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A legacy of
grassroots
campaigning.

ABOUT US

At Greenlight, we offer our network support from a unique combination of grassroots campaigners, clean energy experts, public policy professionals, communications specialists, and coalition builders. As an independent, philanthropically-funded, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, we exist to support local groups and volunteers who want to get utility-scale clean energy projects built in their communities.

With experience across the full spectrum of campaigns, our team has the skills and connections to make sure your community reaps maximum benefit from the clean energy transition.

VISION

Our vision for the future: abundant clean energy dramatically lowers U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, mitigating the pace of climate change and stopping the severe and inequitable health impacts of climate pollution. The clean energy transition further powers community revitalization across the U.S., reversing decades of disinvestment in rural areas and paving the way for the sustainable economy of the future.

FUNDING

Greenlight America is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, philanthropically funded by foundations and individuals that share our vision. We are not paid for our work by clean energy developers. You can donate to us here.

 

Greenlight America has a sister 501(c)4 organization, Greenlight Action.

You can donate to Greenlight Action here.

David Alicea

Regional Campaign Manager, Northeast

David is an experienced campaigner and clean energy geek. David spent the last decade at Sierra Club where he led organizing efforts to support South Fork Wind, phase out New York’s coal-fired power plants, and scale up on wind and solar energy.  As the Regional Campaign Manager for the Northeast, David drives Greenlight’s campaign strategy in the region and supports partner organizations on the ground. Originally from Long Island, David lives in Rochester, NY with his wife and 7-year old daughter. Outside of work David serves on the board of the Laotian American Scholarship Foundation and Wat Pa Lao Buddhadham.

Ari Appel

Co-Founder and Chief Program Officer

Ari is a veteran campaigner with nearly two decade’s experience in politics and issue advocacy. For over a decade, Ari has built and led national advocacy campaigns to win historic clean energy and climate policy breakthroughs like the Inflation Reduction Act, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and pollution standards for power plants and oil and gas operations. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.

Miranda Ehrlich

Senior Director of Campaigns

Miranda is an accomplished grassroots organizer and team leader with a passion for clean energy. She was previously the Federal Field Director for the Sierra Club, where she led the Sierra Club’s field strategy for the Inflation Reduction Act. Miranda began her career in clean energy as a community organizer working to retire coal plants, and earned a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her free time, Miranda can often be found in the woods foraging for wild edible plants and mushrooms. She currently lives in San Francisco, California.

Kristiana Faddoul

Communications and Digital Manager

Kristiana Faddoul is a multi-faceted communicator, with just shy of a decade of environmental and clean energy advocacy experience. Before joining Greenlight America, Kristiana spent five years at the Sierra Club––first as Western Media Coordinator, then later as their national Content Strategist––focusing on zero-emissions transportation, building electrification, and decarbonizing America’s grid. Kristiana earned her BA in Broadcast Journalism from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She also holds two teaching certificates in Environmental Education from ASU and from the Arizona Association of Environmental Education. Kristiana lives in Buckeye, Arizona with her fiancé and two cats.

Jessie Giles

Senior Director of Research

Jessie is an experienced researcher and campaign strategist. Prior to joining Greenlight America, Jessie worked at Majority Action, first as Research Director, then as Chief Program Officer, to organize investors to use their ownership power over the world’s largest corporations to mitigate the risks of climate change, racial injustice, and mistreatment of workers. Jessie led the corporate research and strategy team on the Fight for $15 campaign at the SEIU, and in Australia worked in the clean technology sector, advocating for the adoption of electric vehicles. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family.

Casey Hogle

Senior Director of Partnerships

Casey is an experienced fundraiser, campaigner, and project manager. She was most recently part of the founding team at Indivisible, where she led fundraising to resource grassroots organizing and then oversaw campaigns, including one celebrating the Inflation Reduction Act. At Greenlight, she leads partnerships with peer organizations, clean energy industry, and donors. Originally from rural Nevada, Casey now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and 4-year-old.

Sara Horton

Senior Associate, Partnerships

Sara is a seasoned grant writer and project manager with a decade of experience working in non-profit and mission driven organizations. Prior to joining the team at Greenlight America, Sara worked in fields including academia, agriculture, arts administration, and politics. During her career, Sara has led initiatives that have raised over $7 million for assorted organizations, including for the renovation of her hometown performing arts center. When she is not working, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, working in her garden, and watching as much major and minor league baseball as possible.

