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Board members are appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley.
George Ashton III is co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Sol Systems, Inc. a national leader in solar finance and aggregating solar renewable energy credits, or SRECs. He has been instrumental in developing the solar credit futures market in several states and orchestrated creative financing solutions that enabled the installation thousands of residential and commercial solar systems. Before Sol Systems, Ashton spent more than 10 years in the capital markets and financial services industries, ending his career as a Senior Account Executive at Fannie Mae, chartered by Congress to provide liquidity and stability to the U.S. housing and mortgage markets. He also serves on the Auxiliary Board of the Washington Jesuit Academy, a middle school for promising disadvantaged male youths. He earned his M.B.A. from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University Maryland in College Park.
Eckel is President and CEO of Hannon Armstrong, a leading investment and merchant bank providing capital for energy and infrastructure assets. The firm is an active equity investor in geothermal, solar power and energy efficiency projects. Eckel’s experience spans 25 years and includes the creation and management of energy service companies as well as project and corporate finance functions. He has held senior executive positions as CEO of EnergyWorks (Bechtel’s early foray into renewable energy), as CEO of Wärtsilä Power Development (a leading international IPP developer for much of the 90’s), and with Booz Allen in its energy practice.
Joshua Greene uses his experience as a former Congressional staff member and entrepreneur in assisting clients to achieve their goals before Congress, regulatory agencies and state and local governments.
Mr. Greene's practice focuses on energy and environmental policy, regulatory, and business planning, with a particular concentration on renewable and alternative energy development, energy efficiency, technology, sustainability, and corporate counseling. Through his work on landmark pieces of legislation, such as the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, Mr. Greene has very broad relationships within the environmental, municipal and business communities, which look to him to help develop sensible policies that bridge differences between historical opponents.
In addition to Mr. Greene's energy and environmental policy and regulatory activities, he has also been actively engaged in counseling clients regarding financial services regulation, including environmental and energy commodities in the United States and abroad. A key component of Mr. Greene's client counseling involves working with and building diverse coalitions in advocating his clients' interests. He is also recognized within the firm as one of its authorities on Congressional practice and procedure.
Since 2010, Abigail Hopper, Esq. has served as Energy Advisor to Governor Martin O’Malley. In this position, she regularly advises the Governor on achieving the State’s aggressive renewable energy and energy efficiency goals. She also interfaces with businesses in the energy space, including the State’s utilities, as well as coordinating the interaction between the Governor’s Office and both the Public Service Commission and the Maryland Energy Administration. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Hopper spent three years as Deputy General Counsel with the Maryland Public Service Commission. In this role she advised the Commissioners on a broad range of legal matters arising from their duties as utility regulators. Before embarking on a career in public service, Ms. Hopper spent over 9 years in private practice where she specialized in complex litigation and corporate law. She represented publically and privately held corporations in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and has counseled numerous venture capital and investment banking firms in connection with multi-million dollar equity offerings. While in private practice, Ms. Hopper worked for the Washington-based international firm of Hogan and Hartson, LLP (now Hogan Lovells), and the Greenbelt Maryland-based firm of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake. Abigail Hopper graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1999, after obtaining her B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1993. She is admitted to the bar in both the State of Maryland and Washington, DC.
Michele Mitch-Peterson is currently the Business Development Manager for Honeywell Building Solution's for her assigned territory in the Northeast. In this position, she is responsible for designing and leading a sales strategy for Honeywell's Energy Services programs in Performance Contracting and Renewable Energy. Michele has almost 15 years experience in sales, marketing and management. Serving in a number of leadership roles, she has developed and implemented strategic processes that support account management, opportunity development and sales and marketing campaigns resulting in building brands, driving demand and growing profitable revenue. In addition, she has established analytics and created metrics to improve visibility and effectiveness of sales and marketing operations. Michele was born in Baltimore and grew up on the Eastern Shore. She holds a BA degree in Marketing from Frostburg State University and a Master's in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University. She has taken Executive Management courses in strategic planning, business development and finance and is also a Six Sigma Black Belt.
John Spears is the president of Sustainable Design Group www.sustainabledesign.com, architects and builders of custom solar homes and renovations. Mr Spears has been a pioneer in sustainable building technology and community design worldwide for over 40 years. He specializes in zero energy and self sufficient buildings and communities.Mr Spears is also the founder and president of the nonprofit International Center for Sustainable Development www.solarcities.org and has designed sustainable communities around the world and consulted with cities in developing countries on sustainable infrastructure development. He was the sustainable development consultant to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Locally, ICSD through its Baltimore Electric Vehicle Initiative is installing electric vehicle charging stations throughout Maryland andpromoting the use of electric vehicles.
Mr. Spears was the founder of the Maryland Clean Energy Center which promotes economic development and job creation in the clean energy sector and he worked with Montgomery County Maryland in the development of their Green Economic Development Initiative.Mr Spears is currently setting up a factory in Maryland to manufacture solar powered modular sustainable infrastructure systems including a solar power plant, bulk milk chiller, water purification system, internet café and earth home building factory for use in developing countries that don’t have access to electricity. www.SustainableSystemsint.com Mr Spears lives and works out of the 100% solar powered home and adjoining studio he and his wife built in Gaithersburg, MD.
Eric Wachsman, Ph.D., is Director of the University of Maryland’s Energy Research Center where he leads the University-wide energy research center in developing a broad array of sustainable energy technologies and resources, from fuel cells and hydrogen production, to batteries, wind, photovoltaics and biomass. Wachsman also holds the William L. Crentz Centennial Chair in Energy Research at the University of Maryland, College Park. Previously, he was Director of the Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy and a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He earned his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering and a Master’s of Science from Stanford University. He is a Fellow of The Electrochemical Society and has authored two hundred energy related research publications and patents.