Prior to accepting the position as Executive Director of the Illinois Solar Energy Association, Lesley served on the ISEA board from September 2009 until April 2012. As a board member she was Chair of Marketing Committee. Lesley previously worked for Community Energy Inc.(CEI) as the Midwest Director of Business Development. She started with CEI in 2005 as the Residential Program Manager for the award winning City of Naperville Renewable Energy Program, and in 2006 added corporate and industrial sales to her responsibilities. Lesley also serves on the board of the Illinois Environmental Council. She is grateful to have the opportunity to use her personal energy to help with the transition to the clean energy economy.
Program and Advocacy Manager
Nicola has been doing communications and administration in the nonprofit sector for close to five years, after graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in English literature. She is very passionate about renewable energy and is excited to help promote solar in the state of Illinois!
Brian is the Director of Continental Electric’s Energy Solutions Division. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer, a Trustee for the DuPage Chapter of the Northeastern Illinois IBEW/NECA Trust Funds, and active with the Chicago Electric Association and Illinois’ Electric Vehicle Advisory Council. His passion for creating a greener and healthier environment by reducing fossil fuel emissions and energy consumption will continue to be his driving mission.
Shannon is the Director of Illinois Business Development for StraightUp Solar, a solar energy integration company and directs its Bloomington, IL office. She has been an ISEA-contributing member since 2004, a Board member starting in 2011, and was elected ISEA Board President from January of 2013 through 2017, after which she took a short break from ISEA Board activities. Collaboration and strategic partnerships with industry and nonprofit solar advocates have been an important focus for her as ISEA has grown and increased state-wide engagement with the public, solar industry, and Illinois legislators. Shannon also serves as a Solar Ambassador for WECARE Solar, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing reliable solar electricity to health clinics in the developing world in an effort to reduce infant and maternal mortality. She is also a Licensed Professional Geologist with advanced degrees in Geology, Hydrogeology and Renewable Energy and is NABCEP Entry Level Solar PV Certified.
Dylan DeBiasi serves as Director of Regulatory Affairs for Carbon Solutions Group. In addition to his policy role at CSG he also currently leads the team focused on SRECS in Illinois where they have successfully bid into all SPV and DG SREC procurements held by the state. Dylan has also been an active member of the ISEA Policy committee since 2016. His prior experience includes working in a number of roles in environmental credit markets, including acting as a plant manager for a 10MMGPY bio-diesel plant.
Shannon currently serves as Illinois Solar Energy Association’s Policy Committee Chair, supporting the association’s legislative and regulatory work. As Edison Energy’s Director of Policy, she advises clients on legislative and regulatory affairs across the U.S. Previously, she managed state and federal policy initiatives as Director of Policy at SoCore Energy. Based in Chicago, Shannon has over 6 years of experience in energy policy analysis and governmental affairs. Shannon holds a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Lisa Albrecht is a board member for the ISEA, serving from 2007 - 2010 and then from 2012 to present. She served as Tour Organizer for the Solar Tour for 5 years and Co-Chair for the Policy Committee from 2010 to 2017, working to advance state and local legislation regarding incentives programs, permitting, net metering and interconnection. She worked at Solar Service for 12 years and in 2018 opened All Bright Solar, a design/installation company primarily focused on residential and small commercial projects in the Chicago area. She is a trained climate presenter through Vice President Al Gore’s organization the “Climate Reality Project” and frequently speaks on both solar and climate issues.
Kevin Borgia is an experienced advocate for clean energy at the state and federal levels. In his current role, Kevin manages Midwest legislative and regulatory affairs for Cypress Creek Renewables, one of the nation’s leading utility-scale solar developers.
Kevin has over ten years of experience in renewable energy policy. He was a Public Policy Manager for regional trade group Wind on the Wires for nearly six years, and co-founder and Executive Director of the Illinois Wind Energy Association for five years previously.
Mike is co-founder of Saint Charles Solar, a solar financing firm focused on providing financing options for non-profit organizations that want to go solar. He is also the founder of Breakthrough Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in helping organizations improve their business performance. Mike was active as a Solar Ambassador prior to joining the board in 2015. He serves the Board of Directors as Treasurer and participates on the Solar Ambassador and Education Committees. Mike is one of ISEA’s instructors for PV101 and PV201.
Lewis Butler is the Director of Policy and Business Development at Simpleray, a solar company focused on commercial, industrial, and small scale utility projects throughout the Midwest. Lewis also serves as a board member of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association (ISETA). Prior to coming to Simpleray and the solar industry in 2017, Lewis taught economics at the college level, provided economic consulting services to businesses, campaigns, and civic groups, and was the founding Board President for a non-profit school. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Hillsdale College and an M.A. of Economics from George Mason University.
Amy Heart is Director of Public Policy with Sunrun, the nation’s largest residential solar company, serving 23 states including Illinois. Amy has over 15 years of experience in pro-solar advocacy and education. Amy works to protect and expand access to rooftop solar throughout Great Lakes states down to Texas. Prior to joining Sunrun in 2014, Amy worked with City of Milwaukee’s Office of Sustainability and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. She is a graduate of UW-Stevens Point and Marquette University Law School. You can find Amy on twitter @theamyheart.
Mike Nicolosi is the owner and founder of Rethink Electric. With 20 years of electrical trade experience and over a decade of solar installations, he is one of the most experienced installers in Illinois. Rethink is powering a cleaner future. He is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation professional and member of the ISEA Policy Committee, the ISEA Munis and Coops Committee, and MREA.
Serving since 2016, term ends January 2021
Elizabeth Toba Pearlman leads NRDC’s clean energy efforts in Illinois while also working more broadly on efforts in the Midwest. Before joining NRDC, Pearlman worked at Tesla, specializing in electric vehicles and storage, and at SolarCity, focusing on solar. She was a Sierra Club legal fellow in 2012 and outside counsel with Sierra Club from 2012 to 2014. Prior to that, she was a legal fellow with the United Nations Environment Programme. Pearlman is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and the College of William and Mary. She is based in Chicago.
Sarah Wochos is the Director of Policy and Business Development in the Midwest for Borrego Solar. In this role Sarah works to design and implement solar programs throughout the Midwest. Prior to joining Borrego Sarah spent 8 years at the Environmental Law & Policy Center, most recently as the Co-Legislative Director, working on energy policy throughout the Midwest. Throughout her time at ELPC she continuously worked on the development and implementation of the Illinois RPS, net metering and interconnection standards, and other pro-solar policies.
Served from 2002 - 2012
Mark is Director of Energy Services at Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA). He has over 25 years experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Previously, Mark was Principal Consultant at Kestrel Development Company, providing consulting services on renewable energy policy, technology and market development. He was Sales and Marketing Manager at Spire Solar, a manufacturing solar electric panels and designing systems. Mark also worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, last heading the Strategic Assistance Team for the Chicago Regional Office. He is a Life Member of the American Solar Energy Society, the ISEA and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Mark holds a BS in Alternative Energy from Jordan College of Cedar Springs, Michigan and an MA in Environmental Studies and Urban Geography from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
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