About

About

Who We Are

Momentum designs, develops, and deploys innovation campaigns for organizations working on transformative water, energy, transportation, and manufacturing technologies.

Based in Sacramento, California, Momentum has a global reach, delivering strategic planning, fund development, project management, and commercialization services from Los Angeles and Seattle to New York City and the Kingdom of Jordan. Momentum was established in 2005 as Grant Farm.

Our Team

Our team of scientists and engineers, finance and fund development professionals, innovation and commercialization experts, project managers, and administrators is committed to clarity of thought, data-driven analysis, and excellence in presentation—by phone or video, on screen or paper, or in front of an audience of hundreds.

Katrina Aceves

Client Management Team Lead
Katrina Aceves

Client Management Team Lead

Katrina is a seasoned project and account manager with 15+ years of experience in client-facing roles across the clean-tech, hospitality, retail, and non-profit industries. She has a proven track record of success in managing cross-functional teams, coordinating alignment among different stakeholders, and developing effective solutions to meeting the unique challenges of her clients. As the Client Management Team Lead, Katrina is dedicated to driving the development and performance of the team, while also maintaining a portfolio of key clients.

Background

Before joining the Momentum team, Katrina played a key role in launching a new, narrative-driven retail concept for Macy’s Inc. called STORY. She oversaw programming at nine Macy’s locations across California, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. Her previous experience also includes managing event production and consumer-facing activations for Mattel, Inc., OluKai Premium Footwear, the American Youth Soccer Organization, and managing client services for the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. She received her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential in 2013 and received her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2021.

Education

California State University, Fullerton, College of Business and Economics, BA Business Administration, 2008

Kula Addy

Manager, Product Delivery
Kula Addy

Manager, Product Delivery

Aimee Aguas

Operations Analyst
Aimee Aguas

Operations Analyst

Aimee is a highly skilled and driven professional in the field of accounting. She is focused on utilizing accurate validation principles to ensure the integrity of financial data. Her expertise in invoicing, data entry, and administration make her a valuable asset to Momentum. She is also well-versed in providing exceptional customer service, making her a strong support professional. With her experience and knowledge, Aimee is a hard-working and dedicated employee who is committed to achieving success for her team and company.

Background

Prior to joining Momentum, Aimee served in various data processing and administrative jobs, primarily for organizations in the retail and IT sectors.

Philip Aiken

Strategist
Philip Aiken

Strategist

Philip is an environmental professional focused on making the built environment more sustainable, reconnecting people with ecology, and creating a more environmentally just future. He is driven by his passion to protect and prioritize the health and well being of people and the planet. He is skilled in translating highly technical project information into compelling stories that inform, inspire, and positively influence. In his role as a Strategist at Momentum, Philip guides the technical decision making process towards outcomes that benefit the owners of the project as well as the surrounding communities and ecosystems.

Background

Prior to his work at Momentum, Philip worked in a variety of roles under the umbrella of sustainability and clean tech including field engineer for utility scale solar and carbon capture projects, energy efficiency and smart home consultant, and marketing and creative direction for a solar storage startup. Most recently he was one of the co-founders of Intersectional Environmentalist 501(c)(3), an environmental justice organization. He has studied and worked in the clean tech and sustainability space for over a decade.

Education

Texas A&M University - Kingsville, Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.), Mechanical Engineering
Massey University, Master of Engineering Studies(MEng), Renewable Energy Systems

Geneva Azevedo

Client Manager
Geneva Azevedo

Client Manager

Geneva is an experienced client manager with a background managing partner and client relationships and assets in the sports and entertainment industry. With a unique background that is both technical and creative, she thrives on exceeding client and company expectations in meeting deadlines, communicating clearly, and coordinating with both internal and external stakeholders.

Background

Geneva has worked extensively in the sports and entertainment industry for over 10 years. Prior to joining Momentum, she served as a Partnership Activation Manager at the San Francisco 49ers where she was responsible for managing a diverse portfolio of key team sponsors. She worked to develop marketing strategies and projects to maximize client goals while maintaining the integrity of their contracted portfolio assets. She also spent 5 years with the Sacramento Kings as a Senior Coordinator of Partnership Marketing where she played an integral role in the development and opening of Golden 1 Center.

Education

University of California, Davis, B.S. in Managerial Economics 2013

Bridget Baker

Strategist
Bridget Baker

Strategist

Bridget is a sustainability professional who is driven to leverage data to further electric vehicle and sustainability initiatives, and in turn, the planet. She is skilled in harnessing informed business strategies to reinforce resilient operation and growth. In her role as a Strategist at Momentum, Bridget helps strategize opportunities for equity, sustainability, and resiliency in mobility.

Background

Prior to her work at Momentum, Bridget served as a Zero-Emissions Mobility Consultant at Wood, where she structured and managed ZEM projects, collaborated with OEMs to meet client needs, and implemented process optimization measures. She has studied and worked in the emissions and EV space since 2016.

