Jan has over 30 years of energy and utility experience, with a focus on renewable energy contracting and financing. She formerly worked at Silicon Valley Power, and has founded four energy-related start-ups.
Jan was elected to the city council of Los Altos in 2012 and served as Mayor from December 2014 to December 2015. She was re-elected in 2016 for a second four-year term. She served on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District from 2013 to February 2017. She earned a BS in civil engineering and an MBA, both from Stanford University. Jan is a registered professional engineer in California.
At APX, she developed and pioneered the first use of renewable energy credits, which are now the standard currency for trading and tracking renewable power. At Clean Power Markets, her company designed and implemented the successful Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) program for the State of New Jersey.
As the Board Clerk, Nelly works as the liaison between Peninsula Clean Energy staff and the Board of Directors. She organizes all aspects of public meetings, supports the CEO, Jan Pepper, as her Executive Assistant, and manages the needs of the office.
Prior to joining Peninsula Clean Energy, Nelly worked for the City of Palo Alto as the Deputy City Clerk. She holds a BS in Business Management from Notre Dame de Namur University and speaks Spanish.
Andy has a broad senior management background in leading finance and operations functions in several industries. He leads all finance and HR. He is also responsible for source financing, and supporting the Audit Committee and Board of Directors in oversight of Peninsula Clean Energy’s finances.
As the Chief Business Officer of Rocketship Education, a large and fast-growing charter management organization, Andy was responsible for all non-academic functions including finance, operations, human resources, legal, and led the financing and construction of the organization’s extensive real estate holdings. Before Rocketship, Andy served as the Chief Financial Officer at several fast-growing companies in the high-tech industry, overseeing domestic and international teams, and leading multiple venture capital financing rounds.
Andy has lived in San Mateo County for more than 30 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science from U.C. Berkeley, and a Master of Business Administration from San Francisco State University.
Hailey leads financial planning, modeling, analysis and reporting. Prior to joining Peninsula Clean Energy, Hailey was a Structured Finance Associate with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in their New York Office.
While there, she supported the execution of 23 project finance transactions in the energy industry. After moving to California, Hailey worked at SunPower and GlassPoint Solar as a Project Finance Analyst, financing utility scale solar projects. She has a passion for renewable energy and wants to make the world cleaner and greener!
Hailey holds a Master of Finance from MIT Sloan School of Management, and a BA from Purdue University where she majored in Accounting and Management with a minor in Finance.
Shayna provides administrative support to Peninsula Clean Energy staff and works collaboratively with all teams to ensure smooth office operations.
Shayna graduated with a BA from Cornell University. Prior to Peninsula Clean Energy, she worked as a Research Associate at a food microbiology start-up in San Jose. A Bay Area native, she is excited to be back home and contributing to her community’s efforts to mitigate global climate change.
Kim is responsible for our data warehouse infrastructure and analytics platform. She has successfully developed and managed data systems for a range of applications from startup to Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to Peninsula Clean Energy, Kim led the development of data analytics for Ridecell, a mobility platform for ridesharing, car sharing and fleet operations. Prior to that she served for eight years at multi-national AECOM, providing data analysis and simulation for global logistics and operations projects. Kim received her B.S. in computer engineering from the University of California, Davis.
Sapna supports Peninsula Clean Energy’s major commercial and industrial customers. Her responsibilities include account services management as well as supporting the implementation of commercial programs.
Sapna previously worked at Pacific Gas & Electric Company where she was instrumental in implementing the Economic Development and Sustainable Communities programs, which helped Bay Area communities create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. She has experience with large commercial utility programs, local government climate action planning, and business development. Prior to her work in energy, Sapna held positions in project and product management for start-up and technology firms. She has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.B.A. from San Francisco State University.
Leslie serves as an advocate and energy advisor for all customers, providing oversight for customer account management and support in customer participation in our programs.
Leslie comes to Peninsula Clean Energy with over 17 years of customer service and marketing experience from Silicon Valley Power (SVP), the City of Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility. At SVP Leslie primarily managed renewable energy programs, overseeing 15 MW of customer installed solar generation while also leading the utility’s award winning voluntary REC program Santa Clara Green Power.
Rafael provides strategic direction to our programs with an emphasis on transportation, building electrification, and load shape strategies.
Rafael’s career includes nearly 20 years in clean energy policies and programs as well as 15 years in high-tech project management, system architecture and business consulting.
Rafael has led and supported nearly $80 million in clean energy projects through his prior roles as VP of Community Initiatives at Prospect Silicon Valley and founding Executive Director of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative which merged with ProspectSV in 2015. His projects included an advanced solar-storage pilot, EV infrastructure and fleet deployments, vehicle-grid integration pilots, LED streetlight upgrades and the nation’s largest EV ride and drive campaign.
