Our team

  • Ali ChehrehsazCEO

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

  • Jen PetherickEVP 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.

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  • Austin BlackmonVP of Operations

    As VP of Operations, Austin is responsible for Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, Compliance and Process Improvement at TerraVerde. He has over 7 years of experience in Renewable Energy covering project finance, software, equipment, logistics, policy, regulation and enforcement. Prior to TerraVerde, Austin ran Operations at a national solar equipment distribution company, where he negotiated contracts with international supply chain partners, coordinated deliveries of over $200MM of equipment and forecasted the company’s financial position as market conditions changed. Austin also served as the Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston, where he led the City’s approach to Climate Change, Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in addition to managing the Building and Parks departments. His experience also includes Strategy Consulting and Investment Banking. Austin holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government, with a minor in Economics from Harvard University.

  • 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.

  • Rick Brown, PhDChair of the Board

    Dr. Brown founded TerraVerde in 2009 and served as CEO through December 2019.  He has been deeply involved in California legislation regarding clean energy and numerous regulatory proceedings impacting the growth of solar, storage and other distributed energy resources. He also led the effort to have TerraVerde and Community Choice Agency partners, selected by the National Renewable Energy lab to participate in the first round of the Solar Energy Innovation Network, and by the California Energy Commission to participate in in the Local Government Innovation Challenge. Since retiring as CEO, Dr. Brown continues to work on policy, market and capital innovations in support of decarbonizing and increasing the resilience of the energy and building sectors.

  • 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.

  • 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.