Education

Boston University, Pardee School, BA, Environmental Analysis & Policy; International Relations 2018

Hannah Behmaram

Project Manager
Hannah Behmaram

Project Manager

Hannah is a recent J.D. and LL.M. graduate with concentrations in Water and Environmental Law, with courses and research emphasizing water and environmental justice, particularly in California. She brings her skills to Momentum in the areas of research, legal and grant writing, editing, policy analysis, community outreach, event planning and management, and administration.

Background

Prior to her work at Momentum, Hannah served as an Environmental Legal Intern for the Attorney General’s Office, Natural Resources Section, where she assisted and supplied supplemental legal work for attorneys and the Natural Resources and Environmental sections. She also has experience as an editor and writer for the University of Pacific Law Review, and for two years served as a Law Clerk at CalRecycle.

Education

University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D. & LL.M. 2021
University of Nevada, Reno, B.A. in English 2014

Donna Coffman

Office Manager-Executive Assistant
Donna Coffman

Office Manager-Executive Assistant

As Momentum’s Executive Assistant Donna Coffman makes sure the trains are running smoothly, on time, and fully equipped with everything needed for the journey. She keeps the teams informed of important events, deadlines, and company news, and most importantly – she allows the leadership team to focus on what’s really important – serving Momentum clients.

BACKGROUND

Donna comes to us with a strong background in executive assisting. Before joining Momentum she assisted leadership at WEAVE Inc., the primary provider of crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County.

Janet Cohen

Chief Product Officer
Janet Cohen

Chief Product Officer

One of the founders of Momentum, Janet has more than 20 years of management experience across a wide array of disciplines: project development and management; grant writing and fund development; strategic planning, board development, and facilitation; outreach, communications, and PR; and training, presentations, and conference planning. She is also a skilled leader, utilizing a results-oriented approach to effectively solve problems and manage projects. Janet currently manages six California Energy Commission grants for Momentum clients. She has grant management experience with multiple other agencies, including the Department of Water Resources, State Water Resources Control Board, the US Bureau of Reclamation, the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

BACKGROUND

Prior to her work with Momentum, Janet co-founded Community Action Partners, a firm providing a variety of services for agencies, businesses, and NGOs. Since 2005, her efforts have resulted in successful grant writing and fund development totaling nearly $50,000,000. From 1999 to 2005, Janet served as Deputy Director and Executive Director at the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL). There, she was responsible for overseeing all administrative functions, including fundraising and fund development, strategic planning, budgeting, communications, and outreach, and personnel management for a staff and volunteer corps of more than 600. While at SYRCL, Janet spearheaded the development of the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival—now the largest film festival of its kind in the country—and managed the successful State Wild & Scenic River campaign for the South Yuba River in 2001.

EDUCATION

University of Leicester, BA, American Studies, Leicester, England

Scott Cox

Strategist
Scott Cox

Strategist

Scott is an integrated communications professional with a background in clean energy, clean technology, energy policy, and sustainability. He works to help clients ideate, conceptualize, and deliver projects that enhance quality of life; support better public health outcomes; nurture environmental health; and advance the state of clean energy. In his role as a Strategist at Momentum, Scott supports public agency socialization and other precapture work, as well as grant management activities such as technology transfer and community outreach. Scott brings infectious positivity and aspirational energy to his work that inspires curiosity for what is possible and gusto for bringing it to fruition.

Background

Scott’s diverse work history spans sectors and roles. Before joining the Momentum team, he worked at the California Energy Commission, serving as a Special Advisor to Commissioner Monahan and Communications Lead for the Energy Research and Development Division. His work covered broad swaths of the clean energy sector, including transportation electrification and decarbonization; energy resiliency and safety; building decarbonization; grid decarbonization and decentralization; the water-energy nexus; industrial and agricultural innovation; and clean energy entrepreneurship. He has also worked in clean tech public relations, supported higher education program administration, managed a small business, taught French, and been a research assistant.

Education

The University of Oklahoma, B.A. in Public Relations & Journalism 2015
The University of Oklahoma, B.A. in French Language & Literature 2015

Mark Dreyer-Calles

Project Manager
Mark Dreyer-Calles

Project Manager

Mark’s proactive approach comes to bear with a broad background in operations, and project & organizational management. He expresses enthusiasm while creating a team-driven environment that fosters effectiveness through dedication to process improvements, staff development, and on-time delivery of projects.

Background

Prior to joining Momentum, Mark gained experience as a Project Manager at both EnviroSuite in Folsom, CA and Design Exteriors in Denver, CO. Additionally, he has served in business development and academic roles, which have further developed is ability to connect and deliver for his stakeholders.

