Since 2002, Vote Solar has been working to make solar affordable and accessible to more Americans. We work at the state level all across the country to support the policies and programs needed to repower our grid with clean energy.
Vote Solar is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working to expand access to clean solar energy.
Vote Solar’s approach to advocacy combines deep technical and policy expertise with public education and mobilization. We build both the fact-based case and the political will needed to accelerate solar progress.
Energy policy – particularly at the forefront of our clean energy transition – is a complex and dynamic arena. Our technical experts help regulators and other policymakers understand policy options, make the case for strong program and regulatory design, and implement the programs that are going to most effectively support diverse and sustainable solar growth.
The American people overwhelmingly support solar energy, a powerful fact that remains true across state and party lines – but the policy and regulatory processes deciding our solar future are remarkably inaccessible to the general public. Our campaign and communications teams work to give our solar-loving public a strong voice in these critical policy decisions through press, social media and grassroots mobilization.
We aim to transform one of this country’s most powerful industries in states nationwide, and we can’t do it alone. We make the most of our skills and limited resources by collaborating with local and national partners wherever possible. From our position as an independent solar advocacy group, Vote Solar has an important role to play in bringing diverse interests together toward the common goal of solar growth.
Learn more about our work:
- 2020 Quarterly Impact Report: Q2 April - June
- 2020 Quarterly Impact Report: Q1 January - March
- 2019 Impact Report
Meet the Vote Solar Team
Adam leads Vote Solar's team of advocates, experts and staff working to bring solar to the mainstream across the U.S. Adam co-founded the organization in 2002 after he had so much fun working on a successful local solar ballot initiative that he decided to pursue ...
National Program Director
Annie helps set strategy at Vote Solar and is responsible for managing our regional teams and delivering wins for a just solar energy future. Annie sits on the executive management team at Vote Solar. She has spent the last two decades working to advance clean ...
Interior West Director
Art serves as the Interior West Director for AZ. Art has worked on several political campaigns, non-profits and the U.S. House of Representatives. He is currently working on his graduate degree in Public Administration through Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of ...
Managing Director, Communications
Ayesha is the Managing Director of Communications at Vote Solar, where she develops Vote Solar’s communication strategies, and manages communications and partner relationships to drive winning campaigns and achieve our broader vision of a just 100% clean energy vision. With 10+ years of communications experience ...
Coordinator, Operations/Access & Equity Program
Brandy serves as Manager for the Operations team and Coordinator for the Access and Equity Program. In this role, Brandy supports the day to day operations to ensure Vote Solar is running smoothly. She is known for her organizational skills, the ability to work with ...
Regulatory Research Manager
Claudine supports the regulatory team in research and data analysis. She has a background in engineering and programming. She finds that having a technical education helps in her understanding and communicating of energy policies. Claudine is the Regulatory Research Manager for the Interior West. She ...
Director of Grid Integration
Ed is on Vote Solar's regulatory team working to transform the electric power system to be cleaner, smarter and more durable by integrating solar power and other clean energy technologies at all scales from rooftop to the utility-scale power plant. Vote Solar is involved in ...
Managing Director, Operations
Elizabeth manages the financial, compliance and operational aspects of running our multi-state 501(c)3 organization and oversaw our transition to an independent organization in 2015. Prior to joining Vote Solar she served as the Chief Financial Officer at Fenton for 13 years and supervised a team ...
Director of Leadership Gifts
Emily joined the Vote Solar team to build and deepen individual support to advance the organization's expanding ambitions. Prior to Vote Solar, Emily was the Director of Philanthropy at The Guardian, an international progressive news organization, and has served in a variety of development roles ...
Hilary manages traditional media for Vote Solar. She joined the team in August 2019 after eight years fighting big oil and supporting impacted communities at Earthworks.Hilary currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee. She is ...
Managing Director, Investment Partnerships
Jessica directs Vote Solar’s overall fundraising strategy with a primary focus on foundation relations. Prior to joining the Vote Solar team she was the Director of Donor Relations with Earthjustice. For the past 12+ years she has worked with a host of nonprofit organizations to ...
As regional director, John coordinates campaigns for Vote Solar’s legislative and regulatory priorities throughout the Midwest. Prior to joining Vote Solar, John built a program for a residential solar company that enabled underserved and environmental justice communities to access rooftop solar. He believes that the ...
Katie Chiles Ottenweller
Katie serves as Vote Solar’s Southeast Director, focusing on advancing solar policy in Florida, Georgia and the Gulf States. Katie first got hooked on solar as an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, where she led their regional Solar Initiative for five years. Prior ...
Lavannya Pulluveetil Barrera
Access & Equity Program Manager
Lavannya Pulluveetil Barrera serves as the Access and Equity Program Manager at Vote Solar. In her role, she leads the organization’s partnership efforts focusing her attention on ensuring equitable partnerships with groups representing environmental justice and low-income communities. She also leads the planning and execution ...
