ABOUT US

Our Mission

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability fosters an influential network of professionals to further the roles of women in growing the green economy and making a positive impact on the environment.

Our Story

Founded in 2011, Women in Cleantech & Sustainability is a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization made up up nearly 3,000 professional women and men building the green economy.  Our members range from the students and entry level professionals, to Founders, C-Suite executives and investors.

Lisa Ann Pinkerton founded Women in Cleantech & Sustainability in 2011, to create a Bay Area community to give women a sisterhood to thrive in and spotlight the remarkable women (and men) whose work is building our future green economy.

By 2013, Women in Cleantech & Sustainability was officially established as a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization and a board formed to grow the organization beyond its early stages.

In 2014, the first WCS Talks was held. The TED-style conference established a top tier stage for women to share their professional stories, career tips and industry expertise.

In 2016, the Jobs Board and Mentorship programs were established to further foster Women in Cleantech & Sustainability members on their career paths.

In 2018, WCS Talks held the first female-focused pitch competition for early-stage startups at WCS Talks.

Today, Women in Cleantech & Sustainability is home to over 5,000 community members internationally, with local chapters in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Our members consist of all genders and range from the students and entry level professionals, to founders, C-Suite executives and investors.

Women in Cleantech & Sustainability aims to meet once a month to network and learn the latest industry developments, as well as attain new business and personal skills from speakers and panelists. Topics covered include: renewable energy (solar, wind biofuel, etc), water, smart grid, biomass, carbon reduction, sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, sustainability, green buildings and many other technologies that aim to make our world a cleaner, more sustainable place.

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Our Board

Executive Committee

Founder and Chairwoman – Lisa Ann Pinkerton

Lisa Ann Pinkerton is founder of Women In Cleantech & Sustainability, a San Francisco Bay Area group dedicated to the advancement of women in various environmental and technology sectors.  She is also Founder and President of Technica Communications, where she handles marketing, social media, content production and public relations for cleantech and biotech startups.  Additionally, Lisa Ann is Co-Founder and Marketing Chair for the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, an international speaker and moderator and documentary filmmaker.  Lisa Ann is a former award-winning broadcast journalist who reported for National Public Radio, PBS Television, WPXI-NBC, American Public Media, and Free Speech TV.

Vice Chairwoman – Sara Eve Fuentes

​Sara is currently a sustainability program manager with Commercial Industrial Waste Applications, where she conducts site audits and surveys for LEED and ISO certification and manages projects for ZERO Waste facilities.  Previously Sara was a marketing director for World Financial Group and a sustainability program manager for the Green Schools National Conference.  She has been on the board of Women in CleanTech and Sustainability since 2013.

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Treasurer – Anna Astretsova

Anna manages project finance at First Solar.  Previously she worked at GreenWorld Capital and the Adidas Group.  Anna has an MS in Applied Mathematics from Lomonosov Moscow State University and an MS in Financial Mathematics from Stanford Uiversity.  She has been on the board of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability since 2013.

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Secretary – Eleanor Sharpe

Eleanor is currently pursuing her MBA and MPA in Sustainable Solutions at the Presidio Graduate School, where her studies are focused on climate finance, corporate sustainability, and opportunities to use technology to accelerate the energy transition. In addition to her graduate program, Ellie works on the CSR team at Medidata, where she leads sustainability reporting and supports numerous social impact programs. From her prior experience as a Product Manager at a healthtech startup, Wellframe, she brings a wealth of expertise in process development, cross-functional collaboration, and change management. She holds a BS in Human Biology from Brown University. In her free time, Ellie enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, skiing, and paddle boarding.

Board Members

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Membership Committee Co-Chair – Kelly Ratchinsky

Kelly Ratchinsky is the Membership Committee Co-Chair for Women in Cleantech & Sustainability (WCS). As Board member she brings expertise on transportation innovation and smart cities. Kelly has earned a MSc and BSc in Ocean / Mechanical engineering specializing in autonomous vehicle control systems and renewable energy systems. Globally oriented and technically trained, Kelly has enjoyed success collaborating with business and technical teams to manage and execute industrial scale projects.

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Anita Gavini, Finance Committee

Anita is currently a Business Development Manager for a local environmental services firm.  Her prior experience spans over 10 years in various supply chain operations and strategy positions at Ford Motor Company and Target Corporation, as well as management consulting.  Passionate about sustainability from both a social and environmental perspective, Anita volunteers actively with the GRID Alternatives International Program (energy access/sustainable development) as well as the North South Foundation (educational programming).  She holds a Masters in Sustainability from Harvard University Extension School, a MBA from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In her free time she loves to hike, travel, and compete on a local dragon boat team.  ​

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Malini Kannan, Los Angeles Chapter Co-Chair

Malini is currently a Program Engineer with Clean Coalition where she leads the technical activities of Clean Coalition’s Community Microgrid Initiative. She has helped communities across California, the New York metropolitan area, and Puerto Rico design and develop Community Microgrids through scoping, planning, and engineering design and analysis work. Previously, her work involved off-grid electrification as a consultant to the World Bank, designing and developing electric vehicle charging infrastructure on California’s North Coast, and resolving fuel cell quality issues at Bloom Energy. She holds a B.S. from the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC San Diego.

