OUR TEAM

We are a team of organizers, lawyers, coders, and designers with backgrounds in energy, cooperatives, community organizing, and energy equity.

Crystal Huang

Chief Executive Officer

Crystal is a grassroots community-builder and the leader of People Power Solar Cooperative, with more than 10 years of experience in climate solutions and activism. She served as COO for Powerhouse, a solar incubator, and is the founder of CrossPollinators, which fosters collaboration among grassroots solutions. She is an Associate Producer of “Time to Choose”, a documentary film by Academy Award winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson.

Grayson Flood

Chief Technology Officer

Grayson has been co-leading People Power Solar Cooperative since January 2018, bringing skills of policy analysis, legal research, financial modeling, and software engineering. He previously held a position at Mosaic, a large residential solar financing company, where he helped develop their loan products and underwriting software. He is a UC Berkeley alumnus and an avid musician.

Subin DeVar

Subin works to promote a just and rapid transition to community-owned clean energy by developing legal models and advancing local and state policy. He is the director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Community Renewable Energy Program, and has worked for years at nonprofits, including Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) and a legal advocacy organization serving immigrant women fleeing violence.

Janelle Orsi

Janelle is a lawyer, advocate, writer, and cartoonist focused on cooperatives, land trusts, sustainable agriculture, community-owned energy, shared housing, and the creation of a more just and equitable society. She is co-founder and Executive Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center and author of Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy.

Jonathan Hung

Jonathan’s mission is to support organizations that advance equity. His expertise is in user research, workshop facilitation, and rapid prototyping with a background in permaculture design, user interface design, and product strategy. He is also an advisor to CrossPollinators, which fosters collaboration among grassroots organizations.

Yassi Eskandari

Yassi is an attorney and Policy Director at the Sustainable Economies Law Center. Currently. She has co-authored multiple influential publications including Regulating Short-Term Rentals, a guidebook for equitable policy, and Policies for Shareable Cities, a playbook for cities seeking to cultivate the true sharing economy.

Board

  • Crystal Huang
  • Grayson Flood
  • Subin DeVar
  • Janelle Orsi

Advisors

  • Linda Barrera, California Energy Commission
  • Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation
  • Annelise Dillon, People's Solar Energy Fund
  • Mark Hall, Revalue.io
  • YaVette Holts, Bay Area Organization of Black Owned Businesses
  • Vivian Yi Huang, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
  • Andreas Karelas, RE-volv
  • Doug Lybeck, Nuance Energy Group
  • Mmakgantsi Mafojane, New Sun Road
  • John Powers, Extensible Energy
  • Angela Scott, Communities for a Better Environment
  • Kareem Shihab, Solar Advocate
  • Maria Stamas, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Jessica Tovar, Local Clean Energy Alliance
  • Franki Velez, People of Color Sustainable Housing Network

Founding Owners

Note: the organizations listed are for identification only, and not an organizational endorsement.

Last updated February 20, 2019.

  • Ranil Abeysekera, Community Printers
  • Ernesto Arevalo, Communities for a Better Environment
  • Feby Boediarto, Local Clean Energy Alliance, East Bay Community Energy
  • Ophir Bruck, Principles for Responsible Investment
  • Yasir Cross, Soul Flower Farm
  • Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation
  • Selena Feliciano, ENGIE Services U.S.
  • lora jo foo, No Coal in Oakland
  • Anthony Forrest, Planting Justice
  • Nikki Fortunato Bas, Oakland City Council District 2
  • Esther Goolsby, Communities for a Better Environment
  • Mark Hall, Revalue.io
  • Vivian Yi Huang, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
  • Sandhya Jha, Oakland Peace Center
  • Rev. Earl Koteen, Environmental Justice Minister
  • Aaron Lehmer-Chang, House Kombucha
  • Margie Lewis, Friends Of the Public Bank East Bay, Communities for a Better Environment
  • Seonghee Lim, Communities for a Better Environment, Ella Baker Center
  • Brandi Mack, The Butterfly Movement, Deisgning Justice + Designing Spaces
  • Michelle Mascarenhas, Movement Generation
  • Mark Miles, MMCI SOLAR
  • Zolboo Namkhaidorj, Communities for a Better Environment
  • Megan O'Neil, Local Clean Energy Alliance
  • Prescott Reavis, The San Francisco chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects
  • Angela Scott,
  • Parin Shah, Clean Energy Equity Fund
  • Kareem Shihab, Solar Advocate
  • Maria Stamas, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Aaron Voit, California Rural Legal Assistance
  • Alvina Wong, Asian Pacific Environmental Network