The U.S. C3E Awards recognize the outstanding leadership and extraordinary achievements of mid-career women working to advance clean energy. For the past three years, the C3E program has conducted a nationwide campaign for Award nominations. C3E Ambassadors select the winners and these remarkable Awardees are recognized for their work at the C3E Symposium each year.
Biographies of the 20 C3E Award winners to date highlight the significant impact these women are making in clean energy. Print version (pdf)
Dorothy Barnett, Advocacy Leadership Award (2014)
Executive Director, The Climate + Energy Project
As Executive Director of the Climate + Energy Project (CEP), Dorothy Barnett is leading the effort to address the Heartland’s energy future. Prior to her position as Executive Director, Ms. Barnett served for 4 years as CEP’s Director of Energy and Transmission. She also led innovative programs such as the Take Charge Challenge and the Heartland Alliance for Regional Transmission—each of which raised the profile for energy efficiency, transmission, and wind energy in Kansas and beyond. Ms. Barnett has a BA in organizational management from Friends University.
Ghita Levenstein Carroll, Government Leadership Award (2014)
Sustainability Coordinator, Boulder Valley School District
Dr. Ghita Levenstein Carroll is the Sustainability Coordinator for the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado. Her successes include defining a vision and goals for district-wide environmental sustainability, receiving Board of Education approval for a policy that supports sustainability initiatives, and significantly increasing renewable energy technologies and green products throughout the district. Previously, Dr. Carroll managed the energy program for the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Environmental Center, where she developed and led a university wind power campaign in 2000, making the school the first in the nation to raise student fees to support wind power and the largest university purchaser of wind at the time. Dr. Carroll is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate and an instructor for the Sustainable Practices Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received a PhD in environmental studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Judy Dorsey, Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models Leadership Award (2012)
President and Principal Engineer, Brendle Group
Judy Dorsey has led the completion of more than 200 sustainability projects for more than 100 clients across 20 states. Her specialties include district-scale and community-scale planning in climate and energy, clean energy, sustainable economic development, organizational development, and net-zero energy and water initiatives. She co-founded the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and helped spearhead two of its primary initiatives: the International Cleantech Network, a global network connecting the world’s leading cleantech clusters, and FortZED, an initiative to create one of the world’s largest active net-zero energy districts. Ms. Dorsey has received numerous awards, including being named Climate Change Hero at the Aspen Climate Conference and one of the Denver Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business. She leveraged the C3E prize money to create the Colorado C3E Initiative—a workforce development and networking program for advancing women in clean energy, operated by the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster. Ms. Dorsey holds a BS from Northwestern University and an MS from Colorado State University.
Margaret Downey, Policy and Advocacy Leadership Award (2012)
Assistant County Administrator, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Margaret Downey is the Administrator for the Cape Light Compact, the first municipal aggregator in Massachusetts. She manages and directs the Cape Light Compact’s electric power supply aggregation program and energy efficiency programs. Ms. Downey was a founding member of the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative, a sister organization of the Cape Light Compact, which recently completed the installation of 28 megawatts of distributed renewable energy solar photovoltaic projects on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. She serves as an officer on the Board of Directors of NEED, a national energy education project aimed at educating students and teachers about energy efficiency in the classroom and community.
Lisa Dyson, Entrepreneurial Leadership Award (2014)
Chief Executive Officer, Kiverdi, Inc.
Dr. Lisa Dyson is the CEO of Kiverdi, Inc., a next-generation sustainable oil company that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) and waste carbon gases into customized oils using the power of biotechnology. Her technical background includes research in bioengineering, energy, and physics at Stanford University, the University of California (UC) at Berkeley, Princeton University, UC San Francisco, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. Dr. Dyson’s entrepreneurial background began when she was on the founding team of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) start-up that received funding from Microsoft, and she later built and led a team that developed a technology that reached millions in volunteering campaigns. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of London, where she received a Master of Science degree, and she has degrees in physics and mathematics from Brandeis University. Dr. Dyson earned her PhD in physics from MIT.
Kristen Graf, Education and Mentorship Leadership Award (2013)
Executive Director, Women of Wind Energy
Kristen Graf is the Executive Director of Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), a national nonprofit that promotes the education, professional development, and advancement of women to achieve a strong diversified workforce and support a robust renewable energy economy. Before working at WoWE, she spent five years as a Clean Energy Program Coordinator and Research Associate with the Union of Concerned Scientists in Boston. In these roles, Ms. Graf worked on renewable energy policy at the state and national level, with particular focus on wind and biomass. She currently serves as a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program. Ms. Graf holds a BS in engineering from Cornell University.
