Our Team

 

Don Eckert, Interim Chief Executive Officer; Director of Admin. & Finance

Donald Eckert oversees and supports the Finance, Information Technology and Human Resources activities of SVCE.

Don is responsible for arranging financing to support energy contracts, preparing budgets and financial forecasts, overseeing SVCE’s risk management processes, administration and evaluation of information technology and human resource needs, and supporting the Board of Directors in their oversight of SVCE’s financial condition and opportunity. 

Don brings 20 years of energy industry experience in various financial roles serving Investor Owned Utilities, Independent Power Producers and Municipal Owned Utilities with the last 10 years in a Senior Leadership role in the public sector.  Experience includes rate setting, risk management, budgeting and forecasting, contracts administration, debt management and financial oversight. Don received a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Accounting from the University of Southern California. Don is a Certified Government Finance Officer, Certified Energy Risk Professional and a Certified Public Power Manager through the American Public Power Association. 


Don Bray, Manager of Account Services

Don has worked closely with SVCE since its inception, leading customer engagement activities with SVCE’s major commercial and industrial accounts, and the local business community. He is responsible for account services, customer program development and integration.

Immediately prior to joining SVCE, Don served as Executive Director of Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Smart Energy Enterprise Development Initiative (SEEDZ), involving a regional coalition of leading business, governmental, institutional and utility stakeholders focused on advancing energy system performance and sustainability in Silicon Valley. Projects included workplace and destination electric vehicle charging infrastructure, regional power quality monitoring, distributed energy storage and community-based renewable energy programs.

Don’s private sector background includes 22 years with Accenture. As a Managing Partner, he was instrumental in building and leading the firm’s business systems integration consulting practice in Silicon Valley.  He also co-founded and led AltaTerra Research, a market research and consulting firm focused on clean technology solutions for the enterprise marketplace.

Within the community, Don helped define and launch the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, a region-wide public-private partnership addressing regional sustainability goals. In his hometown of Los Altos, California, he serves on the City’s Environmental Commission, and is a past Chair and Vice-Chair.

Don received a Masters Degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University, and Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Davis.


Dennis Dyc-O’Neal, Power Contracts & Compliance Manager

Dennis supports Silicon Valley Clean Energy in the administration of power supply contracting, performance tracking, and regulatory compliance.

Dennis’ energy sector background spans more than 20 years, including experience in the late 1990’s with Go-Green.com, an Electric Service Provider (predecessor program to Community Choice Energy program). He began his energy career with the California Energy Commission, and has worked for an energy services company providing environmental registry and CAISO scheduling coordination services and software solutions. Immediately prior to joining SVCE, Dennis spent over a decade with a local electric utility, managing power supply contract performance and reporting, invoicing, project development, dispute resolution, contract amendments, and voluntary carbon offset and renewable energy credit tracking.

Dennis has a master’s degree in economics from University of California, Davis.


Stephanie Gutowski, Administrative Analyst

Stephanie supports SVCE by performing analytical and administrative support services for the Agency and its Departments. She conducts research, performs statistical analysis, and supports Agency budget development, general operations and special projects as assigned by the Director of Administration.

Stephanie brings over 19 years of public sector experience. She has worked for the Town of Los Gatos as a Budget Analyst in Finance, City of Santa Clara as an Analyst/Program Manager in the Housing and Community Services Division, and most recently as a Management Analyst for the City of Gilroy’s Community Development and Public Works Departments. Stephanie earned bachelor degrees in political science and psychology from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Public Administration from San Jose State University.


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Kelly Hoogland, Community Outreach Fellow

Kelly is a Community Outreach fellow as part of a ten-month long fellowship with Climate Corps. The fellowship objectives are twofold: to support community change by assisting with implementing programs that will lead to increased climate change resiliency, and to foster professional development through training and supervision.

Kelly graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz in the spring of 2017 with a combined major of Environmental Studies and Economics. She is passionate about environmental justice issues on a local level, and cultivating sustainable development through community resiliency projects.


Pamela Leonard, Community Outreach Manager

Pamela conducts strategic outreach for SVCE and advocates on behalf of the Authority. She coordinates community presentations, media relations and supports member agency outreach.

