Ryan Edwards - Board Co-Chair
Ryan joined SunPower in 2017 to change the way the world is powered. Ryan is responsible for the $2.5B Residential Lease portfolio, specifically cash planning and execution including tax and cash equity capital contributions, debt draws, distributions, and debt service. Ryan is a 2017 McCombs MBA and Navy Veteran that served as a Mission Commander and Instructor Tactical Coordinator on the P-8 Poseidon and P-3 Orion.
Melissa Miller - Board Co-Chair
Melissa Miller, Regional Manager of Central US Development for Avangrid Renewables, has been developing renewables since 2002. At Avangrid, Melissa’s primary focus is in the development of large scale wind and solar in the Central US. As former President of Miller Wind + Renewables and Vice President of Texas Development for Cielo Wind Power, Ms. Miller has diverse experience in large-scale commercial wind project development, including the operational 161MW Brazos Wind Project, 78MW Golden Spread Panhandle Wind Ranch, 161MW Spinning Spur Wind Ranch, and the 161MW Spinning Spur Two Wind Ranch and the development of the 200MW Unity Wind Project.
Cameron Freberg - Treasurer
Cameron Freberg is a Utility Strategist for Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies at Austin Energy and has experience working across many areas in the utility industry. His work at Austin has supported program development and operations around new technologies to include energy storage, electric vehicles, demand response, marketing campaign development, and serving as a liaison for new technology initiatives with academia, industry, and the community. Previously, Cameron worked in the Energy Research and Technology Initiatives department at CPS Energy in San Antonio. Cameron holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on Urban and Environmental Planning from Texas State University.
Scott Macmurdo - Board Vice Chair
Scott manages Duke Energy Renewables’ relationships with corporate renewable energy buyers. This includes connecting corporate customers with grid-scale solar and wind projects in Texas and beyond. He joined Duke from NRG Energy, where he helped businesses implement a wide range of energy technologies intended to achieve sustainability goals. Scott has held prior positions at the Corporate Eco Forum, a membership organization for Fortune 500 sustainability executives; and the Council on Foreign Relations, a foreign policy think tank. Scott has an MA in Sustainable Energy Policy from Columbia University and a BA in International Studies and French from Rhodes College.
Jeff Risley - Secretary
With 25 years of experience in marketing, business development, strategy, consulting, sales, organizational growth, project management, and relationship building, Jeff’s presence at Saxum helps convert instincts into intentions and data into decisions. With an MBA from Benedictine College and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, Jeff is a Kansan at heart, but has built his reputation in leadership at marketing, engineering and energy firms in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Kansas City, like Barkley, Brightergy, Bartlett & West, CM Services and others. Now, Jeff leads teams in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Houston as the company aims to strategically grow their business across the United States, and make smart and efficient investments in new technologies and diverse talent.
Rich Lautzenheiser - Board Member
Rich has led a distinguished career as a global sales and business development executive with several high technology companies including Broadcom and Hewlett Packard. He has extensive experience in enterprise computing, enterprise storage and cloud computing. Rich has a proven track record of competing to win major business opportunities and market share, earning and retaining customer loyalty and trust, driving predictable revenue growth and developing teams and leaders. He recently redirected his energy and focus to helping build up and support renewable and clean energy companies and organizations in Texas. Rich joined the CleanTX board of directors in 2019.
Callie Taylor - Business Relations Committee Chair
Callie is currently the Director of Economic Development for Clean Technologies at the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Before joining the Austin Chamber, she was the Director of Customer Retention at NRG Energy’s home solar division which is where she developed her passion for renewable energy. Her background includes 10 years of consulting, marketing, training and account management experience.
