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.
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.
Ellie Read, Career Development Committee Co-Chair
Ellie is the Certification Director at Climate Neutral, a nonprofit tech startup working to decarbonize the corporate sector by setting rigorous standards for climate action and helping brands measure, offset, and reduce their carbon emissions. She graduated with an MBA in Sustainable Solutions from Presidio Graduate School, where her studies focused on climate finance, corporate sustainability, and opportunities to use technology to accelerate the energy transition. Ellie’s experience spans corporate sustainability and social impact programs and she brings a wealth of experience from her work as a Product Manager at a healthtech startup in areas such as 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.
Robin Milshtein. Membership Committee, Business Development
Robin is an engineer turned investment and sales leader in climate tech, and is an avid proponent of engaging women in STEM careers and tough tech companies. As Head of Business Development and Sales at WindBorne Systems, a Palo Alto based startup, Robin leads commercialization of a high-altitude atmospheric sensing platform that collects meteorological data for weather forecasting and scientific understanding of climate change. Prior to joining WindBorne Systems, Robin spent 10 years at the Fortune 500 multinational manufacturing corporation, Saint-Gobain. She served in a variety of functions including R&D, business development, strategic marketing, and corporate venture capital. In her venture capital role, she led investments in early stage startups related to the industrial energy transition. Robin is a US patent holder and an active member of the Society of Women Engineers. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and an MS in Materials Science & Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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.
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.
Sapna Dixit – Marketing Committee Co-Chair
Sapna Dixit currently works at Peninsula Clean Energy as Strategic Accounts Manager, where she develops partnerships with major Commercial and Industrial customers in order to support their clean energy and sustainability goals. She previously worked for Pacific Gas & Electric Company, where she was part of the Sustainable Communities program, supporting local governments in climate action planning efforts. She was also instrumental in the development of the utility’s Economic Development program, which was focused on creating jobs in California in multiple industries including renewable energy and sustainable technologies. Sapna holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from U.C.L.A. and her interest in clean energy inspired her to pursue her M.B.A from San Francisco State University, where she did an emphasis in Sustainable Business. She has a passion for innovative technology-based solutions for climate change. In addition to WCS, Sapna has volunteered for multiple education and women’s rights organizations.
Vasudha Lathey – Co-Chair, Career Development Committee
Vasudha brings over 20 years of clean energy and sustainability domain expertise and consulting experience to the WCS board. Vasudha’s career has been driven by a passion and commitment to develop solutions that create a sustainable future for our planet. She has spearheaded clean energy and sustainability solutions for high-profile clients including Fortune 500 companies, major utilities, federal, state, and local governments, international funding agencies, and clean energy startups. Vasudha currently works as a Director at Olivine and is responsible for Olivine’s Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Community programs- designed to create grid resilience, GHG emission reductions and financial value for customers. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban-Environmental Planning, M.S. Building Design and a Bachelors in Environmentally Conscious Architecture.