Our team

  • Rick Brown, PhDPresident

    Dr. Brown founded TerraVerde in 2009. Since then, he has been deeply involved in California legislation and regulation regarding clean energy, including crafting legislation guiding development of California’s Prop 39 Clean Energy Jobs Act. He has continued to work closely with the Prop 39 Citizen Oversight Board and California Energy Commission Staff to refine and improve the Prop 39 program guidelines. He was involved in the passage of SB 585 in 2012, legislation that filled a $400 Million gap in solar rebate funding. He also led the effort to have the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) select TerraVerde as its energy strategic partner in 2013. More recently, he has been invited by the CPUC to provide testimony at numerous proceedings, including: net metering, battery storage rebate programs and serving disadvantaged communities.

  • Kevin RossVP Business Development

    Kevin manages business development for TerraVerde in Southern California, focusing on water agencies, school districts, public utilities, and municipalities.  He is responsible for account management, project feasibility assessments, project development, and implementation planning. At TerraVerde, Kevin has led the implementation of complex Rule-21 projects involving new tariff structures (e.g., RES-BCT), integrating solar and battery projects into new and existing self-generation opportunities. He is a long-standing member of the Association of California Water Agency (“ACWA”) Energy Committee, providing thought leadership and guidance over a variety of technology, and utility policy issues.

  • David BurdickVP Asset Management

    David is the VP of Asset Management at TerraVerde

  • Jen PetherickDirector of Projects Solar & Storage

    Ms. Petherick leads the development and execution of TerraVerde’s Solar and Advanced Energy Storage projects. Previously Ms. Petherick worked at GCL Solar Energy managing the implementation of utility scale solar and battery projects. Prior to her position at GCL Solar Energy, Ms. Petherick worked at a number of solar power companies developing and managing commercial and utility-scale solar projects including Pacific Utility, Belectric, Opti-Solar and Solar Integrated. She has a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc.in Electrical Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer.

  • Karly Zimmerman FoggBusiness Development/Project Manager

    As Business Development Manager, Karly develops new opportunities and programs with a focus on distributed energy resources. In her role as a Project Manager, Karly oversees the design, engineering and construction process of projects. She provides technical and financial support from a project feasibility stage through contract execution, design, installation, and project completion.

  • Ali ChehrehsazEVP Engineering

    Ali Chehrehsaz is a founding partner at TerraVerde and is the Executive Vice President of Engineering. Ali leads the engineering, development, and asset management teams at TerraVerde. In this role, he has built and led teams of project managers, energy engineers and software developers who have enabled TerraVerde to successfully execute and manage over $327M of solar, battery storage and energy conservation projects on behalf of our clients in California.

  • Brandon HartmanProject Manager

    Brandon is responsible for managing solar, battery, and energy efficiency projects for TerraVerde’s clients, from project kickoff to final closeout. At TerraVerde, he has managed over 28 MWs of solar construction projects including PPA, cash and financed projects. Additionally, he has assisted several School Districts to obtain, plan, design, and implement energy efficiency measures utilizing Proposition 39 and California Energy Commission ECCA 0% interest loan funding.

  • Olivia CorkedaleProject Manager

    As a Project Manager, Olivia oversees the implementation of solar, storage, and energy efficiency projects throughout California.  She provides technical and financial support from a project feasibility stage through contract execution, design, installation, and project completion. Olivia has assisted school districts to deploy more than $27M toward solar and energy efficiency solutions, utilizing more than $17M in Proposition 39 funds.

  • Jayant PatilSr. Energy Engineer, CEM

    Jayant performs site and equipment audits for our clients, including: electrical infrastructure, HVAC, variable frequency drives, chillers, building envelopes, control systems, lighting systems, and energy management systems. He also manages engineering analyses and development of Prop 39 energy expenditure plans and submittals. He has also developed tools for determining demand reductions from projected implementation of energy conservation measures which support the appropriate sizing of solar and battery storage projects. His audits and analyses have resulted in the successful funding and implementation of over $40M of energy efficiency measures for our clients.

  • Laura FudgeProject Manager

    Laura is a Project Manager with the DER team at TerraVerde.