Addition of Sachu Constantine, Pari Kasotia, Thad Culley and Jessica Brittsan Rounds Out High Growth 2017 for Solar Advocacy Group

OAKLAND, CA -  Vote Solar, a non-profit advocacy organization working at the state level to bring solar energy to the mainstream nationwide, today announced the addition of four new hires, bringing total staff growth to 50% in 2017. The new hires are: Regulatory Team Managing Director Sachu Constantine, Mid-Atlantic Director Pari Kasotia, Regional Director Thad Culley, and Director of Investment Partnerships Jessica Brittsan.

“Solar energy has the power to address some of the most pressing issues facing our environment, our economy and our communities today, and Vote Solar is laser-focused on building a  brighter energy future,” said Adam Browning, executive director at Vote Solar. “In these times, state-level strategies to build solar markets represent our best hope for energy progress, and we are determined to go big. We are pleased to welcome four exceptionally talented and passionate individuals to our roster of advocates working to keep our country moving forward with clean energy through a combination of deep policy expertise and public engagement.”

Sach_headshot.jpgSachu Constantine will be overseeing Vote Solar’s rate design and grid integration strategy to drive solar nationwide. Sach comes to Vote Solar with nearly two decades of clean energy experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Most recently he led legislative and regulatory activities as the policy director at the Center for Sustainable Energy. He previously served as markets analyst for SunPower Corporation, one of the world’s leading clean energy companies, and senior regulatory analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission. Sach is based at Vote Solar’s headquarters in Oakland, California.

“Affordable solar power is helping to drive much-needed innovation in our antiquated energy system,” said Sach Constantine. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help lead Vote Solar’s work moving our nation’s regulatory structure from one that’s beholden to centralized fossil fueled power plants to a new paradigm that puts clean energy, resiliency and customer choice at its center.”

Pari Kasotia headshot.JPGPari Kasotia adds new dedicated capacity for Vote Solar to advance solar policy in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and D.C. Before Vote Solar, Pari served as the deputy director at The Solar Foundation where she provided leadership and operational oversight. Pari previously led the Iowa Energy Office at the State of Iowa and managed multi-million dollar federal and state energy projects to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy in Iowa communities. Pari is based in Washington, DC.

Thad Culley headshot.jpgThad Culley adds legal, regulatory and policy capacity to Vote Solar’s southeast advocacy team and will initially focus on advancing solar markets in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Thad joins Vote Solar from Keyes & Fox LLP, where he gained extensive regulatory experience working collaboratively with utilities, environmental advocacy groups, and other renewable energy interests to advance distributed energy. Thad is based in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Jessica Brittsan headshot.JPGJessica Brittsan brings more than a decade of development experience to her role as Vote Solar’s director of investment partnerships. Jessica will oversee Vote Solar’s fundraising strategy, helping to further grow the organization’s capacity to advance solar policy in more states nationwide. She joins Vote Solar from Earthjustice, where she built a successful donor program. Jessica will also be based in Oakland. 

These new hires bring Vote Solar’s total staff size to 24 individuals located throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, and West.  

About Vote Solar:

Since 2002, Vote Solar has been working to lower solar costs and expand solar access. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Vote Solar advocates for state policies and programs needed to repower our electric grid with clean energy. Learn more at www.votesolar.org

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 Media contact: Zadie Oleksiw
Communications Manager, zadie@votesolar.org (202) 836-5754