Prior to joining SVCE, Pamela served as Communications Specialist for Prospect Silicon Valley where she was responsible for developing messaging, collateral, managing the website, coordinating events and social media content.

Pamela worked as an account executive for Westbound Communications, a public relations agency conducting community and digital outreach, special events and marketing for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project. Pamela also served as Director of Communications and Marketing for Orange County Coastkeeper, a clean water non-profit organization. Pamela earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and drama, with a minor in global sustainability from UC Irvine.


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Sarah Jo Manson, Community Outreach Specialist

Sarah Jo conducts outreach and program development for SVCE, and is a champion for SVCE residential and commercial customer success. She is responsible for refining customer engagement strategies, and helping to define the agency’s research agenda.

Prior to joining SVCE, Sarah Jo was Center Manager at Stanford’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, where she led operations, financial administration, and communications and outreach. Sarah Jo also served as Special Projects Manager on Stanford’s ARPA-E funded Sensor Technology and Behavior Change Initiative, where she built the Reference Energy Disaggregation Dataset (REDD), a preeminent dataset in the nonintrusive load monitoring (NILM) community. Before joining the ARPA-E team, Sarah Jo managed research and administration for world-renowned climate scientist, Dr. Stephen H. Schneider, at Stanford’s Woods Institute. Sarah Jo received a B.A. in Biology from Colorado College, and an M.S. focused on grid decarbonization from Stanford’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Department.


Peyton Parks, Account Representative

Peyton supports the commercial and multi-unit dwelling customers. Feel free to contact him with questions, comments or requests for him to meet you at your location.

Peyton comes to Silicon Valley Clean Energy most recently from SolarCity where he served in a range of sales, account management, and technical support roles. He is most proud of having deployed over a megawatt of solar capacity in his time there. A life-long resident of the South County, Peyton attended San Jose State University and earned a B.A. in Philosophy.


Andrea Pizano, Board Clerk/Executive Assistant

Andrea supports the SVCE Board of Directors and board committees, keeps SVCE records and supports the CEO. Most recently, Andrea was a senior staff assistant for the City of Sunnyvale, reporting to the environmental programs manager.

Andrea earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from San Jose State University.


Hilary Staver, Regulatory and Legislative Analyst

Hilary is responsible for a wide range of SVCE regulatory and legislative matters, with particular emphasis on representing SVCE’s interests at the California Public Utilities Commission, as well as evaluating proposed regulatory policies to assess the impact on SVCE and developing positions on issues on behalf of SVCE.

Hilary joins SVCE from Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. located in San Francisco where she was involved in several projects including greenhouse gas emissions modeling, rate design, energy resource valuation and regulatory briefings. Hilary earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Environmental Science from Yale, where she majored in energy economics. 


Alan Suleiman, Director of Marketing & Public Affairs

Alan oversees and develops Silicon Valley Clean Energy’s marketing, outreach and customer programs. He has more than 30 years of experience as a marketing strategist, electrical engineer and an educator.

Alan founded the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Energy and Technology Center, an education and demonstration regional center on advanced technologies and energy efficiency, and served as its director for eight years. He also started the Channel Management group focusing on expanding customer channels and implementing a host of programs and self-service options for the electric utility. Alan served as SMUD’s Innovation, Business Development and Technology Manager, a customer service strategy group that deals with customer communication and transactional channels, business technology and marketing programs and services for conservation, green initiatives, energy efficiency and advanced technologies. Alan was also an adjunct professor at Sacramento State for 10 years.

Alan has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA in Marketing and product development. He is a CEM, LC and LEED AP.


John Supp, Account Representative

John supports the commercial and multi-unit dwelling customers. Feel free to contact him with questions, comments or requests for him to meet you at your location.

Prior to joining SVCE, John developed a broad-based knowledge of various renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. Most recently, he worked for local fuel cell manufacturer, Bloom Energy, as the Incentives Operation Program Manager. Before that, he was in Washington DC running the Account Management team and developing programs for the DC Sustainable Energy Utility to support the largest energy users in the Capital with energy efficiency, solar, and workforce development. He was a Program Manager on the California Solar Initiative (CSI) for the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) servicing the San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) territory. His solar knowledge came from selling solar directly to residential and commercial customers as well to contractors across the US. He began his energy career more than 15 years ago managing channel sales for a micro-wind turbine manufacturer. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and received his undergraduate degree from UCLA.