Education

Roskilde University in Denmark, B.A. of Arts and Communication, and Philosophy and Science 2015

Ellie Ferguson

Manager, Product Delivery
Ellie Ferguson

Manager, Product Delivery

Mark Filimonov

Mark Filimonov

Senior Strategist & Founder
Mark Filimonov
Mark Filimonov

Senior Strategist & Founder

Mark is a co-founder and senior strategist at Momentum. He works closely with clients on high-value, high-visibility projects requiring strategic guidance, clarity of thought, and ongoing preparation of written, spoken, and visual collateral in support of critical company initiatives and projects. His specialty is presenting technically complex material in a compelling, benefits-oriented way to non-technical professionals, public agencies, and the general public. He also manages the company brand and serves as Director of Momentum Media, where he helps design and implement powerful communication strategies designed to build trust and credibility among stakeholders, showcase success, engage potential investors, and educate customers, funding agencies, and the general public. Mark has worked on hundreds of successful proposals to a wide variety of agencies, including the California Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board, and the US Department of Energy. His efforts have helped clients in the advanced energy, transportation, manufacturing, and water industries share valuable information about their projects and win almost $800 million.

BACKGROUND

Prior to his work at Momentum, Mark performed marketing and technical writing for a wide variety of organizations, including Autodesk, Adobe, Applied Ecological Solutions, the University of Kansas, and many others. He lives in Nevada City, California, and enjoys reading, working on his house and property, and conducting science experiments with his son.

EDUCATION

Dartmouth College, Bachelor of Arts, Russian Language and Literature, 1989

John Friedrich

Strategist
John Friedrich

Strategist

John possesses extensive program and policy development experience in the private, government, and non-profit sectors, with a focus on renewable energy, climate policy, and electrification. John manages electric vehicle, energy efficiency, and distributed renewable generation programs and has designed and led numerous local, state, and national issue campaigns.

In addition to his work with Momentum, John currently serves as a Councilmember for the City of South Lake Tahoe, where he has led the successful adoption of a resolution to procure 100% renewable energy from local sources, formed the Multicultural Alliance committee to give voice to South Lake Tahoe’s Latino and Filipino communities, and played a leadership role in key affordable housing, workforce development, and energy efficiency initiatives.

Background

John has an extensive background in climate-related project and program management, spanning three decades. Serving as a director for organizations such as The Yosemite Conservancy, League to Save Lake Tahoe, Clean Water Action, and the Tahoe Green Jobs Coalition, John has amassed a deep understanding of clean tech and renewable energy.

Education

University of Wisconsin, Bachelor of Business Administration 1987

Shawn Garvey

Chair of the Board & Founder
Shawn Garvey

Chair of the Board & Founder

Shawn Garvey is a serial entrepreneur and environmental activist. Garvey is the founder and Chief Executive Officer, here at Momentum, a family of companies working to design, develop and deploy transformational clean energy technologies. He is a co-founder and managing director of E-Mission Control, which designs and manages electricity consumption data products for forward-thinking on- and off-road vehicle fleet operators, and also co-founder and director of MXV Ventures, a company that designs clean-tech incubation and accelerator programs and invests in early-stage clean energy innovations and start-ups. He founded The Sierra Fund, a foundation for the environment committed to the land and people of California’s Sierra Nevada headwaters which sponsored successful legislation creating Sierra Nevada Conservancy. Garvey co-founded several non-profit organizations, including The Sierra Fund, Velocity7, Green Research and Green Mountain Film Festival. He served as a Special Projects Representative for the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development in the Clinton Administration. Garvey founded Smart Campaigns, a political communications firm that has helped to elect hundreds of Democratic and progressive candidates for U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor, throughout the United States and abroad.

BACKGROUND

Shawn is a co-founder and former Chair of the Bioenergy Association of California. He helped craft and manage an ambitious legislative and regulatory strategy that places California at the crux of bioenergy adoption and commercialization. Before Momentum, Shawn served as Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at CleanWorld, CEO of The Sierra Fund, and Executive Director of the South Yuba River Citizens League. Earlier in his career, he founded SMART Campaigns, a national public affairs and communication firm whose clients included more than 100 elected officials, including

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Ash Ghoman

Operations Analyst
Ash Ghoman Head Shot
Ash Ghoman

Operations Analyst

Ashneel has over eight years of experience in Accounting across various fields and industries, providing accounts payable and receivable services, general journal and general ledger services, and generation of reports and financial statements, amongst other skills and experiences. Ashneel joined the Momentum team in 2021 and works to manage Momentum team member hours and progress as they relate to specific projects and related clientele.

Matthieu Goudreau

Strategist
Matthieu Goudreau

Strategist

Matt is a passionate advocate for zero-emission mobility and the green energy transition. With a background in civil engineering and consulting, he is well-versed in the technical aspects of sustainable transportation and renewable energy. He is also skilled in technical writing, data analysis, and critical thinking, allowing him to effectively communicate complex information to a wide range of audiences.

In addition to his technical skills, Matthieu is also known for his warm and personable demeanor. He is able to build strong relationships with clients and colleagues, and is often described as an inspiring leader. He is focused and dedicated to his work, always striving to find innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the industry.

Matthieu is a true believer in the power of sustainable transportation and renewable energy to create a better future for all. He is committed to working towards a cleaner, more sustainable world and is dedicated to helping others see the potential of these technologies. With his combination of technical expertise and personal qualities, Matthieu is well-suited to lead the charge towards a greener future.

