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Abby Corso
Abby Corso
Chief Strategy Officer
Abby Francisco
Abby Francisco
Project Manager, New Markets
Adam Goldstein
Adam Goldstein
Director, Financial Services
Adrienne Fox
Adrienne Fox
Communication Support Associate
Akosua Goosby
Akosua Goosby
Community Resource Coordinator
Al Barassa
Al Barassa
Senior Accounting Associate
Al Musavi
Al Musavi
Technology and Data Services Developer
Alexander Helbach
Alexander Helbach
Art Director
Alisha Young
Alisha Young
Salesforce Manager
Amanda Gramigna
Amanda Gramigna
Senior Manager, Environmental Health
Amber Vignieri
Amber Vignieri
IT Technical Support Specialist
Amy Jewel
Amy Jewel
Associate Director, Energy Efficiency Programs
Angel Sierra Gutierrez
Angel Sierra Gutierrez
IT Helpdesk Supervisor
Angelina Benson-Glanz
Angelina Benson-Glanz
Director, New Market Initiatives
Anna Dabkowska
Anna Dabkowska
Technical Services Team Administrator
Anna Markowski
Anna Markowski
Senior Manager, Integrated Program Operations
Anna McCreery
Anna McCreery
Research Manager
Anne Evens
Anne Evens
Chief Executive Officer
Anne McKibbin
Anne McKibbin
Director, Policy
Anthena Gore
Anthena Gore
Project Coordinator, Public Sector Programs
Anthony Powell
Anthony Powell
Community Resource Coordinator
Antonia Ornelas
Antonia Ornelas
Chief Program Officer
Araceli Martinez
Araceli Martinez
Project Manager, Smart Grid
Bethany Olson
Bethany Olson
Project Manager, Smart Grid
Bill Kielb
Bill Kielb
HVAC Specialist
Bill Lyons
Bill Lyons
Technical Project Lead
Booker Vance
Booker Vance
Manager, Policy Outreach
Brandon House
Brandon House
Solar Project Manager
Brian Groskreutz
Brian Groskreutz
Smart Grid Programs Coordinator
Briana Parker
Briana Parker
Policy Manager
Bruce Tognetti
Bruce Tognetti
Senior Energy Engineer
Bryan Nelson
Bryan Nelson
Construction Coordinator
Camilo McConnell
Camilo McConnell
Marketing Coordinator
Carl Hertz
Carl Hertz
Director, Information Technology
Carly Franzen
Carly Franzen
Marketing Coordinator
Caroline Pakenham
Caroline Pakenham
Senior Manager, Water Programs
Carolyn Richards
Carolyn Richards
Smart Grid Programs Coordinator
Carrie Donohoe
Carrie Donohoe
Senior Project Lead
ChaNell Marshall
ChaNell Marshall
Associate Director, Proposal Engagement
Chad Nobbe
Chad Nobbe
Technical Services Developer
Charles Bush
Charles Bush
IT Technical Support Specialist
Chelsea Wilson
Chelsea Wilson
Data Analyst
Chris Steinhoff
Chris Steinhoff
Manager, Construction Services
Colleen Collins
Colleen Collins
Principal Operations Consultant
Daniel Leroy
Daniel Leroy
IT Technical Support Specialist
Daniel Wolf
Daniel Wolf
Technical Projects Coordinator
Danny Song
Danny Song
Accounting Assistant
Dara Reiff
Dara Reiff
Senior Manager, Nonprofit Programs
Delmar Gillus
Delmar Gillus
Chief Operating Officer
Diego Tena
Diego Tena
Program Support Associate
Ebony Jones
Ebony Jones
Director of Human Resources
Elena Savona
Elena Savona
Director, Public Sector Programs
Elizabeth Corrado
Elizabeth Corrado
Manager, Public Sector Programs
Elizabeth Judson
Elizabeth Judson
Director, Program Management
Elizabeth Ornelas
Elizabeth Ornelas
Program Support Associate
Emily Robinson
Emily Robinson
Senior Manager, Housing and Community Development
Emma Baumgart
Emma Baumgart
Senior Communications Coordinator
Eric Gallegos
Eric Gallegos
Manager, Software Development
Erik Loarca
Erik Loarca
Project Lead
Eya Louis
Eya Louis
Contractor Development Coordinator
Freddie Golden
Freddie Golden
Senior Construction Analyst
Gabriel Guevara
Gabriel Guevara
Community Resource Coordinator
Griselda Baca
Griselda Baca
Environmental Health Project Coordinator
Gus Sandoval
Gus Sandoval
Project Coordinator, Public Sector Programs
Hank Love
Hank Love
Director, Midwest Market Development and Strategy
Hannah Magnuson
Hannah Magnuson
Marketing Coordinator
Honnie Leinartas
Honnie Leinartas
Senior Energy Specialist
Jackie Wiese
Jackie Wiese
Senior Manager, New Markets
Jacob Hostetler
Jacob Hostetler
Senior Marketing Coordinator
Jake Archbell
Jake Archbell
Project Manager, Solar Programs
Jake Jaskowiak
Jake Jaskowiak
Program Support Associate
James Burrell
James Burrell
Technology and Data Services Developer
James Donnelly
James Donnelly
Senior Project Manager
