Our team

  • Ali ChehrehsazCEO

    Ali Chehrehsaz is a founding partner at TerraVerde Energy and serves as the Chief Executive Officer.

  • David BurdickEVP Business Development

    David serves as Executive Vice President of Business Development for TerraVerde Energy, supporting CCAs and public agencies (including transit agencies, school districts, municipalities, and water agencies) in evaluating, deploying, and managing intelligent energy programs (solar PV projects, battery energy storage projects, resiliency programs, facility microgrids, and DER Programs). Prior to joining TerraVerde, David served as a General Manager for a solar & battery EPC firm.

  • Jen PetherickDirector of Projects

    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.

  • Rick Brown, PhDChair of the Board

    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, as well as, TerraVerde’s selection by the National Renewable Energy lab to participate in its Solar Energy Innovation Network R&D initiative in partnership with Community Choice Agencies, Lancaster Choice Energy and Peninsula Clean Energy. 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. Finally, on December 12th, he co-hosted ex-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at one of TerraVerde’s solar plus storage client sites, Clovis USD, for California’s “1,000,000th solar roof” celebration.

  • Kevin RossVP Business Development

    For the past 6 years Kevin has managed business development for TerraVerde, focusing on water agencies, school districts, public utilities, and municipalities. Located in Southern California, Kevin directs client relationship management, including development of new project opportunities, existing client account management, new project feasibility assessments, client and partner communications, and project implementation planning. Kevin has led the implementation of complex solar PV projects involving export tariff structures such as RES-BCT and has led investment grade evaluations of battery energy storage and microgrid systems. He is a long-standing affiliate member of the Association of California Water Agencies (“ACWA”), providing thought leadership and guidance on a variety of renewable energy technology, and regulatory subjects.

  • Phil VillagomezBusiness Development Manager

    Phil leads business development for TerraVerde’s Asset Management Services program. With over twenty-five years of energy industry experience in natural gas and power origination, energy training, electric mobility and utility scale solar operations management, Phil has worked extensively with commercial and industrial customers, state and federal government agencies and international organizations. A native of Houston, Texas, Phil is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and has lived and worked in Louisiana, California and Oregon. Phil attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a B.A degree in Economics and served on the board of the Hispanic Business Student Association. Phil also earned an M.B.A from The University of Saint Thomas in Houston where he focused on Marketing and International Business with course work in Santiago, Chile. Married and currently living in the Bay Area, Phil stays active as a member of the Richmond California Tennis Association.

  • Karly Zimmerman FoggBusiness Development Manager

    Karly serves as Project and Business Development Manager for TerraVerde Energy. In this role she manages projects that accelerate the deployment of distributed energy resources through software, manages and secures funding for related software development, and conducts business development activities. Karly has a B.A. from New York University and an M.S. in Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan. Prior to returning to her native Bay Area, she lived in Argentina for three years where she worked on sustainable architecture with Habitat for Humanity and at the University of Buenos Aires.

  • Nick OngProject Manager

    Mr. Ong manages the development and implementation of TerraVerde’s Solar and Energy Storage projects. Previously Mr. Ong worked at Blymyer Engineers as a project engineer managing the design of commercial solar and battery storage projects. Prior to his position at Blymyer, Mr. Ong worked at a number of solar engineering design companies providing full-cycle design of distributed solar and battery storage projects. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.

  • Laura FudgeProject Manager

    Laura is a Project Manager on the DER team, managing the construction of solar PV, battery storage, and energy efficiency projects. Laura also serves as a Program Manager for the CA High Speed Rail project and for CCA clients.

    Prior to joining TerraVerde Energy, Laura worked in commercial real estate development, including project management, asset management, and providing advisory services to institutional investors. Laura resided in Costa Rica for 5 years, where she was involved in the marketing, management, and development of luxury residential and resort properties.

    Laura has a B.A. in Environmental Planning from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is a California native and lives in Oakland.

  • Robin WeldyAsset Management Portfolio Manager

    Robin manages day-to-day activities of TerraVerde’s Asset Management Services program. He ensures contractual warranties are fulfilled and issues are resolved in a timely manner by implementing consistent monitoring of solar and battery facilities, coordinating corrective and preventive maintenance, and developing performance and financial savings reports. Robin joined TerraVerde in 2014 and has worked in the renewable energy industry for more than ten years, previously at DNV-GL in their wind resource analysis and GHG program validation teams.