Our team

Tanya Barham, CEO & Founder

Tanya has 20 years experience as an innovator, entrepreneur, technologist, and utility nerd building enduring practices and products, including a successful business exit. From 2016-2019 Tanya helped reformulate and re-start PECI, securing millions in non-dilutive funding for execution of all aspects of technical service, product development, operations and commercialization of PECI’s grid edge products. In 2019 PECI spun off its technical and grid-edge products as Community Energy Labs with Tanya at the helm. Tanya’s speciality is in leading systems and people to set the stage for the high achievement culture necessary to iterate and scale. Tanya is fluent in Swedish and functionally proficient in Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic.

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Jennifer Worrall, CTO

Jennifer Worrall has 20 years of deep subject matter expertise in computer science, enterprise energy information technology and solutions architecture. Jennifer was the CEO and Founder of iteros and also served as Director of Information Engineering for microgrid controls start-up CleanSpark, where she oversaw design and implementation of their Enterprise Architecture and SCADA system as well as cybersecurity policies and procedures. At her prior position at Southern Company Transmission, she helped to architect their Energy Management System and related applications. Jennifer’s career spans both startup and international scale in technical management roles for Southern Company, Wildan, Accenture, and as a software engineer at large Internet-based companies like About.com. Jennifer is fluent in Java, C# and Go.

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Micha Ramsey, PhD, Engineer

Micha’s career spans a diverse range including: custom hardware development for advanced sensors, research and development for NASA while completing a doctorate in mechanical engineering from MIT; engineering management for solar materials manufacturing in the photovoltaics industry; and enabling an equitable transition to a new energy economy with a community-based project development approach. With over 20 years of experience, she excels in: project portfolio management; leading cross-functional teams; strategic planning; budget management; research; and developing fact-based, data-driven solutions to product design and diverse business challenges. Micha is bilingual in German.

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James Kempf

James Kempf, PhD, Research Engineer

Dr. James Kempf graduated from University of Arizona with a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering in 1984 and immediately went to work in Silicon Valley. Since then, Dr. Kempf has worked for a variety of tech companies, including Sun Microsystems, NTT Docomo, Ericsson, and most recently Equinix. Dr. Kempf has served on the Powerhouse Fund technical due diligence team and the Powerhouse Connector team, connecting with startups looking for help with cloud and networking issues for the DOE America’s Solar Prize. Dr. Kempf has been a member of E8 cleantech angel investors since 2016. James is fluent in German.

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Carol Mwango, Office Manager

Carol has a decade of experience in: office management; project management; research; administrative processes and systems; data entry, transfer and transcription. Whether it has been helping grant and proposal teams execute the necessary steps to secure project funding at PECI, or, tracking and managing data and communication flows for virtual teams during the pandemic at CEL, Carol is a capable and thorough administrator with attention to detail, Carol is bilingual in Kiswahili.

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Advisors

Lindsay Baker, Building Science Advisor

Lindsay Baker, Building Science Advisor

Previously, Lindsay was the Global Head of Sustainability & Wellbeing at The We Company, where she led a team pursuing the company’s ambitious goals to help the world’s environmental challenges. Previous to The We Company, she was the President of Comfy, a smart building software company that was acquired by Siemens in 2018. She also worked with the US Green Building Council, as a consultant for Google, and holds a Masters in Building Science from UC Berkeley. As a CEL advisor she offers guidance on: Building Automation; Model Based Building Control; Green Building Technology; Entrepreneurship.

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Joseph Todd, Technology Commercialization Advisor

Joseph Todd, Technology Commercialization Advisor

Joe holds a formidable track record in leading technology research, development and commercialization efforts for companies such as Boeing and Alaska Airlines. Joe is currently the Deputy CTO for King County, the most populous county in the State of Washington, and previously served as Director and CIO for the City of Tukwila, WA where his team was selected as a finalist for IDC North America Smart Cities Award in digital equity and accessibility, 2018 and Winner, WCMA Innovations in local government Award, 2019. As a CEL advisor he offers guidance on combining deep tech with infrastructure and service at scale.

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Michael Korcuska, Product & Customer Advisor

Michael Korcuska, Product & Customer Advisor

Michael is a seasoned product executive with a track record of success in best-in-class organizations that excel by using technology to change the world for the better including: Lynda.com, LinkedIN, WW (Weight Watchers) and Greylock Partners. As a CEL advisor he offers guidance on: Social Networking; Software as a Service; Product Management; Interactive Design and Development; Customer Success.

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Karim Al-Khafaji, PhD, Sustainable Products Advisor

Karim Al-Khafaji, PhD, Sustainable Products Advisor

Karim has a history of working on innovative sustainability and engineering products related to ecology, energy and smart cities. He has a degree in civil engineering and a PhD from Stanford in Quantitative Ecology. He has expereince taking products to market on behalf of companies like Opower and Verizon. As a CEL advisor he offers guidance on: Smart Communities; Wireless Enabled Smart Development; Client Engagement and Success; Energy Technology Platforms.

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Kay Aikin, Grid Edge Advisor

Kay is the CEO of Dynamic Grid, a grid controls, and complex systems design company. She has a 25-year career in business development, building partnerships for projects in the design and engineering fields as well as government contracting. As a CEL advisor, she offers guidance on: System of Systems engineering; sustainable design and renewable energy integration; strategic development and grid edge technologies.