Jan Gudell
Jan Gudell
Senior Manager, Solar Programs
Javier Gonzalez
Javier Gonzalez
Senior Manager, Technical and Construction Services
Jeanine Otte
Jeanine Otte
Associate Director, Workforce Development
Jenny Riley
Jenny Riley
Associate Director, Marketing
Jeremi Bryant
Jeremi Bryant
Regional Community Liaison
Joanna Racho
Joanna Racho
Project Coordinator, Solar Programs
Joe Kamberos
Joe Kamberos
Senior Project Lead
John Blaser
John Blaser
Associate Director, Technology and Data Services
Jose Lara
Jose Lara
Salesforce Administrator
Jourdan Nash
Jourdan Nash
Research Analyst
Juan Duran
Juan Duran
Project Lead
Kate Brown
Kate Brown
Project Manager, Public Housing Programs
Katie Hamberg
Katie Hamberg
Senior Salesforce Administrator
Katrina Orcino
Katrina Orcino
Relay Network Senior Coordinator
Kimberly Loewen
Kimberly Loewen
Associate Director, Technical Services and Building Technology
Kimberly Tillman
Kimberly Tillman
Executive Assistant
Kris Kiszynski
Kris Kiszynski
Associate Director, Engineering
Lace Bolling
Lace Bolling
Project Manager, Workforce Development
Laura Oakleaf
Laura Oakleaf
Senior Program Manager, Solar Programs
Laura Schuetz
Laura Schuetz
Nonprofit Coordinator
Lawrence Kotewa
Lawrence Kotewa
Chief Engineer
Leslie Hendren
Leslie Hendren
Senior Human Resources Generalist
Levi Hicks
Levi Hicks
Senior IT Technical Support Specialist
Lindy Loyet
Lindy Loyet
Chief Financial Officer
Lindy Wordlaw
Lindy Wordlaw
Senior Manager, Public Sector Programs
Louie Molenda
Louie Molenda
HVAC Specialist
Louise Sharrow
Louise Sharrow
Manager, Research and Innovation
Lucas Kappel
Lucas Kappel
Energy Specialist
Malik Benjamin
Malik Benjamin
Business Development Manager
Margaret Garascia
Margaret Garascia
Senior Manager, Research and Innovation
Margo Melton
Margo Melton
Senior Associate, Human Resources
Maria Quiñones
Maria Quiñones
Senior Manager, Consulting Services
Mario Quezada
Mario Quezada
IT Technical Support Specialist
Marisa Joyce
Marisa Joyce
Regional Community Liaison
Maritza Martinez
Maritza Martinez
Program Support Associate
Marjorie Isaacson
Marjorie Isaacson
Director, Customer Support
Mark Dunn
Mark Dunn
Chief of Construction
Mary Jo Warskow
Mary Jo Warskow
Senior Manager, Technical Projects
Matt Milkovich
Matt Milkovich
Project Lead
Megan Borneman
Megan Borneman
Project Manager, Environmental Health
Melanie Mihalek
Melanie Mihalek
Senior Strategist, Finance
Michelle Becker
Michelle Becker
Program Support Associate
Michelle Thoma
Michelle Thoma
General Counsel
Mike Eaken
Mike Eaken
Office Manager
Pamela Brookstein
Pamela Brookstein
Project Lead, New Markets Initiative
Patrick Foley
Patrick Foley
Energy Engineer
Quinn Biever
Quinn Biever
Policy Analyst
Rachel Ashwood
Rachel Ashwood
Senior Data Analyst
Rachel Scheu
Rachel Scheu
Director, Research and Innovation
Rachel Young
Rachel Young
Senior Program Support Associate
Roberto Lopez
Roberto Lopez
Community Resource Coordinator
Roya Alkafaji
Roya Alkafaji
Water Program Specialist
Ruth Kerzee
Ruth Kerzee
Environmental and IPM Strategist
Samantha Hankes
Samantha Hankes
Public Housing Project Manager
Sandra Henry
Sandra Henry
Senior Director, Energy and Sustainability
Sara Lamprise
Sara Lamprise
Project Manager
Sarah Gulezian
Sarah Gulezian
Associate Director, Energy Programs—Smart Grid
Shane Cullinan
Shane Cullinan
Technology and Data Services Developer
Shirlondra Brooks
Shirlondra Brooks
Program Manager, Workforce Development
Sieatta Frazier
Sieatta Frazier
Program Support Associate
Steffani Labrador
Steffani Labrador
Senior Program Support Associate
Sylvia Ewing
Sylvia Ewing
Director, Strategic Communications, Marketing, and Outreach
Tim Crowder
Tim Crowder
Solar Project Manager
Tim Skrotzki
Tim Skrotzki
Senior Market Development Lead
Tina Marie Williamson
Tina Marie Williamson
Community Resource Coordinator
Tom Gonzalez
Tom Gonzalez
Community Resource Coordinator
Vetia Hill
Vetia Hill
Community Resource Coordinator
Victor Mendez
Victor Mendez
Technical Services Strategist
Vito Greco
Vito Greco
Associate Director, Solar Programs
William Higgs
William Higgs
Green Energy Fellow
Yami Newell
Yami Newell
Associate Director, Community Projects
Zoë Bottger
Zoë Bottger
Program Manager, Income Eligible Multifamily Energy Savings

