Meet The Team
Board and Leadership
Executive Director, CvilleREA
As Executive Director of CVilleREA, Katie is working to support our members and their ability to continue thriving in the Charlottesville community.
Before moving to Charlottesville, Katie spent over 20 years living and working in New York City. She has spent her career at the intersection of the public and private sector, tackling pressing social issues and working with organizations that serve the underserved. From the AdCouncil to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to Change.org, she has built ad campaigns, partnerships, and revenue streams to address the needs of underrepresented populations. She loves helping nonprofits solve problems and harness resources to meet their goals.
Katie graduated from NYU with a Masters in Public Administration and a Bachelors in Marketing and Management. She can often be found cheering for the Yankees, learning to play tennis, or hanging out with her rescue pup, Kaley.
Vice President of Development, Sun Tribe Solar
CvilleREA Board Chair
As Co-founder and Director of Operations at Sun Tribe Solar, Rich Allevi uses his extensive industry experience to manage the overall growth strategy of the company. Through his efforts in the development and continual improvement of internal processes as well as his ability to identify market opportunities in the solar energy sector, Rich acts as a strong member of the core management team. Before co-founding Sun Tribe Solar, Rich was central to the management and construction of over 60 MW of utility scale solar installations throughout the United States with juwi Solar, Inc, a global leader in the utility scale solar industry. Rich’s commitment to environmental and social stewardship extends beyond his work at Sun Tribe Solar. While obtaining a Master’s Degree, Rich’s research in the bacterial and chemical contamination of household drinking water aided in the development of an outreach program that subsidized water quality analyses for members of rural and underserved communities in Virginia. Rich was also the leader of a solar volunteer effort through Engineers Without Borders, USA, that resulted in multiple solar installations at the Hope Integrated Academy, a 503(c) non-profit trade school and orphanage operating outside the city of Masaka, Uganda. Rich is a published author and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Founder and CEO, East Point Energy
Andrew founded East Point Energy and is responsible for the business strategy and execution, as well as building and leading the team. Capitalizing on his ten years of energy development experience in utility-scale solar, and with his vision, work ethic and management skills, Andrew is building East Point Energy into a leading energy storage firm in the United States.
In 2009, Andrew joined as one of the first employees of HelioSage Energy, a utility-scale solar project development firm. Andrew rose through the ranks quickly, and was instrumental in developing HelioSage’s 350 megawatts of contracted solar before the company was acquired by Coronal Energy in 2015. Coronal promoted Andrew to SVP of Operations, where at the end-to-end, utility-scale solar IPP, he managed a 10-12 person Development Engineering and Procurement team, and the development efforts behind a 4 GW utility-scale PV pipeline. When Andrew left to start East Point Energy, Coronal had more than 600 megawatts of PV projects in operation.
Andrew started his career at Lux Research, an independent research and advisory firm providing strategic advice and ongoing intelligence for emerging technologies, including solar photovoltaics and nanotechnology.
Andrew holds a BS in Physics from Bates College and a Masters in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Virginia.
When Andrew isn’t fully immersed in the world of energy storage and battery projects, he likes to spend as much time as possible in the mountains or on the water with his wife, two young boys, and dog.
Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Director, Sigora Solar
Sarah Nerette is Sigora Solar’s Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Director. There, she manages a team of 8, oversees Sigora’s Produce and Reduce job pipeline, maintains relationships with new and existing partners and works to expand the company’s internal and external sustainability efforts. Sarah is Civil Engineer with a background in Sustainable Development and Green Building and holds a LEED Green Associate accreditation. Originally from Haiti, she has a strong passion for social and environmental sustainability, resilient infrastructure and renewable energy. Sarah holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MS in Sustainability Management from American University in Washington, DC.
Managing Director, Hexagon Energy
Drew is responsible for overseeing strategic direction and general operations of the company. As Managing Director, Drew is engaged in all facets of the business, including program and policy analysis, site selection and acquisition, project design, energy modeling, interconnection, permitting, off-take agreements, and project financing. Drew also brings 15 years of experience implementing and operating multi-national, national, and regional energy and environmental programs for the world’s major economies, including extensive work in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Drew started Hexagon after 11 years at IT and policy consultancy SRA International, where he was Director of Environmental Markets. As Director, Drew was responsible for setting strategic direction, building opportunity pipelines, planning and executing business development activities, and managing project delivery. He also served as a senior advisor to clients, providing guidance on emerging topics such as market oversight, security, system integration, and program development. While at SRA, Drew helped build the world’s second and third largest environmental commodity markets, which manage billions of dollars of commodities.
Prior to SRA International, Drew worked at global consultancy Accenture for 4 years. Drew has a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Director of Applications Engineering, Lumin
Jon leads Lumin's applications engineering efforts, training Lumin certified installers on how to integrate the energy management platform into their businesses. His solar industry experience helps him understand the complexities of new technology integration and his passion for innovation motivates him to continuously work with the Lumin team to improve the product.
Jon began his career in clean energy at Virginia Tech as a graduate student and research assistant studying community renewable energy systems. After graduation, Jon returned to his hometown of Charlottesville to work for the non-profit Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP). There he helped develop tools for energy measurement and verification projects and launched one of Virginia's first and most successful community Solarize programs, Solarize Charlottesville. In 2014, Jon joined the Sigora Solar team to help grow the business and expand into new markets. Jon is also very passionate about sharing his love of solar with the community. Each year Jon gives numerous presentations to local schools about the science and benefits of solar energy as well as participating in the Dominion and the National Energy Education Project’s Solar for Students program. Jon has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Mary Washington and a Master’s of Science from Virginia Tech. He is a NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales Professional.
Executive Team Administrator and Marketing Coordinator, Apex Clean Energy
Madeleine Ray is the executive team administrator and marketing coordinator at Apex Clean Energy. She has worked in the renewable energy industry since 2017. Previously, she worked for a civil engineering firm as an environmental scientist. In late 2018, Madeleine established the Charlottesville chapter of Women in Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), which seeks to support women across all sectors of the renewable energy industry with professional development and networking opportunities. Madeleine, who grew up on a small farm outside of Cleveland, received her bachelor of science degree in environmental biology from Ohio University and her master’s degree in corporate sustainability from the University of York in England.
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