Paige Wenzel, Community Outreach Coordinator

As the community outreach coordinator, Paige attends community events and meetings, coordinates social media and other outreach activities to ensure residents and businesses located in the SVCE service area are educated, aware and up-to-date with all SVCE happenings.

Paige has several years of experience in customer service. As a recent graduate of San Francisco State University’s Environmental Studies Program, she is excited to be working towards a career in what she is passionate about: protecting the environment and those who inhabit it. 


Victoria Yu photo

Victoria Yu, Program Development Fellow

Victoria is a Climate Corp fellow, researching grant opportunities, and supporting outreach and public affairs within the local SVCE community.

Climate Corps is a 10-month program within California, offering professional development for emerging climate action fellows to work on community climate action within local governments, colleges, businesses and non-profit settings.

As a program development fellow, Victoria researches grant opportunities and conducts research for power supply contracting. She is developing outreach tools and assisting in public affairs and marketing.

Victoria previously worked in the Department of Housing(HUD) in their Office of Economic Resilience and the Office of Program Monitoring and Research Development regarding their sustainability grant program and HUD’s Mapping Initiative in their Climate Change Action Plan in D.C. Most recently, she has worked within the commercial real estate sector in the Bay Area. Victoria has a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Regional Development and a minor in GIS and Economics from UC Davis.


Nikolas Zanotto, IT Analyst

Nik supports SVCE by performing IT support services for the agency and its departments. He performs a variety of professional and technical level information technology support duties in support of SVCE’S network infrastructure, hardware and software, website and communication systems.

Nik brings over 20 years of IT experience. He has worked for a large Silicon Valley tech company for the past 16 years performing many different roles, most recently as IT manager. Nik earned his bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University.

Don Eckert, Interim Chief Executive Officer; Director of Admin. & Finance

Donald Eckert oversees and supports the Finance, Information Technology and Human Resources activities of SVCE.

Don is responsible for arranging financing to support energy contracts, preparing budgets and financial forecasts, overseeing SVCE’s risk management processes, administration and evaluation of information technology and human resource needs, and supporting the Board of Directors in their oversight of SVCE’s financial condition and opportunity. 

Don brings 20 years of energy industry experience in various financial roles serving Investor Owned Utilities, Independent Power Producers and Municipal Owned Utilities with the last 10 years in a Senior Leadership role in the public sector.  Experience includes rate setting, risk management, budgeting and forecasting, contracts administration, debt management and financial oversight. Don received a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Accounting from the University of Southern California. Don is a Certified Government Finance Officer, Certified Energy Risk Professional and a Certified Public Power Manager through the American Public Power Association. 


Andrea Pizano, Board Clerk/Executive Assistant

Andrea supports the SVCE Board of Directors and board committees, keeps SVCE records and supports the CEO. Most recently, Andrea was a senior staff assistant for the City of Sunnyvale, reporting to the environmental programs manager.

Andrea earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from San Jose State University.


Stephanie Gutowski, Administrative Analyst

Stephanie supports SVCE by performing analytical and administrative support services for the Agency and its Departments. She conducts research, performs statistical analysis, and supports Agency budget development, general operations and special projects as assigned by the Director of Administration.

Stephanie brings over 19 years of public sector experience. She has worked for the Town of Los Gatos as a Budget Analyst in Finance, City of Santa Clara as an Analyst/Program Manager in the Housing and Community Services Division, and most recently as a Management Analyst for the City of Gilroy’s Community Development and Public Works Departments. Stephanie earned bachelor degrees in political science and psychology from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Public Administration from San Jose State University.


Nikolas Zanotto, IT Analyst

Nik supports SVCE by performing IT support services for the agency and its departments. He performs a variety of professional and technical level information technology support duties in support of SVCE’S network infrastructure, hardware and software, website and communication systems.