Richard Amato - Events and Marketing Committee Chair
Bringing together his background and expertise in clean energy and business development, Amato heads up the IC2 Institute’s energy initiatives, including the World Bank Climate Innovation Center Program and the Energy Incubator at ATI. In addition, Amato also provides support for the programs in India focused on developing the infrastructure necessary to support a robust, entrepreneurial clean-tech environment targeted at solving India’s critical energy issues. Prior to joining IC2, he founded and served as President and CEO of Venti Energy, a renewable development company dedicated to increasing the supply of clean and reliable energy.
Conley Covert - Business Development Committee Co-Chair
Conley serves as a Merit Reviewer for the United States Department of Energy, and focuses on incorporating energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy options for commercial real estate projects.
Sarah Ryan - Thought Leadership Committee Co-Chair
Sarah came to Environmental Defense Fund over three years ago with a background in economics and environmental issues. As a project manager on the clean energy team, her work at EDF is both state specific and national and she focuses on a wide range of issues such as storage, electric vehicles, and various components of grid modernization. Sarah also assists in the implementation and execution of projects that accelerate technology innovation and market adoption of clean energy. She works to demonstrate the case for the wider implementation of renewables and other clean energy solutions through hard data and sound economics.
Jonathan Wagenknecht - Communication Committee Co-Chair
Jonathan is an Ops & Business Analyst within Transmission of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). Prior to joining LCRA, he worked in Houston spending time in oil and gas as well as storm water/flood management, where he earned his Professional Engineering license. Jonathan developed his passion for renewable energy at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, where he received both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He actively works with one of his former professors at a hydro-kinetic energy start-up. In his free time, Jonathan spends time in the sports technology industry as well as volunteering with the special needs community in Austin, with Imagine A Way and Special Olympics.
Thomas “Tommy” Tynes is an attorney in private practice with 9+ years of experience in
energy policy and law. Previously, he served as Regulatory Counsel for Tesla. In that capacity, Tommy represents company’sTesla’s interests related to electric vehicles, battery storage technology, and distributed solar generation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and multiple state utility commissions. Tommy also worked as a Staff Attorney at the
Texas Public Utility Commission, a Federal Government Relations Specialist at NextEra Energy,
and a Chief of Staff in the Texas House of Representatives.
Ben Ramirez III - Board Member
Ben has over 20 years of experience assisting the transformation of local companies into global competitors. Ben manages the Foreign Trade Zone of Central Texas with member companies’ annual exports totaling between $250-$500 million. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Ben to the Texas Camino Real District Export Council in 2016. He also serves as Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Austin’s Center for Global Trade.
Chris Reeder - Board Member
Chris Reeder is a partner at Husch Blackwell’s Austin, Texas, location, one of the firm’s 18 U.S. offices. The firm is designed around our client industries, with leaders from inside and outside the legal realm shaping strategies and solutions. Chris has nearly 30 years of experience in administrative law with an emphasis in matters pertaining to energy and natural resources. He represents participants in numerous areas of the electric industry, including competitive retail providers, independent power producers, power marketers, investor-owned and public power utilities, investors, lenders and customers. Chris focuses on a broad scope of regulatory issues, including compliance and enforcement, commercial disputes, market structure, development related matters and certification.
Ron Van Dell
Ron Van Dell has an exceptional track record of success and proven leadership skills in early-stage, turn-around and established businesses. As CEO of ViZn Energy Systems, he transformed the company into a complete business recognized as a global leader in grid-scale energy storage. As CEO of SolarBridge Technologies, now part of Sunpower, Van Dell led the development and launch of a ground-breaking microinverter solution for AC Solar Modules. Before SolarBridge, Van Dell served as CEO at Primarion (sold to Infineon), CEO at Legerity (spin off of Communication Division of AMD), GM for Dell Computer’s Dimension Line of Business ($6B in sales), and VP-GM of Communication Products at Harris Semiconductor.