Background

Prior to joining the team, Matt served as a consultant at WSP Canada and Wood PLC where he focused on fleet decarbonization through feasibility and transition projects throughout Canada.

Education

University of New Brunswick, Master of Science in Engineering 2019
University of New Brunswick, B.S. in Engineering 2016

Ethan Hanohano

Ethan Hanohano

Vice President
Ethan Hanohano
Ethan Hanohano

Vice President

Mr. Hanohano has more than 10 years of experience in sales, content development, and client and project management for advanced energy, water, transportation, and manufacturing projects. His excellent written and verbal communication skills complement his flair for organization, making him an effective client manager for some of Momentum’s most prominent clients. Mr. Hanohano also has extensive experience working with a wide variety of public agencies, including the California Energy Commission, CalRecycle, and the California Air Resources Board.

BACKGROUND

Prior to Momentum, Ethan served as a Feedstock Procurement Specialist at CleanWorld. In that role, he was responsible for business development and operations related to anaerobic digestion. Ethan developed and maintained positive relationships with public and private agencies and developed key language for the company’s AB 1826 (mandatory commercial organics recycling) implementation strategy. In his free time, Ethan enjoys playing sports and watching Formula 1 racing.

EDUCATION

California State University, Sacramento, BS in Criminal Justice, 2012

 

Matt Hart

CEO
Matt Hart

CEO

Trained in civil engineering and economics, Mr. Hart has worked with clean technology and sustainable environmental practices throughout the United States, South America, Asia, and Africa. Mr. Hart’s expertise focuses on zero- and near-zero-emission, on- and off-road equipment demonstration and community-scale renewable energy generation, including micro-grids, solar, wind, hydropower, and organics waste management. In his work, he focuses on a complete life-cycle approach to clean technology solutions that results in sound economic, environmental, and equitable projects that shift energy production and utilization toward a sustainable future. Mr. Hart brings a comprehensive and analytical engineering and financial approach to his work with Momentum that includes: technology evaluations, greenhouse gas life cycle modeling, carbon pathway modeling, environmental review, air permitting, financial and economic feasibility studies, sensitivity modeling and analysis, resource assessments, and siting study & evaluation.

BACKGROUND

Mr. Hart also serves as the Chair of the Electricity Subcommittee for the Bioenergy Association of California. He is intimately familiar with legislation and rulings related to the interconnection of distributed electricity and renewable natural gas. In his free time, he enjoys travel, exercise, and hiking in the mountains.

EDUCATION

Stanford University, M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Atmosphere/Energy, 2011
Stanford University, B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Minor in Economics, 2009

Salma Ibrahim

Government Affairs Analyst
Salma Ibrahim

Government Affairs Analyst

Salma has a strong background in policy research, writing, and analysis. At Momentum, she works as a part of the Agency Landscape team as an Analyst. In her role, she sends the weekly Funding Opportunities email, conducts thorough research and presents findings to Client Managers, and prepares visually appealing deliverables for presentation to clients.

Background

Prior to joining Momentum, Salma interned at the European Commission, where she carried out extensive research and analysis of key financial instruments utilized by the EU to author a report and presentation. She also brings experience in customer service and canvassing, which has allowed her to build a well-rounded skill set that includes interpersonal communication.

Education

University of British Columbia, B.A. Political Science and English, 2022

Nenad Jelačić

Client Manager
Nenad Jelačić

Client Manager

Nenad is a results-driven and detail-oriented business professional who thrives in a fast-paced environment that offers challenges and inspires growth. He has a keen ability to adapt in any environment, which is paired with his ability to communicate in five languages and willingness to constantly keep learning is what sets him apart as a professional and his international experience gives him a unique position that benefits Momentum greatly.

Background

Prior to moving to the US, he lived and worked internationally as Client Success Manager and then Business Development Manager at TechBear Inc. where he was responsible for facilitating the company's growth through driving sales and forming strong partnerships with large enterprises while streamlining internal workflows and optimizing overall performance.

Nenad previously was a part of the Legrand Sales team where he worked as a Junior Sales Manager in a fast-paced and extremely competitive local market focusing on the residential and commercial sector. He was responsible for driving partnerships, re-establishing the company's local presence, and spearheading local projects. He also supported senior managers and served as a Project Manager on a major international construction project.

Education

University of Novi Sad, B.S. in Industrial Engineering 2018
Universidad de Jaén, International Business and Management; Erasmus+ scholarship recipient 2016

Myfanwy Johnston

Strategist
Myfanwy Johnston

Strategist

Myfanwy is a strategist and aquatic scientist with more than twelve years of broad scientific and consulting experience. Her expertise includes experimental design, statistical analysis, project development and management, grant writing and administration, nature-based climate solutions, community outreach, technical communication, and data visualization. Dr. Johnston has led projects in partnership with multiple state and federal agencies, including the California Department of Water Resources, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the US Bureau of Reclamation, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Myfanwy’s unwavering commitment to scientific integrity and her passion for sustainability guide every professional endeavor she undertakes.