Renee Kim

Senior Director of Operations

Renee Kim, M.A., LL.M., has a strong background in operations and a proven track record of driving organizational growth and sustainability. Before joining Greenlight America, Renee served as Director of Operations at Black Voters Matter Fund, leading initiatives to expand organizational capacity and enhance effectiveness. She is a former Fellow of Schmidt Futures International Strategy Forum, holds a Master’s of Law in Public International Law from the University of London, a Master’s in International Security from the London Metropolitan University, and a Bachelor’s in International Affairs from Florida State University.

Ilana Solomon

Founding Board Member

Ilana Solomon is the President and Founder of Solomon Strategies LLC, where she supports a range of organizations to build and lead successful campaigns to address the climate crisis. Ilana is currently supporting work of organizations including the BlueGreen Alliance, Center for American Progress, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club. Prior to starting Solomon Strategies, Ilana worked for over a decade leading campaigns for reproductive rights, environmental, and science-based organizations including NARAL Pro-Choice America, Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Sierra Club.

Ethan Todras-Whitehill

Co-Founder and Chief Communications Officer

Ethan is a founder, social impact strategist, and communications specialist. He spent a decade as a journalist, writing for publications like The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Wired, and Marie Claire. After the 2016 election, he founded the national grassroots political organization Swing Left, which was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies” in 2018, and remains one of the country’s largest drivers of volunteers to get out the vote in federal elections. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

Matt Traldi

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Board President

Matt Traldi is one of the co-authors of the Indivisible Guide and a co-founder of the Indivisible organizations, for which he was named one of TIME Magazine’s “25 Most Influential People on the Internet” in 2017. Previously, he worked for more than a decade in the labor movement as an organizer, researcher, policy director, and Secretary-Treasurer of a local union. In 2022, he led the Democracy Defense Coalition’s election crisis boiler room, a movement-wide coalition effort involving hundreds of organizations, subsequently founding the Election Sabotage Response Network.

Mari Urbina

Founding Board Member

Marí Urbina is a progressive leader with 15 years of experience across Senate leadership, high-profile electoral campaigns, and the progressive movement. She is the Managing Director at the Indivisible Project, and before that she spent the 2016 cycle running Voto Latino’s voter engagement and national campaigns. She previously spent seven years working for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, including as a senior advisor. During the 2010, 2012 and 2014 election cycles, she served in political engagement and coalition roles for Senate races in Nevada, Colorado and for President Obama's re-election campaign in Nevada.

Michele Weindling

Regional Campaign Manager, 

Southwest

Michele is a skilled political advocacy and grassroots organizing campaigner. Before joining Greenlight America, Michele served as the Political Director for Sunrise Movement, a national environmental justice organization, where she ran the last two federal election cycles and played a role in leading advocacy efforts for the Inflation Reduction Act and American Climate Corps. With seven years of experience organizing Black, brown and working class people across the country around climate, Michele is excited to learn and continue developing her skills on the Greenlight team. Michele lives in Denver, CO with her husband and their dog, Pippin.

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Michael Khoo

Founding Board Member

Michael Khoo is co-founder of UpShift Strategies, a strategic communications firm focused on a diversity of issues, including: climate disinformation, the financial regulation of fossil fuel companies, plastic pollution, and transhealth rights. He is co-chair of the Climate Action Against Disinformation Coalition at Friends of the Earth. With Friends of the Earth, Khoo pioneered its climate disinformation campaign in 2018, and built a 40+ organization coalition to advocate for technology policies to rein in big tech. He has published research on the intersection of climate denial and QAnon, documented the spread of climate disinformation on Facebook, and on Twitter at COP27, and written about transparency policies for social media companies and the regulation of Artificial Intelligence. Originally from Canada and of Malaysian & British descent, Michael lives in Washington, D.C.

Liz Ramey

Founding Board Member

Liz Ramey is passionate about democracy and good governance in the U.S. and around the globe, and has worked to advance that through positions with Co-Develop, the Center for Civilians in Conflict, Indivisible, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Vital Voices, the Civil Service Agency of the Government of Liberia, and the International Food Policy Research Institute. Liz holds an M.P.A. in International Affairs from Princeton University, an M.Sc. in African Studies from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in Economics and Sociology from The George Washington University.

Matt Traldi

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Board President

Matt Traldi is one of the co-authors of the Indivisible Guide and a co-founder of the Indivisible organizations, for which he was named one of TIME Magazine’s “25 Most Influential People on the Internet” in 2017. Previously, he worked for more than a decade in the labor movement as an organizer, researcher, policy director, and Secretary-Treasurer of a local union. In 2022, he led the Democracy Defense Coalition’s election crisis boiler room, a movement-wide coalition effort involving hundreds of organizations, subsequently founding the Election Sabotage Response Network.

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