Joe Kselman has been working at the University Of Maryland since 2006. He founded SVP in 2013 along with wife Cristeen after visiting an off grid Untouchable Caste Village in Bihar, India. What started with providing solar power for a small village school turned into what is now Solar Village Project. Joe is a big believer in the idea that solar power is a leap frog technology that can bring sustainable and reliable access to electricity to the over 2 billion people living in energy poverty and that when we fight energy poverty we also fight climate change.
Jerry HartzBoard Member
Jerry Hartz is the Director of Government Relations and Communications for the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Hartz brings a wealth of knowledge of legislative policy, procedure and communications experience to the Institute. Before joining NDI, Hartz served as a top Leadership aide in the U.S. House of Representatives for nearly 29 years, most recently as Senior Adviser and Director of Legislative Floor Operations for Speaker Nancy Pelosi. During his tenure, Hartz was responsible for overseeing the movement of major legislation through the floor of the House, including policy, procedure, and tactics, as well as coordination with the Senate and the White House. Prior to this position, Hartz served as Director of Policy and Whip Operations for the Office of the Democratic Whip, headed by former Representative David Bonior. In addition, he served as an Associate Staff to the House Rules Committee where he developed an expertise in parliamentary procedure. Hartz began his career working on nuclear arms control and foreign policy in 1981. He also developed an expertise in Central American politics and policy during the 1980s.
John EvansBoard Member
John currently serves as a Vice President at Bluetree Network, a healthcare consulting company that was acquired by Providence St. Joseph Healthcare in June 2019. John helped scale the company from five to >400 employees at the time of acquisition and has extensive experience in scaling a business. John gives regularly to charities and other progressive causes, but wanted to direct money towards smaller charities where the money would be more impactful. Fate intervened and a social media post by an old acquaintance from college, Joe, led to John making the largest personal donation in SVP’s history. From there, conversations continued with John formally accepting a Board seat in February 2020. John lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children and enjoys trivia, softball, exploring new food & drinks, and occasionally biting off more than he can chew on home renovation projects.
Ruth AmundsenBoard Member
BS Physics from Stanford University, Dual Engineering masters degrees from University of Michigan. Engineer since 1984. Solar on home, leader of local solar tour since 2009. Led parent group to put $1M of solar on local school, as in this article. Started Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund to install no-cost solar on businesses and nonprofits in low-income neighborhoods. On board of Solar United Neighbors. Many presentations at local, state and national conferences, e.g. this webinar for Clean Energy Group. Ruth lives in Virginia with her husband (kids are grown and mostly out of the house), and is an avid water-skier and reader.
Jill RobinsonBoard Member
Jill Robinson is an independent business consultant who uses dashboards, spreadsheets, and databases to help non-profit organizations improve their social impact. Through qualitative and quantitative analyses, Jill offers detailed guidance to business partners on how to maximize their influence and reach on social media. Jill holds a Ph.D. in education policy and is a strong advocate for issues of equity and social justice.
Laurent has been working in impact investment since 2016, following the completion of a master’s degree in Finance from HEC Lausanne (Switzerland). He is the senior associate in the private equity team of responsAbility Investments, a swiss impact asset manager with AuM of ca. $3.5bn. His initial focus was on Microfinance Institutions and MSME banks in CIS and LatAm regions, where he was involved in the closing of 5 transactions. Last year, he moved to Bangkok to intensify pipeline development efforts in Asia, with particular attention to lending, payment, wealthtech and climate finance sectors. He also co-led the execution of an investment in a Thai MSME bank. Since 2019, he is the shareholder representative of responsAbility funds with respect to BancoSol (https://www.bancosol.com.bo/), the leading microfinance institution in Bolivia. Laurent joined SVP’s board following the completion of a volunteering project with respect to the organization business plan. He appreciates the opportunity to have a direct positive impact on economic development and environment.
Deborah ChristieBoard Member
Deborah Christie, CFA Deborah has over 25 years of investment experience. She is a Managing Director at Cambridge Associates, a global Investment firm that works with endowments, foundations, family offices and pensions on how to implement and manage custom investment portfolios. Deborah specializes in manager research covering US and Canadian equities as well as impact, diverse managers and gender lens investing. Deborah’s most recent paper was titled: Gender Lens Investing –Impact Opportunities Through Gender Equity. Deborah is a frequent speaker at gender and impact conferences. Prior to rejoining Cambridge Associates in 2011, Deborah co-founded Great Oak Investment Management. As Director of Research and Chief Compliance Officer, she oversaw the firm’s research efforts on small-cap equities and managed the firm’s compliance program. Before starting her own firm, she was a research consultant at Cambridge Associates. Prior to her first turn at Cambridge Associates, Deborah was an associate at Willamette Management Associates, where she valued closely held businesses. Deborah is a CFA Chrarterholder and has an MBA from Georgetown University and a double BA in Economics and International Relations from the University of California at Davis. Deborah is also an Ambassador to Girls Who Invest, a non-profit focused on advancing women’s careers in finance. Deborah is an avid hiker and traveler and enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters in Maryland.
Thomas Kselman is Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, where he taught from 1979 until 2018. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1978, and since then has published widely in French history, including most recently Conscience and Conversion: Religious Liberty in Post-Revolutionary France (Yale University Press, 2018). He has been the recipient of major research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation, and served as President of the American Catholic Historical Association in 2005.
Rahul KonalaBoard Member
Rahul is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University with a degree in Industrial Distribution. During his time at the university, Rahul gained experiences in finance, sales, and marketing. Currently, Rahul serves as a Strategic Portfolio Manager for Fujitsu Network Communications. He leverages the skills and experiences he has built to help strengthen current and build new relationships with various strategic partners.