Susan served for two decades at the highest levels of state and federal government, most recently as chief of staff to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, cabinet secretary and deputy chief of staff to Governor Gray Davis and communications director for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. She served from 2003-2006 on California's Public Utilities Commission, regulating the state's investor-owned electric utilities, telecommunications providers and private water companies.
Susan was at the center of many of California's groundbreaking environmental policies, including the carbon reduction mandate and cap-and-trade program under AB 32, the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, auto emission standards and Renewable Portfolio Standard. She coordinated the State's emergency demand response efforts during the energy crisis of 2000-2001 and as a member of the PUC she authored what was then the largest energy efficiency program in utility history. She holds a B.A. in Management from Saint Mary's College of California.
Kelly has 30 years of experience in the energy services, electric and gas utility industry, with 15 of those years as chief executive of major energy consulting and service firms. In his roles as CEO of Deerpath Energy, Inc., XENERGY and KEMA Inc., he led or participated in numerous policy, strategy, and business development initiatives that span the value chain of the energy industry. Kelly started his career in solar, and over time became a national expert in the field of energy efficiency and demand-side management. Kelly is a recognized expert in utility industry restructuring and was responsible for the development of one of the first retail energy service companies in the U.S.
Jackie most recently served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy overseeing all programs related to installations, safety, energy and environment including the development of the department's energy strategy. She is former Chair of the California Energy Commission, the state body with authority over power plant licensing, building and efficiency standards, and energy policy development. Prior to her government service, Jackie spent 20 years at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, she was the first woman to become a corporate officer at PG&E.
Katherine leads all business development, origination and contract negotiations for AMS. She has a decade of targeted experience in wholesale energy market transactions, power and capacity sales, deal structuring and market entry strategies. Prior to AMS, she served as Director, Structured Transactions, at Evolution Markets, where she led the firm's renewable and conventional power marketing businesses in the West. Before Evolution, Katherine was a Principal with Pacific Gas and Electric Company where she was responsible for leading negotiations on utility-scale power purchase agreements. Earlier in her career, Katherine worked in finance at RBC Capital Markets and UBS Warburg. She holds an MBA in Finance from Duke University and a B.S. in Finance from the University of San Francisco. Katherine lives in Lafayette with her husband and two sons.
Audrey leads strategic design of AMS’s analytics and operations platform which optimizes fleets of distributed energy resources as a grid resource. She oversees AMS’s team of solution design analysts, product managers, algorithms, and software engineering team. Before joining AMS, Audrey advised the President of the California Public Utilities Commission on smart grid, energy data, and demand response policy. Previous to that she worked at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Agency in Paris. She holds a B.S. in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University.
Manal leads government and regulatory affairs, focused on developing policies in new and established markets.
She most recently served as Director of Government Affairs for NextEra Energy / Florida, Power & Light—the country's largest clean energy company. Prior to this, she served as renewable energy advisor to both California Governors Brown and Schwarzenegger. Manal jointly coordinated California's effort to bring the state closer to its goal of providing at least 33% of electricity from renewables and worked to streamline permitting for tens of billions in in-state investment and ultimately 16,000 megawatts of electricity. In addition, she helped lay the foundation for Governor Brown's energy program to develop 12,000 megawatts of distributed power in California. Prior to her time as an Advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger, Manal served as California's Assistant Secretary for International Trade, Special Assistant to First Lady Maria Shriver and as an Executive Fellow in the Office of the Governor. Manal holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a degree in Biology from CSU San Marcos.
Mark is responsible for all project development and implementation, including siting, permitting, interconnection, design engineering and negotiations for battery module and balance of system.
Prior to joining AMS, Mark served as Vice President for EDF Renewable Energy's West Region, the only firm in the industry simultaneously developing utility-scale wind and solar PV projects in California. Under his leadership, EDF RE West region grew from 3 to 22 employees and developed/built 490 megawatts (MW) wind and 144 MW solar, with another 102 MW under construction, all from greenfield. Prior to joining EDF RE (formerly enXco), Mark held roles with Eurus, GE Wind Energy, Green Mountain Energy and a research affiliate of the Heinz Foundation. Mark holds a joint MBA/MS in Environmental Science from University of Michigan and Bachelor Degrees in Environmental Science & Economics from UC Santa Cruz.
Alain has over 47 years of experience in the electric power industry, including 30 years as a senior executive, with focus on real-time mission critical systems for demand side management, energy markets, grid management, nuclear and fossil power plants.