Julie Beggs - Board Member
Julie Beggs is the Principal Owner of Tilde Strategies, a consulting group committed to providing leadership development and communications solutions to inspire and influence change within organizations. Before founding Tilde Strategies, Beggs served as the Vice-President of Corporate Services for Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC). She was responsible for operations directly affecting employees, including Human Resources, Safety, Training, Facilities Management, Strategic Performance, Communications and Community Engagement. Prior to joining PEC, Beggs worked for the City of Austin in a variety of roles, most recently as the Deputy Director of the Corporate Communications Department. Her role at the city included ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, producing internal and external communications, and providing exceptional customer experience with employees, elected officials, and constituents.
Raina Hornaday - Board Member
Raina is the General Manager and Co-Founder of Caprock Renewables. She drives development of Caprocks' portfolio. Previously, she was the General Manager and Co-Owner of Cielo Wind Power, the largest independent wind developer in Texas with over 1GW of operational projects. She has significant experience in all aspects of renewables development and the ERCOT market.
Kenneth Donohoo - Board Member
Ken joined Electric Power Engineers, Inc. (EPE) in October 2017. EPE is a lead engineering consulting and management service firm for electric utilities, municipalities, cooperatives as well as energy resource developers. Ken is leading teams focused on meeting customer needs related to transmission & distribution system analysis, substation and electric system design, energy market analysis, grid integration of energy resources, renewable energy, generation development, and design of wind, solar, biomass, as well as energy storage.
Andrew Israelson - Board Member
Tony is a University of Texas MBA graduate with a background in real estate, accounting and finance. He currently consults for Austin area developers and is Managing Partner at the investment and development firm, Koinis Ventures LLC. He works heavily with his local youth group and is a Deacon at Bannockburn Church Dripping Springs
Crystal Perkins - Board Member
Crystal Kay Perkins is strategy and fundraising consultant for progressive campaigns and organizations. She also serves as a Senior Advisor of the Texas Democratic Party. Most recently, she served as the party's Executive Director from 2015-2019. She has experience in fundraising and management roles on all levels of government, federal, state and local. During her time in DC, held positions at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). She has worked in over 15 states specializing in tough races in red and battleground districts.
Carlos St. James - Board Member
Carlos is currently Director of Business Development at Voltabox of Texas, Inc., a German manufacturer of energy storage solutions with commercial and industrial applications. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and completed his undergraduate work in international economics at DePaul University. Carlos’ interest at CleanTX is two-fold: working to expand membership into larger multinationals to help cement the organization’s leadership position, and assisting in the ongoing fusion of the Mexican and Texas power sectors into a single larger market.
Danielle Murray - Board Member
Danielle Murray is the Manager of Commercial & Key Accounts at Austin Energy. Previously, she spent five years as the Manager of Customer Renewable Energy Solutions, overseeing the municipal utility’s distributed generation and green power programs. These include the wind-based GreenChoice program, Community Solar program, rooftop solar incentive programs, solar inspections, solar rate and policy development, and DER integration. Danielle received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and Master’s degrees in Planning and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto.
Kim Dabrowski - Student Board Member
Kim Dabrowski received her B.A. in International Relations from UCLA in 2012. After enjoying an early career of insurance underwriting for a number of years, Kim decided to pursue a Masters in Public Affairs and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. During her studies she has consulted on numerous projects related to electric vehicle charging infrastructure and utility rates and is currently focusing her studies on energy policy and financing. She is hoping to leverage her prior experience conducting risk analysis for the insurance industry with her studies to pursue a finance or strategy role in the clean energy space.
Sarah Cove - Board Member
Sarah Cove is a Managing Director of The Taligens Group, a Houston-based management consulting company specializing in strategy mobilization and cultural alignment. With a passion for the clean energy transition and creating purpose-driven environments centered around trust, Sarah has implemented large-scale strategic programs across the globe in a variety of industries including utilities, O&G, manufacturing, and technology. Holding a B.A. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University, Sarah lives in Houston, TX where she also serves as Chairwoman of the Board for Capital IDEA Houston, a non-profit focused on economic mobility.