Leigh Seddon
L.W. Seddon Consulting, LLC – President

Leigh Seddon is the founder of Solar Works, Inc., which became Alteris Renewables in 2008 and merged with Real Goods Solar in 2011. Over the 30 years since the founding of Solar Works, he has overseen the design and installation of thousands of photovoltaic and solar thermal projects in the U.S. and in developing countries. Leigh currently works as a renewable energy consultant located in Montpelier, Vermont. Over his career, he has served as an energy consultant to electric utilities, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the World Bank. Leigh has also served as a trustee of Renewable Energy Vermont, the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), the Vermont Natural Resources Council, and other Vermont non-governmental organizations. He is currently Board Chair of Energy Action Network.

Ellen Kahler
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund – Executive Director

Ellen Kahler became the Executive Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) in late 2005. She is a graduate of Bucknell University in Pennsylvania with a BA in Political Science and from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with a Masters in Public Administration. VSJF provides business assistancevalue chain facilitationnetwork development, and strategic planning in agriculture and food systemsforest products, waste management, renewable energy, and environmental technology.  VSJF manages the Farm to Plate Network, the Forest Products Industry Network and the Climate Economy Business Network. Ms. Kahler is also involved in workforce development efforts through her participation on the State Workforce Development Board.

Rob Miller
VSECU – President & Chief Executive Officer

Robert Miller is President and Chief Executive Officer for VSECU, a statewide credit union with 59,000 members, $684 million in assets, 160 employees, and 9 branch locations. Rob graduated from the University of Vermont and started a career in financial services with Citibank in New York and Chicago. He relocated back to Vermont as a state employee and public servant; working for the Vermont Department of Economic Development where he ultimately served as Commissioner. Prior to joining VSECU, Rob spent well over a decade in various executive roles in the institutional investment management industry with Dwight Asset Management (now Goldman Sachs) and Conning.

Rebecca Foster
VEIC – Chief Executive Officer

Rebecca Foster is VEIC’s CEO. Heading up the leadership team, Rebecca guides the organization’s strategic planning, corporate goal setting, business development, and performance. With more than two decades of experience in the clean energy industry, and 10 years at VEIC, Rebecca is a dedicated to the organization’s success. Rebecca is a true convener, cultivating strong partnerships and making sure every stakeholder is heard. This was critical in her previous role at VEIC as the Director of Efficiency Vermont. As CEO, her vision is for VEIC to become the leader in decarbonization while centering equity and accessibility. Prior to VEIC, Rebecca spent over a decade at the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, working with over 130 utilities across the US and Canada to reduce energy use in homes. She has an MBA from Simmons University and a BA from Boston University.

Brian Gray
Energy Co-Op of Vermont – General Manager

Brian Gray is the General Manager of the Energy Co-Op of Vermont. A native Vermonter, Brian grew up in the northeast kingdom and currently resides in Essex with his wife Nancy and their two dogs. He has served on various boards including Colchester Youth Baseball and Crime Stoppers. An avid hunter and fisherman, Brian also enjoys making maple syrup, gardening and landscaping. Brian joined the Energy Co-op as General Manager in November of 2017. He has over 30 years experience managing Vermont utility and efficiency services. Prior to joining the Co-op he was Energy Services Manager at Vermont Gas, responsible for customer growth, marketing, and energy efficiency programs.

