We are a small team with different backgrounds and experiences – but with one common goal: strengthening communities through local solar power.

Guidance Team

Gary Skulnik

Founder and CEO

Gary is a senior executive and strategic thinker who has been a leader in developing the clean energy market in Maryland and Washington, DC, through innovative marketing, partnerships, business management, and legislative advocacy. He is the founder of two entities focused exclusively on marketing clean energy, Clean Currents, a socially responsible for-profit and the Clean Energy Partnership, a nonprofit. As President of Clean Currents, Gary ran the entire sales and marketing side of the business, which grew to reach $22mm in annual revenue. Most importantly, Gary developed and managed the Clean Currents brand, which became the strongest, most authentic green brand in the energy space in the Mid Atlantic. He has appeared in numerous media outlets and been an active public speaker on sustainability, clean energy, reaching green-minded consumers, as well as other topics.

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Thom Smith

Chief Revenue Officer

Thom has spent the last decade successfully scaling national sales teams in the green tech industry. Under his leadership, he helped residential startup Astrum Solar grow to be the 4th largest residential solar company in the country with over 400 employees and 10,000 systems installed.

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John Wilson

Chief Technology Officer

A software development expert and renewable energy innovator, John Wilson brings 25 years experience in IT management. Before working with Neighborhood Sun John was part of the team that started Bullfrog Power, as VP Operations, where he was responsible for all IT and software development for 14 years.

Prior to Bullfrog Power, John held several senior technology positions at Fidelity National Information Services Wealth Management Division where he defined and developed an enterprise desktop and wireless wealth management solution.

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Yasi Jiang

Vice President of Finance

Prior to co-founding Astral Power, Yasi helped launch Lumina Solar, a residential solar installer based in Maryland. Ms. Jiang is a CPA and previously worked at Baker Tilly and the Royal Bank of Canada.

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Armando Gaetaniello

Vice President of Business Development

Armando has decided long ago that he couldn’t sit idle and watch the climate emergency go unchecked. He has an M.Sc. in Global Environmental Change Management (in Germany) that completes his B.A. in Human Geography (in Italy). In the past he researched on and advocated for stronger climate policies and sustainable food systems.
 
With community-shared solar, he’s excited that solar energy can finally be brought to the scale we need and drastically reduce CO2 emissions. Armando’s been part of Neighborhood Sun from the beginning and directly or indirectly facilitated enrollments of about 2500 households across Maryland. He now focuses on developing new business opportunities, partnering with communities and solar companies to enable new projects to come to fruition.
 
When not working he can be spotted gardening in the yard, basking in the sun (what a surprise!), swimming, playing board games, and hiking or biking in the great outdoors.
 

Dave Carpenter

Vice President of Business Development

For over a decade Dave has worked in multiple roles in the solar industry, ranging from field salesperson to senior management. Dave has proven to be a key conduit between departments and our customers.

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Emily Tokarowski

Vice President of Marketing

With her passion for environmental justice and climate change mitigation and adaptation, Emily is committed to being a key player in global, positive change. She received a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and communication from Stonehill College, and a master’s degree in engineering, science, and technology entrepreneurship from the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, Emily worked with ND-GAIN to create a business that would provide city officials and business professionals with the means to successfully acquire and allocate resources for the implementation of climate change adaptation solutions in their respective communities.

Emily joined Neighborhood Sun as the first full-time hire back in 2017.  During her time here she has worn many hats, ranging from community engagement, to digital & physical marketing, to project & office management.

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Cara Humphrey

Vice President of Strategic Sales

Cara oversees our sales team as well as our Community Partnership Program. Cara joined Astrum in 2010 and served as Sales Manager of NY. Prior to Astrum, Cara worked at the forefront of commercial energy efficiency & the hybrid vehicle industry.

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Scott Ford

Vice President of Software Development

With over 25 years of experience in software development in the green energy and financial services sectors, Scott brings a wealth of experience to the team. As one of the first employees at Bullfrog Power, Scott was responsible for the development of all customer management software including a custom signup process, a personalized and secure customer support portal, billing, and all third party integrations.