Senior Director, Interior West
Marta serves as Senior Director, Interior West for Vote Solar. In this role, Marta works to expand solar programs and affordable solar access across the interior West through advocacy and policy initiatives. She has over nine years of experience in the environmental and energy fields ...
Interior West Manager & Tribal Liaison
Mayane serves as Interior West Manager & Tribal Liaison for Vote Solar and works on campaigns throughout the region. A proud Indigenous woman and a Tribal member of Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico, Mayane hopes to enable economic prosperity and environmental justice for her community ...
Investment Partnerships Coordinator
Meghan is the coordinator for the Investment Partnerships team here at Vote Solar where she supports the organization's fundraising strategy, helping to further grow the organization’s capacity to advance solar policy in more states nationwide. Prior to Vote Solar, Meghan was the Development Associate & ...
Managing Director, Access & Equity
Melanie Santiago-Mosier serves as the Managing Director, Access & Equity for Vote Solar, where her work centers on implementing the organization's vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. In her role, Ms. Santiago-Mosier manages Vote Solar's work to build partnerships with underserved communities, and to ...
Misha joined Vote Solar in 2017, and oversees digital communications for our state-based campaigns. Misha launched a decade-long career in communications through a successful business promoting Japanese rock music to international audiences. While partying with rock stars was fun, Misha wanted to make a deeper ...
Nathan focuses on regulatory design for distributed generation in the eastern U.S. Prior to joining Vote Solar, Nathan was a Senior Economist at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities where he worked renewable energy and distributed generation regulation. Nathan went to Willamette University for undergraduate ...
Regulatory Director, Southeast
Odette focuses on advancing solar in the regulatory arena of the Southeastern US. Prior to Vote Solar, Odette led renewable energy and clean transportation programs at the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment. She also served as the community solar and solar access ...
Policy Director, Access & Equity Program
Olivia Nedd serves as the Policy Director, Access & Equity Program for Vote Solar. In this role she works to support Vote Solar’s policy and regulatory work, to advance a more equitable and just clean energy future. Prior to joining Vote Solar, Olivia worked with ...
Pari Kasotia works towards enabling solar friendly policies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Pari has held multitude of roles in her 10+ years of career span. Previously, Pari served as the Deputy Director at The Solar Foundation (TSF) and was responsible for providing leadership and operational ...
Program Director, DG Regulatory Policy
Rick has been with Vote Solar since 2012, engaging in state, regional, and national regulatory work with a focus on distributed solar rate design, policies and practices. All told, he has provided formal testimony in more than 50 regulatory proceedings during his time at Vote ...
Regulatory Director, Interior West
Ronny Sandoval leads Vote Solar’s regulatory efforts to transform the electric system and maximize opportunities for sustainable energy in the Interior West. Ronny has extensive experience across major segments of the utility business, including, Transmission Planning, Distribution Engineering, Energy Efficiency Program Management, Grid Modernization, and ...
Managing Director, Regulatory
Sachu manages Vote Solar's regulatory efforts, coordinating strategy and operations for our far-flung but elite team of experts and intervenors. Prior to joining Vote Solar he served as the Director of Policy at the Center for Sustainable Energy for 5 years. Sachu lived and worked ...
Senior Director - Northeast
Sean manages Vote Solar’s campaigns in the Northeast. He has led coalition efforts to expand access to solar in New York and Connecticut and continue critical solar policies, like net metering, in Massachusetts. Prior to joining Vote Solar he was the Legislative Director at Fair ...
Prior to joining the Vote Solar team, Stephan worked as an advocate and community lawyer with WE ACT for Environmental Justice in Harlem, NYC. There, he fought for more inclusive solar and energy efficiency policies in Albany and at City Hall. Stephan also helped design ...
Senior Regional Director, West
Susannah directs Vote Solar’s distributed solar advocacy efforts in California. She has worked in California clean energy policy for over 15 years, holding prior positions as Senior Regulatory Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission and Advisor to a Commissioner at the California Energy Commission. ...
Thad is working to build upon the early successes of solar markets in Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Prior to joining Vote Solar, Thad was a partner with the law firm Keyes & Fox LLP where he spent seven years working on legal and ...
Regulatory Manager, Southeast
Tyler is a clean energy advocate, driven by the hope that our transition to cleaner energy will lead to a more just and equitable world. He supports Vote Solar’s regulatory campaigns through technical and economic research. Before Vote Solar, Tyler crafted implementation for Illinois’s Future ...
Managing Director, Midwest
Will Kenworthy is Regulatory Director, Midwest for Vote Solar, where he is responsible for shaping and guiding regulatory and legislative policies to advance markets and programs for solar power in the Midwest. Prior to joining Vote Solar, Will was Managing Director, Midwest for Microgrid Energy ...