Hilary has helped out Good Sun in too many ways to recount, ever since we formed the Local Power team. Her interests and abilities are many and varied and she’s always willing to jump in and help out wherever help is needed.
Maiga has helped out Good Sun in a number of ways, one of which is helping us to develop our Mali connection.
Elvis is an intelligent and kind-hearted soul with an extensive background in construction and renewable energy. He is a savvy businessman, having operated his own construction firm for a number of years and never hesitates to lend a helping hand for the benefit of those less fortunate. He has not been with Good Sun long but has already made a big impact, bringing job site management and training opportunities to the team, as well as the joy of having such a good natured fellow hanging around.
Andrew is one of the most kind, generous and good-natured people you’ll ever meet. He is one of the founders of Good Sun and currently serves on the board as our Technology Director, given his extensive background in renewable energy and water resources.
Vince is a multifunctional leader with experience in problem solving, team building, and business efficiency and optimization. He has a proven track record in leadership, sales, marketing, finance, manufacturing, and customer service and he is known for securing significant performance results and delivering operational improvements in complex global organizations. He is proficient in building value by communicating vision and empowering customers, while setting the policy for growth and the platform for sustainability.
“I motivate those around me by mentoring and leading by example in a collaborative manner. I empower my team to let them know they are contributing. I provide active listening and constructive criticism that creates open communication, thus an increase of ideas and proposed solutions. I am extremely approachable and very engaged; committed equally to the success of the company and the fulfillment of my team.”
Former VP Operations, SMA America
Former COO Kaco New Energy, Inc.
Current Solar Project Manager at Byers Enterprises
B.S., Environmental Studies – Sonoma State
Current Managing Director for Cooperative Direction
Inspirational ballet dancer
Lives in Northern California with his wife and daughter
Heather has an intense interest in helping others and instinctively takes on leadership and motivator roles. One of her goals is to become a Certified Flight Instructor; to be able to teach others how to fly. She anticipates integrating her aviation experience with health and nutrition because maintaining a clean bill of health is congruent to maintaining a pilot license.
Her work history has led her to be a strong leader and motivated worker, driven to succeed and passionate towards helping others. She has experience in management, training, sales, ordering, receiving, shipping, data entry, money handling and deposit preparing. She is a supportive and influential team member, as well as a productive and motivated solo worker. She is a good listener and takes direction with initiative. Some of her most fulfilling work experiences has been when she was able to train and help others understand her fields of expertise and operations.
We hope that one day soon Heather will be Good Sun’s designated pilot, in addition to a board director, and fly our team to all sorts of wonderful places in the world to carry out our good work.
Chief Marketing Officer
Sandy has been in Marketing for 23 years and was a Director of Marketing for about 5 of those years. She’s done everything from advertising, literature, website content, social media, tradeshows and conventions, webinars, e-blast promos and more. For the past few years, she has worked as the Solar Project Administrator for Byers Solar and assistant to the Project Manager. Because of her love and care about our environment, she’s a huge advocate of helping others “go solar.”
Ever since she was a child growing up in the Sierra Foothills, she’s had a love and passion for the environment. She studied under Joseph Cornell, a Naturalist and advocate of John Muir who wrote the book “Sharing Nature with Children.” Sandy helped Mr. Cornell with the nature activities and was featured in the book along with her classmates. It was this upbringing that eventually lead her and her husband to buy raw land and build her home using off-grid solar.
“Living off-grid for the past 11 years has been amazing! How incredible is it to capture water and all the power we need to run our house off of sunshine. I wouldn’t want to live any other way.”
Sandy, along with her husband, another veteran in the solar industry, enjoys raising chickens and their two adorable dogs, and tending to her large gardens and fruit trees on their 20 acre parcel.
Marketing Director & Founder
Eli is one of the founders of Good Sun and has graced us with his extensive business experience and creative innovation as the Marketing Director since our beginning. Not only is Eli a sharp businessman, he is a fierce friend, one of the most loyal and dependable people
MBA from Cal State Hayward
Private consultant and ESL instructor in Zurich
20 year veteran in business and entrepreneurship
Hip hop artist extraordinaire
Lives in Zurich, Switzerland with his wife, 3 kids
Scott is a big picture thinker with a big heart. As the CDO, Scott drives business development with pragmatic, creative vision. He served as Good Sun’s CEO for 18 months from 2017 through 2018 and helped launch several integral programs. He is a core member of the team, operating at all levels from the clouds to the trenches and we are thrilled to have him leading the biz dev charge.
MFA, Pacific University
B.A., UC San Diego
S.F. State & UC Berkeley extension studies
Former Owner at After Eden Fine Gardens & Charlotte’s Web Children’s Bookstore in Bay Area
Former GM at The City Store
Co-founder of INK Magazine in S.F & R.E.I.N.S. in S.D.
