Joiwind Ronen became President of Enflection in 2018. She is also the founder and serves as President of Ethos Strategic Consulting where she and her team focus on helping high performing organizations increase their impact in the public sector. Since then she has helped more than two-dozen organizations more effectively define their strategies and communicate their goals. Most recently, Joiwind has supported stakeholder engagement efforts for the General Services Administration, Department of Labor and the Universal Service Administrative Company.Read more...
Previously, Joiwind served as Executive Director of the American Council for Technology and its Industry Advisory Council, the premiere technology organizations facilitating communication and collaboration between the IT industry and government. Prior she was Managing Director and Director of Marketing and Communications for Touchstone Consulting Group (now SRA), where she served as part of the executive team and helped the company double its revenues.
Additionally, she was Director at the Council for Excellence in Government where she started the eGovernment Consortium, spurring the groundbreaking e-Government Act of 2002. Joiwind has served as an adviser and member of the Development Gateway of the World Bank, the E-Government Associates Group at the OECD, the Congressional Management Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology. She has also advised many foreign governments on their technology policies including: Mexico, Italy, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, United Kingdom, Morocco, Australia, and the Czech Republic.
Joiwind is a Federal 100 award winner for technology excellence. She is actively involved in her community having volunteered with such organizations as: Offender Aid and Restoration, Corporate Responsibility Association, Teardrops to Rainbows and Fair Chance. She received her BA from Pomona College and a Masters of Public Policy on a Truman Scholarship from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She also trained in Executive Transition Management, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
- Leading Teams and Building Effective Organizations
- Creating and Implementing Effective Public Policy Programs
- Coordinating Multi-Party Collaborations
- Engaging Stakeholders for Program Success
Alexander Winn is an experienced solar policy expert and accomplished public speaker having delivered dozens of presentations and educational workshops on local solar regulatory policy, solar finance, and solar market trends.Read more...
Having worked for mostly solar policy research non-profit organizations since 2008, Mr. Winn has been at the forefront of solar labor analysis and Federally-funded soft cost reduction strategies. At the local community level, he has provided advisory services on solar bulk purchasing strategies, streamlined land-use regulations, and economic development assessments. Nationally, he has coordinated with major lenders and energy project developers on innovative solar finance tools. Alex has been cited in industry press and interviewed on public radio on numerous occasions.
Mr. Winn earned a Master in Public Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The George Washington University.
- Regulatory Issues Impacting Solar
- Solar Policy, Particularly State-Level
- Innovative Solar Finance
- Strategic Communications, Media Relations, Professional Writing
Thomas P. Kimbis is an innovative executive with a winning track record in nonprofit, government, and for-profit sectors who has spent the last eighteen years working in renewable energy and energy efficiency.Read more...
Mr. Kimbis has extensive experience building and leading dynamic and effective cross-functional teams, starting and running nonprofit organizations, creating and launching complex cross-cutting initiatives, engaging external stakeholders and building staff skills and morale. He spent years using seasoned diplomacy skills as liaison to the White House representing the U.S. solar industry, building key private-public partnerships, and engaging industry leadership. He has appeared on national and local media outlets on numerous occasions, from FOX to NPR.
In addition, Mr. Kimbis has extensive experience overseeing international trade policy efforts, national and state communications and branding campaigns, and years of service as legal counsel and strategist to a trade association. His functional areas of expertise of service to Enflection clients include strategic planning; federal, state and local policy development and influence; institutional legal and governance issues; tactical campaign development; stakeholder identification and amplification efforts; and strategic market research & analysis.
Mr. Kimbis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Williams College and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia.
- Federal, State, and Local Policy Development
- Strategic Executive Management
- Legal and Governance Counsel
- Tactical Campaign Development
- Stakeholder Identification and Outreach
Chris Cook is a well-known solar pioneer and innovator having co-founded SunEdison, provided counsel to numerous businesses, utility regulators, and policymakers, and played an instrumental role convincing several states to enact solar friendly policies.Read more...
As SunEdison’s Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Mr. Cook helped grow the company to a market cap of over $5 billion and led a team that worked with policymakers and electric utilities to create new solar energy programs in leading solar states. As SunEdison’s General Counsel, Chris helped write one of the earliest solar power purchase agreements (PPA) that has become the model contract for the solar industry.