BACKGROUND

Myfanwy earned Conservation and Resource Studies and Marine Science undergraduate degrees from UC Berkeley. Through a decade of experience as a scientific diver and researcher, which included the North American Rolex Scholarship of the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society, Myfanwy studied the human impact on marine ecosystems and the effectiveness of community-led marine conservation in different regions of the world. She then pursued her graduate studies at UC Davis, delving into California's water systems, especially the relationship between flood management and native fish migration. After obtaining her doctorate, Myfanwy’s focus for seven years as a professional consultant in freshwater ecology and fish behavior was on data science and telemetry in extensive, large-scale studies within California’s complicated water infrastructure. Above all, Dr. Johnston is deeply passionate about nature-centric climate solutions that benefit humans and the ecosystems we steward.

EDUCATION

University of California at Davis, Ph.D., Animal Behavior
University of California at Berkeley, BA, Marine Science
University of California at Berkeley, BS, Conservation & Resource Studies

Cecilia Latapi

Agency Landscape Team Lead
Cecilia Latapi

Agency Landscape Team Lead

Cecilia is a policy expert with a background in green finance, policy analysis, and public-private partnerships. She is passionate about facilitating collaboration across agencies, companies, and other stakeholders working in the clean energy sector.

In her role as Team Lead at Momentum, Cecilia helps clients understand how to align their priorities with the goals of the different federal and state agencies to successfully fund projects that contribute to a thriving planet.

Background

Cecilia's work experience covers multiple early-stage sectors like sustainable finance, impact investing, and government entrepreneurship. She has worked on the research and implementation of innovative funding mechanisms at the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Mexican Stock Exchange, approaching every project with curiosity and drive.

Education

University of California Berkeley, M.A. in Public Affairs
ITESM, B.A. in Economics

Danielle Lynch

Client Manager
Danielle Lynch

Client Manager

Danielle is an experienced environmental consultant with a demonstrated history working in the environmental services and social justice industries. She is particularly skilled in management, consulting, advocacy, policy, and direct service to advance and achieve unique client missions and priorities. Danielle is a strong communicator and collaborator, focused on understanding the needs of those she works with, and delivering upon those needs.

Background

While working as a Client Manager at Momentum, Danielle doubles as a yoga instructor in Sacramento. Prior to joining the team, she served as a Senior Associate at Environmental & Energy Consulting, where she focused on conservation policy.

Education

University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A. in Environmental Studies 2010

Daele Mather

Chief Operating Officer
Daele Mather

Chief Operating Officer

Daele is a strong problem solver and an effective verbal and written communicator, with more than seven years of experience in finance and budgeting and a keen analytical mind. At Momentum, she manages business operations. In this role, Daele helps clients develop project budgets for grant proposals, oversees project invoicing, supports Project Managers in client communications and directions, and co-develops and helps clients implement audit defense best practices. She has also been instrumental in the development of processes and procedures to standardize grant invoicing and budget protocols.

BACKGROUND

Prior to her work at Momentum, Daele worked at Wells Fargo, where she utilized risk management techniques to prevent fraud and ensure customer and bank security. She also accurately maintained and taught procedures that follow federal law and bank policies and organized and developed a system to accurately maintain the retention of files and documents within her branch. Daele is a California Notary Public.

EDUCATION

University of California, Santa Cruz, BA, Economics, Honors, 2013
University of California, Santa Cruz, BA, Mathematics, 2013

Bonnie May

Strategist
Bonnie May

Strategist

Bonnie exhibits strong written and verbal communication, strategic guidance, research, and leadership skills. At Momentum, she has co-authored grants related to reduced emissions and port infrastructure development. Bonnie offers her clients strategic guidance to advance innovations in sustainability. She supports project implementation, including the development and execution of campaigns to support the commercial adoption of innovations in sustainability and clean technology.

Background

Bonnie initially joined Momentum as an intern in 2018, where she assisted in research and writing of grants. Her vast array of experiences working in academic, retail, and professional settings has given her a unique ability to relate to a variety of clients and meet their varying needs. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Biology from Miami university of Ohio.

Education

Miami University (OH), MA, Biology, 2023 (expected)
California State University Maritime Academy, BA, Global Studies and Maritime Affairs 2020

Summer McLane

Operations Analyst
Summer McLane

Operations Analyst

Summer comes to Momentum with more than 20 years of experience in administrative support and data entry for corporations and law firms. She possesses strong organizational skills and an ability to support multiple teams. Summer focuses her work at Momentum on maximizing efficiency, proactive problem solving, and data accuracy.

Background

Prior to Momentum, Summer most recently served as Administrative and Proofing Assistant for Megan Grossman-Sinclair and Pierre Law, PLLC.