Abby Corso

Chief Strategy Officer

Abby Francisco

Project Manager, New Markets

Adam Goldstein

Director, Financial Services

Adrienne Fox

Communication Support Associate

Akosua Goosby

Community Resource Coordinator

Al Barassa

Senior Accounting Associate

Al Musavi

Technology and Data Services Developer

Alexander Helbach

Art Director

Alisha Young

Salesforce Manager

Amanda Gramigna

Senior Manager, Environmental Health

Amber Vignieri

IT Technical Support Specialist

Amy Jewel

Associate Director, Energy Efficiency Programs

Angel Sierra Gutierrez

IT Helpdesk Supervisor

Angelina Benson-Glanz

Director, New Market Initiatives

Anna Dabkowska

Technical Services Team Administrator

Anna Markowski

Senior Manager, Integrated Program Operations

Anna McCreery

Research Manager

Anne Evens

Chief Executive Officer

Anne McKibbin

Director, Policy

Anthena Gore

Project Coordinator, Public Sector Programs

Anthony Powell

Community Resource Coordinator

Antonia Ornelas

Chief Program Officer

Araceli Martinez

Project Manager, Smart Grid

Bethany Olson

Project Manager, Smart Grid

Bill Kielb

HVAC Specialist

Bill Lyons

Technical Project Lead

Bob Weissbourd

Bob Weissbourd is the president of RW Ventures LLC where he assembles teams of experts to invent products and enterprises that drive market-based economic development across neighborhoods, regions, and industries. His specialty is technical and economic analysis of urban assets and markets. Bob finds a strong fit with Elevate Energy’s ethos. He feels the organization is creative and smart about how we achieve greater energy efficiency in that we not only focus on policy and research, but also on creating effective, practical products and programs like hourly pricing through data and modeling.

