Heather Rosmarin, Founder & Executive Director. Heather Rosmarin is a Silicon Valley-based attorney with ten years of experience in the clean energy sector. From 2003-2012, she practiced law at Cooley LLP, where she represented companies and investors as a senior attorney in the firm's Clean Energy and Technologies group. Ms. Rosmarin’s professional experience includes advising companies applying for and/or negotiating more than $90 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy for clean energy demonstration and deployment projects. She is a regular contributor to the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) blog and has been a guest speaker at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Ms. Rosmarin co-organized the Symposium on Clean Energy Solutions for Brazil's 21st Century in Rio de Janeiro, a UN Rio+20 parallel event. She has served as a judge for social venture innovation competitions and as a trustee, board member, and/or senior adviser to multiple environmental and educational non-profit organizations. Ms. Rosmarin holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she served as Supervising Editor of the California Law Review, and an A.B. from Princeton University.
R. Thomas Amis. Tom Amis is a partner at Mercer Thompson LLC. 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. From 2009 through 2013, Mr. Amis was included among America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Chambers USA. In 2009, Mr. Amis was also recognized 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.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. 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. 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. Peter O’Brien is senior business development manager at Cool Earth Solar, a company that develops, builds and owns solar power plants utilizing its patented concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology. Mr. O’Brien is also co-president of the SF Bay Area Chapter of Young Professionals in Energy. Prior to launching his career in business, Mr. O’Brien served as program manager for the Khom Loy Development Foundation and as a U.S. Peace Corps education and community development volunteer in Thailand. He holds an MBA from Cornell University's S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in Philosophy and World Perspectives from Principia College. He is fluent in written and spoken Thai and conversational in Spanish.
Camila Ramos. 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.Atossa Soltani is the founder and executive director 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. Nadine Teixeira is an experienced public company senior legal executive with extensive corporate, securities, and international experience in the technology and equipment leasing industries. She most recently served as the chief legal officer and secretary of CAI International, Inc., one of the world’s leading equipment leasing and management companies (NYSE: CAP). Prior to joining CAI, Ms. Teixeira was an associate and special counsel at Perkins Coie, LLP and Cooley LLP, respectively, with a focus on venture capital funds and public companies. Ms. Teixeira’s experience in the clean energy industry includes leading a trade mission to Brazil on Renewable Energy and Biofuels with the participation of US private and public sector representatives to foster trade and business opportunities between the US and Brazilian markets. From 1999 to 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 and her Bachelor of Law from the Law School of the University of São Paulo, 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.