Lives in Northern California with his wife and 4 kids
Co-founder of technology start-up with successful exit
Executive with international engineering firm
Co-founder of management consulting firm with over 25 years of international experience
Executive coach and mentor
Advisor to VC firms
More than 300 new product projects around the world including:
–multi-billion dollar semiconductor fabs
–manufacturing and automation systems
–software development (from applications to embedded)
–integrated systems (HW/SW)
–financial services and human resources
–greentech (solar and electric vehicles)
–biotech and drug development
–advanced equipment development
–business process management
–new venture start-ups & venture capital
Notable projects: delivered first SATURN car and company to market on time (cut 2 years out of GM’s time to market), started-up $7B semiconductor fab at Globalfoundries two weeks ahead of schedule, and advised Tony Fadell on his first major product success (Philips Velo).
President & CEO
Eric is one of the founders of Good Sun and has served as the board president since its inception in 2013. He currently also serves as the CEO because he loves to get his hands in the dirt. He has worked for 8 different solar EPC firms over the past 18 years at every level from installation to design & engineering to program management.
“My dream is simple: to install solar in Africa, for those that desperately need clean power, then relax after a hard day’s work in the company of magnificent elephants.”
Licensed C-10 electrical & C-46 solar contractor
B.S., Engineering – Cal State Humboldt
18 year veteran in solar industry
Solar Program Manager at Byers Enterprises
NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional
Stanford U. Cert. in Energy Innovation & Emerging Tech.
Chair, Sacramento Chapter – Climate Reality Project
Sustainability Program Master’s degree candidate – Harvard School of Extension Studies
Lives in Northern California with his wife and 3 kids
Director of Informatics, Institutes of Energy and the Environment, and Instructor of Risk Management, Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University
Maurie Kelly is a member of the research faculty at Pennsylvania State Institutes for Energy and the Environment, as well as an instructor in the Department of Risk Management, International Business at Smeal College of Business and in the Division of Business and Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. Kelly teaches courses in international business, negotiation and conflict resolution, strategic management, leadership, business administration, and information science. Her academic background is diverse and includes degrees in history, information science, and a PhD focusing on organizational development.
Kelly has more than twenty years of professional experience working with a wide range of organizations from government and nonprofit to industry and business. She also has managed significant innovative multiyear programs and projects throughout her career and collaborated across universities, industries, and countries to optimize their impact. Her early research reflects her engagement with government, law, international issues, and historical aspects of society—in particular the right to free access to information, the organization of political systems, and historical trends in society and organizations. In recent years, her research focuses on informatics and technology, environmental topics, and crisis leadership, in particular leadership at times of extreme natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. Her interests in negotiation, conflict resolution, strategy development and implementation, and building effective collaborative organizations stem from her engagement and experiences in these areas.
Fabrizio is a C10 electrician and field applications engineer for Sunpower. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from U.C. Davis and has owned and operated Lux Energy for nearly a decade. On top of being a technical guru, he is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. Plus, he’s Italian! What’s not to love?
Although not one of the official founders of the nonprofit, Laura has supported the team from the beginning. Her attention to detail and management experience have proven invaluable in her role as our newest secretary director. She has a wonderful sense of adventure and curiosity for experiencing different cultures. She is a strong and energetic woman, maintaining many entrepreneurial endeavors on top of raising three young children.
BA in English from Cal State Chico
Over 10 years experience in property & hospitality management
Lives in Northern California with her husband and three kids
Business Development Advisor
Dan runs his own roofing & energy consultant business and has generously helped Good Sun to develop our business model over the past couple of years, according to best practices and professional guidelines. Dan is a man of many talents and seemingly endless energy and he has introduced several international project opportunities (Nepal & Uganda) for Good Sun out of his own personal connections. On top of it all, Dan is a new father. How does he do it all?
Lead Solar Installer
Josh has been a tremendous help as part of the Local Power team, not only donating his time and energy to the community but also equipment and materials needed to get the job done. He’s one amazing dude!
David has been a tremendous force for good in the development of Good Sun. He has worked on the ground installing solar PV, created the opportunity for Good Sun’s first brick-and-mortar outlet location, and has donated considerable resources that have propelled us to where we are today. On top of his many years of electrical and construction experience as a C10 contractor, he is a kind and gentle soul, willing to help out anyone at anytime.
Volunteer / Carpenter
Director of Materials and Building Science
Jarrod is one of the founders of Good Sun and brings many years of experience as a solar and energy efficiency specialist to the team. A real worker, Jarrod cares deeply about helping others and about resource conservation and always seems to be involved in some fun project somewhere.
CA licensed C10 electrical contractor
Over 12 years experience in solar PV and energy efficiency
Owner at Pacific Energy Services
Lives in Santa Cruz, California
Jeff is Good Sun’s lead solar designer and has many years of drafting and construction experience.
Theo is a creative and energetic man of action; always making, doing, going, being. Raised as a Quaker, he learned at a young age the value of caring for the earth and our fellow human beings. He has worked on several philanthropic projects overseas and is always looking forward to the next big adventure.
B.S. in English from CSU
MFA from UC Berkeley
Cornell University’s Forensics Team Head Speech Coach
Over 20 years experience in construction trades
Lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife and two kids.
Aaron Mallah helped start Good Sun, keeping the team well fed and content with his culinary artistic abilities and unparalleled good nature. He has spent many moons exploring and working in various regions of the globe. He is an adventurer at heart and always fun to have around.
A.A. Anthropology, Sierra College
Graduate of Le Cordon Bleu
Head Baker at Briar Patch COOP
International explorer and pro drummer