Rafael was born in Peru, is fluent in Spanish, and has a Master’s degree in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and a dual computer science/anthropology undergraduate degree with honors from UC Santa Cruz. He serves on the Sustainability & Infrastructure Commission at the City of San Mateo and is a former member of the Sierra Club’s national Board of Directors.
Phillip leads key transportation electrification initiatives including fleets and infrastructure innovation.
Prior to joining Peninsula Clean Energy, Phillip was the Logistics Services Manager for Alameda County, overseeing operational programs, including the municipal fleet of 1,200 vehicles. During his time at Alameda County, he developed the clean transportation program, including overseeing a joint procurement of electric vehicles and charging stations across 10 agencies, growing the County’s green fleet program to hundreds of hybrid and electric vehicles and nearly 200 EV charge ports, pilot testing advanced energy controls for EV fleets, and a comprehensive clean commute program to reduce drive-alone trips. He has a BA from UCLA.
Peter leads our effort to increase the amount of local clean power within San Mateo County by developing a strategy to create and roll out new distributed energy programs.
Coming from a solar + storage background at SolarCity/Tesla, he brings four years of experience in C&I and small-utility project development, program development, and energy M&A. He has dual degrees in Entrepreneurial Management and Spanish from Penn State, and is bilingual.
An avid believer in the power of sustainability, Peter is also the VP of Partnerships and Impact for seedSF Consulting Group, which provides pro bono consulting services to environmental non-profits in the Bay Area.
Peter manages our electric vehicle charging infrastructure programs and integration across energy programs.
Prior to Peninsula Clean Energy, Peter worked at Tesla for three and a half years, serving as a Transportation Project Manager, overseeing Tesla’s employee commute programs, shuttle programs, and commute-related logistics, and then later on the Charging Infrastructure team (Supercharging) as a project manager overseeing Tesla’s Destination Charging program (L2 charging infrastructure) strategy and execution in Northeast while assisting market development in the Southeast and Midwest and constructing new business models for infrastructure deployment. While at Tesla, Peter deployed 2,000+ charging stations working with partners across industries – state agencies, multi-million dollar commercial real estate portfolios, regional utilities, and multi-national companies.
Peter graduated from Yale University in 2015, having played four years on Yale’s Division 1 Men’s Soccer team, with a BA in economics and concentration in energy studies focusing on the intersection of energy economics, markets, policies, and innovation.
Alejandra manages several Peninsula Clean Energy transportation and building electrification programs.
Alejandra oversees our EV incentive and awareness programs, our home upgrade program, and other building technology pilots. Other responsibilities include research and analysis of program options, management of our project management platform, and outreach to partners and clients.
Prior to joining our Energy Programs team, Alejandra was a Communications and Outreach Fellow. Prior to joining Peninsula Clean Energy, Alejandra provided community outreach for a nonprofit-run group-purchasing solar program and also worked as an environmental analyst doing CEQA work.
Alejandra graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a double major in environmental studies and global studies. Her past academic research work included a detailed analysis of the distributed solar potential for the City of Santa Barbara.
Marc brings to Peninsula Clean Energy over 30 years of government and legislative experience. Prior to Peninsula Clean Energy, he was the district director for California State Senator Jerry Hill.
Previously he served as chief legislative aide for San Mateo County Supervisor Jerry Hill, legislative assistant to Rep. Robert T. Matsui on Capitol Hill, and community aide to Peninsula Rep. Tom Lantos.
Jeremy brings to Peninsula Clean Energy a decade of policy experience with Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) during which he helped shape California energy policy to protect and foster the broader successes of CCAs.
Prior to Peninsula Clean Energy, he served as a Senior Associate for MRW & Associates. Prior to that, he served for five years as the Senior Regulatory Analyst at MCE, California’s first CCA. Prior to MCE, Jeremy gained policy advocacy experience through internships with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Clean Coalition.
Doug joins Peninsula Clean Energy from the Clean Coalition, where he worked as Policy Director promoting policies to support local energy and storage.
Prior to that he has worked in private practice as a regulatory attorney at Bingham McCutchen and Holland & Knight, as well as a non-profit environmental advocate. Ultimately, he developed his passion for clean energy having earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University in climate change biology, which led him to conclude that science wasn’t going to be enough. As a result, he earned his J.D. at U.C. Berkeley in order to advance the clean energy transition.