Alain is also Secretary General for GO15, an international association of the largest Power Grid and Market Operators in the world. He was CTO and co-founder of Viridity Energy, a company specialized in advanced Demand Response services, and is the author of seven patents. Prior to Viridity, Alain held senior executive positions as CTO of the PJM Interconnection, President of PJM Technologies, CEO of Alstom ESCA Corporation and Vice President Simulator Business at ABB Combustion Engineering. He graduated from the University of Liège (Belgium) in 1968, where he earned a degree of Engineer in Physics and Aerospace.
West has significant experience in financing renewable energy companies and assets, particularly in leading groundbreaking financial transactions. Prior to joining AMS, West had a successful tenure as Vice President of Structured Finance at SolarCity, since 2011. While there he raised over $2 billion in diversified forms of capital, including pioneering the first solar asset backed securities in the industry and helping position the company in the public markets. West has also held finance management roles at AES Solar and investment roles at US Renewables Group.
Stacy brings over 20 years of financial and legal experience to AMS. After graduating from General Electric’s Financial Management Program, she led business and financial planning for GE’s Aerospace Group as a business analyst. As special/senior counsel at Sprint Nextel Corp, Stacy supported rapid company growth by drafting and negotiating commercial, transactional and intellectual property agreements for the business development and strategic alliances teams. As vice president of finance and legal, Stacy provided strategic advice and executed strategy as a member of executive teams that developed, grew and sold privately funded companies. She’s also a certified public accountant.
Rami anatomizes electric load profiles to propose distributed resource solutions for utility dispatch, demand charge management and resiliency incentives to serve utilities and C&I customers. Prior to joining AMS, Rami was a graduate student instructor and undergraduate researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, where he taught introductory coding and synthesized A1:C36 thin film solar cells. Rami holds a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, both from the University of California at Berkeley.
Shola performs quality assurance of AMS’s software development processes and develops and executes automation scripts using open source tools. He has three years of experience in testing software/engineering models. Shola has been involved in verification of mathematical models, as well as testing of web based applications using both manual and automation testing techniques. He received his MS (Petroleum Engineering) from Texas A&M University and his BS (Petroleum and Gas Engineering) from the University of Lagos in Nigeria. He is also a Certified Associate in Project Management.
Harvey is responsible for the installation of the AMS battery modules and balance of system. Prior to joining AMS, Harvey served as the Senior Director for Bloom Energy’s Customer Installation group where he lead a team that installed solid oxide fuel cell systems on sites ranging from 100kW to over 20 MW. Under Harvey’s leadership Bloom Energy established an east coast regional installation team and he was responsible for the installation and start up of the first systems in Japan. Prior to joining Bloom Harvey held roles with Solar City, Solar Millennium, Sun Microsystems and GE Power Systems. Harvey holds a BS of Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Robert is a Manager in Business Development responsible for identifying, sourcing, and leading new deals to completion. Prior to joining AMS he worked in a wide range of industries including Finance, Healthcare and Energy focused on business development and strategic marketing roles. Previous engagements include GE Energy Storage, ConEdison Market Research, Deutsche Bank Asset Management and Genentech Product Development. Robert holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Biological and Environmental Engineering and a Master of Business Administration in Energy and Sustainability, both from Cornell University.
Maribeth Bushey is the Director, Legal & Government Relations at Advanced Microgrid Solutions. Maribeth is responsible for providing legal and regulatory policy advice and direction as AMS expands throughout the United States, as well as serving as our Ethics Officer and overseeing our development and demonstration grant applications. Maribeth has extensive experience in public utility regulatory law, most recently as a senior Administrative Law Judge at the CPUC and prior to that with three West Coast electric utilities. Maribeth received her Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Northern Michigan University.
Paul develops the AMS Armada platform and is responsible for the operational platform, network operations center and on-site battery operations software. He has published on computational proteomics from his work at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and developed web and machine learning solutions for both start-ups and research groups. Paul holds a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Andrey provides support across the entire Project Development team, facilitating interactions with project managers, development vendors and host clients. His key functions include preliminary project site layout and equipment fulfillment. Prior to AMS Andrey worked in Fashion and Commercial Photography as well as Event Production & Coordination. He holds a BA in Photography & Interactive Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
John has more than 15 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining AMS in 2015, John held origination roles at SunEdison and AES Solar. Before AES Solar, John held a range of transactional, strategic and finance roles at the AES Corporation and PG&E. John holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University and a BA from Carleton College.
