Our Team

Tom Habashi, Chief Executive Officer

Tom directs Silicon Valley Clean Energy’s operations, strategic planning, regulatory affairs and much more. He has more than 30 years of experience working for community-owned utilities, giving him a wide-range of experiences in managing energy acquisition, supply distribution, customer programs and financial rate development.

Tom is a veteran of the electric utility industry with nearly 30 years of experience working for California municipal utilities in the cities of Burbank, Palo Alto and Roseville. Throughout his career, Tom has been a strong advocate of renewable resources, continuously highlighting the environmental and economic effectiveness associated with shifting electricity generation away from burning fossil fuels. At Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Tom demonstrates this commitment by recommending that SVCE acquire 100% of electricity needs from carbon-free sources.

Tom is familiar with all aspects of the industry, starting in the engineering design of substations, distribution and generation systems. In 1992, Tom pivoted to generation development and supply acquisition as Supply Resource Manager, then Assistant Director of Resource Management in Palo Alto. During this time, Tom was introduced to energy deregulation at its inception, and participated in the formation process of the deregulation of the electric utility supply business in California. That year marked the first time Palo Alto was able to competitively acquire natural gas supplies from the wholesale market.

In 1998, Tom became the Director of Electric Utility at the City of Roseville, managing all aspects of the utility operation. In this role, Tom was instrumental in negotiating agreements for the acquisition of electric and natural gas supplies worth nearly a billion dollars. Tom recommended the development of the Roseville Energy Park, including a 165 MW combined cycle power project located in west Roseville. The project became operational in 2007.

Recognizing the synergy between Roseville Electric, a community-owned utility, and the municipality it served, Tom recommended the BEST (Blueprint for Energy-Efficiency and Solar Technology) home program.


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.

 


Don Eckert, Director of Administration and 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. 


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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

Paige comes to SVCE through the Climate Corps Bay Area program to assist with outreach for all SVCE communities.

Climate Corps Bay Area is a 10-month program, offering professional development for emerging climate protection leaders who work on resiliency projects with local governments, colleges businesses and non-profits.

As the community outreach fellow, 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.