Kristin Gunderson, Corporate Implementation Leadership Award (2013)
Program Management and Corporate Strategy, Facebook
Kirstin Gunderson is an Energy Program Manager at Facebook, where she is focused on energy efficiency, clean and renewable energy, and energy information management across Facebook’s data center fleet. At the time of her award, Kirstin was a Senior Manager for Walmart’s Energy Team, where she was awarded for her clean energy efforts. While at Walmart, she helped drive the successful deployment and management of Walmart’s onsite renewable portfolio—advancing Walmart’s goal to produce or procure 7 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy globally by 2020, and the company’s long-term goal to be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy. In 2013, Kirstin led the installation of Walmart’s first 1-megawatt onsite wind turbine in Red Bluff, CA. In her work at Facebook, She continues to advance the goal of clean energy in the technology space.
Tracey Holloway, Education and Mentorship Leadership Award (2012)
Associate Professor, University of Wisonsin-Madison
Tracey Holloway works with the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment and is a member of the Energy Sources, Systems and Policy Cluster. Her research examines air pollution chemistry and transport at regional and global scales, especially the mechanisms underlying transport across international borders. Dr. Holloway is also a founding board member of the Earth Science Women’s Network. Her work has been supported by grants from The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation. With joint appointments in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) and Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Dr. Holloway and advises students in the Nelson Institute, AOS, and CEE. She holds a BS from Brown University and a PhD from Princeton University.
Sila Kiliccote, Research Leadership Award (2014)
Leader, Grid Integration Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Sila Kiliccote is a Research Scientist, the Group Leader of the Grid Integration Group, and the Deputy of the Demand Response Research Center at the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her research interests include the use of demand response and distributed energy resources for distribution system operation, including quantifying resource availability, advanced control of loads, communication systems, and optimization of distribution networks. Ms. Kiliccote is the recipient of the leadership award in Smart Grid Acceleration from GridWeek in 2010. She holds a BS from the University of New Hampshire and an MS as well as an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jing Li, Innovation and Technology Development Leadership Award (2012)
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers Universeity
Dr. Jing Li’s work is primarily in the areas of solid-state inorganic and inorganic-organic hybrid materials that possess interesting and useful properties for clean energy applications. She has published more than 220 scientific papers and has received a number of awards, including the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Dr. Li is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Solid State Chemistry, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Crystal Growth and Design, and an Elected Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received an MS and a PhD from Cornell University.
Katherine Lucey, Advancements for the Developing World Leadership Award (2013)
Chief Executive Officer, Solar Sister
After a successful 20-year career on Wall Street, Katherine Lucey decided to give back. She brought her business acumen and passion for empowering women to Africa, creating a sustainable, market-based social enterprise—Solar Sister—that provides light, hope, and opportunity to women and their communities. Solar Sister combines the breakthrough potential of micro-solar lighting and energy with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network. Women become Solar Sister entrepreneurs, earning income to lift themselves and their families out of poverty and providing access to clean, affordable solar light to their communities. Ms. Lucey is an Ashoka Fellow and a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur. She holds a BA from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Georgia State University.
Erica Mackie, Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models Leadership Award (2013)
Co-founder and CEO, GRID Alternatives
Erica Mackie is the CEO and co-founder of GRID Alternatives, the nation’s largest nonprofit solar installer. She founded the organization in 2001, while working as a professional engineer implementing large-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects for the private sector. Ms. Mackie’s vision was to make the benefits of these technologies available to low-income communities that need the savings the most, but have the least access. She attended Earlham College and received a BS from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
Zadhya Mohammed, Business Leadership Award (2014)
Marketing Manager, Wind Service, Americas, Siemens
Zadhya Mohammed has worked in the energy industry for 15 years and is leader in the business, as well as a mentor for Diversity at Siemens in the area of new employees, minorities, and women in the workplace. While completing her Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, she started her career at Siemens as an intern, and was subsequently hired as a design engineer. Ms. Mohammed has also been a part of the Siemens Inclusion & Diversity Council, overseeing Employee Resource Group strategies, as well as participating in a variety of formal and informal mentoring and leadership development initiatives, both internal and external to Siemens. Ms. Mohammed now works in Siemens’ renewables division, as a senior marketing manager for the Americas. In this role, she is responsible for selling long-term service contracts on wind turbines and product upgrades to customers to improve energy output. She also focuses on new markets in Central and South America and continues to provide extensive mentoring to employees across various divisions of the corporation. Ms. Mohammed holds BS and MS degrees from the University of Central Florida.
Ashley Murray Muspratt, International Leadership Award (2014)
Founder and CEO, Waste Enterprisers Ltd, Waste Enterprisers Holding and Pivot Kenya
Ashley Muspratt is a waste-to-energy entrepreneur focused on using business to solve human waste management challenges in developing cities. She is the Founder & CEO of Waste Enterprisers Holding (USA)/Pivot Ltd (Kenya), a start-up company that converts human waste to solid fuel for industry. Dr. Muspratt was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2011, was a Fellow at the 2012 Unreasonable Institute and mentor at the 2014 Unreasonable Institute East Africa, and has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences, including Harvard’s Africa Business Conference, World Water Week (Stockholm), and World Biofuels Market (Rotterdam). She has published more than 10 peer-reviewed journal articles in the sanitation and renewable energy literature. Dr. Muspratt lives in Mombasa, Kenya, where Pivot is constructing a waste-to-fuel factory. Her academic background includes a PhD from The University of California, Berkeley Energy & Resources Group and an MS from the university’s Civil and Environmental Engineering department.