Sam oversees DevOps and architecture design at AMS. Prior to joining the AMS team, he was a software developer at GridSense, where he helped develop a platform to collect and analyze metrics from electric grid sensors. Sam holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from California State University, Sacramento.
Jason architects and builds the AMS Armada platform. His areas of focus include component prototyping, API creation, security and back-end data processing. Before joining AMS, he implemented HVAC and healthcare software solutions for five years. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.
Kenzel is an experienced corporate attorney who is the Head of Legal, Commercial at AMS. Her work stretches across many aspects of the business, including customer contracts, corporate and project financing, IP and procurement. Prior to joining AMS, Kenzel was the Associate General Counsel at BrightSource Energy. Kenzel received her JD from Yale University.
Dennen manages Employee Operations at AMS, including devising benefits, employee development, and retention strategies, policies and procedures. Prior to joining AMS, Dennen managed and supported a crowd community of over 100,000 mobile app users with Quri, a retail intelligence platform developer, before transitioning to a role in project coordination on their Operations team. Dennen holds a Bachelor of Honors in Psychology and a Minor in Philosophy from the University of San Francisco, where he conducted experimental research in the areas of Social Psychology and Human Perception.
Jenny is responsible for microgrid solution design for utility-scale, behind-the-meter and distributed grid edge applications. Jenny has extensive experience in residential solar and home automation. Prior to joining AMS, she held roles in the business development, renewable capital markets, government and product teams of pioneering solar financier Clean Power Finance (now Spruce Finance) and the Vivint Innovation Center. Jenny has managed, won and/or been an advisor to over $6.5M in Department of Energy grants. She is also a published thought leader on distributed grid architectures and “grid neutrality.” Jenny holds a BS in Operations Research from MIT.
Mike is AMS’s market development director based in the northeast and is responsible for the development of AMS’s utility customer business in the East. He leverages more than 20 years of energy industry experience in this role. Prior to joining AMS, Mike led market development at FirstFuel Software with a focus on meter data analytics and customer engagement for electric utilities and state and local government. Mike was responsible for channel development at LED lighting technology start-up, Digital Lumens, and led strategic development for multiple services at EnerNOC. Mike’s experience also includes energy market services at Enron. Mike is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Vishvesh is part of the project finance team at AMS responsible for raising the short-term and long-term capital required to develop projects. Prior to joining AMS, Vishvesh was part of the project finance team at SunEdison, raising capital to build large-scale solar and wind projects in the United States. During his term at SunEdison, Vishvesh closed over $1 billion of project finance transactions. Vishvesh led the business development and strategy team at SilRay, a solar project developer focused on the residential and commercial segment. Vishvesh holds a Master’s degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University.
Preeti is responsible for product management at Advanced Microgrid Solutions. A recent MBA graduate from Dartmouth College (Tuck), she has four years of experience in strategy and product management in SaaS industry encompassing verticals such as supply chain management and industrial and finance. She also worked as a summer associate in the business strategy team at EcoFactor, which provides SaaS based services in home energy management space. Preeti holds a Bachelor of Design degree (Design Thinking) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
Yanni is a Regional Development Manager at Advanced Microgrid Solutions. Prior to joining AMS, he was a Program Manager at Bloom Energy, where he was responsible for a wide portfolio of turnkey fuel cell projects through their entire implementation cycle. Yanni has held numerous positions in the renewable energy and aerospace industries and he has broad international work experience in the United Kingdom, China, France and Greece. Yanni holds a MSc in EE Control Systems from Imperial College London and a BEng in Electronic Engineering from Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom.
As Senior Product Manager, Kate writes requirements for AMS’s Armada platform and works closely with AMS’s Engineering team to execute. Her areas of focus include AMS’s pre-sales tool, operational platform, network operations center and host-customer interface. She also works with Business Development to prioritize AMS’s roadmap and evaluate new market opportunities. Kate has been working in electric markets since 2008; she started in Energy Procurement at PG&E, followed by start-ups in battery energy storage and demand response. She holds a BA in Economics from University of California, Berkeley and a MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford.
As part of the Business Development team, Richard is responsible for finding host customers for AMS’s Hybrid Electric Buildings® solution. Prior to joining AMS, he ran his own solar software company and was a Corporate Development Associate at Advanced Energy Economy. He holds a BS in Finance & Marketing from Florida State University. Richard is also an avid programmer and works on various projects in his spare time.
