Heather Rosmarin, Founder & Executive Director, is an attorney with more than ten years of experience in the clean energy sector. Before founding the Institute, Ms. Rosmarin practiced law at Cooley LLP in Silicon Valley, where she represented companies and investors as a senior attorney in the firm's Clean Energy and Technologies practice. Ms. Rosmarin regularly presents at energy industry and policy conferences and in university fora. Her articles have been published in Energy Focus and the California International Law Journal. She is Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association's Energy Markets and Finance Committee and reviews / contributes to REN21’s annual Renewables Global Status Report. Ms. Rosmarin holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), an A.B. from Princeton University, and an executive-level certificate in Climate Change Economics and Governance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
R. Thomas Amis is a partner at Amis, Patel & Brewer, a boutique law firm focused on providing legal services to the renewable energy and sustainability sectors. Mr. Amis has developed and financed projects in a number of industry sectors over the course of his career, with an emphasis on electric power projects. For the past decade, Mr. Amis' practice has focused on project development and finance in the renewable energy sector. Mr. Amis has been recognized in America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Chambers USA and in The Best Lawyers in America. He has served as an adjunct professor of project finance and renewable energy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and he lectures widely on topics relevant to the renewable energy industry. Mr. Amis received his JD from Columbia Law School, MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, MS from The London School of Economics and Political Sciences, and BS from Yale University.
Andrew Beath is founder and executive director of EarthWays Foundation, founder and board president of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), and author of Consciousness in Action. For the past 25 years EarthWays has initiated multiple projects to protect wilderness and assist threatened indigenous communities in South, Central and North America. Over the years Mr. Beath has started several centers for conscious activism to teach environmental education and techniques that facilitate social change. Mr. Beath serves on six boards of directors of environmental and social justice organizations.
Kiran Jethwa is managing partner at Fumase, LLC, a global project developer and EPC company focused on energy generation, water and clean technology. Mr. Jethwa has been involved in developing utility scale renewable power and energy efficiency projects in USA, India, Malaysia, Costa Rica and Honduras. He also serves as a mentor for the Cleantech Open, the world's largest accelerator for cleantech startups, where he has coached and advised multiple early stage cleantech companies. Mr. Jethwa holds an MBA and M.S. from Santa Clara University, USA, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from M.S. University of Baroda, India.
Laila Mattos is manager of film & module technology at Alta Devices, a solar company that is delivering the world’s most efficient, thin and flexible mobile power technology. In this capacity, she oversees R&D as well as manufacturing programs. Prior to joining Alta in 2009, Ms. Mattos was a PhD researcher in Physics at Stanford University, where she designed and built a cutting‐edge scanning tunneling microscope for atom manipulation and high-resolution electronic characterization of novel materials. She also served as a research scientist for The Climate Conservancy, where she worked with the founders to quantify the greenhouse gas emissions of consumer products. She is interested in helping advance clean energy solutions through technology innovation, education, and policy making. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Physics from Stanford University and B.S. in Physics from PUC-Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is fluent in English and Portuguese, conversational Spanish and Hebrew.
Peter O’Brien is Director, Business Development at Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS). AMS uses advanced energy storage, load control technologies and state-of-the-art data analytics to design, build and operate customized fleets of energy storage for large commercial and industrial users and utilities. At AMS, Mr. O’Brien is responsible for developing projects with organizations interested in hosting energy storage solutions. Peter has over a decade of experience in the energy industry, focused primarily on commercial solar and utility scale project development. Most recently, Peter served as an Account Executive at NRG Energy, where he worked with Fortune 500 clients to find the best portfolio of energy solutions to meet their sustainability goals and cost savings targets. Peter holds an MBA from Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor's degree from Principia College.
Camila Ramos is the founder and director of Clean Energy Latin America (CELA), a São Paulo-based consulting and advisory firm supporting companies, investors, and project developers in the Latin American renewable energy market (solar, wind, bioenergy and small hydro). She has nine years of experience in the Latin American renewable energy sector and specializes in fundraising, strategic planning and communications. Prior to founding CELA, Ms. Ramos served as marketing and communications manager of Energias Renováveis do Brasil, a Brazilian renewable energy company. From 2008-2011, Ms. Ramos served as Brazil country manager and head of Latin America Research and Analysis for Bloomberg New Energy Finance. She has published widely on clean energy and climate-related topics. Ms. Ramos holds an MSc. and BSc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She speaks Portuguese, English, and Spanish.
Atossa Soltani is the founder and President of the Board of Directors of Amazon Watch, an international NGO dedicated to protecting the rainforest and advancing the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. Since 1991, Ms. Soltani has been leading international campaigns in defense of the world's tropical rainforests. Before founding Amazon Watch, Ms. Soltani directed campaigns at the Rainforest Action Network to end logging in endangered ecosystems. Ms. Soltani is the Hillary Institute of International Leadership's 2013 Hillary Laureate and serves as the chair of the board of trustees of The Christensen Fund, as a board member of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, and as an advisor to the Peruvian organization The Arkana Alliance. She began her environmental career as conservation director for the City of Santa Monica where she designed and directed an award-winning energy and water conservation program. Ms. Soltani received her B.S. in public policy from the University of Akron and speaks Spanish, English, and Portuguese.
Nadine Teixeira is the Vice-President, General Counsel, and Secretary, at Hazelcast, a leading open source in-memory data grid company. Ms. Teixeira is an experienced public company senior legal executive with extensive corporate, securities, and international experience in both technology and equipment leasing industries. Prior to joining Hazelcast, Ms. Teixeira served as Vice-President of International Legal Affairs of CAI International Inc. and was also an Associate and Special Counsel at Perkins Coie, LLP and Cooley LLP, respectively, with a focus on venture capital, start-up and early-state financing projects, as well as licensing and distribution agreements. From August 1999 to August 2005, Ms. Teixeira was a corporate partner at Demarest e Almeida Advogados, Brazil. She received her LL.M. in Corporate Governance & Practice from Stanford Law School in 2005 and her Bachelor of Law from the Law School of the University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 1990. Ms. Teixeira is admitted to practice law in California and Brazil. Ms. Teixeira is fluent in Portuguese and English.
Interns & Consultants
Umul Awan, Research Intern. Ms. Awan is a Fulbright Scholar and an MSc. candidate in the Energy and Earth Resources Graduate Program at The University of Texas at Austin, where she is studying energy finance and policy with a focus on renewable energy in developing countries. Her professional experience in finance includes working as a bonds and stocks dealer at United Bank Limited, the second largest private bank in Pakistan. In addition to interning with the Institute this summer, Ms. Awan will be participating in the Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy being conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds a BSc. Honors in Mathematics from Lahore University of Management Sciences and is fluent in English and Urdu.
Christianne Poppi, Social & Digital Media Consultant. Christianne Poppi is an online marketing professional who is passionate about helping cool services, products and causes find large and engaged audiences. In addition to consulting with the Institute, she is working with San Francisco-based Tech Futures Group to develop their website and social media strategy. Ms. Poppi previously worked for multiple advertising agencies in Brazil and for the Ayrton Senna Institute, a São Paulo-based educational NGO, where she developed online and social media campaigns to inform and engage the organization's 500K user base. Ms. Poppi received a bachelor's in advertising from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) and is earning a certificate in online marketing from the University of California, Berkeley. She speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.