Jonathan Norris

Strategist
Jonathan Norris

Strategist

Jonathan is an experienced consultant and advisor to companies, public agencies, and other organizations in the areas of clean energy and transportation. He has provided advisory, analysis, project and program management, and product and business ideation across a wide range of technologies, fuels, concepts, and clients. From developing zero- and near-zero emission vehicle fleet transition and infrastructure deployment plans to providing go-to-market strategies for electric aviation and software-as-a-service offerings, Jonathan’s track record of delivering creative-yet-grounded solutions is deep and diverse. With an emphasis on transportation decarbonization, Jonathan supports clients with ideation, development, and execution of strategies to achieve outcomes that commercialize advanced technology and systems, reduce emissions, and enhance economic prosperity. He is inspired by the aim of decoupling economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions, and in his work, he seeks to combine creativity and pragmatism to make progress toward that end.

BACKGROUND

Jonathan has been engaged in clean energy and transportation work since 2016. Prior to joining Momentum, he led go-to-market planning and strategy for the EV fleet management startup, Flipturn; he supported clients with transportation decarbonization planning and development as a lead consultant at ICF; he led zero- and near-zero emission vehicle and infrastructure demonstrations, pilots, planning, and study efforts at CALSTART; and, in a research position at Ohio University, he examined ways to support economic and community development in coal-based economies of Central Appalachia given the impacts of shifting U.S. energy markets. Jonathan also has a background in manufacturing systems and provided technical consulting services to consumer packaged goods manufacturers early in his career.

EDUCATION

Ohio University, M.S. in Environmental Studies with a focus on Sustainable Energy-Based Economic Development, 2018
Ohio University, B.S. in Engineering Technology and Management with a Minor in Business Administration, 2014

Emily Nichols

Emily Nichols

Senior Strategist
Emily Nichols
Emily Nichols

Senior Strategist

Before joining the Momentum team, Emily Nichols spent more than a decade at PG&E and SMUD designing and executing company-wide commercial and residential segment strategy and managing product portfolios focused on core revenue services, rate design, grid resilience, and technology implementation. She delivered accelerated initiatives to support customer satisfaction and product objectives and oversaw complete Customer Experience (CX) strategy research and tactics across departments.

Nichols’s focus is on the end-user experience and brings that lens to all her projects. At Momentum, she’s already helping clients, like SMUD and Lawrence Berkeley Labs, develop innovative, community-centric, clean-tech programs. 

Education:

CSU Sacramento, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Ethnic Studies,  – 

Elizabeth Pankhurst

Project Manager
Elizabeth Pankhurst

Project Manager

An experienced project manager, Elizabeth comes to Momentum with a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification along with a multitude of other qualifications and technical knowledge. Through keen attention to detail, she meticulously plans, executes, and monitors projects, ensuring each element aligns with strategic objectives. Her background in manufacturing, workforce development, and process improvement is complemented by a number of relevant certifications. She brings a wealth of proven methodologies and best practices to the table, fostering efficient workflows and client satisfaction.

Background

Prior to joining Momentum, Elizabeth served as a Project Manager for an international metal fabricator, a California-based solar company, and a manufacturing industry collective aimed at workforce and community development. In addition to new product development and equipment installation, she’s implemented Lean Process Improvement methodologies across a variety of technical departments.

Education

California State University, Chico
Bachelors of Science: Business Administration with a focus in Project Management
Minor in Economics

Nicholas Pieper

Strategist
Nicholas Pieper

Strategist

Nicholas is a highly skilled professional with a passion for community-centric program development and implementation. He excels at working at the intersection of environmental science, policy, and economics to safeguard livelihoods and nature. With a strong background in project management, data analysis, and technical reporting, he is able to effectively plan and execute projects. In addition, Nicholas has experience in policy development, which allows him to navigate complex regulations and ensure compliance.

Beyond his technical skills, Nicholas is a highly curious and strategic thinker. He brings a positive attitude to his work, which helps him to overcome challenges and achieve success. He is passionate about sustainability, climate, and conservation and is always looking for ways to make a positive impact in these areas. Nicholas is a dedicated professional who is committed to making a meaningful difference in the community.

Background

Prior to joining Momentum, Nicholas focused on conservation efforts through his work with The Nature Conservancy with CFSB, Conservation International, The Natural Capital Coalition, and NOAA Fisheries where he held various research, policy, and project management roles.

Education

Utrecht University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, M.S. in Earth Science 2019
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.S. in Environmental Biology 2016

Tyler Porter

Director, People Operations
Tyler Porter

Director, People Operations

Tyler is a skilled and accomplished People Operations leader with more than 15 years of people leadership and human resources specialization. He is focused on driving organizational excellence and building cross-functional capability at Momentum through the development and implementation of a cohesive people strategy. Tyler is a passionate advocate for workplace authenticity, curiosity, and diversity.

Background

Tyler spent nearly 20 years working in the grocery retail sector in various service and support roles. Prior to joining Momentum, he served as a Senior Manager of HR at The Save Mart Companies where he oversaw a team of HR Business Partners and Generalists that delivered human resources services to more than 4,000 employees. He also served for eight years as the Head of Training and Development at Nugget Market, Inc. where he was responsible for the design, development, and delivery of all training initiatives across the enterprise.