Bob was Elevate Energy’s founding Board Chair, and was a former Chair and long-standing board member of our affiliate, the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

When not working, you can find Bob taking adventure trips with his family rafting the Grand Canyon or hiking in Patagonia.

Booker Vance

Manager, Policy Outreach

Brandon House

Solar Project Manager

Brian Groskreutz

Smart Grid Programs Coordinator

Briana Parker

Policy Manager

Bruce Tognetti

Senior Energy Engineer

Bryan Nelson

Construction Coordinator

Camilo McConnell

Marketing Coordinator

Carl Hertz

Director, Information Technology

Carly Franzen

Marketing Coordinator

Caroline Pakenham

Senior Manager, Water Programs

Carolyn Richards

Smart Grid Programs Coordinator

Carrie Donohoe

Senior Project Lead

ChaNell Marshall

Associate Director, Proposal Engagement

Chad Nobbe

Technical Services Developer

Charles Bush

IT Technical Support Specialist

Chelsea Wilson

Data Analyst

Chris Steinhoff

Manager, Construction Services

Colleen Collins

Principal Operations Consultant

Daniel Leroy

IT Technical Support Specialist

Daniel Wolf

Technical Projects Coordinator

Danny Song

Accounting Assistant

Dara Reiff

Senior Manager, Nonprofit Programs

Delmar Gillus

Chief Operating Officer

Diego Tena

Program Support Associate

Ebony Jones

Director of Human Resources

Elena Savona

Director, Public Sector Programs

Elizabeth Corrado

Manager, Public Sector Programs

Elizabeth Judson

Director, Program Management

Elizabeth Ornelas

Program Support Associate

Emily Robinson

Senior Manager, Housing and Community Development

Emma Baumgart

Senior Communications Coordinator

Eric Gallegos

Manager, Software Development

Erik Loarca

Project Lead

Eya Louis

Contractor Development Coordinator

Freddie Golden

Senior Construction Analyst

Gabriel Guevara

Community Resource Coordinator

Griselda Baca

Environmental Health Project Coordinator

Gus Sandoval

Project Coordinator, Public Sector Programs

Hank Love

Director, Midwest Market Development and Strategy

Hannah Magnuson

Marketing Coordinator

Honnie Leinartas

Senior Energy Specialist

Jackie Wiese

Senior Manager, New Markets

Jacob Hostetler

Senior Marketing Coordinator

Jake Archbell

Project Manager, Solar Programs

Jake Jaskowiak

Program Support Associate

James Burrell

Technology and Data Services Developer

James Donnelly

Senior Project Manager

Jan Gudell

Senior Manager, Solar Programs

Javier Gonzalez

Senior Manager, Technical and Construction Services

Jeanine Otte

Associate Director, Workforce Development

Jennifer Tescher

Jennifer Tescher comes to our board as the President and CEO of the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), the nation’s authority on consumer financial health. CFSI leads a network of financial services innovators committed to promoting high-quality financial products. Jennifer founded CFSI in 2004 and has since achieved notable success in championing increased access to high-quality financial products and services for underserved consumers as an objective for the industry. She has become a nationally known expert on this topic, frequently quoted in national and financial press, including The New York Times, NPR’s Marketplace, and Washington Post, with major speaking engagements at a broad spectrum of industry and policy convenings.

Jennifer also launched CFSI’s annual conference, “Emerge: Consumer Financial Health Forum,” which presents cutting-edge thought leadership and showcases innovators, executives, and emerging companies in the financial services industries. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Jonathan Eig, and her children, Lillian, Lola, and Jeffery.

