The secret to successful work isn’t just about innovation – it’s about finding the right people to innovate with purpose together.

Yesenia Rivera

Executive Director

/jɛsˈiːni͡ə/ she/her
residing in the territory of the Piscataway of the Nacotchtank ​

Yesenia Rivera has been a community organizer from the start of her career, working alongside climate-impacted communities with a passion for energy justice.


Yesenia has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey and a J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia- David A. Clarke School of Law. During her time in law school. As a tenant organizer at the Latino Economic Development Center, she worked with tenants across Washington DC and helped them assert their rights under DC law. Her experience growing up in Puerto Rico and first-hand knowledge of energy insecurities led her to work in solar adoption and eliminate barriers faced when accessing clean and affordable energy.


Over the past four years, she has become a subject matter expert in Energy Democracy and Energy Equity issues, including co-chairing the Energy Democracy Project’s People’s Utility Justice Playbook. She’s also an outspoken advocate for a just transition and eliminating barriers to clean energy. 

Diana Eddowes

Program Director

/daɪˈænə/ she/her
residing in the terriroty of the Naumkeag people and the Mattakesset Tribe of the Pawtucket

Bubotu Hachitapika

Community Engagement Coordinator

/wˈuːwətˌuː/ she/her
residing in the territory of the Pawtucket

Ashlei Tracy

Operations Associate

/ˈæʃli/ she/they
residing in the unceded territory of the Lenni-Lenape

Cat Beckstrand

Development Associate

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residing in the territory of the Ohlone Tribe of the Ramaytush and Muwekma

About Our Team

We are building a movement rooted in energy justice and energy democracy to co-design democratized clean energy systems that build wealth in climate-impacted communities via a decentralized energy grid.  Our staff are a group of passionate individuals dedicated to this mission of putting people first.

Our Board

Our board has seated a majority women of color since it's founding by Steph Speirs and Sandhya Murali in 2014.

Steph Speirs

Solstice Power Technologies

Co-Founder & CEO

Sandhya Murali

Solstice Power Technologies

Co-Founder & COO

Sabrina Dupré


Chief Marketing and Communications Officer she/her

Sara Chandler

Elemental Excelerator

Managing Director of Equity & Access

Ben Healey


Chief Commercial Officer

Gwen Ruta

Environmental Defense Fund

Executive Vice President