2013 Award Winner

16Sep 2014

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.

19Sep 2013

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.

19Sep 2013

Rebecca Stanfield serves as Vote Solar’s Senior Director for the Western States, managing the organization’s work from the Midwest to the West Coast. Based in Chicago, she has been engaged in utility regulatory advocacy for 23 years. She came to Vote Solar after working as Vice President for Policy and Energy Markets at SolarCity. Previously, she directed the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Midwest energy program as Deputy Director for the Midwest Program, and she worked as a clean energy advocate for Environment America in Illinois, Washington, DC, and New Jersey.

19Sep 2013

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.

19Sep 2013

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.

19Sep 2013

Kristen Graf is the Executive Director of Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), 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 WRISE, she spent five years as a Clean Energy Program Coordinator and Research Associate with the Union of Concerned Scientists in Boston. In these roles, Graf worked on renewable energy policy at the state and national level, with a particular focus on wind and biomass. She currently serves as a senior fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program. Graf holds a BS in Engineering from Cornell University.