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Melanie Lucas-Conwell, Career Development Committee Co-Chair

Melanie is currently pursuing an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School, focusing her studies on renewable energy development and solving climate change through technology. Before her MBA studies, Melanie was a Global Business Product Manager at Google, spearheading product development and commercialization strategy for Emerging advertising formats. She has volunteered for the WCS Career Development Committee since 2016, helping launch and grow the Mentorship program. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of San Diego and she enjoys rowing crew in her spare time. ​

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Kameale C. Terry, Los Angeles Chapter Co-Chair

Kameale is the Co-Founder and CEO of ChargerHelp, Inc. an app that enables on-demand repair of electric vehicle charging stations. As the former Director of Programs at EV Connect, an electric vehicle charge station network provider, Kameale structured and led teams to execute electric vehicle infrastructure projects and programs in the United States, Australia, and Canada for commercial and government entities. Her most notable projects include the Electrify America – Phase One Program, the Southern California Edison Charge Ready Pilot, and the New York Power Authority portfolio.

Prior to this role Kameale created, hired, and oversaw the Customer Experience Department at EV Connect, by partnering with the Southbay Workforce Investment Board to employ candidates from the local community. As a South Central Los Angeles native, Kameale believes that an equitable green economy can be achieved through impactful workforce development and realignment.

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Julia Murphy, Career Development Committee Co-Chair

Julia is a skilled investment professional with 15 years of energy, finance (project & corporate) and business development experience in utilities, private equity, consulting and renewables. As Managing Director, she built Ultra Capital which is an investment firm that invests through project finance in sustainable assets across energy, water, waste and agriculture. Additionally, she originated projects across these sectors. Previously, she was CFO of 3 Degrees where she led finance, accounting, trade operations, insurance, investor relations and human resources. As Treasurer of Babcock & Brown, she built, invested and financed a $2B infrastructure fund. Priorto Babcock & Brown she led $9B PG&E’s utility refinancing to emerge from Chapter 11. Julia has worked internationally on projects in Sydney, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and London. She has an MBA in Finance & Accounting, University of Chicago Booth; BS in Biology, Occidental College.

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Anandi Yadav, Finance Committee

Anandi’s passion for living sustainably motivated her to join the WCS group 4 years ago where she is a part of the Finance Committee overseeing the budget and sponsorship requirements for the organization as well as a core member of the WCS Talks committee. She currently works as a product manager at Verizon’s Yahoo Small Business where she leads the product strategy and roadmap for building customer facing online tools in the SMB industry. Anandi has diverse experience having worked in multiple industries from semiconductors to cleantech and software. She has a strong technical background in nanotechnology and holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Technical University of Munich in Germany and a diploma in Project Management and Global Business Management from the University of California, Berkeley. Having lived in different part of the world, she has developed a passion for traveling and meeting people from various cultures and backgrounds. In her spare time she enjoys reading about world history, art and is also a trained dancer.

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Abigail Carson, Events Committee Co-Chair

Abigail brings over 6 years of experience working in cleantech and renewable energy to WCS. Specializing in deploying large, complex, and innovative DER projects, Abigail is experienced with both hardware and software. She currently works at AutoGrid as a member of the Industry Solutions team, extracting business opportunities from existing accounts and new clients. Before joining AutoGrid, Abigail worked at Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) for 2.5 years on various behind-the-meter energy storage applications. Prior to AMS, Abigail worked at SolarCity/Tesla for 2.5 years on the inside sales team for their large-scale commercial solar and storage products. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from University of Oregon and has completed a professional certificate from Stanford University in “Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies“.

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Caroline Trowbridge, Events Committee Co-Chair

Caroline joins the WCS board as a member of the events committee. As a Project Manager at Metrus Energy, an energy efficiency finance company, she oversees the development, closing, and construction of Metrus’ assets. Previously, Caroline worked for the non-profit Climate Solutions, conducting analyses for cities on carbon reduction opportunities. She is an avid adventurer, having led outdoor educational tours for kids across the US, including a self-supported bike tour from coast to coast. Whether in the office or outside, Caroline is dedicated to facilitating group dynamics and motivating her team to optimize its potential. She holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Middlebury College.

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Glenna Wiseman, Marketing Committee Chair

Glenna is the CEO/Partner of TerraCurrent, a holistic branding, marketing and public relations firm serving clean energy, clean transportation and corporate sustainability sectors.  She is a senior marketing and communications strategist with experience in multiple sectors including sustainability, solar, energy storage and software solutions relating to those industries. A seasoned business building executive with P&L, sales, operations and marketing track record, Glenna has helped companies along the renewable energy supply chain thrive.  She has been a strong advocate for women in the solar energy.  A noted industry speaker and bylined author, in 2018, Glenna was named to the Connected World Magazine Women of IoT in Marketing list. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University’s Seaver College Campus.

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Tara L. Peters, Membership Committee Co-Chair

Tara is a Learning Designer on the Global Talent Development team at Intuitive. She holds a BS in Information Communication with a concentration in Web Development and MS in Instructional Science and Technology and has previously held roles in education, non-profit, and big tech. With over a decade of experience designing, developing, and delivering on meaningful learning and user experiences, Tara brings a unique edge to the WCS Membership committee, focusing on the member experience from recruiting and onboarding to integration and retention. Tara is passionate about living a sustainable lifestyle and influencing change to reduce waste and raising awareness of environmental issues. Her interests also extend to women’s rights and helping girls in developing countries achieve a better quality of life through equal opportunity and access to education. For leisure, Tara enjoys connecting with friends over coffee and afternoon tea, engaging the community through networking events, traveling around Scandinavia, and also creating artwork and digital illustrations which she shares on her Tarable.art Instagram account.

Women in Cleantech & Sustainability is a 501 (c) 6 organization. Contributions to section 501(c)(6) organizations are not deductible as charitable contributions on the donor’s federal income tax return. They may be deductible as trade or business expenses if ordi­nary and necessary in the conduct of the taxpayer’s business. The donee organization may be required to make certain disclosures and pay a proxy tax in connection with the dues payment, however.