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Thursday, Oct 13, 2022

Valessa Souter-Kline

Valessa Souter-Kline is SEIA's Northeast Regional Director, working on regulatory and legislative matters, principally in New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. 

Friday, Jan 21, 2022

Markus Pitchford

Markus is the Central Regional Manager at SEIA, managing and supporting SEIA’s policy and advocacy efforts in Illinois, Michigan, and Texas. Prior to joining SEIA, Markus was the Director of External and Legislative Affairs for the Mayor of Waukegan in Illinois, where he covered economic development, infrastructure, climate change and sustainability. He also has ten years of experience with the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus.  

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2022

Melissa Alfano

Melissa Alfano is SEIA’s Director of Energy Markets and Counsel.  She represents SEIA regarding energy matters of importance to the solar industry before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Regional Transmission Organizations. Before joining SEIA, Melissa represented public power utilities before FERC and served two years on FERC staff.  Melissa holds a B.S. in economics from James Madison University and a J.D. from George Mason University. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two children. 

Friday, Jun 18, 2021

Jeanne Armstrong

Jeanne holds the position of Senior Regulatory Counsel at SEIA. In this position she manages regulatory initiatives before state agencies representing all major solar market segments. Currently focused on California she also will be assisting in regulatory matters to advance solar markets in other western states.  

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021

Ben Norris

Ben Norris is SEIA’s Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs & Counsel. He leads all of SEIA’s advocacy efforts and issue campaigns on federal regulatory matters, including engagement with the White House, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, and others. He also represents SEIA in litigation affecting the interests of the solar industry.

Friday, Jan 29, 2021

Will Giese

Will is the Southeast Regional Director at SEIA, managing and supporting SEIA’s policy and advocacy efforts in Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas.

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017

Kevin Lucas

Kevin Lucas is SEIA's Senior Director of Utility Regulation & Policy. In this role, he performs analysis and develops testimony for utility rate cases focused on solar issues such as net metering and export compensation. 

Friday, Dec 19, 2014

Sean Gallagher

Sean Gallagher is SEIA’s Vice President of State & Regulatory Affairs where he oversees all of SEIA’s policy work in states nationwide, as well as the organization's regulatory policy efforts at both the state and federal level.

Thursday, Aug 01, 2013

Rick Umoff

Rick is Senior Director & Counsel, California at SEIA where he leads the industry’s efforts to grow solar markets in California.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Sara Birmingham

As Senior Director of State Affairs, Sara oversees solar-related regulatory and legislative activity in California, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada and provides senior-level oversight on important cross-cutting solar policy issues across the Western states.

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