Hal holds a Ph. D. in sociology and has spent his career working for social justice. More interested in action than in academics, Hal has worked continuously to provide opportunities in solar energy for California’s youth.
Ever the evangelist, Hal co-created the Solar Schoolhouse to spread the message of clean solar energy to students and teachers. He later founded California Youth Energy Services, now Rising Sun Energy Center to train and employ youth as energy-efficient retrofitters.
Hal created the first We Care Solar Suitcase. (Read more about the We Care Solar story here.) Together, the We Care Solar Suitcase and Hal’s commitment to students are the heart of the We Share Solar service-learning program.
Gigi brings her product-centric strategic business savvy to We Share Solar, honed from years in corporate management and entrepreneurial experience.
After nearly a decade in product management at General Mills and Minnetonka Corporation, Gigi launched her own international products company which supplied leading US department stores for over 20 years. Extensive travel to remote corners of the world turned her attention to the many challenges others face.
In 2010 she began pursuing initiatives to address these challenges, including product sourcing for a UN world food program as well as developing and launching We Share Solar.
Wendy began her international work while living in rural South Africa, where she developed and managed sustainable development projects with grassroots organizations.
Her career in international development and non-profit management includes over a decade of experience in grant-writing for The Global Fund for Children and serving as Director of Programs and Operations for Teach With Africa.
She holds a Master of Art in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute. Wendy’s work at We Share Solar sits at the intersection of her passion and her expertise.
Anna Gomberg, a passionate Oakland Unified School District veteran Environmental Science teacher, has played a key role in both the creation of We Share Solar’s classroom curriculum and professional development workshop content. She has worked with researchers at the Lawrence Hall of Science to develop curriculum and teach for the National Science Foundation funded EPICC and YESS programs which both aimed to investigate ways of promoting STEM career opportunities and interest for low income youth of color using the Solar Suitcase as a key component. As Senior Program Manager for Solar Education at We Share Solar she is keen to expand access to the inspiring hands-on; climate justice and globally minded opportunities the curriculum provides. Anna grew up in the UK where she studied Materials Science at Oxford University as an undergraduate and remained to complete a Masters in Engineering (MEng); she then went on to train as a teacher at the University of London Institute of Education where she received a second Masters in Teaching (MTeach).
Alli Pemerl brings ten years of teaching experience in elementary and secondary schools in Washington State, Thailand and Tanzania to the We Share Solar team. She spent half a year interning with the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots and Shoots, a community-based environmental education program in Tanzania, where she worked with school clubs to implement community and environmental projects.
She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Humanities and a Bachelor of Arts degree in K-12 Education. Since moving to the Bay Area, Alli has transitioned to a career focus in organizational capacity building and program management with non-profit organizations.
She is excited to continue her passion for educating youth and her desire to bring renewable energy sources to communities with We Share Solar.
Chris’ primary area of interest is in the development and implementation of small, community-based PV systems and capacity building programs in developing communities.
For the past 13 years, Chris has been working as a consultant, project manager, designer, installer, and educator for renewable energy projects in many parts of the world. As a licensed electrician he also designs and installs residential grid-tied and off-grid PV systems in his home state of Washington in the US.
Chris has served in the US Peace Corps, has an MSc in Renewable Energy, and is a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified professional PV installer.
Chris is a co-founder, curriculum developer and instructor for the non-profit Remote Energy.org. He also works as a PV instructor for Solar Energy International (SEI). Chris conducts PV trainings in Spanish and English- in the US, abroad, and in cyberspace.
Brad is an experienced solar system designer and installer. He founded Sun’s Eye Power Company, a solar energy and electrical contracting company in 1993.
Brad is a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified PV Installer, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) certified PV Master Trainer®, and licensed electrician who has spearheaded efforts to bring solar electric systems worldwide. He works with the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), Solar Energy International (SEI), and Rotary International.
He trains installers and also teaches classes for community groups wishing to know more about solar possibilities for their own homes. He is fluent in Spanish and English.
Jason Lerner specializes in remote battery-based solar electric systems and is a licensed electrical contractor and electrician. He has worked for Solar Energy International (SEI) as an educator, installer, and trainer and enjoys the opportunity to provide an avenue for hands-on learning.
In 1994, he founded Waldron Power and Light Co. (WAPALCO), an electrical contracting company specializing in off grid solar electric system design, maintenance, and installation. Far from normal distribution channels, his island office and home have run entirely off solar and wind power (without possibility of the grid) for over 25 years.
He brings his experience to projects and trainings in remote locations worldwide. Jason gesticulates wildly in many languages.
As an international photovoltaics technical trainer and curriculum developer, Carol has brought her knowledge of solar electricity and classroom teaching to create a dynamic We Share Solar train-the-trainers program.
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