BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Kelly Ratchinsky – Membership Committee Co-Chair

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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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.

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Anandi Yadav – Finance Committee Co-Chair

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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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.

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Vasudha Lathey – Career Development Committee Co-Chair

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.

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Ally Christie – Membership Committee Co-Chair

Ally Christie is the Membership Committee Co-Chair for Women in Cleantech & Sustainability (WCS) and a Senior Consultant at Guidehouse, a consultancy focusing on providing ESG, sustainability, and climate strategy services to commercial clients. She specializes in conducting climate risk and resilience assessments by analyzing a company’s assets and operations against hypothetical climate scenario pathways. Through her work at Guidehouse, she has assessed the physical climate impacts to over 500,000 assets and developed climate risk tools for portfolio-wide resilience analyses. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and a professional accreditation in Sustainability & Climate Risk from the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

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Kathleen O’Melinn  – Board Member

Kathleen leads corporate environmental initiatives for a public sector organization of 5,000 employees based in British Columbia, Canada. She manages sustainability reporting, ESG strategy and supports the social impact strategy. Kathleen is part of a nimble team that act as intrapreneurs within a well-established organization, collaborating with cross-functional teams, the government and stewardship organizations to set targets and build strategies. She is well versed in developing and growing tailored environmental programs and graduated with her MBA in Sustainable Business Practices from the University of Oregon in 2018.

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Tracy Huynh – Marketing Committee Co-Chair

Tracy is a licensed Professional Engineer and currently a Senior Associate at RMI’s Carbon-Free Building Program where she leverages her expertise in structural engineering, mass timber construction and Life Cycle Assessment analyses to focus on reducing carbon embodied in building materials. Before that, she worked in New York City as a structural engineer and project manager specializing in complex, freeform structures, mass timber buildings and sustainable designs that were structurally efficient and optimized material use. She later moved to Vancouver, BC and led the research, development, and prototyping of prefabricated mass timber building components to support the advancement of industrialized construction. She earned her B.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering at Rice University and her M.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering at Princeton University. She’s an avid defender for social and environmental justice and leverages her leadership to advocate for positive change.

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