Staff

California


Bob Keefe is E2’s Executive Director, overseeing E2’s work across the country and coordinating E2’s staff and chapters stretching from Boston to San Diego. Bob speaks regularly about the economic benefits of smart environmental policies; the clean energy economy; jobs and related issues, and has been widely quoted in publications nationwide. Prior to joining E2 in 2011, Bob spent more than 20 years as a political, business and environmental journalist. He served as the chief Washington correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; as a California-based national reporter for Cox Newspapers/Cox News Service; as technology editor for the Austin (Tx) American-Statesman and as a business and investigative reporter for the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times. Bob also co-founded a technology news Web site and has co-authored or edited several business-related books. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Contact Bob.

Mary Solecki is E2’s Western States Advocate. Mary works on state level policy in California, Oregon and Washington. She helps engage members with their state level representatives and policy. Mary has been with E2 since 2010, primarily focused on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, part of California’s cap-and-trade program. She has also led several of E2’s research efforts, including the annual Advanced Biofuel Market Report. Mary has been consulting on energy policy since 2008, and has a background in sales and communications. She received her BS in Business from Indiana University and got her MBA from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Contact Mary.

Zach Amittay is E2’s Operations Coordinator.  Prior to joining E2, Zach was a program assistant for the Natural Resources Defense Council. He also worked on the staff of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. A native of Massachusetts, Zach is a graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. , where he majored in economics and writing. He works in E2’s San Francisco office.  Contact Zach.

Washington, DC


Jeff Benzak is E2’s Press Secretary. He helps E2 amplify its unique business voice in the media. Prior to joining E2, Jeff worked at newspapers in Montana, Alaska and suburban New York City, where he covered local politics, sports and business. Jeff is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. Contact Jeff.

Grant Carlisle is E2’s Director of Advocacy, heading up all federal relations and coordinating state strategies efforts with national policy. As its principal representative in Washington, DC, Grant develops and strengthens E2’s relationships with members of Congress and the Administration, helping to push E2’s policy priorities forward on the federal level. Prior to joining E2 in 2015, Grant worked in energy, environmental, technology, agriculture and defense policy in the Washington office of the law firm K&L Gates. From 2010 to 2013 Grant worked in energy and environmental policy for Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC). He is a graduate of UNC Asheville, and a native of North Carolina. Contact Grant.

New York


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Ying Li joined E2 full time in August 2011 and is now the Senior Development Coordinator. Prior to that she worked for many years in the Development Operations department at NRDC. Her most recent position there was as senior specialist, working on donor outreach, cultivation, events and data management. During that time, Ying also managed events, membership and advocacy for the New York Metro and New England chapters of E2. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Marketing from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Contact Ying.

Midwest


Gail Parson is E2’s Midwest States Advocate. Gail has spent more than 15 years in the nonprofit community in the Midwest, working on issues involving corporate partnerships, community networks, fundraising, communications and grassroots organizing. In addition, she has provided technical assistance to a variety of organizations to develop and implement successful local and federal advocacy campaigns. Gail is a graduate of Indiana University and holds a master’s degree in history from DePaul University. Contact Gail.

Rocky Mountains


Susan Nedell is E2’s Rocky Mountains Advocate. Susan has more than 20 years of experience in executive entrepreneurship within the cleantech, aerospace, and software industries. Most recently, she has worked as an Industry analyst contributing to Pike Research’s Smart Transportation and Smart Buildings practices. Prior to this she was a senior manager at Eetrex, an early stage engineering company specializing in the development of chargers and inverter-chargers for electric trucks, and Li-ion battery systems for stationary storage. In 1992, Nedell co-founded Wyndemere, an aerospace product design and engineering firm specializing in flight data analysis, decision support systems and aircraft electronics, which was recognized by the Inc 500 list in 1998. Nedell began her career as a planetary geologist at the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center, and holds a BA in geology from the University of Vermont as well as an MS in geology from San Jose State University, and a Graduate Certificate in Water Engineering and Management from the University of Colorado. Contact Susan.