 
This experience, combined with a passion for the environment and a love of the outdoors, make Scott a valuable asset to the team and the development of our SunEngineTM platform

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Janani Ravi

Project Manager of Customer Development

Throughout her career, Janani has shown a passion for helping others. She began her career in teaching to an international audience with experience teaching ESL in the US, Germany, and India. She possesses two B.A. degrees in English and International Studies from Virginia Tech, and she completed her M.A. in ethics in 2020 in Bochum, Germany. She’s worked in the sustainability field on projects involving sustainable horticulture, alternative protein sources, and responsible research innovation. Janani speaks English, German, and French and has a range of working and volunteering experiences across the world. Her goal is to educate consumers on environmentally friendly choices that are manageable and affordable.

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Customer Acquisition and Management

Fred Fields

Director of Sales - New England

Fred brings over a decade of Renewable Energy experience to the team. Fred attended Pace University and earned a Business degree from Mercy College. Embracing the environmental significance of renewables, while translating the benefits into simple economics, Fred delivers a clear and compelling message: “Green is Good!” for business and our economy. 

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Pertula George-Redd

Pertula George-Redd

Strategic Partnership Manager

A seasoned professional with over fifteen years of experience in the non-profit sector and an advocate for social and environmental justice. Pertula has served on the frontlines of food justice with nationally recognized organizations such as The Food Project and DC Central Kitchen and is the former Executive Director of Common Good City Farm. She draws from her diverse work experiences and networking skills to build coalitions and advance equity. Pertula holds a BA in International Studies and a Masters’ Degree in Sustainable International Development. She is a certified yoga instructor who enjoys traveling and the outdoors with her husband, son, and three dogs. She is also the founder and Board Chair of Acres4Change.

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Natalia Franco

Sales Support Representative

Natalia is new to Neighborhood Sun and she is really passionate about fighting climate change and having a more sustainable lifestyle. She’s worked on different industries like construction, sustainable fashion and sustainable tourism.

And in the last few years she’s been a part of the sales teams for different start-ups in the US.

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Matty Guerin

Senior Executive of Customer Development

Matty has spent more than two decades committing his talents and creativity to progressive causes, primarily in the environmental and conservation arenas.  Over those years he has worked for, or on behalf of, dozens of non profit organizations as a communications specialist, organizer, trainer, development manager, fundraiser and organizer, both at the local level to some of the most recognized international groups.  Although his education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was in Environmental Engineering, Matty has committed his efforts to the engagement and empowerment of individuals to take actions for the causes that have direct impact on their lives.  When he is not striving to promote community solar projects, Matty is most likely trying his best not to be found in the beautiful wilderness of western Maryland, along with his family and dog, Jude.

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Bonnie Greer

Customer Development Representative

Stephanie Monmoine

Director of Communications and Sustainability

Stephanie is passionate about conserving natural spaces, reducing waste and combatting greenwashing. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in environmental studies and a M.A. in strategic communications, she applied insights from her research in green marketing and corporate sustainability to start her own consulting business. All of her work is driven by a deep and passionate belief that businesses should leverage their influential role in society to make sustainable options not only accessible, but also desirable and convenient.

Neighborhood Sun does exactly that! Stephanie is thrilled to apply her skills and passion to empowering individuals to save money and source their energy from renewables while accelerating their entire community’s transition to clean energy as well. Her role at Neighborhood Sun includes overseeing our certification as a B Corp, tracking internal sustainability efforts/goals, and developing impact-related communication strategies.

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Kristy Tan

Marketing Analyst

Operations and Technology

David Augenblick

Director of HR & Talent Acquisition

David has helped lead the people function and scale talent acquisition in the solar sector for more than 4 years. With over 15 years of diverse experience in the people function, David enjoys the challenge of attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional talent. At Neighborhood Sun, he combines his passion about renewable energy solutions with his dedication to supporting the development of team members.