Matthew is a regulatory analyst with responsibility for a range of energy policy matters. Prior to Peninsula Clean Energy, Matthew served in regulatory affairs and compliance for a Vermont municipal electric department.
He represented the utility before the Vermont Public Utility Commission on a number of policy issues including net energy metering programs, development of plans to meet the State’s goals to reduce transportation emissions, and utility mandates to encourage electric customers to reduce fossil fuel use related to transportation and thermal applications. He also led the design, implementation, and administration of programs to encourage the adoption of building electrification (including air-source heat pumps and heat pump water heaters) and electric transportation (electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging equipment).
Matthew earned a BA in history from the University of Connecticut. He received a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy, and a Certificate in Energy Law from Vermont Law School.
KJ heads the marketing and community relations team, providing strategic leadership and direction.
Her prior experience of more than three decades includes 14 years as vice president of marketing for several software and hardware technology firms, where she launched over 30 products that generated more than $500M in revenue. Following her work on the management teams of four technology startup companies, KJ provided strategic marketing consulting and interim executive services to a variety of large and small companies in the clean tech, software, services and computer technology sectors.
Most recently KJ was the VP of Startup Services and Strategic Programs for the non-profit cleantech innovation hub, Prospect Silicon Valley. A long-time environmental advocate, KJ served on the leadership team of environmental nonprofit GreenTown Los Altos, where she advocated for Community Choice Aggregation, led the Drive Less Challenge, worked on the 1000 Solar Rooftops initiative as well as community education efforts and other programs.
KJ has an MBA from Stanford University and a B.S. from UC Berkeley.
Kirsten Andrews-Schwind oversees community stakeholder relations, outreach, grants, sponsorships, and needs assessments. She especially focuses on working with under-resourced and vulnerable communities. Kirsten also staffs Peninsula Clean Energy’s Citizens Advisory Committee.
As a resident of Pacifica, Kirsten served on Peninsula Clean Energy’s formation committee before the agency launched in 2016. She came on staff in 2017 to manage community outreach for the initial major customer enrollment. Kirsten co-founded and directed a nonprofit think tank advocating for climate resilience and community choice energy in 2005. She authored community resilience toolkits used by grassroots groups and policymakers in 30 countries in three languages. She also launched a Bay Area coalition of grassroots organizations working for social equity in resilience policy. Kirsten holds a BA in Economics and an MS in Natural Resources Management, and speaks Spanish.
Gerald’s team is responsible for managing the brand, the website, and communications including email — such as our monthly newsletter (subscribe here!), printed material, digital and traditional forms of advertising. The team also serves as marketing managers for Peninsula Clean Energy’s programs and projects.
Prior to Peninsula Clean Energy, Gerald led successful marketing programs for start-ups and Fortune 500 companies in multiple markets, including: telecommunications, office automation, graphic arts, computer and network technology, virtual reality, renewable and clean energy. His background in energy includes primary research into phase-change energy storage; marketing and program management for energy conservation, demand management, and time-of-use metering for utilities; and branding, public relations, and marketing communications for utility-scale solar energy systems.
Gerald serves on the Customer Advisory Commission for San Jose Clean Energy. He holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware, an MBA from San Diego State University, and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of California.
Carlos develops and implements marketing campaigns. This includes creating, editing, and distributing communications through channels such as email, social media, web pages, and printed materials. He works in collaboration with our other departments and outside agencies.
Prior to this role, Carlos served on our Community Outreach team where he worked directly with the public to educate residents about Peninsula Clean Energy. He also managed our Community Outreach Grants, a program where we provide funding to non-profits in San Mateo County to conduct outreach on our behalf through their channels.
Before joining Peninsula Clean Energy, Carlos worked at RethinkWaste. He gave tours of the recycling facility and transfer station at the Shoreway Environmental Center. He also fostered relationships with cities throughout San Mateo County to help add recycling and compost bins in parks.
Carlos holds a BA in Politics from St. Mary’s College of California. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Michael is responsible for the operations side of our digital marketing communications. He produces the website, newsletter, emails, social media, and is responsible for marketing database operations.
Michael has over 10 years of digital marketing experience. Prior to Peninsula Clean Energy, he was a Digital Consultant for iHeartRadio & Entercom Communications supporting 6 radio stations in the Bay Area.
Vanessa aspires to connect community members with the benefits of clean energy and build relationships with trusted messengers in the community.
Vanessa became interested in the role of clean energy in achieving local sustainability goals through implementing the City of Cupertino’s Climate Action Plan. Most recently, Vanessa led youth engagement initiatives at Silicon Valley Clean Energy. She received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Santa Clara University.