Matt is responsible for raising both project and corporate capital for AMS, as well as analyzing the economics of prospective utility and host customer partnerships. Prior to joining AMS, he worked in the corporate venture capital unit of Cummins Power Generation, where he identified and investigated investments in forward looking distributed energy technologies and business models. He also has experience with Sunrun and an early stage solar water heating startup as well as an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Jayme serves as the technical lead for the project development group at AMS. He has held application engineering roles with DER technology manufacturers (Ideal Power, Bloom Energy) and managed commercial scale solar projects (SoCore Energy). Throughout his alternative energy career, Jayme has devised novel interconnection and control strategies for grid interactive and microgrid topologies, developed design and implementation standards and contributed on teams at the forefront of policy, commerce and energy technology. Jayme graduated from Drexel University and earned a BS in electrical engineering with a concentration in power systems.
Nadia supports AMS's public policy and governmental affairs efforts. Prior to AMS, Nadia worked as Manager of Federal Governmental Affairs for NextEra Energy, Inc., parent company to Florida Power & Light and NextEra Energy Resources, the nation’s largest clean energy company. Here, Nadia oversaw political engagement with key congressional leaders on renewable energy, electric utility and tax reform policies. Prior to NextEra Energy, Nadia served as Iraq Deployment Specialist for the United States Department of State – Bureau of Near-Eastern Affairs & South and Central Asia; as a Business Development Advisor for The Atlantic Media Company; and as Chairman of the Board for Agora Partnerships’ Public Engagement Chapter. Nadia received her Bachelor’s of Arts in English and minor in philosophy from Georgetown University.
Andrew is a part of the Solutions Design and Data Analysis team at Advanced Microgrid Solutions. He is in charge of running analytics for host customers and assisting in development of the AMS software and optimization platform. Prior to joining AMS, he worked at a deep green engineering firm, Integral Group, running energy modeling and conceptual level microgrid analysis. He also worked at the National Renewable Energy Lab performing electric sector optimization modeling for national level policy and technology analysis. Andrew holds a MSME from Stanford University and a BSME from Purdue University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in California.
As a member of the Software Engineering team, Jason is responsible for the conception and development of the Armada platform. Previous to AMS, Jason worked as a Web Developer for CNET. Jason attended Knox College, where he received a BA in Computer Science.
Doug directs engineering development at AMS, which includes team building and management, technical management, and hands-on technical oversight of the AMS platform. As AMS’s software architect, Doug works closely with Product Management to implement functional and non-functional requirements. Prior to joining AMS, Doug managed all hardware, software, and firmware engineering at GridSense as Vice President of Engineering. Doug also led software development at Charles Schwab for more than 11 years, designing critical software components and optimizing complex code for scalability. Doug contributes deep experience in software development and engineering, distributed systems, software architecture, object oriented design, integration, web services, databases, and agile methodologies. Doug earned a BS in computer science from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.
Joe McLean is responsible for pre-contract project development at Advanced Microgrid Solutions. Prior to joining AMS, he was an Applications Engineer for Energy Storage at SunPower, where he oversaw solar plus storage projects. Prior to that he was a Senior Field Applications Engineer for Bloom Energy where he led the project development on mission critical facilities and microgrids. Joe’s career started at General Electric where he developed protection and controls schemes for utility substations. Joe is a licensed Electrical Engineer in the State of California, and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.
Jacob is responsible for developing relationships with behind-the-meter energy storage hosts. Prior to joining AMS, he held multiple roles in sales at Tesla Motors including leading the central field sales region and the North American Inside Sales team before that. Jacob spent several years at US Green Building Council, focused on expanding the footprint of the LEED(R) green building rating system. Jacob holds a degree in Economics and a minor in German from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Corey is the Advanced Analytics Lead at AMS, responsible for the predictive analytics and optimization platform development. Before joining AMS, he was a Research Engineer at Cummins, Inc where he developed simulation and optimization models for new product design, manufacturing processes, and production planning. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with publications in the optimal design of central receiver solar thermal plants.
Sam is responsible for Business Development efforts to originate and lead host client storage deals to completion. Prior to joining AMS he worked in the demand response and energy intelligence software businesses at EnerNOC, primarily focused on Enterprise Business Development and Account Management. Sam has also spent time in the commercial building sector with United Technologies Corporation. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College.