Nik brings over 20 years of IT experience. He has worked for a large Silicon Valley tech company for the past 16 years performing many different roles, most recently as IT manager. Nik earned his bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University.

Alan Suleiman, Director of Marketing & Public Affairs

Alan oversees and develops Silicon Valley Clean Energy’s marketing, outreach and customer programs. He has more than 30 years of experience as a marketing strategist, electrical engineer and an educator.

Alan founded the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Energy and Technology Center, an education and demonstration regional center on advanced technologies and energy efficiency, and served as its director for eight years. He also started the Channel Management group focusing on expanding customer channels and implementing a host of programs and self-service options for the electric utility. Alan served as SMUD’s Innovation, Business Development and Technology Manager, a customer service strategy group that deals with customer communication and transactional channels, business technology and marketing programs and services for conservation, green initiatives, energy efficiency and advanced technologies. Alan was also an adjunct professor at Sacramento State for 10 years.

Alan has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA in Marketing and product development. He is a CEM, LC and LEED AP.


Don Bray, Manager of Account Services

Don has worked closely with SVCE since its inception, leading customer engagement activities with SVCE’s major commercial and industrial accounts, and the local business community. He is responsible for account services, customer program development and integration.

Immediately prior to joining SVCE, Don served as Executive Director of Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Smart Energy Enterprise Development Initiative (SEEDZ), involving a regional coalition of leading business, governmental, institutional and utility stakeholders focused on advancing energy system performance and sustainability in Silicon Valley. Projects included workplace and destination electric vehicle charging infrastructure, regional power quality monitoring, distributed energy storage and community-based renewable energy programs.

Don’s private sector background includes 22 years with Accenture. As a Managing Partner, he was instrumental in building and leading the firm’s business systems integration consulting practice in Silicon Valley.  He also co-founded and led AltaTerra Research, a market research and consulting firm focused on clean technology solutions for the enterprise marketplace.

Within the community, Don helped define and launch the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, a region-wide public-private partnership addressing regional sustainability goals. In his hometown of Los Altos, California, he serves on the City’s Environmental Commission, and is a past Chair and Vice-Chair.

Don received a Masters Degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University, and Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Davis.


Kelly Hoogland photo

Kelly Hoogland, Community Outreach Fellow

Kelly is a Community Outreach fellow as part of a ten-month long fellowship with Climate Corps. The fellowship objectives are twofold: to support community change by assisting with implementing programs that will lead to increased climate change resiliency, and to foster professional development through training and supervision.

Kelly graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz in the spring of 2017 with a combined major of Environmental Studies and Economics. She is passionate about environmental justice issues on a local level, and cultivating sustainable development through community resiliency projects.


Pamela Leonard, Community Outreach Manager

Pamela conducts strategic outreach for SVCE and advocates on behalf of the Authority. She coordinates community presentations, media relations and supports member agency outreach.

Prior to joining SVCE, Pamela served as Communications Specialist for Prospect Silicon Valley where she was responsible for developing messaging, collateral, managing the website, coordinating events and social media content.

Pamela worked as an account executive for Westbound Communications, a public relations agency conducting community and digital outreach, special events and marketing for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project. Pamela also served as Director of Communications and Marketing for Orange County Coastkeeper, a clean water non-profit organization. Pamela earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and drama, with a minor in global sustainability from UC Irvine.


Sara Jo Manson photo

Sarah Jo Manson, Community Outreach Specialist

Sarah Jo conducts outreach and program development for SVCE, and is a champion for SVCE residential and commercial customer success. She is responsible for refining customer engagement strategies, and helping to define the agency’s research agenda.

Prior to joining SVCE, Sarah Jo was Center Manager at Stanford’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, where she led operations, financial administration, and communications and outreach. Sarah Jo also served as Special Projects Manager on Stanford’s ARPA-E funded Sensor Technology and Behavior Change Initiative, where she built the Reference Energy Disaggregation Dataset (REDD), a preeminent dataset in the nonintrusive load monitoring (NILM) community. Before joining the ARPA-E team, Sarah Jo managed research and administration for world-renowned climate scientist, Dr. Stephen H. Schneider, at Stanford’s Woods Institute. Sarah Jo received a B.A. in Biology from Colorado College, and an M.S. focused on grid decarbonization from Stanford’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Department.