Education

University of California, Davis, B.A. in Political Science 2007

Jennifer Potter

Senior Project Manager
Jennifer Potter

Senior Project Manager

Jennifer serves as the Project Director for Momentum, overseeing grant proposal production and submission. She has almost 25 years of experience in project and personnel management across a variety of technical industries, including bioenergy, clean transportation, factory automation, and applied physics. At Momentum, she applies her considerable organizational skills to manage client communications, solicit and organize proposal content, create and conduct QA/QC processes, and develop proposal content in collaboration with technical writing staff.

BACKGROUND

Prior to Momentum, Jennifer served as Project Director at Burst Technologies, where she performed budgetary and resource management for internal acoustic and hydrodynamic cavitation system development and operation, as well as related commercial projects. She directed scientific and technical personnel on the development of laboratory-scale technology through prototype and, ultimately, product level. She was also responsible for preparation of customer project proposals and defining and managing internal documentation procedures. She also served as Technical Manager. In that role, she directed scientific and technical personnel, managed technical resources for proof-of-concept and subsequent development projects for a variety of commercial applications that resulted from the company’s core research. Earlier, she worked for Parker Hannifin Corporation, Morgan Systems, and Wisconsin Electric. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys skiing, camping, hiking, biking, swimming, cooking, and craft projects.

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin, Madison, BS, Electrical Engineering, 1987

Sophia Racke

Project Manager
Sophia Racke

Project Manager

Sophia holds more than five years of experience in business development, with a passion for sustainability and helping others. After running for California State Assembly while studying at UC Davis, she realized she wanted a career that centered around creating solutions that positively impact communities and the environment.

Background

Prior to joining the team, Sophia served as Business Development Manager at ZYD Energy, a small clean technologies solution start-up focused on providing enhanced hot water services with decarbonization solutions for multifamily and single-family homes. She has additional experience working in business development at the Cal Aggie Alumni Association.

Education

University of California, Davis, B.A. in International Relations 2020

Catherine Rice

Business Manager
Catherine Rice

Business Manager

Catherine has more than 40 years of full-charge bookkeeping experience and over 30 years of experience with tax preparation. At Momentum, she reports directly to the executive team and manages payroll, monitors financial performance, produces reports, and manages and tracks client and subcontractor contracts, ensuring that financial and confidentiality controls are in place.

BACKGROUND

Catherine managed her own business for more than 30 years and has been a licensed enrolled agent since 1998. In her free time, she loves to work in her garden, take long walks, and create delicious meals in the kitchen. She is an ardent practitioner or yoga and meditation and performs in a band.

EDUCATION

College of San Mateo, Business Accounting

Chiara Scaramuzzino

Strategist
Chiara Scaramuzzino

Strategist

Chiara is a dedicated sustainability professional with over 5 years of experience in the field. She has a proven track record of supporting research institutions, public agencies, and businesses in the implementation of Renewable Energy and Storage projects across Europe and California. Utilizing a combination of research, communication, and management skills, she designs and shapes projects that promote sustainability on all levels. Her interests lie at the intersection of sustainability, clean tech, and community, with the ultimate goal of aiding in the green transition of the energy sector. As a community-oriented leader, Chiara is committed to making a positive impact on the environment and society through her work.

Background

Prior to Momentum, Chiara worked as a Sustainability Consultant at Burbank Water & Power where she provided insights to the Power Resources group to develop goals and objectives related to renewable energy and store technologies and projects. Chiara brings with her a wealth of project management, analytical, and consulting expertise in the areas of green and clean technologies.

Education

Universität Hohenheim, Masters of Agricultural Economics 2016
Università degli Studi di Torino, Bachelor of International Business, Trade, & Commerce 2013

Ashley Skeets

HR Coordinator
Ashley Skeets

HR Coordinator

Ashley is a skilled Human Resources Coordinator who provides broad support in the areas of talent acquisition, training and development, performance management, positive employee relations, leaves and reasonable accommodations, and compliance. She is knowledgeable in recruiting, payroll processes, accounting, and workplace training. Ashley is an inquisitive and thoughtful individual who is highly organized and process driven. She is dedicated to ensuring that all employees are treated fairly and that the company complies with all relevant regulations and laws. With her expertise and attention to detail, Ashley is a valuable asset to the Momentum team.

Background

Prior to joining Momentum, Ashley spent three years at Sonitrol Security, where she honed her skills in human resources, payroll, and accounting. Ashley brings additional experience in office administration and retail, where she developed strong interpersonal and customer service skills.

Education

Southern New Hampshire University, A.A. of Accounting 2021

Andrea Swanson

Manager, Product Delivery
Andrea Swanson

Manager, Product Delivery

Andrea is a highly accomplished professional with +19 years of experience in supporting and managing teams and projects in the environmental and clean technology industries. Since joining Momentum, she has led groundbreaking zero- and near-zero emission freight projects worth over $60 million in grants for the Ports of Long Beach, Oakland, Stockton, and San Diego. With her expert leadership, Andrea manages a dynamic team of project managers and strategists with precision and excellence, guiding them in the development of competitive grant applications and the execution of tailored client services to support funded projects.

