Team

Craig Lewis

Craig Lewis   Executive Director

Craig Lewis is Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Coalition. He has over 20 years of experience in the renewables, wireless, semiconductor, and banking industries. Previously VP of Government Relations at GreenVolts, a solar technology company, Craig was the first to successfully navigate a solar project through California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) solicitation process. He was also the energy policy lead on Steve Westly's 2006 California gubernatorial campaign, and his resume includes senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at leading wireless, semiconductor, and banking companies; including Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Barclays Bank. Craig received an MBA and MSEE from the University of Southern California and a BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley.

John Bernhardt

John Bernhardt   Outreach Director

John Bernhardt is Outreach Director for the Clean Coalition. He has spent more than a decade working on energy and environmental policy. In particular, he brings extensive knowledge of the evolving electric utility sector, with a focus on forward-looking utility programs that effectively capture the benefit of distributed energy resources for system-wide benefit. He has consulted with numerous electric utilities across the country, and his writings on the electricity sector have been featured in a variety of media outlets, including Forbes, National Geographic, and the Los Angeles Times. He received a BA from the University of Virginia and continued coursework at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Wendy Boyle

Wendy Boyle   Grants & Contracts Manager

Wendy Boyle is Grants & Contracts Manager for the Clean Coalition where she focuses on government grant and contract management. Prior to joining the Clean Coalition team, Wendy served as the Director of Operations at SolarTech, a non-profit industry association focused on identifying, prioritizing, and resolving complex delivery and financing challenges inherent to solar photovoltaic systems. As part of SolarTech’s Rooftop Solar Challenge, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, she collaborated with the Clean Coalition and Pacific Gas & Electric resulting in the development of a case study on streamlining interconnection for residential solar PV projects. Wendy holds certificates of completion and accomplishments in the areas of Materials & Contract Management, Operations Management, Economics and Environmental Energy, and Business Law and Finance

Rosana Francescato

Rosana Francescato   Communications Director

Rosana Francescato is Communications Director for the Clean Coalition. Prior to joining the Clean Coalition, Rosana was Communications Director for Sunible, an online solar marketplace, and for MyDomino, an energy savings concierge service. She has written extensively on clean energy for publications like CleanTechnica, PV Solar Report, and The Energy Collective. While on the steering committee of the Local Clean Energy Alliance, Rosana helped evaluate shared renewables legislation in California. She currently serves on the board of Everybody Solar and volunteers installing solar with GRID Alternatives. Rosana holds a BA in English from Earlham College in Indiana.

Malini Kannan

Malini Kannan   Program Associate

Malini Kannan is Program Associate for the Clean Coalition. As a Research Engineer at the Schatz Energy Research Center, Malini's work focused on testing and analyzing performance data from small-scale solar, battery, and LED consumer electronics as a consultant to the World Bank. She also helped stage, design, and build electric vehicle charging stations on California's North Coast. Malini has previous experience at Bloom Energy where she resolved design and quality issues with fuel cells and undergraduate R&D experience in off-grid solar. Malini received a BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of California San Diego.

Doug Karpa

Doug Karpa   Policy Director

Doug Karpa is Policy Director for the Clean Coalition. Doug has worked on environmental and energy issues from a range of perspectives since 2009. Prior to joining the Clean Coalition, he worked as Legal Program & Scientific Policy Director at Turtle Island Restoration Network and in public interest legal practice, working with a range of public interest clients such as the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Resource Renewable Institute. He also worked at two major national law firms representing energy companies and other developers on utility scale solar projects, energy plants, and other major projects. Dr. Karpa holds a JD from the Berkeley Law School at the University of California, Berkeley, a PhD in Organismic & Evolutional Biology from Harvard University, and a BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. He is licensed to practice law in California.

Bob O'Hagan

Bob O'Hagan   Program Engineer

Bob O’Hagan is Program Engineer for the Clean Coalition. He oversees the development of tools and processes that allow high penetrations of distributed generation while maintaining or improving distribution grid reliability. He started his career designing telecommunications and test equipment then transitioned into operations management for both public companies and startups. He has now moved into clean energy and power systems. Bob has an MS from Stanford in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University.

Josh Valentine

Josh Valentine   Communications Manager

Josh Valentine is Communications Manager for the Clean Coalition. Josh brings to the organization a mindful approach to communications, digital outreach, and marketing when developing strategies and programs to help accelerate the transition to clean energy. Previously, Josh worked in communications and marketing roles for sustainable products, events, and services — including for his own business, Promenade Media, which focused on renewables and climate advocacy. While living in Maine, he headed up digital efforts for Maine Businesses for Sustainability and was president of the Maine Marketing Association for three consecutive terms. Currently, Josh leads digital communications and marketing initiatives for the Colorado Renewable Energy Society and is published by 3BL Media, a worldwide, environmental content distributor that operates CSRwire, Justmeans, and SocialEarth. Josh holds a BA in English from Wheaton College and an MA in Digital Media Production from Emerson College, both in Massachusetts.

Frank Wasko

Frank Wasko   Program Director

Frank Wasko is Program Director for the Clean Coalition. He brings 30 years of service and experience from Southern California Edison (SCE) across a variety of functions including field project management and field construction. In his last position at SCE, Frank served as Region Manager for government affairs. Frank also has a strong background in municipalization, infrastructure upgrade and improvement programs, rate optimization, and third party interconnection. Frank graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine University with a BA in Business Communications, and earned both a Masters and Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California (USC). Frank was awarded the 2015 Dissertation of the Year Award from the USC Price School of Public Policy.

Kenneth Sahm White

Kenneth Sahm White   Economics & Policy Analysis Director

Kenneth Sahm White is Economics & Policy Analysis Director for the Clean Coalition. Sahm brings over 20 years experience in economic and environmental policy, with over 200 filings before public utility and energy commissions. Prior to joining the Clean Coalition he held positions as a Senior Research Consultant to the Center for Ecoliteracy, Technical and Policy Analyst in the development of the Ecological Footprint, and Associate Director of Progressive Secretary, a leading web source of legislative constituent engagement. Subsequent to his graduate work in the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT, Sahm has completed coursework for an MS Environmental Studies from San Jose State University with a planned thesis focus on economic optimization of local greenhouse gas reduction strategies.