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Christina Bychkov

Program Manager

Christina is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland who earned her degree in Environmental Science and Technology with a concentration in Environmental Health. Previously, she has worked at two different labs which focused on improving best management practices as well as researching the effects of toxins on aquatic life. Her passion towards fighting climate change and a desire to help her local community lead her to Neighborhood Sun, where she supports both the Sales Team and the Customer Engagement Team to ensure that subscribers have a smooth transition process into clean energy.

She is very excited to apply her previous experiences and her strong background in renewable energy to help folks learn and experience all of the many benefits of community solar and provide them with all of the help that they may need. 

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Zach Perkins

Engagement and Operations Analyst

Zach‘s career had been in the private sector, in both sales and management across a wide range of businesses. However, he always worked to help out beyond his career. He has a long history of volunteering in various community-driven organizations. These endeavors included Habitat for Humanity, helping to run a summer camp, founding a fraternity dedicated to collegial excellence and serving the community, and most recently he co-leads a local girl scout troop and is part of Greenbelt Climate Action Network. He decided that all of his efforts in volunteer work were important enough to him that he needed to change careers and work towards a better tomorrow, full-time. This eventually led him to Neighborhood Sun, where his unique background and drive to help has been an asset to his role as Customer Engagement Champion and Event Coordinator.

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Alice Zhou

Billing Analyst

Leah Yang

Financial Analyst

Sean Donoahue

Systems Administrator

Sean is an IT generalist who is interested in all things technology from the latest hardware news to parsing logs trying to solve those difficult issue. He is from Toronto, Canada and attended the University of Guelph where his studies focused on Psychology and Sociology. While mostly holding Systems Administrator positions, he has also worked as a Security Analyst and Software Support/Integration Specialist to round out his experience. At Neighborhood Sun Sean will help steer the company towards IT tools and systems that will allow everyone to work efficiently and securely.

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Andy McDonald

Software Engineer

Anuj Patel

Software Engineer

Board of Directors

William Bumpers

Thought Leader, Board Director, ex-Law Partner

Bill Bumpers is an attorney with over 30 years of experience in the electric industry, representing utilities, independent power producers and investment firms. He structured one of the first multi-pollutant emission contracts in the United States and has worked on numerous GHG emissions trading projects around the world. He is on the advisory board of the American Carbon Registry.

Wilson Chang

Solar Entrepreneur

Pari Kasotia

Director of Vote Solar Mid-Atlantic

Pari Kasotia is an energy policy expert with 10+ years of experience in clean energy. Currently, Pari serves as the Mid-Atlantic Director for Vote Solar where advocate for the NJ Shines campaign that calls for bold targets and funding to increase solar and storage access in low-income and environmental justice communities. Pari was instrumental in providing grassroots advocacy and outreach support for the successful passage of MD Clean Energy Jobs Act in 2019. In 2018, Pari played an integral role in the creation of the Community Solar Pilot Program in New Jersey under the Clean Energy Act of 2018. Prior to Vote Solar, Pari serviced as the Deputy Director of The Solar Foundation where she provided organizational leadership and oversight and was the lead author of the first-ever US Solar Industry Diversity Study.

Pari is among kWh Analytics’ #Solar100 thought leaders and is listed in Renewable Energy World’s Solar 40 under 40 Professionals and Midwest Energy News 40 under 40 Emerging Clean Energy Leaders. In addition, to Neighborhood Sun, Pari serves as a Board Member of MD, DC, DE, and VA’s Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) as well as Advisory Council member of the Maryland Clean Energy Center.

Previously, Pari held numerous leadership roles as the State of Iowa’s Energy Office where she successfully administered multi-million-dollar federal and state energy programs. Pari is currently pursuing a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale School of the Environment and holds and MBA and MPA. She has a BA in Environmental Policy and Politics.