Mr. Cook is considered by many to be a leading national expert on net metering and has considerable experience shaping solar policies throughout the United States. Chris advised New Jersey’s utility regulator and helped designed the state’s landmark solar program (which grew New Jersey’s installed solar capacity by a factor of 1000 to over one gigawatt). He was instrumental in creating the technical standards that allow solar and small generators to interconnect with the electric grid. And Chris has provided consulting services to municipalities on purchasing competitive electricity supply, as well as structuring wholesale deals worth nearly $100 million.
Mr. Cook has been a founding executive in a number of successful solar companies. Chris was President and General Counsel of Solar Grid Storage, LLC, a company focused on the use of financed battery storage to enhance the value of solar power on electric grids. He was also a founder of SunWorks, a company focused on developing solar module manufacturing in the US.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Cook was counsel to the law firm of Keyes & Fox, Assistant Counsel with the Maryland People’s Counsel and Director of Energy Policy at the Maryland Energy Administration, and a utility distribution engineer.
Mr. Cook is a member of the Bar of Maryland and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council and holds awards from the Governor of Maryland and the US Department of Energy for outstanding service in promoting solar energy use. Chris graduated as an electrical engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and earned a law degree from the University of Maryland.
- Integrating Solar and Storage Technologies
- Solar Policy, Particularly Net Metering
- Utility Scale Project Siting and Development
- New Company Launch and Scale
Brian Gallagher, a solar and energy efficiency policy expert with over 20 years of experience, has been on the leading edge of creative policy development and has a deep understanding of renewable energy, energy efficiency, the regulation of electric utilities, and competitive market structures.Read more...
Working mostly for state agencies, Mr. Gallagher has written laws on net metering, shared renewables, interconnection, energy efficiency, and renewable portfolio standards laws as well as the regulations to implement those laws. In regulatory proceedings, he has successfully advocated for the removal of barriers to the use of energy efficiency, demand response, and renewable energy in such areas as revenue decoupling, standby charges, and integrated resource planning. Brian assisted the District of Columbia and Delaware in the development of an emerging model for delivering energy efficiency and renewable energy ― the sustainable energy utility. At the regional transmission organization-level, particularly the PJM Interconnection, he has worked on wholesale power market issues including energy efficiency, demand-side response, distributed generation, reliability, and market structure. Brian has also conducted analyses of electricity markets for major solar companies.
Mr. Gallagher has been working on grid modernization efforts in the District of Columbia. He is a guest lecturer on renewable energy and electric policy issues for the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Delaware. Brian serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. He also manages a small non-profit that provides grants to schools for the installation of solar energy.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Gallagher spent seven years with Delaware’s public utilities consumer advocate where he worked on every aspect of utility rate cases as well as the deregulation of electric and gas utilities. Brian holds an M.A. in Energy and Environmental Policy and a B.A. in Geography from the University of Delaware.
- Regulatory Issues Impacting Solar and Energy Efficiency
- Modernization of the Electric Utility Industry
- Solar Policy, Particularly State-Level
- Sustainable Energy Utilities
Anya Schoolman is a nationally recognized solar advocate and community leader having pioneered and replicated a solar co-op deployment model and organized successful grassroots efforts to enact supportive local solar policies.Read more...
Ms. Schoolman is the founder and Executive Director of Community Power Network, a national nonprofit that helps communities build and promote local solar energy projects and policies. In 2007, Anya founded with Mt. Pleasant Solar Co-op with her son Walter after helping 45 neighbors in her Mount Pleasant neighborhood go solar. Anya then went on to foster the creation of 11 other solar co-ops in DC, eventually forming a city-wide organization DC Solar United Neighborhoods (DC SUN) to make solar accessible and affordable to all Washington DC residents. In her role as President of DC SUN, Anya has helped more than 700 homeowners in Washington, DC go solar and passed numerous pieces of critical solar legislation.
In 2011, Ms. Schoolman founded Community Power Network (CPN), a national organization that supports grassroots, local, state, and national organizations working to build, and promote locally based renewable energy projects and policies. CPN has provided technical assistance to hundreds of citizens and organizations around the country and is also implementing state projects in Washington DC, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. The organization also focuses on policies and project models for bringing solar to low-income households.
