Revsolar – Commercial Solar Development – San Clemente
February 2017 – Present
- Solar feasibility studies
- Lead generation and sales
- Site assessment
- Utility rates and solar modeling
- CRM Reporting
I enjoy modeling commercial solar projects and showing businesses the huge financial benefits to going solar. My position at Revsolar includes the building of our commercial sales pipeline, creating internal processes for our field agents, and keeping up with the latest news in utility rates and renewable energy policies.
Independent Energy Solutions – Commercial Solar Associate – Vista
June 2016 – January 2017
- Solar feasibility studies
- RFP/Q responses
- Lead generation
- Streamline internal processes
- Project handoff
After 18 years years as a leader in the solar industry, Independent Energy Solutions abruptly closed its doors on January 25, 2017. My time at IES was a wonderful experience building industry relationships and learning from some of the best in the business. In addition to my work modeling and developing commercial solar projects, I lead the Client Resource Team – ensuring that our current and potential clients had prompt, accurate answers to their questions about going solar.
REV – Sustainability Circle Coach – Greater San Diego
August 2015 – July 2016
- Administer sustainability curriculum
- Presentations and group exercises
- Sustainability metrics
- Guide participants through Sustainability Action Plan process
Working as an Independent Contractor for REV, I administered their proprietary sustainability curriculum through presentations and one-on-one coaching sessions. The corporate and non-profit participants developed a 5-year Sustainability Action Plan unique to their organization. As a coach I was responsible for our clients meeting assignment deadlines, calculating or verifying their metrics, and aggregating Circle results into reports to REV and SDG&E.
Seaside Residences – On-Site Property Manager
May 2009 -March 2016
32 apartment units- Carlsbad and Oceanside
- Day-to-day operations
- Tenant relations
- Maintenance and repairs
- Vendor contracts
Over the span of 7 years I successfully built a community of trusted tenants and neighbors. I managed the every day needs and upkeep of 32 apartment units as well as tenant acquisition, rent collection and emergencies (yes we had floods, fire, exploding toilets, failed sewer main, busted main boiler on Christmas, downed power lines, deaths and even a birth!). Safety was always my #1 priority with prompt, attentive customer service a close second.
Mellano Enterprises – Executive Marketing Assistant – Oceanside
September 2008 – April 2013
- Collaboration with Marketing and Design Directors
- Edit/proofread marketing copy
- Create newsletters and employee communications
- Manage photography projects and library
- Trade show planning and materials
During my tenure at the Mellano & Company 350-acre flower farm I built my position into a vital part of the Design and Marketing team. As a 100-year old grower/shipper/wholesaler, Mellano & Company has a long proud legacy, but in 2012 it was time for a change and I served as a contributing member of the corporate re-branding team. After the sudden death of the manager of our online subsidiary, Farm Fresh Flowers, I stepped in as Interim Logistics and Customer Service Manager- in addition to my existing duties.
Sustainable Surplus Exchange – Marketing and Logistics – Vista
May 2015 – August 2015
- Organize volunteers
- Community and corporate outreach
- Manage warehouse inventory
- Donor communications
The goal of Sustainable Surplus Exchange is to keep equipment, furniture and supplies typically discarded by companies, out of the landfill. I managed the vetting and inventory of incoming corporate donations, public outreach events and warehouse volunteers. This was a temporary paid position, but since that time I have continued to volunteer for SSE on an as-needed basis.
MA Fieldwork – City of Carlsbad Environmental Division
November 2013 – March 2014
- Climate Action Plan summaries & outreach materials
- Storm drain management
- Habitat management
As a 6-month MA fieldwork project, I worked in the City of Carlsbad’s Environmental Division. At this time their Climate Action Plan was in draft form. I distilled the comprehensive CAP document into summaries of each proposed measure into a document distributed to City Staff. I accompanied the Habitat Management Director in the field and got a first-hand look at the inner workings of the various departments with the Public Works Department.
MA Fieldwork – Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Committee
April 2014 – October 2014
- Researched and re-wrote Green Business Checklist
- Contributing Steering Team Member
- Sustainability Committee Presenter
Although I have been an ongoing Chamber Sustainability Committee member since January 2013, during this 6-month period I worked in the Chamber offices revisting their green checklist for businesses that had been shelved several years before. I updated it with attainable, but meaningful initiatives, a point system and outreach materials. I also contributed an article on corporate green teams to the San Diego Business Journal (published by the Chamber.)
MA Fieldwork – Urban Place Consulting Group – Carlsbad Village
May 2014 – March 2015
- Planning & implementation of Placemaking initiative- Village Square
- Grant Writing
- Community Engagement
- Worked on outreach for a Village (PBID) Property-Based Improvement District
The fieldwork performed with Urban Place provided hands-on experience with the concept of Placemaking- the topic of my MA Capstone Project. After much planning and challenge, we successfully launched a public gathering space in the middle of Carlsbad Village in a small parking area. The week-long pilot project featured yoga, art, music, kids’ activities, and space to just chill out. Unfortunately the project did not survive past the pilot phase. I also assisted Urban Place in holding community meetings, traffic and pedestrian studies. I researched and wrote a comprehensive grant application for further public space projects in the Village.
Carlsbad Community Gardens Collaborative – VP of Communications
June 2013 – January 2016
- Voted into Board of Directors after a year of volunteering
- Managed social media and newsletters
- Community outreach for new garden at Calvera Hills
- Organized events and educational programming
When I found out there was a 3-year waiting list for a community garden plot I got on the list- but also got active. I worked with the non-profit Carlsbad Community Gardens Collaborative to advocate for more gardens in Carlsbad. After 3 years of tenacity we finally got the City’s 2nd garden approved and the 3rd is coming soon! My name finally did come up in 2014 and I successfully gardened a 20 X 20 plot for one year before deciding to let someone else on the list have a turn.
Master of Arts
I chose Antioch University for my graduate studies because of the focus on social and environment justice, small class size, and unique curriculum. During the 2-year concurrent, full-time program, the Urban Sustainability MA cohorts met twice per semester for intensive residencies. During the Los Angeles-based residencies we collaborated with community groups such as the LA Land Trust and Center for Story-Based Strategy to examine their challenges and goals and learn from their experiences. In addition to LA residencies and the fieldwork performed in our own communities, coursework included Systems-Thinking, Urban Economies, Urban Infrastructure, Environmental Studies and Group Facilitation.
B.A. English, American
During my undergraduate studies I lived on my own in my beloved hometown of Cleveland, Ohio and worked 2 jobs. I was a founding member of the CSU English Association: a long-time professor gave us use of a utility closet and we held book sales to fund the publishing of our own young poetry and short stories. I loved writing papers and counting how many times the word “underpinnings” was used in my Composition Theory class. I did an internship at a inner city elementary school as a Reading Aid, but decided to move to California rather than pursue a teaching credential.
Between my graduate studies and the sustainability consulting for REV, I was well-prepared to study for the LEED GA exam and was very pleased with my score. My next move is to pursue the LEED BD+C (Building Design and Construction) accreditation. A goal of mine is to be able to work on LEED teams for new buildings. I’m very interested in innovative green building technology as well the implementation of green programs for building-users.
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