Colin Miller is Program Manager of the Local Clean Energy Alliance. In 2013, he coordinated the Alliance’s fourth annual Clean Power, Healthy Communities Conference. After teaching for several years at Coliseum College Prep Academy in East Oakland, Colin worked with the Greenlining Institute, Urban Habitat, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, all with an eye to advancing racial, environmental, economic, and climate justice. He graduated from Stanford University in 2007, and is also a musician, capoeirista, and educator. He has lived in Brazil for four years, and speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.
Jessica Tovar is a staff organizer for the Local Clean Energy Alliance. After growing up in East Los Angeles, Jessica worked for over a decade as an environmental justice organizer in a variety of urban, rural, and indigenous communities throughout California and Arizona. Jessica interned with the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative in 2003, working with organizations across the U.S. on issues of climate justice. More recently she has been an organizer for Communities for a Better Environment in Richmond, California, where she successfully mobilized against expansion of the Chevron oil refinery. Jessica enjoys comedy, art, traveling, and spending time with family.
Al Weinrub has served as coordinator of the Local Clean Energy Alliance since March 2011. He has organized regular Alliance meetings, planned our annual Clean Power, Healthy Communities conference, recruited new members, and assisted with policy development and campaign implementation efforts. He authored Community Power: Decentralized Renewable Energy in California, has conducted energy policy briefings for a number of organizations. Al serves on the Sierra Club California Energy-Climate Committee and is a past national officer and member the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981, AFL-CIO. He lives in Oakland.
Kirsten Schwind holds a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from Swarthmore College and an M.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Michigan. She authored Bay Localize's Community Resilience Toolkit and co-authored Tapping the Potential of Urban Rooftops, which won an award from the American Planning Association's California Chapter. Kirsten is deeply involved in local energy policy and formerly served as the Chair of the City of Berkeley's Energy Commission. Kirsten worked for several years in Latin America in human rights and the environment, and is fluent in Spanish.
Larry Chang received his M. Arch. from Yale University and is a registered architect who has worked across the U.S. on both commercial and residential projects. In 1999, he established SightWorks Architecture, his own practice committed to sustainability, accessibility, and healthy buildings. On the academic side, he has taught design at the Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette, Savannah College of Art & Design, and City College SF. Currently, he manages the Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center at Laney College, where he promotes and helps to develop environmental control technology, building automation, and energy management degree programs nationwide. Prior to joining our Steering Committee, Larry was co-chair of the Oakland Small Business Task Force, helped to co-author the SF Urban Wind Power Task Force Report, and served on Habitat for Humanity-East Bay's Green Building Team.
Barbara Stebbins spent nine years in research science before deciding she would rather teach as a middle school science teacher, which she did for fifteen years. She has actively worked for social justice and environmental causes since she was 16 years old. Currently her efforts are focused on promoting local clean energy and other ways of addressing climate change. She feels that clean energy advocacy must be rooted in the understanding that social justice issues and environmental issues are inexorably linked. Barbara has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from University of California at Berkeley.
June Brashares is a policy analyst, political strategist, and community organizer with over twenty years of experience working on social justice and environmental issues. A lifelong clean energy enthusiast, June was the first person to receive a tax credit for a zero emission vehicle in San Diego County. She holds a BA in Political Science from UCSD, has served on the boards of a number of non-profit advocacy organizations, and has worked at CalPIRG, the Center for Public Interest Law, and the San Diego Labor Council. More recently, she has worked at Global Exchange first as Speakers Bureau Director and later as Green Energy Director. June is now working independently on a variety of energy and sustainability projects from her home in Sonoma County.
Jim Lutz is a researcher employed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he works primarily on understanding and improving the efficiency of water heaters and hot water distribution systems. He is a registered professional engineer and licensed building contractor in California. His interest in local clean energy was raised even higher after his experience serving on the Oil Independent Oakland city task force in 2007.
Zeenat Mackwani has an interest in renewable energy that comes from her work in the area of disaster risk management and her interest in local solutions that foster resilient communities. Her professional work has focused on developing community-based disaster risk management programs in the US and Asia and also developing quantitative risk models for insurance companies. By advocating for local renewable energy, Zeenat wants to contribute to the ultimate risk mitigation strategy: reduce environmental degradation. She holds a Master's degree specialized in Economic Geography from Universite de Montreal, Canada.
Andreas Karelas is a passionate environmentalist and renewable energy professional with over seven years of environmental and renewable energy non-profit experience. Andreas incorporated RE-volv as a non-profit organization in February 2011 and serves as its Executive Director. Prior to founding RE-volv Andreas worked with a number of leading organizations including the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the School for Field Studies, the National Audubon Society, blueEnergy, and the Center for Resource Solutions. Andreas holds Master’s degrees in International Affairs and in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Andreas holds a bold vision of communities around the nation powering their lives with renewable energy.