Jenny Riley

Associate Director, Marketing

Jeremi Bryant

Regional Community Liaison

Joanna Racho

Project Coordinator, Solar Programs

Joe Kamberos

Senior Project Lead

John Blaser

Associate Director, Technology and Data Services

John Cleveland

Board Chair

John Cleveland serves as Elevate Energy’s Board Chair. John is all about process and learning opportunities, and strongly believes that in order to change a system, one must have a deep understanding of the operating details of those systems. For example: If you want to make manufacturing more sustainable, you have to know how manufacturing works. The same goes for electricity supply—if you want to improve the grid, you have to know how utilities work alongside public commissions and energy supply. And, if you want to work on buildings, you better understand not only building science but also how city government works.

John’s approach stems from his earlier days in which he spent ten years doing strategic planning work for automotive suppliers (think stamping, injection molding, and sales). John is particularly interested in Elevate Energy’s hourly pricing programs. John was also involved with our multifamily buildings initiative and helped us establish new markets, opportunities, and platforms.

During the summer, John can be found out in the woods, in his flower garden, or enjoying his favorite warm weather hobby, which is building stone walls. In the winter, look for him on the ski slopes.

Jose Lara

Salesforce Administrator

Jourdan Nash

Research Analyst

Juan Duran

Project Lead

Kate Brown

Project Manager, Public Housing Programs

Katie Hamberg

Senior Salesforce Administrator

Katrina Orcino

Relay Network Senior Coordinator

Kimberly Loewen

Associate Director, Technical Services and Building Technology

Kimberly Tillman

Executive Assistant

Kris Kiszynski

Associate Director, Engineering

Lace Bolling

Project Manager, Workforce Development

Laura Oakleaf

Senior Program Manager, Solar Programs

Laura Schuetz

Nonprofit Coordinator

Lawrence Kotewa

Chief Engineer

Leslie Hendren

Senior Human Resources Generalist

Levi Hicks

Senior IT Technical Support Specialist

Lindy Loyet

Chief Financial Officer

Lindy Wordlaw

Senior Manager, Public Sector Programs

Louie Molenda

HVAC Specialist

Louise Sharrow

Manager, Research and Innovation

Lucas Kappel

Energy Specialist

Malik Benjamin

Business Development Manager

Margaret Garascia

Senior Manager, Research and Innovation

Margaret O'Dell

Margaret O’Dell joined Elevate Energy’s board in 2014. She is currently a senior fellow, writer, and editor for pfc Social Impact Advisors. For twenty years, she served as Program Officer for the Environment at the Joyce Foundation, where she oversaw the Foundation’s energy and environment grants.

Margaret has also served as Associate Director for Foundation Relations at the University of Chicago and managed the editing of more than 100 journals and periodicals published by the University of Chicago Press. A former board chair of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, Margaret currently serves on volunteer boards including the Center for Neighborhood Technology and the Surface Transportation Policy Project.

A lifelong resident of the Great Lakes region, Margaret is delighted to be able to contribute to Elevate Energy’s efforts to expand efficient and sustainable energy options to urban communities throughout the region and beyond.

Margo Melton

Senior Associate, Human Resources

Maria Quiñones

Senior Manager, Consulting Services

Mario Quezada

IT Technical Support Specialist

Marisa Joyce

Regional Community Liaison

Maritza Martinez

Program Support Associate

Marjorie Isaacson

Director, Customer Support

Mark Dunn

Chief of Construction

Marty Cohen

Marty Cohen comes to the Elevate Energy board with an enormous wealth of experience in the energy industry, as he served as the Executive Director of the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) for 14 years. He was drawn to Elevate Energy’s work after he saw how we bring together utilities, consumer organizations, environmental groups, and advocates for and from low-income communities.

Before Marty worked at CUB, he held a rich variety of positions. In his earlier years, he was a potter, and started the Lillstreet Art Center 41 years ago, and it’s still going! He was a roadie for REO Speedwagon, and also did political work for various candidates including Harold Washington.

When he’s not doing consulting work for utilities and public interest groups, Marty can be found playing guitar at soup kitchens, golfing, or making pots in his studio. Marty is a long-time participant of ComEd’s Hourly Pricing program that we administer.

