About Brian D. Robertson
Brian D. Robertson was a successful entrepreneur, dedicated solar pioneer and incredible visionary. Brian co-founded and served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Sun Edison LLC, North America's largest solar energy services provider, and served as the Chief Executive Officer at Amonix, Inc., a company specializing in the design and manufacture of utility-scale solar power systems. But Brian's most important role was being a husband to Eileen and father to Melanie, Brooke, and Max. Brian died tragically in a plane crash in December, 2011 at the age of 38. The Brian D. Robertson Solar Schools Memorial Fund was founded in honor of Brian's legacy and continue his commitment to improving our nation's future through education and the development of a green energy economy.
Eileen Robertson is the widow of Brian D. Robertson and mother of their three children, Melanie, Brooke, and Max. She established the Brian D. Robertson Solar Schools Fund to honor the legacy and spirit of her late husband. Brian was passionate about the environment and education. She believes the fund is a perfect way to honor him. Eileen is also the CEO of Fit Together, LLC, a company committed to enabling individuals and families to live healthy balanced lives. She fulfills her passion through a combination of business coaching, lifestyle coaching and investing in companies that are making an impact in the area of family wellness. Eileen earned a B.S. in Management Science from Virginia Tech, and her M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. She is a Certified Health Coach and Educator and received her training at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher.
Jigar Shah is an entrepreneur and visionary committed to leveraging the next economy by deploying existing technologies that solve the challenging issues of our time. He is author of the upcoming book: Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. He is CEO of Jigar Shah Consulting and a board member of the Carbon War Room, the global organization founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin United to help entrepreneurs address climate change. He served as the Carbon War Room’s first CEO from 2009-2012. Shah’s first foray into realizing his vision of climate wealth was the founding of SunEdison in 2003; which remains the world’s leading solar services company. At SunEdison, Shah simplified solar as a service by implementing the power purchase agreement (PPA) business model. The SunEdison business model enabled massive, scalable deployment of existing solar technology that turned solar into a multibillion dollar industry worldwide. Prior to SunEdsion, Shah worked within strategy at BP Solar, and before that was a contractor for the Department of Energy on vehicles and fuel cell programs. Shah holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign- Urbana, and an M.B.A. from The University of Maryland. He sits on the boards of the SolarNexus, KMR Infrastructure, Viasole and Greenpeace USA.
Claire Broido Johnson
Claire is Chief of New Markets and Services at Next Step Living, which provides energy efficiency services and technologies to 20,000 Massachusetts homes per year, and she recently opened the Connecticut market for the company. Claire was Vice President at Serious Energy, managing the nascent commercial financing program. Prior to Serious, she was the Acting Program Manager of the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs and an energy efficiency advisor to Secretary Chu at the Department of Energy, where she guided deployment of $11 billion in stimulus funds for clean energy while also championing policies that expand the impact of public investment through engagement with private capital. She is a Co-Founder of SunEdison, North America’s largest solar energy services provider (www.sunedison.com) where she was responsible for market development, renewable energy credit portfolio management, sales, marketing, finance and operations. She worked as an electricity deal originator and manager of long term renewable energy contracts at Constellation Power Source, Enron North America and GE Capital. Mrs. Johnson holds a B.A. in Environmental Science & Public Policy from Harvard College, where she helped to create that major, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Merrilee Harrigan served as Vice President of Education at the Alliance to Save Energy (Alliance), where for 26 years she developed and managed numerous program that engaged young people in learning about and taking a leading role in saving energy at their schools, campuses and homes. She developed and led the Alliance’s flagship PowerSave Schools and PowerSave Campus Programs, which have been implemented in thousands of schools in 14 states as well as India, Ukraine, Ghana and Serbia and saved millions of dollars in energy costs for schools and campuses. She also developed and led the Solar Information Service, a consumer solar education program at the Tennessee Valley Authority, and in 1978-9 led the education portion of a federal solar training and demonstration program.
Merrilee started her career in clean energy by designing and building a passive solar home for herself in Amherst Massachusetts in 1977. She retired from the Alliance in 2015 and has begun a new career as a glass artist, powering her home and studio with a rooftop PV system.
Stephanie Hannon is a Director of Product Management for Google Maps. She recently transitioned from Facebook where she led product management for Site Integrity and Trust Engineering, working to ensure Facebook is a safe space for communication where people use their authentic identities. Prior to Facebook, Stephanie co-founded an ambitious but failed startup that aimed to bring web innovations, technology and transparency to residential energy management and markets. Stephanie spent seven years as a product manager at Google, most recently as the product lead for Google Wave based in Google's Sydney office. Prior to Sydney she worked in Google's Zurich office, leading the product team for Google Maps for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and before this she was a product manager for Gmail at Google in Mountain View. Stephanie also spent six years as a software engineer building operating systems for the Catalyst line of switches at Cisco Systems after the acquisition of a startup she joined called Granite Systems. Stephanie holds a B.S. Computer Systems Engineering and M.S.E.E. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Stephanie loves traveling (71 countries and counting) and diving with sharks.
Guy Blanchard has extensive renewable energy and project finance experience. He currently serves as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Amonix, Inc., the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) power generating equipment. Guy joined Amonix through its acquisition of Sunworks Solar LLC, where he was co-founder (with Brian Robertson), and led the development of Sunworks’ project pipeline (2008-2009). Before Sunworks, Guy was a Managing Director for Fortress Investment Group's Drawbridge family of funds, where he was a principal investor with a focus including energy and renewable energy investments. Prior to that, Guy was Vice President of Corporate Finance at GATX Capital Corporation. Guy holds a BS and an MBA, both from the University of California, Davis.