Linda McGinnis is an economist and policy analyst with over 30 years of experience in developing and investing in concrete solutions to sustainable development challenges, both globally and locally.  As a Lead Economist and Senior Manager at the World Bank for 20 years, she led research, policy negotiations and investments in environment, energy, education, agriculture, and health in countries across Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Since moving to Vermont in 2010 from India (to be closer to aging parents), Linda’s focus has been on state-level climate change strategies, renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and programs. She has provided her expertise across two administrations, serving as Director of Governor Shumlin’s Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission, as advisor to the leadership team at the VT Agency for Natural Resources on climate change strategy, as analyst for President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, and more recently as Commissioner for Governor Scott’s Climate Commission.  In 2015, she joined EAN as Program Director, while also serving as co-chair of the Clean Energy Development Fund Board. These roles provided backbone support to help further Vermont’s strategic vision, investment and collective action towards its total energy and climate goals. Upon retirement from EAN in 2018, she became EAN’s first Senior Fellow, and looks forward to supporting EAN in any way she can to further Vermont’s actions to meet its 90% by 2050 goals across all energy sectors. Linda is also a Trustee and past Board Chair of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and a founding member of the VCRD Climate Economy Council. Locally, she is an active member of the South Burlington Energy Committee and a women’s theater production company (GNOP).  She and her husband Sam have invested in several small solar farms across Vermont, and are the proud parents of three.  She holds degrees from Stanford (BA – International Relations), Princeton (Master in Public Affairs – Development Economics), l’Institut des Etudes Politiques in Paris (Master in Economic Policy) and Harvard Business School (Exec Ed). She is passionate about the future of the planet, of our beautiful state, and the role that each of us plays in ensuring that we do everything in our power to continue to enjoy its beauty.

Linda McGinnis
Energy Action Network – Senior Fellow

Linda McGinnis is an economist and policy analyst with over 30 years of developing concrete solutions to sustainable development challenges, both globally and locally. As a Lead Economist and Senior Manager at the World Bank for 20 years, she led research, policy negotiations and investments in environment, energy, education, agriculture, and health in countries across Africa, Latin America and South Asia. She is currently a Senior Fellow and Board Member with EAN.

Since moving to Vermont in 2010, Linda’s focus has been on state-level climate change strategies, renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and programs. She has provided her expertise across two administrations, serving as Director of Governor Shumlin’s Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission, as co-chair of the Clean Energy Development Fund, and as Commissioner for Governor Scott’s Climate Commission. In 2015, she joined EAN as Program Director and initiated the annual Energy and Climate Progress Report as part of EAN’s goal of providing backbone support to help further Vermont’s strategic vision, investment and collective action towards its total energy and climate goals.

Linda is also a Trustee and past Board Chair of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and a founding member of the VCRD Climate Economy Council. She holds degrees from Stanford (BA International Relations), Princeton (MPA Development Economics), l’Institut des Etudes Politiques in Paris (MA Economic Policy) and Harvard Business School (Exec Ed). She is passionate about the future of the planet, of our beautiful state, and the role that each of us plays in ensuring that we do everything in our power to continue to enjoy its beauty.

Darren Springer
Burlington Electric Department – General Manager

Darren Springer was appointed and confirmed as General Manager in October 2018. Formerly, Darren served as Burlington Electric’s Chief Operating Officer and led the Center for Innovation team which includes the Policy & Planning, Finance, Information Technology and Energy Services divisions.

Prior to joining BED, Darren served as Chief of Staff for the Office of Governor Peter Shumlin. Before working in the Governor’s Office, Darren was appointed as Deputy Commissioner at the Vermont Public Service Department, leading the advancement of the 2014 net metering law and 2015 renewable energy standard.

Previously, Darren worked for 4 years in the Washington, D.C. Office of U.S.. Senator Bernard Sanders as Senior Policy Advisor for Energy & Environment, and later as Chief Counsel. He has also worked for the National Governors Association as Program Director for Energy and Transportation. Darren has a B.A. from Florida Atlantic University and earned a J.D. and Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. While at Vermont Law School, he was selected as Managing Editor of the Vermont Law Review, and clerked for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is a member of the Vermont Bar, Virginia Bar, and Florida Bar. Darren has also served as a Policy Fellow on Climate Change and Renewable Energy at the University of Vermont Center for Research on Vermont.