Phuong Young Phillips, Law & Finance Leadership Award, 2014
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Head of Corporate Securities, SolarCity Corporation
Phuong Phillips is SolarCity Corporation’s Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Head of Corporate Securities. As a key senior member of the SolarCity legal team, Ms. Phillips has helped drive the company’s rapid and enormous growth, particularly in managing such important transactions as the company’s initial public offering, convertible note financings, and first-of-their-kind solar asset securitization financings. She has also managed the development and anticipated deployment of an innovative financing platform for smaller investors to directly invest in clean energy projects, creating greater opportunities for clean energy investors and raising potentially up to hundreds of millions of dollars for the company to expand access to clean energy for customers. Previously, Ms. Phillips was an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a premier national law firm focusing on technology companies. She holds a BA in communication studies, with a specialization in business administration, and a JD, both from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Liz Porter, Corporate Implementation Leadership Award (2012)
Program Director, ITA Enterprise Transport Management, Lockheed Martin
Liz Porter is responsible for all personnel, equipment, tools, maintenance, materials, supervision, and other items and non-personal services necessary to perform U.S. Army ITA Transport Management. This includes a 24 x 7 x 365 network operations center, project management, and engineering services for 300 sites with more than 8,500 devices across four classifications of networks for more than 55,000 users. Previously, as the Director for Corporate Energy Initiatives at Lockheed Martin, she developed and executed the strategy for the Energy Campaign, working closely with the corporate strategy and business development departments to grow the company’s business in the energy market. Ms. Porter received a BS from Villanova University and an MBA from the University of Colorado.
Debra Rowe, Education Leadership Award (2014)
Professor, Oakland Community College
Dr. Debra Rowe is the President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development. She is also co-founder of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, founder/facilitator of the Disciplinary Associations’ Network for Sustainability, and Senior Advisor to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Dr. Rowe is presently chairing the Technical Advisory Group and the Green Jobs Policy Community of Action for the American Association of Community Colleges. She is often a keynote speaker at national and international education conferences. She is the author or editor of numerous publications, including the newly released encyclopedia, Achieving Sustainability: Vision, Principles and Practices. Dr. Rowe earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and received a PhD from the University of Michigan.
Laura Stachel, Advancements for the Developing World Leadership Award (2012)
Founder, We Care Solar
Dr. Laura Stachel is the Medical Director of We Care Solar, which helps reduce maternal mortality in developing regions by providing health workers with reliable lighting, mobile communication, and blood bank refrigeration using solar electricity. Dr. Stachel is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and the Associate Director of Emergency Obstetric Research in West Africa for the University of California, Berkeley Bixby Center for Population Health and Sustainability. She is also a co-investigator in a MacArthur Foundation project on We Care Solar Suitcase usage in Nigeria and Uganda. In addition, she was co-investigator for a collaborative Population Council study that assessed the standard of maternity care in Nigerian state hospitals. In 2013, Dr. Stachel was named a CNN “Top 10 Hero” of the year for her work helping healthcare workers safely deliver babies in developing countries. She received a BA from Oberlin College, an MD from the University of California, San Francisco, and an MPH from the University of California, Berkley.
Rebecca Stanfield, Policy and Advocacy Leadership Award (2013)
Senior Energy Advocate, Deputy Director for Policy, Midwest Program, Chicago, National Resources Defense Council
Rebecca Stanfield has more than 19 years of experience in environmental advocacy and organizational development. Since July 2008, she has led the National Resources Defense Council’s Midwest clean energy advocacy in a five-state regional footprint, with a goal of transforming electric utility rate and resource acquisition policies to spur a shift from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and renewable energy resources. Ms. Stanfield attended the University of Illinois and the University of Oregon School of Law.
Milo Werner, Innovation and Technology Development Leadership Award (2013)
New Product Introduction, Tesla Motors
Milo Werner is the Senior Manager of New Product Introduction for Tesla Motors, where she is responsible for the successful launch of all new vehicle and powertrain models—a job that includes developing integrated product development and launch programs, leading cross-functional teams through execution, and delivering high-quality, manufacturable designs to the Tesla Factory for volume production. She is a key member of the team responsible for the successful launches of the powertrains for Tesla Model S, Toyota RAV4 electric vehicle, and Daimler Smart Car. Ms. Werner frequently lectures on new product introduction strategy and has given lectures at the Advanced Projects Research Agency—Energy; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of California, Berkeley; and the University of Vermont. She received her BS at the University of Vermont and earned an MS in civil engineering and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.