com

Director

Manufacturer

2014

Benjamin Airth

Benjamin.Airth@energycenter.org

Director

At Large

2015

Jeanine Cotter

jeanine@luminalt.com

Director

At Large

           2014

Pat Redgate

predgate@amecosolar.com

Director

At-Large

2015

Bill Stewart

bstewart@solarcraft.com

Director

Contractor

2016

Cecilia Aguillon

Cecilia.Aguillon@kyocera.com

Vice President

Manufacturer

2016

Ed Murray

ed@aztecsolar.com

Treasurer

Contractor

2016

Gary Gerber

gary@sunlightandpower.com

Director

Contractor

2016

Greg Gahagan

gmg6@aol.com

Director

Manufacturer

2015

Jason Hanson

jhanson@sierrapacifichome.com

Director

Contractor

2015

Sanjay Ranchod

sranchod@solarcity.com  

Director

Contractor

2014

John Parry

john@solarworksca.com

Director

Contractor

2014

Les Nelson

les.nelson@iapmo.org

Director

At Large

2015

Rick Reed

rreed@solarsupply.com

President

Manufacturer

2014

Adam Gerza

adam@sullivansolarpower.com

Director

At-Large

201

 Staff

Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director

Ms. Del Chiaro brings over a decade of policy and communications experience on renewable energy issues in California, and in particular, solar power. As the Director of Clean Energy and Global Warming Programs at Environment California, a citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, Ms. Del Chiaro was a leading voice, if not the principle architect, of nearly all of the major clean energy policy initiatives over the last decade. These initiatives include the Million Solar Roofs Initiative (SB 1), California Solar Initiative, the Solar Water Heating Initiative (AB 1470), and the renewable portfolio standards established at the state and local levels.  She's authored several clean energy reports and has been quoted widely in the media including MSNBC, NPR, BBC World News, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and dozens of local and trade outlets. Del Chiaro, a California native, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley 

Kelsea Jones, Deputy Director

Kelsea Jones got her start in solar early on. Growing up in a family with both parents in the solar industry, an 8kw PV system, and solar thermal on her childhood home, Jones gained her passion and deep understanding of solar energy. Originally from Florida, Jones moved to California to pursue a career in the solar industry. She graduated Cum Laude from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in English. While at FIU, Jones helped pilot some of the university’s first large-scale environmental efforts - implementing programs that are still continued today, served on committees on sustainability, and conducted environmental service in the Galapagos Islands.

Brad Heavner, Policy Director

Brad has over sixteen years of clean energy advocacy experience with statewide and national organizations. He was the architect of the nation’s strictest state policy on existing coal-fired power plants, the Healthy Air Act, and led the campaign for Maryland’s law modeled on California’s AB 32. He is the author of dozens of research reports written for statewide policy campaigns across the country. Before joining CALSEIA’s staff in 2013 he was working to support the development of Sonoma Clean Power and other Community Choice Aggregation initiatives in California.

Will Gonzalez, Lobbyist 

Will Gonzalez has over 15 years of legislative and political experience. In 2002 he established his firm, Gonzalez Public Affairs, which specializes in legislative advocacy on transportation, environmental, and energy issues and prides itself on its policy expertise and close bipartisan relationships. The firm has achieved significant legislative victories for its clients including securing millions in state transportation funding, helping pass sweeping renewable energy laws, and spearheading efforts to reform state procurement.

Donald Simon, General Counsel

Donald primarily focuses on matters related to business and construction law, solar, green building and environmental policy.  He has broad experience representing public and private clients on a multitude of contract, litigation, regulatory and general business issues.  Donald co-founded the firm’s Green Business Practice Group and led the firm’s internal sustainability efforts, including becoming the first law firm to attain green business certification.


 

Board of Director Elections

CALSEIA is governed by a 15-member board of directors who represent all aspects of the solar industry - from manufacturers, to contractors, to at-large members who can represent various industry segments. Elections are usually very close as CALSEIA's board is comprised of the most knowledgeable solar industry leaders in California.  

All Board of Director members have been CALSEIA members for at least one year, and are members-in-good-standing. Directors are nominated by and voted on by CALSEIA members in November. Directors serve a term of 3 years and serve without compensation.

Read more about how to become a CALSEIA Director here.