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Nate Kinsey, Building Decarbonization Advisor

Nate Kinsey is a policy and market development professional with a decade of experience advancing building electrification and demand flexibility throughout the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Nate’s background includes stints at the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Demand Management Council, and San Francisco Unified School District. While at SFUSD Nate supported the adoption of the nation’s first K-12 mandate to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2040. As a CEL advisor, he provides guidance on: Decarbonization Policy; Zero Carbon Schools; Growth Strategy.

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Ahlmahz Negash, PhD, Power Systems Advisor

Ahlmahz Negash, PhD, Power Systems Advisor

Ahlmahz Negash, PhD is an electrical engineer and power analyst for Tacoma Power. Her work in the power management section of the utility informs long-term energy planning and analysis. As a CEL advisor she offers guidance on: Power Systems Engineering; Integrated Resource Planning; Load, Generation and Transmission Modeling; Forecasting; Distributed Energy Resources (DER); DER Valuation; Capacity; Resource Adequacy.

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Edgar Almeida, Smart Community Engineering Advisor

Edgar Almeida, Smart Community Engineering Advisor

Edgar Almeida has 35 years of global experience in fortune 100 Commercial/Industrial-Automation
and IT companies such as: ABB, Verizon, Schneider Electric and Cisco. He has also worked extensively in several high-tech IT hardware and software startups in the silicon valley. As a CEL advisor he offers guidance in the areas of: Networking Technologies; Application Service Provider Platforms (ASP); Digital Rights Management; Product & System Engineering; Testing & Solutions Development for: process control automation, building automation, power solutions & energy management, smart city platforms.

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Anamika Dubey, PhD, Machine Learning Advisor

Anamika Dubey, PhD, Machine Learning Advisor

Anamika is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University, Pullman focusing on machine learning applications to power system controls and optimization. As a CEL advisor she offers guidance on: Electric Power Systems; Distributed Renewable Integration Analysis; Power System Optimization and Control; Machine Learning.

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Bryan Hannegan, Customer Owned Utility Advisor

Bryan Hannegan, PhD, Customer Owned Utility Advisor

Bryan Hannegan, PhD, is President and CEO of Holy Cross Energy, a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative utility providing electricity and energy products and services to more than 42,000 customers in Western Colorado. As a CEL advisor he offers guidance on: Energy Product R&D; Technology Commercialization; Member Owned Utilities; Customer Choice; Competitive Landscape.

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Saniya Syed, Automated Demand Response Advisor

Saniya Syed has five years of experience in the energy field, focusing on Automated Demand Response. She currently works as an Energy Engineer at D+R International and previously worked at CalPlug and ASWB Engineering. She has a degree from University of California, Irvine with a major in Earth System Science and minor in Global Sustainability. As a CEL advisor she offers guidance on: Automated Demand Response; Measurement and Verification.

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Lorenzo Kristov, PhD, Power System Policy Advisor

Lorenzo Kristov, PhD, Power System Policy Advisor

Lorenzo is an independent consultant working on policy, structural and market reforms to enable rapid growth of distributed energy resources to accelerate decarbonization, resilient communities and environmental justice. He was a principal in market and infrastructure policy at California ISO for 18 years where he led initiatives to design the ISO’s LMP markets and its transmission planning and resource interconnection procedures, and to integrate Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) into wholesale markets. As a CEL advisor he offers guidance on: Markets; Community Choice; Competition.

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Christina Dyrness Williams, Communications Advisor

Christina Dyrness Williams, Communications Advisor

Christina Dyrness Williams is a journalist and communications executive. Her combined two decades of writing, editing and directing communications and operations for some of the Pacific Northwest’s most prestigious brands have honed her focus on sustainability and innovation. As a CEL advisor she offers guidance on: Key Messaging Priorities; Social Media Strategies; Media Strategy and Relations.

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Matthew Tsugawa, MBA, CMA, Finance Advisor

Matthew Tsugawa, MBA, CMA, Finance Advisor

Matt has 13 years of finance experience and five years as Chief Financial Officer at mission-driven organizations as well as in a consulting role at the Tokyo offices of Arthur Andersen and KPMG. Matt is a Certified Management Accountant with an MBA from the Yale School of Management. As a CEL advisor he offers guidance on: New Product and Business Analysis; Strategic Planning; Budgeting and Forecasting; Financial Modeling; Business Analytics; Mergers and Acquisitions.

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Melanie Adamson, Marketing and Brand Advisor

Melanie Adamson, Marketing and Brand Advisor

Melanie is a marketing and branding executive with two decades of expereince leading marketing teams in energy, technology, and sustainability industries. As a CEL advisor she offers guidance on: Brand Strategy; Marketing; Creative; Industrial Design and Production.

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Joshua Brock, Business Development Advisor

Joshua Brock, Business Development Advisor

Josh is an experienced senior leader in, particularly, the California energy, government and financial services sectors. He is the Director of Client Services for CalPine Energy Solutions, providing operational support for many of California’s Community Choice Energy organizations. As a CEL advisor he offers guidance on: Government; Business Development; California Energy Practices; Community Choice Energy Operations in California.

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Roger Gray, Utility Operations Advisor

Roger Gray, Utility Operations Advisor

Roger has extensive executive experience in the electric, water, and telecommunications industry and is a highly regarded leader in Northwest public power. Currently, Gray is the Chief Executive Officer for PNGC Power (a generation and transmission co-op). Prior to that he was the CEO for the Northwest Requirements Utilities (NRU) and Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB). Roger holds degrees in computer science and electrical engineering – power systems. As a CEL advisor he offers guidance on: Power Operations; Regional Power Supply, Transmission and Management; Power Business Fundamentals

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