Mary Jo Warskow

Senior Manager, Technical Projects

Matt Milkovich

Project Lead

Megan Borneman

Project Manager, Environmental Health

Melanie Mihalek

Senior Strategist, Finance

Michelle Becker

Program Support Associate

Michelle Thoma

General Counsel

Mike Eaken

Office Manager

Mindy Mercaldo

Pamela Brookstein

Project Lead, New Markets Initiative

Patrick Foley

Energy Engineer

Quinn Biever

Policy Analyst

Rachel Ashwood

Senior Data Analyst

Rachel Scheu

Director, Research and Innovation

Rachel Young

Senior Program Support Associate

Roberto Lopez

Community Resource Coordinator

Roya Alkafaji

Water Program Specialist

Ruth Kerzee

Environmental and IPM Strategist

Samantha Hankes

Public Housing Project Manager

Sandra Henry

Senior Director, Energy and Sustainability

Sara Lamprise

Project Manager

Sarah Gulezian

Associate Director, Energy Programs—Smart Grid

Scott Bernstein

Scott Bernstein leads the work of Elevate Energy affiliate, Center for Neighborhood Technology, to understand and better disclose the economic value of resource use in urban communities, and helps craft strategies to capture the value of this efficiency productively and locally.

President Clinton appointed Scott to the President’s Council for Sustainable Development, where he co-chaired its task forces on Metropolitan Sustainable Communities and on Cross-Cutting Climate Strategies, and contributed to other federal advisory panels on climate change, development strategy, and science policy. Scott is a Fellow of the Center for State Innovation, a Board Member of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Congress for the New Urbanism, and helped create the Chicago Climate Action Plan. Scott also offered strategies for incorporating location efficiency into Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton’s visionary plan to reduce the city’s poverty rate by 10% in 10 years.

Some key ideas in Scott’s work are that successful urban and metropolitan economies work best if founded on economies of scope or network economies as opposed to simple economies of scale, and that communities contain assets that too often are hidden, disconnected, or poorly deployed—all of which are changeable conditions. A beneficial result of these ideas is a blurring of the lines between “consumers” and “producers” of public goods.

Shane Cullinan

Technology and Data Services Developer

Sharonda Williams-Tack

Sharonda Williams-Tack joins us from National Sierra Club where she serves as the Associate Director of the Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships Program. She works to advance climate mitigation and clean energy initiatives in Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, and Virginia with a focus on environmental and economic justice.

Before Sierra Club, Sharonda was the Environmental Justice Liaison at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. She resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland with her husband, Eric Tack, and son Grayson.

Shirlondra Brooks

Program Manager, Workforce Development

Sieatta Frazier

Program Support Associate

Steffani Labrador

Senior Program Support Associate

Susan Page Estes

Susan Page Estes, aka Scotti, is an entrepreneur, technologist, and strategic problem solver. She’s built companies as well as digital art installations. She joined the Elevate Energy board because she is committed to neighborhoods and the power of collaboration for our collective local and global goal of smarter energy use for all.

Scotti is a founding partner of DesignHouseChicago, an organization committed to revitalizing local manufacturing through design, technology, and education. Her efforts utilize existing machines to help create jobs and educate people on skills needed for prototyping and manufacturing. With a strong local focus, her goals also include efficiency gains through lower travel and shipping costs.

Elevate Energy looks to Scotti for her extensive experience in technology, strategy, finance, job creation, and community building. When she’s not in the board room, Scotti can usually be found in her studio painting, making videos, or composing.

Sylvia Ewing

Director, Strategic Communications, Marketing, and Outreach

Tim Crowder

Solar Project Manager

Tim Skrotzki

Senior Market Development Lead

Tina Marie Williamson

Community Resource Coordinator

Tom Gonzalez

Community Resource Coordinator

Vetia Hill

Community Resource Coordinator

Victor Mendez

Technical Services Strategist

Vito Greco

Associate Director, Solar Programs

William Higgs

Green Energy Fellow

Yami Newell

Associate Director, Community Projects

Zoë Bottger

Program Manager, Income Eligible Multifamily Energy Savings
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