Anya Schoolman: Community Power Network Executive Director
Anya is the Executive Director of Community Power Network, a national nonprofit that helps communities build and promote local renewable energy projects and policies. Ms. Schoolman founded the Mt. Pleasant Solar Coop in 2007 with her son Walter. She led a city-wide effort in Washington, D.C. to make solar accessible and affordable to all residents. She has assisted more than 300 homeowners in Washington, D.C. to go solar and has helped foster the creation of 11 sister co-ops that joined together to form a city-wide organization called D.C. Solar United Neighborhoods (DC SUN). Ms. Schoolman is also the founder of the Community Power Network, where she manages programs to promote solar and local economic development. Community Power Network is currently supporting state projects across the country, as well as policies and project models for bringing solar to low-income households. In 2009 Ms. Schoolman was honored as the MDV-SEIA Solar Champion, as well as one of CALFinder’s 10 Amazing Activists in the Name of Solar. In April 2014, Ms. Schoolman was selected as one of 10 White House Champions of Change for Solar Deployment for her groundbreaking work to deploy solar in the National Capital region.
Jameka Hodnett: DC SUN Program Director
Jameka implements solar co-op programs in Washington, D.C. and works to create an accessible, affordable solar market in the District. She has extensive experience as a community organizer, previously working with the Sierra club as a campaign representative helping to implement the Clean Power Plan She spends her spare time volunteering with various social justice organizations and writing. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Trinity Washington University and is currently pursuing a J.D. at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.
Sam Polino: Program Director, Solar Co-ops
Sam serves as the Program Director for Solar Co-ops, aiding in Community Power Network’s overseeing implementation of the organization’s cross-cutting solar co-op work. Sam works with state program directors to launch and grown new bulk purchase groups, engage installers, and track progress for each group. He works to continually improve the process and design of CPN’s solar co-ops. Sam graduated from Boston University in 2015 with a B.A. in Environmental Science and a minor in Sustainable Energy.
Emily Stiever: Community Power Network Chief of Staff
Emily Stiever, CPN’s Chief of Staff, oversees CPN’s administrative, financial, and operational activities and provides technical assistance to CPN member organizations. In her role she assists communities in developing and implementing community-based renewable energy projects and programs. She also oversees and provides cross-cutting guidance to CPN’s state programs, helping state directors streamline and scale up their impact via solar co-ops and policy advocacy. Before joining CPN, Emily worked as a renewable energy consultant specializing in solar electric and solar water heating initiatives and incentive programs. She holds a B.A. in Political Ecology from Grinnell College.
Aaron Sutch: VA SUN Program Director
Aaron serves as the VA SUN program director. He develops and manages all the Virginia co-ops, provides technical support for residents and organizations wishing to go solar, and supports policy advocacy for solar in Virginia. His experience includes project development, municipal sustainability leadership, and policy advocacy focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Aaron received a dual M.A in International Affairs and Natural Resources; specializing in International Energy Policy from American University School of International Service and United Nations University for Peace. He has published numerous articles and speaks fluent Spanish. A native of San Diego California, Aaron enjoys being on the water, playing guitar and spending time with his son Gabriel.
Corey Ramsden: MD SUN Program Director
Corey focuses on building successful solar co-ops and helping as many Maryland residents as possible go solar. He has 15 years of experience in the IT industry, is a NABCEP certified NABCEP PV Installation Professional and owns his own solar PV system. Corey regularly volunteers his time toward the advancement of renewable energy adoption throughout the region. Corey is a long-time resident of the Baltimore/Washington area and graduated from Loyola University Maryland.
Karan Ireland: WV SUN Program Director
Karan is WV SUN’s Program Director. She works with West Virginia residents to develop solar co-ops across the state. Ireland comes to WV SUN from the West Virginia Citizen Action Group where she was Development Director. In that role, she worked to ensure all West Virginians had access to safe drinking water and took the lead in response to the 2014 Elk River Chemical Leak.
Luke Sulfridge: OH SUN Program Director
Luke Sulfridge serves as the OH SUN Program Director. Luke is a lifelong resident of the Mid-Ohio Valley and resides in Washington County. He provides support for the expansion of solar in Ohio through co-ops and policy advocacy. His prior work includes health policy, emergency management, grassroots organizing, and advocacy. Luke holds a B.A. from Berea College in Political Science, a M.S. from Eastern Kentucky University in Safety, Security and Emergency Management, and a M.A. from Appalachian State University in Political Science with a concentration in Environmental Politics and Policy Analysis.
Angela DeMonbreun: FL SUN Program Director
Angela serves as the FL SUN program director. She develops and manages all the Florida co-ops, provides technical support for residents and organizations wishing to go solar, and supports policy advocacy for solar in Florida. Her experience includes project development, grassroots organizing, community engagement and policy advocacy focusing on capacity building. Angela also volunteers with the League of Women Voters Florida, a nonprofit political, yet nonpartisan organization that promotes good governance and advocates for many things; Natural Resources being a priority in Florida. Angela holds a B.A. degree from Jacksonville University in Political Science.
Ben Delman: Community Power Network Communications Manager
Ben manages internal and external communications for more than a dozen active solar co-ops and for CPN’s solar advocacy work. He is an experienced solar communications professional. Ben has worked with companies throughout the solar value chain to generate attention to their product and project announcements. He has also worked with solar advocates across the county to help them educate the public about policies that allow solar energy to compete on a level playing field with other energy sources. Ben holds a B.A. degree from the George Washington University in Political Science.
Isabel Ricker: Community Power Network Development Officer
Isabel serves as the Development Officer for CPN. In this role, she oversees CPN’s fundraising efforts and builds relationships with our individual, corporate and philanthropic supporters. Isabel also helps to develop and scale CPN’s community-based renewable energy programs and policy activities. Before joining CPN, Isabel worked with municipalities in the mid-Atlantic region to develop and implement renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and programs. Her other experience includes advocacy, project management, technical assistance, community-based fundraising, and member engagement. Isabel also volunteers with the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, helping to train and empower young, diverse clean energy leaders. Isabel holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sustainable Development from Columbia University.
Carra Cheslin: Director of Engagement
Carra serves as the Director of Engagement. In this role, she works with all six state programs to provide community and co-op members with meaningful opportunities to get involved with the solar movement both locally and nationally, including events, advocacy initiatives, community building, fundraising, and other projects. Her experience includes program management and design, community outreach and engagement, youth development, and online organizing in the non-profit, local government, recreation, and education sectors. Carra holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Sociology-based Human Relations from Connecticut College and is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Master Gardener.
Emma Rodvien: Community Power Network Program Coordinator, Solar Co-ops
Emma serves as the Program Coordinator for Solar Co-ops, facilitating Community Power Network’s Solar Co-op Program. She helps implement solar co-ops across all state programs. Emma works closely with state directors to build new co-ops and to support co-op members throughout the bulk purchase process. Emma graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2015 with dual degrees in Environmental Policy and Latin American Studies.
Autumn Long: WV SUN Solar Co-op Coordinator
Autumn Long serves as Solar Co-op Coordinator for WV SUN. She works with West Virginia residents and communities to expand access to renewable energy by developing and managing solar co-ops across the state. She has been an entrepreneur, community organizer, advocate, writer, editor, researcher, homesteader, and gardener. She holds a B.Phil in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. in Geography from West Virginia University. Born and raised in West Virginia, Autumn lives on a farm in rural Harrison County with her husband, dog, horse, donkey, chickens, and net-metered solar PV system.