Chris Montague-Breakwell is a third year law student at the University of Maryland School of Law. His focus on environmental issues has led him to work on Capitol Hill and EPA headquarters, as well as to start canning his own local, organic produce. In his free time, Chris runs a legal aid nonprofit, the Maryland Public Interest Law Project (www.law.umaryland.edu/students/life/orgs/mpilp).
Doug McKenzie is currently the Industry Relationship Development Manager for SolarTech, a solar energy trade association based in San Jose. He has a degree in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. He's worked as a PC salesperson, a home re-modeler, a newsletter editor, a stock options trader and a project manager in HP's HP-UX lab, before joining the solar industry. He loves day hikes in the bay area and backpacking in the Sierra, and believes that solar power will inevitably become our dominant source of energy.
Julian Ryba-White is currently an Installation Process Engineer within the Products Department at SolarCity where he works on installation efficiency, cost reduction and product applications. Prior to coming to SolarCity Julian spent time working with various sustainably focused organizations including the clothing company Patagonia. Julian has a BA in Biological Psychology with emphases in Pre-Medical studies and Anthropology from the University of Kansas. He resides in San Francisco where he takes advantage of every opportunity to get out in the sun and explore the Bay Area.
Mike Balma is a renewable energy consultant. His primary client is Skyline Solar, a Mountain View company that offers integrated concentrating solar PV systems to commercial and utility customers. Mike's main responsibility at Skyline is marketing communications. For another client, he completed a business plan for a biomass facility in Kauai. Mike helps lead the Performance Committee for SolarTech, a nonprofit solar industry association that works to reduce the barriers to solar adoption. He also delivers solar workshops for residents of numerous Bay Area cities in connection with Acterra, a nonprofit environmental organization. Mike had an extensive marketing career with Hewlett-Packard including helping build HP’s open source business to over a billion dollars. He previously worked for SRI International, consulting on the technology and economics of renewable energy including solar, wind and biomass. He has a Chemical Engineering degree from Northwestern University and a Stanford MBA. Mike also completed Stanford Alumni Consulting Team projects for environmental nonprofits including Acterra, The Gorilla Foundation and Wildlife Rescue.
Reuben Veek has been installing grid-tie residential solar electricity systems since 2006, and has been involved in building more than 150 systems in the Sacramento Valley and the Bay Area, most recently as a Regional Installation Lead for SolarCity. He received his Bachelor's in philosophy from Stanford University and has a background in physics, mathematics, and electrical engineering. He has an earnest love for being outside, especially backpacking, and a warm regard for working with his hands.