Siobhan directs Peninsula Clean Energy’s energy portfolio procurement and management, resource planning and analysis, and compliance reporting.
Prior to SunEdison, she worked at the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions best known for its Green-e Certification program and at consulting firm Sentech to help expand companies’ use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
Siobhan holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business as well as an MS in Environmental Policy with a focus on energy markets, both from University of Michigan, and a BA from Smith College where she majored in government with a minor in environmental science and policy.
Previously, she was Project Finance Director at SunEdison where she structured and negotiated $350 MM in complex financial transactions and led or supported origination efforts resulting in the execution of over 250 MW in power purchase agreements.
Siobhan competes with a local rowing team in her spare time.
As Peninsula Clean Energy’s Power Resources Manager, Chelsea is a key member of the Power Resources team and has a wide range of responsibilities for advancing our power procurement, resource planning, contract management and compliance programs, and strategic studies.
Chelsea is a passionate green energy advocate who spent six years with The Energy Authority, supplying renewable power across multiple counties in Washington state. As a senior energy trader, she helped manage roughly 2,000 MWh of generation in the MID-C and CAISO hourly markets. She has experience scheduling diverse energy portfolios. She is currently finishing her MS in energy management from Oklahoma City University. Securing renewable energy for the community is of high value to her and she’s happy to have moved to the center of all that is green, sustainable, and clean!
Sara works on power supply planning, load forecasting, energy procurement, risk management, market monitoring, regulatory compliance, and settlements.
Prior to Peninsula Clean Energy, Sara was with the Alameda County Water District. As an Analyst/Engineer, she helped forecast demand, evaluate new water supplies and water storage projects, manage water supply purchases, optimize water production operations, and implement programs to help restore the California Central Coast Steelhead fishery in Alameda Creek.
Sara received a BS and an MS in civil engineering from Stanford University, and is a licensed Civil Engineer in California.
Mehdi performs quantitative analysis to support critical decisions for resource planning and portfolio management.
He devises new approaches to represent results to better support decision analysis and assimilate complex information into readily understood reports and presentations. He performs in-depth analysis of power market operations and support Peninsula Clean Energy in the areas of analytic modeling for portfolio optimization, risk management, and maintaining data systems.
Prior to joining Peninsula Clean Energy, Mehdi worked as a senior energy analyst at Ascend Analytics in Boulder, CO. His portfolio of projects includes Cost/Benefit Analysis of joining CAISO’s Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) for Turlock Irrigation District, Value of Solar Analysis for Duke Energy, and resource planning projects for Burbank Water and Power and Public Service Company of New Mexico. Mehdi received his PhD in energy and mineral engineering with a focus on energy management and policy from Pennsylvania State University. In addition, he holds master’s degrees in geographic information systems from the Pennsylvania State University and systems engineering from University of Tehran.
Sally is responsible for managing power supply contract compliance for Peninsula Clean Energy and their counterparties. In addition, she supports the power resources team with contract negotiation, power supply planning, research, and due diligence with respect to potential power supply opportunities, risk management, and invoice settlement and validation.
Before joining Peninsula Clean Energy, Sally worked at EDF Renewables as a contracts manager. Prior to that, she worked in the energy procurement department in SDG&E, holding various positions in energy risk management and energy contracts management & settlements.
Sally received her MBA from San Diego State University, with an emphasis in Finance.
Along with his service as a Chief Deputy County Counsel for County of San Mateo, David serves as the General Counsel to Peninsula Clean Energy. He has represented and advised public agencies since 2004.
Prior to joining the public sector, he worked as a litigator with the firm of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, focusing on commercial and intellectual property law, and clerked for Fortunato Benavides of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Robert Timlin of the Central District of California. David obtained his law degree from U.C.L.A. School of Law with highest honors in 2000.
Jennifer joined the County Counsel’s Office in 2012. She is currently assigned to: HIPAA/Compliance, Health System Information Technology, the Information Services Department, and the San Mateo Medical Center. She also serves on the Litigation and Child Protective Services teams.
Upon graduation from law school in 2009, Jennifer clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge Emily C. Hewitt at the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. Following her clerkship, Jennifer served the United States Department of Justice, Commercial Litigation Branch’s Fraud Section through the Honors Program. There, she was responsible for representing the United States government in fraud litigation cases filed under the False Claims Act. Jennifer planned litigation strategy in healthcare and education fraud cases as well as successfully executed investigations which regularly included the coordination of multiple federal agencies. Jennifer assisted in the negotiation of high value settlements in fraud cases against corporate and other private defendants.