In 2014, the White House selected Ms. Schoolman as one of 10 White House Champions of Change for Solar Deployment for her groundbreaking work to deploy solar in the National Capital region. And in 2009, Anya was honored as the MDV-SEIA’s Solar Champion and CALFinder named Anya one of its 10 Amazing Activists in the Name of Solar.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Schoolman served as a consultant for grant makers and organizations on environmental strategy. She also spent nearly 10 years working for the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of the Interior. Anya earned a history degree from Barnard College and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs, with a concentration in International Environmental Policy and Management, from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
- Residential Solar Customer Education
- Solar Policy, Particularly Community and Low-Income Solar
- Community Organizing and Leading Advocacy Campaigns
- Knowledge of solar installer market and developing RFPs
Ekundayo Shittu takes a systems engineering approach to aid leading businesses make decisions on investments into clean energy technology portfolios.Read more...
Mr. Shittu combines his expertise and use of tools from economics, decision theory, statistics, optimization modeling, and environmental policy to offer more optimal and robust solutions for his clients, particularly in the face of multiple and sequential uncertainties. As a Professor at George Washington University, Dayo’s projects include investigating how energy firms’ investments are shaped by competitive and regulatory pressures, determining how to adequately value renewable energy given the evolution of storage technologies to mitigate intermittency, and studying patterns of consumer behavior in energy consumption in the emerging era of smart grid technologies.. He is also the lead investigator on a study to quantitatively determine the value of microgrids, which is intended to serve as a guide for utility companies that want to diversify their resources and policymakers who want to institute policies to increase investment in this technology.
Dr. Shittu is the author of numerous publications, including serving as a Lead Author on Chapter 2 (Integrated Assessment of Risk and Uncertainty of Climate Change Response Policies) of the most recent of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Prior to coming to the George Washington University, Dayo was an Assistant Professor at the Energy Institute, A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University.
Professor Shittu holds a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from University of Ilorin, an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the American University in Cairo, and a Ph.D in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
- Clean Energy Investing
- Solar Policy, Particularly the Comparative Value of Incentives
- Microgrid Financing, Policies, and Technical Challenges
- Producing Tailored Client Analysis
Scott Sklar is an internationally recognized solar energy leader, whose 40+ years of experience as a solar advocate, policymaker, and practitioner includes serving as Executive Director of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), consulting for both government and multinational companies, and authoring two books on solar energy.Read more...
Mr. Sklar is one of America’s true solar pioneers and luminaries, having serving as head of SEIA, Political Director of The Solar Lobby, and co-founding the Congressional Solar Caucus in the mid-1970’s as a top aide to Senator Jacob K. Javits (NY). In 2000 Scott took the helm of The Stella Group, a clean energy technology optimization and strategic policy firm he founded in 1995. Sklar’s firm is one of the very few companies that blends distributed energy, efficiency technologies, and energy storage, aggregates financing (including leasing), while maintaining a focus on system standardization.
Mr. Sklar also serves on the Boards of Directors of several national non-profits including the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and The Solar Foundation, as well as being the Steering Committee Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Coalition. Scott was also named Chairman of the Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC) with a term ending in June 2016. He heads up two small non-profits, the Center for Small Business and the Environment and the Global Solar Initiative. Previously, Scott served as the Washington Director and Acting Research Director of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), a federally-funded applied technology organization tasked with assisting low income communities in utilizing energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Mr. Sklar lives in a solar home in Arlington, Virginia with solar water heating, geothermal heating and cooling, and an integrated PV and battery storage system. Scott regularly hosts tours for senior government officials of the unique PV system he installed on the roof of his Washington, DC office overlooking Lafayette Park in front of the White House. Scott is an Affiliated Professor with CATIE, an international graduate university located in Costa Rica focused on sustainability for Latin America, and a longtime Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University where he currently teaches two unique interdisciplinary courses on sustainable energy.
- Blending Distributed Energy Technologies
- Solar Policy, Particularly Financing and Government R&D
- Advising Government Decision-Makers
- Solar Education and Training