Team

OUR PEOPLE

Sandra Kwak

Sandra Kwak

CEO, Founder

Executive strategist and systems thinker, Sandra is applying disruptive innovation to create a regenerative future. Before launching 10Power, she scaled AutoGrid from prototype to a global brand, creating automated intelligence out of big data from the smart grid. Prior, as Co-Founder / President / COO of energy efficiency company Powerzoa, she brought building management hardware and software tools to market. Sandra has also served as CEO of a software company producing the world’s first mathematically lossless video codec. She worked at Pacific Gas & Electric implementing the ClimateSmart program and has consulted with clients including Mitsubishi, the Transamerica Holding Company, and The San Francisco Foundation. Sandra has an MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School and a BA in Political Science and Visual Art from Emory University.

Daphnee Vertus

Daphnee Vertus

Haiti Operations Manager

Daphnee Vertus has an Electromechanical Engineering degree from Faculte Des Sciences, Universite d’Etat d’Haiti.  She worked with NRECA International as an operations and distribution manager where she managed a department of linemen, site construction, and design engineers to distribute energy to customers at Caracol. Prior to NRECA, as Stock manager at TOTAL HAITI for 2 years, she oversaw logistics associated with fuel shipment and storage. She also worked as an independent consultant in Haiti industrial sector and helped micro and small industries and businesses to maximize efficiency and achieve sustainable growth.  CoFounding member of Innitiative Haitienne pour l’environnement et le developpement (non-profit association), Daphnee is remotely managing team activities and social projects. As a concerned Haitian Citizen, her main goal is to have her skills and experience to benefit program/company that contribute to the development of Haiti economically and socially, which is why she is excited to be working with 10Power.

Marilyn Waite

Marilyn Waite

Board Member

Marilyn currently leads the climate finance work at the Hewlett Foundation, writes as an Editor-at-Large for GreenBiz, and serves on the boards of The Biomimicry Institute, COI Energy, 10Power and the Kachuwa Impact Fund. Previously, Marilyn led energy and cleantech investments at Village Capital, managed nuclear and renewable energy projects at AREVA (now Orano), and launched the online platform SustyTrip. She served as a Senior Research Fellow at Project Drawdown, where she led a team to analyze, model, and forecast energy solutions to climate change. Marilyn also worked at the intersection of science and policy at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and in economic development at the United Nations in Madagascar.

Melita Elmore

Melita Elmore

Board Member

Environmental Scientist and Principal Consultant at British Standard Institute (BSI) specializing in corporate sustainability and social responsibility projects,  management systems implementation and evaluations,  environmental, health and safety auditing, training, compliance and strategy for numerous industry sectors.  Melita is also known as a business development leader and has operations experience.  She serves or has served on several environmental organizations and artistic company boards.

Angie Bell

Angie Bell

Advisor

Cultural influencer, Ms Bell is Co-host of the Television Show Ayiti Parle on Island TV. She is recognized as a Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce 20 under 30 Young Professionals Honoree. She has served as Co-Chair of the Fundraising and Public Relations committee at the Haitian American Professionals Coalition (HAPC) and former Marketing Director of the Haitian American Historical Society. She is also the founder of PouBèlAyiti, an artistic environmental movement and the SEproject, a non-profit organization with the goal of helping young children in Cap-Haitien going to school.

Dave Williams

Dave Williams

Advisor

Dave Williams founded and operated solar businesses around the world and developed a passion for transformative markets. Mr. Williams was selected as one of Time Magazine’s Innovators of the Year for work on refrigeration in emerging markets. Mr. Williams has leveraged technical expertise to attract financing and set the landscape for adoption of renewables. He has been a technical solar advisor for US Department of State, merit reviewer for the US Department of Energy’s SunShot program, technical reviewer for Sandia National Laboratory, solar advisor for USAID’s Private Finance Advisory Network for Asia, and contributor to National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Dr. Judith Timyan

Dr. Judith Timyan

Advisor

USAID Advisor – on behalf of the U.S. Government has allocated budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars working on women’s health projects in Haiti, Bolivia, Guatemala, Uganda, and the Ivory Coast. She lived in Haiti for six years.

L. Hunter Lovins

L. Hunter Lovins

Advisor

Natural Capitalism Founder, Rocky Mountain Institute Co-Founder – is a Time Magazine Hero of the Planet and was one of four people from North America to serve as a delegate to the UN’s prep conference for Europe and North America for the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Hunter international sustainability projects, including biodiesel production in Afghanistan.

Fritz Octave

Fritz Octave

Advisor

Fritz is a Haitian energy specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He had over a decade of experience in the energy and engineering sector. Prior to joining the IDB, Fritz was Lead Distribution Infrastructure Engineer at the United Illuminating Company.

Judy Staley

Judy Staley

Investor

Judy co-founded REC Solar in 1997 to protect the quality of life for future generations through the use of technology that positively impacts the environment. She exited in 2014 when REC was acquired by SunRun. She has served as a board member for California Solar Energy Industries Association, Mainstream Energy, and Solar Electric Power Association is currently a board member of Horizon Solar Power.

Rebekah Helzel

Rebekah Helzel

Investor

Rebekah is an impact investor and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with over 20 years experience in a wide range of capital market activities. She enables organizations with environmentally and socially responsible strategies to access finance. An entrepreneur herself, Rebekah has co-founded 2 socially responsible ventures and a non-profit. She volunteer as an advisor with the Clean Tech Open and Pacific Community Ventures.

Peter Fiekowsky

Peter Fiekowsky

Investor

Peter is an MIT Physicist with 27 patents In addition to being founder and president of AVI LLC, Peter works intensely on the climate with Citizens’​ Climate Lobby on global policies to address climate change; with Repower Capital, Inc. on renewable energy finance; and with RESULTS.org addressing poverty worldwide.

Susan Gladwin

Susan Gladwin

Advisor

Designed and launched a $250M impact investment program at Autodesk. Led strategy for iTunes ecosystem at Apple, oversaw software projects in $3B education channel. Orchestrated platform development for $100M in investments at Offroad Capital.

Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson

Advisor

Served as Climate Fund specialist for IADB, the largest multilateral lender in Latin America/Caribbean, and Senior Energy Consultant, Latin America for Navigant. Currently Jessica serves as Clean Tech Advisor for a financial advisory firm and heads an advisory group Rinova. 

Monica Miller

Monica Miller

Advisor

Impact Director at Ambata – works with family funds to invest in sustainable finance. Her main projects involve applying blended finance funding to renewable energy development projects, as well as conservation financing in Bhutan.  Previously she was Hedge Fund Director at Golden Gate Financial.

Jean Francois Gauthier

Jean Francois Gauthier

Advisor

Renewable Finance Expert – developed €33M Italian wind energy project with Eolica Power and successfully raised equity and debt financing.  JF is currently CFO and Head of Business development at Startup Genome, Compass.