John Paul "JP" Moscarella

President of CleanTech Advisors LLC​

John Paul Moscarella (“JP”) is an entrepreneur, who has founded or co-founded four (4) companies, including Emerging Energy & Environment (EEE), a fund management platform, and Econergy International (“Econergy”), a renewable developer with 260 MW (190 MW net) at the time of its sale in 2008 to GDF Suez (now Engie), one of the largest utilities in the world, which had an IPO in 2006 on the London AIM Market raising over US$100 million. He was a leading executive for several clean energy companies, as well as a fund manager for two small private equity/venture capital funds. Fundraised for start-up companies, and raised capital and advisory in the formation of several private equity clean energy funds or specialized environmental carbon funds, for approximately US$770 million in total capital.

Kim Kolt

Impact and Sustainability Investor

Kim Kolt, 36, is the Founder & President of For Good Ventures, an investment company backing disruptive, exceptional technologies benefiting humanity and the environment. Investment categories include clean tech and other climate technologies, health, education, financial accessibility and diversity.

Prior to For Good Ventures, Kim worked at Goldman Sachs in their Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking Groups in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and Deutsche Bank Mergers & Acquisitions Group in NYC. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and received her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Kim has held designations including USGBC LEED, CCIM, and Series 79 license.

Kim is also a board member of Turntide Technoligies, Legends of Learning, and the Sustainable Ocean Alliance. She is an advisor to impact-focused companies, funds and nonprofits. Kim is a partner at Gratitude Railroad, Unteasonable Group, member of Astia Angels, Nexus, X-Prize, Penn Venture Labs Judge, and a Summit Fellow.

 

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Ian Sneed

COO at Galt Power, Inc.

Ian Sneed is a seasoned energy professional with expertise in wholesale power markets, risk management, and solar and battery storage project development. In his current role with Galt Power, Ian facilitates the market transactions of a broad client base across all seven of the U.S. based Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs).

Satish Tamboli

Director at Mtech Ventures

Satish directs Mtech Ventures where he leads technology commercialization efforts at UMD. He works with faculty and graduate students to move innovations from the lab to the market place. The UMD incubator has graduated over 120 technology startups over the last 30 years including several successful exits via NASDAQ. He also manages the Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund on behalf of the Maryland Department of Natural resources by investing in companies that improve the water quality in the Bay.

Satish has a background in private equity and technology infrastructure investments for AIG’s Asian Infrastructure Funds ($2 Billion) where he directed over $500 million investments in technology companies in China, India, and Far Eastern emerging markets. Satish also founded US-Asia Ventures, a company that structured and funded cross-border investment opportunities in Asia and the US. He previously worked in satellite communications for INTELSAT where he managed R&D projects for on-board satellite switched TDMA systems. His prior background is in semiconductor fabrication for Texas Instruments. He has a Batchelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from GW
University, and Master’s in Engineering Management from Stanford University. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Shari Friedman

Managing Director, Climate and Sustainability at Eurasia Group

Shari Friedman leads Eurasia Group’s Climate and Sustainability practice, focusing on environmental and social policies and trends affecting energy companies, industrial production, retail, supply chains, technology companies, agribusiness, and financial institutions. Shari and the team work across regions and sectors to help clients understand the evolving policies and how they will affect client’s business today and in the future.

Prior to joining Eurasia group, Shari worked in climate and sustainability for over 25 years. She began working for the U.S. government during the Kyoto negotiations and moved to venture capital, consulting and banking. Most recently Shari worked at IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, where she led corporate-wide climate strategy and managed a team of industry specialists focused on renewable energy, green buildings, battery storage, sustainable waste, electric vehicles, low-carbon cities, and emerging green technologies such as hydrogen and CCSU. Shari received a bachelor’s degree in political science and music from Tufts University, and a masters in public policy from Georgetown University. She has received course training in finance and capital markets, as well as solar PV and wind installation and biodiesel production.

Careers

If you believe that solar power should strengthen communities, contact us! We are a rapidly growing company and are always looking to hear from talented individuals who share our passion.

We are currently hiring for the positions below: 

If you would like to work with us, but do not see a posting that matches your skillset please submit your resume to [email protected] for future consideration and include a note about why you are interested in our work

Thank you for your interest!

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