Sarah Brock
Vital Communities – Energy Program Manager

Sarah Brock joined Vital Communities, a regional nonprofit serving 69 towns in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire, in 2013 as Energy Program Manager. Sarah provides support for her region’s 40+ local energy committees, engaging with dozens of volunteers and clean energy businesses in programs like Solarize Upper Valley, Weatherize Upper Valley, and the Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network. Prior to joining the Vital Communities team, Sarah was a fellow with the High Meadows Fund, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation. Sarah now lives in Warner, New Hampshire, with her husband Zach and their growing flock of chickens.

Richard CowartRichard Cowart
Regulatory Assistance project – Principal

Richard Cowart is a Principal with the Regulatory Assistance Project, a global non-profit advising governments on climate and energy policies. He has over 30 years’ experience on these issues in the US, China, and several other nations, including a decade building RAP’s multi-national team in Europe. He has served on Boards and advisory councils for the International Energy Agency, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and the New England and New York power system operators. During the Obama Administration he served three terms as Chair of the Electricity Advisory Committee of the US Department of Energy.

Richard has also worked on clean energy policies in Vermont. He launched Vermont’s utility-scale efficiency programs and advanced renewables during 12 years as Chair of Vermont’s PUC, serves on the Board of VEIC and is a member of the Vermont Climate Council. A former law professor, he holds JD and MCP degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, where he directed the graduate program in law and planning.

Neale F. Lunderville recently served as Interim Director of the Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) in Burlington, Vermont and, from 2014 to 2018, as General Manager of Burlington Electric Department. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of NG Advantage LLC, a natural gas distribution company. In 2011, he was appointed Irene Recovery Officer for the State of Vermont, leading and coordinating Vermont’s recovery from the worst disaster to hit the state since the floods of 1927. He served in two top cabinet posts in Vermont state government: Secretary of Administration from 2008 to 2011 where he oversaw the daily operations of state government; and, as Secretary of Transportation from 2006 to 2008. He also served as Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs and a member of the governor’s senior staff. He is a chair of the board of the Preservation Trust of Vermont and serves on the boards of the Vermont Journalism Trust, Champlain College, and Energy Action Network. He is a member of Governor Phil Scott’s Government Modernization and Efficiency Team (GMET). He is also involved with the Intervale Center’s Celebrate Intervale! campaign, Change the Story’s Champions for Change, and Vermont Council on Rural Development’s Climate Energy Action Team. He graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. and was given their 2012 Alumni Achievement award.Neale Lunderville
VGS – President and CEO

Neale F. Lunderville joined VGS in June 2020 and serves as President and CEO effective October 1st. Neale recently served as Interim Director of the Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) in Burlington, Vermont and, from 2014 to 2018, as General Manager of Burlington Electric Department. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of NG Advantage LLC, a natural gas distribution company. In 2011, he was appointed Irene Recovery Officer for the State of Vermont, leading and coordinating Vermont’s recovery from the worst disaster to hit the state since the floods of 1927. He served in two top cabinet posts in Vermont state government: Secretary of Administration from 2008 to 2011 where he oversaw the daily operations of state government; and, as Secretary of Transportation from 2006 to 2008. He also served as Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs and a member of the governor’s senior staff. He is a chair of the board of the Preservation Trust of Vermont and serves on the boards of the Vermont Journalism Trust, Champlain College, and Energy Action Network. He is a member of Governor Phil Scott’s Government Modernization and Efficiency Team (GMET). He is also involved with the Intervale Center’s Celebrate Intervale! campaign, Change the Story’s Champions for Change, and Vermont Council on Rural Development’s Climate Energy Action Team. He graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. and was given their 2012 Alumni Achievement award.

Stephanie YuStephanie Yu
Public Assets Institute – Deputy Director

Steph is the Deputy Director of Public Assets Institute, a Montpelier-based nonpartisan nonprofit fiscal policy think tank working to improve the lives of everyday Vermonters. She has worked as both a public sector fiscal analyst for the Michigan Senate and a private sector financial analyst. She also has experience in the executive branch of state government, as the Budget Manager for the Michigan Department of Treasury and the Executive Director of the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service. She earned a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University. She currently resides in Burlington with her family.

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