Peyton Parks, Account Representative

Peyton supports the commercial and multi-unit dwelling customers. Feel free to contact him with questions, comments or requests for him to meet you at your location.

Peyton comes to Silicon Valley Clean Energy most recently from SolarCity where he served in a range of sales, account management, and technical support roles. He is most proud of having deployed over a megawatt of solar capacity in his time there. A life-long resident of the South County, Peyton attended San Jose State University and earned a B.A. in Philosophy.


John Supp, Account Representative

John supports the commercial and multi-unit dwelling customers. Feel free to contact him with questions, comments or requests for him to meet you at your location.

Prior to joining SVCE, John developed a broad-based knowledge of various renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. Most recently, he worked for local fuel cell manufacturer, Bloom Energy, as the Incentives Operation Program Manager. Before that, he was in Washington DC running the Account Management team and developing programs for the DC Sustainable Energy Utility to support the largest energy users in the Capital with energy efficiency, solar, and workforce development. He was a Program Manager on the California Solar Initiative (CSI) for the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) servicing the San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) territory. His solar knowledge came from selling solar directly to residential and commercial customers as well to contractors across the US. He began his energy career more than 15 years ago managing channel sales for a micro-wind turbine manufacturer. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and received his undergraduate degree from UCLA.


Paige Wenzel, Community Outreach Coordinator

As the community outreach coordinator, Paige attends community events and meetings, coordinates social media and other outreach activities to ensure residents and businesses located in the SVCE service area are educated, aware and up-to-date with all SVCE happenings.

Paige has several years of experience in customer service. As a recent graduate of San Francisco State University’s Environmental Studies Program, she is excited to be working towards a career in what she is passionate about: protecting the environment and those who inhabit it. 


Victoria Yu photo

Victoria Yu, Program Development Fellow

Victoria is a Climate Corp fellow, researching grant opportunities, and supporting outreach and public affairs within the local SVCE community.

Climate Corps is a 10-month program within California, offering professional development for emerging climate action fellows to work on community climate action within local governments, colleges, businesses and non-profit settings.

As a program development fellow, Victoria researches grant opportunities and conducts research for power supply contracting. She is developing outreach tools and assisting in public affairs and marketing.

Victoria previously worked in the Department of Housing(HUD) in their Office of Economic Resilience and the Office of Program Monitoring and Research Development regarding their sustainability grant program and HUD’s Mapping Initiative in their Climate Change Action Plan in D.C. Most recently, she has worked within the commercial real estate sector in the Bay Area. Victoria has a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Regional Development and a minor in GIS and Economics from UC Davis.

Dennis Dyc-O’Neal, Power Contracts & Compliance Manager

Dennis supports Silicon Valley Clean Energy in the administration of power supply contracting, performance tracking, and regulatory compliance.

Dennis’ energy sector background spans more than 20 years, including experience in the late 1990’s with Go-Green.com, an Electric Service Provider (predecessor program to Community Choice Energy program). He began his energy career with the California Energy Commission, and has worked for an energy services company providing environmental registry and CAISO scheduling coordination services and software solutions. Immediately prior to joining SVCE, Dennis spent over a decade with a local electric utility, managing power supply contract performance and reporting, invoicing, project development, dispute resolution, contract amendments, and voluntary carbon offset and renewable energy credit tracking.

Dennis has a master’s degree in economics from University of California, Davis.

Hilary Staver, Regulatory and Legislative Analyst

Hilary is responsible for a wide range of SVCE regulatory and legislative matters, with particular emphasis on representing SVCE’s interests at the California Public Utilities Commission, as well as evaluating proposed regulatory policies to assess the impact on SVCE and developing positions on issues on behalf of SVCE.

Hilary joins SVCE from Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. located in San Francisco where she was involved in several projects including greenhouse gas emissions modeling, rate design, energy resource valuation and regulatory briefings. Hilary earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Environmental Science from Yale, where she majored in energy economics. 

 

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To contact a member of our staff email: info@svcleanenergy.org or call 408-721-5301.

 

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