Karuna Phillips is a Senior Project Manager with the Project Development team at Advanced Microgrid Solutions. Prior to joining AMS, she was a Senior Project Manager with NRG Energy, where she was responsible for the implementation of their Preferred Resources projects with Southern California Edison. Karuna has nine years of experience, including in management consulting, EHS for a mining multinational, infrastructure investment policy at the OECD and international project development with the World Bank. Karuna holds Masters degrees in Public Affairs and Economics from Sciences Politiques Paris and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a Bachelors in International Economics and History & Social Sciences from the American University of Paris.
Jamie is responsible for communications and grantwriting. Prior to joining the AMS team, she was the Executive Speechwriter for California Attorney General Kamala Harris. She has extensive experience in communications, public affairs and government affairs in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Jamie received her JD from Emory University School of Law and her BA with a major in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley.
Amy is a Senior Project Developer, managing all phases of project development from design engineering through construction. Prior to joining AMS, she served as the Planning and Permitting Manager at Bloom Energy where she led due diligence and permitting efforts for fuel cell projects throughout the east and west coasts. Amy has worked as an engineer for Granite Construction Company, where she supported compliance, permitting and development for heavy civil construction projects. Amy holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis and a Professional Engineering license in Civil Engineering.
Ahmed Sharif is responsible for FP&A, corporate and project capital raising, and project capital deployment at AMS. Prior to joining AMS, Ahmed founded SunFi, a startup that enabled homeowners to access loan financing for rooftop solar projects. Altogether, Ahmed has over 8 years of experience in the energy industry, including finance and consulting roles at SolarCity and The Brattle Group, respectively. Ahmed holds an MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Economics with a Minor in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.
Alex Sherman is the Manager of the Solutions Design & Analytics team and leads the sizing, evaluation and optimization of energy storage at AMS customer sites, as well as building out the AMS NOC. Prior to AMS, Alex worked for three years in EnerNOC’s San Francisco Network Operations Center, managing demand response dispatch operations for aggregated portfolios in the Western U.S., Australia and Japan. Before that, Alex worked for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources deploying ARRA funds to cutting-edge building energy projects throughout the Commonwealth. Alex graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s in Architecture.
Kate is responsible for business development with utilities and commercial host customers outside of California at Advanced Microgrid Solutions. She has over 10 years of experience in distributed energy project development. Prior to joining AMS, Kate held leadership and business development roles with SolarCity, Recurrent Energy, and SunPower, where she originated, developed and created partnerships that drove over ¼ gigawatt of distributed solar energy projects, with clients including Macy’s, Kaiser Permanente and Facebook. She holds a MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BS from George Mason University.
Julia is responsible for bookkeeping as well as larger strategy and policy implementation at Advanced Microgrid Solutions. Prior to joining AMS as a Senior Accountant, Julia held similar roles with startup companies in both construction and residential solar industries. Her unique skillset and background have enabled Julia to significantly impact organizational process streamlining. After graduating with a BA in Communication Studies from Sonoma State University, she continued her education in the accounting field. Julia holds a Certificate of Specialization in Accounting and is currently in the process of taking the CPA exam for licensure.
Carly is responsible for providing support to the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Team, in additoin to coordinating daily operations at AMS. Prior to joining AMS, Carly was an Executive Assistant at Profile Series Productions, an independent television production company, where she assisted the CEO and managed the day-to-day operations of the office. She was also Administration Assistant at the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York. Carly holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University.
Kassie Taylor is responsible for general ledger accounting at Advanced Microgrid Solutions. Prior to joining AMS, she was a Staff Accountant at Stitch Fix, which blends fashion and data analytics to provide personalized styling for clients. She has several years of experience in a broad range of accounting functions, including implementing and improving policies and procedures. She is currently in the process of applying for CPA licensure. She holds a M.S. in Accounting from the University of Colorado Denver and both a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.F.A. in Studio Art from Southern Methodist University.
Patrick is responsible for business development efforts at AMS ranging from host customer origination to utility RFP responses. Prior to joining AMS, he spent nearly ten years in the energy industry focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy project development. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia.
Thomas is responsible for host customer analytics and database management at Advanced Microgrid Solutions. Prior to joining AMS, he held roles with Soligent, PG&E, and DAI Management Consultants, with experience in retail electric rates, wholesale electric markets and business intelligence. He holds a MS in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.