ABOUT US

Our Mission

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability (WCS) 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, WCS 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.

WCS meets 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 Sponsors

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 – Kelly Ratchinsky

Kelly Ratchinsky is Board Chair Secretary 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.

Board Members

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Jen Cogdell, Events & Marketing Committee

Jennifer Cogdell has been participating in WCS since 2016. “Jen’s” career in Renewable Energy began in 2005, spanning utility scale Wind and Solar Project Development and she is currently Director of Project Development for ET Capital Solar Partners (USA) Inc. in Pleasanton, California. She completed her Master of Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School in 2015 and considers herself a lifelong learner, avid for sharing what she learns with those who come along her path and show passion.

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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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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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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.

WCS 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.