Background

Andrea is a seasoned professional in technical support and project management. Prior to her tenure at Momentum, she was an integral member of the team at Seattle-based Floyd|Snider, providing indispensable support to a group of over 25 engineers and scientists with her exceptional skills in document management, formatting technical editing, QA/QC, and graphic design. She also led the production of over 300 deliverables annually at AMEC/Geomatrix Consultants while managing a team and overseeing company style and marketing materials. With her exceptional eye for detail and background in fine art, Andrea brings a unique perspective to visual presentation and a highly trained eye for detail.

Education

University of Washington, B.F.A. Sculpture/Three-Dimensional Forum, magna cum laude, 2014

Alex Van der Hoeff

Client Manager
Alex Van der Hoeff

Client Manager

Alex is an organized leader who sets and meets goals, learns and adapts quickly to change, and uses data and creative, critical thinking to solve problems. With strong communication skills, Alex is well-organized, pays close attention to detail and acts as a strong advocate for her clients. She is an ISA certified Arborist, with TRAQ certification, and her passion for preservation shines through in all her work. With her combination of technical knowledge, communication skills and leadership abilities, she is a valuable asset to the Momentum team.

Background

Prior to joining Momentum, Alex worked extensively in the world of arboriculture. From Seattle to San Diego, she worked with both residential and commercial clients to build and maintain budgets, coordinate various projects, and exceed client expectations all while maintaining regulatory standards on behalf of her teams.

Education

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, B.A. of Social Sciences—Natural Resources Management

Shonda Wagner

Project Manager
Shonda Wagner

Project Manager

Shonda is a dedicated Project Manager and Military Veteran with over 10 years of proven experience in project management. She has spearheaded multi-national projects with exceptional organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize within a multi-tasking environment. Shonda possesses superb cross-functional leadership skills and the ability to interact professionally with clients and stakeholders across multiple organizations.

Background

Shonda has experience as a Technical Project Manager for BAE Systems, Inc. where in concert with the DoD, she managed various installation and integration projects on U.S. Navy warships and auxiliary vessels. Additionally, Shonda continues to serve in the United States Navy Reserves as an Information Systems Manager.

Education

California State University, Sacramento, B.S. in Business Administration 2007

Sarah Ward

Project Manager
Sarah Ward

Project Manager

Sarah has more than seven years of experience in providing guidance in an academic setting, as well as client and customer engagement in the food and cleantech industries. At Momentum, she tracks new funding opportunities and prepares detailed Funding Opportunity Notices that summarize critical information about the opportunities for Momentum staff, consultants, and clients. In support of these activities, Sarah conducts rigorous research and analysis, communicates with public agencies, prepares visually appealing summaries, and uploads content to the Momentum website. Sarah also provides valuable research and document preparation support to Momentum staff.

BACKGROUND

In her free time, Sarah enjoys an avid interest in cinema of all genres. When not inside watching films, reading, crafting, or cooking, she takes to the outdoors to appreciate nature and wildlife. Sarah is passionate about social justice, animal rights, and building a sustainable future.

EDUCATION

CSU, Chico, BA Geography, Minor Environmental Studies, 2015

Aden Wexberg

Client Manager
Aden Wexberg

Client Manager

Aden is an experienced Account Executive and Project Coordinator with a passion for renewable energy, a love of collaborative problem-solving, and an intense sense of individual ownership and pride in his work. A natural storyteller, he thrives on exceeding client and company expectations by applying his analytical, interpersonal, creative thinking, and leadership skills to support multiple clients and their initiatives.

Background

Prior to Momentum, Aden served as a B2B Account Manager at BayWa r.e. Solar Distribution where he managed complex, multi-tranche commercial fulfillment projects and created new business opportunities with existing customers. Aden also has vast experience writing, producing, and editing commercial marketing collateral for a number of clients, and served as a Post-Production Coordinator at DreamWorks Pictures after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin.

Education

University of Texas at Austin, BS, Radio-TV-Film Production 2016

Van Wifvat

Project Manager
Van Wifvat

Project Manager

Van applies his technical and political experience to accelerate our transition to a sustainable future. He builds and motivates teams to achieve client sustainability objectives, and manages project budgets and staff.

Background

Van has an extensive experience as a technical researcher and engineer in the areas of transportation, energy, and the impacts to our environment. After completing his doctorate, he served as a legislative staffer where he developed, advocated for, and managed multiple bills in the California State Legislature.

Education

University of California, Irvine, M.S./Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 2019
University of Saint Thomas, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering 2013

Peter Willette

Strategist
Peter Willette

Strategist

Pete is a highly skilled and experienced consultant with specialization in the fields of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. With expertise in SOFC interconnected materials, retail hydrogen fueling stations, and next-generation fuel cell propulsion systems, Pete adds immense value to clients looking to advance their research and implementation in this cutting-edge field. He has a strong background in engineering and thermodynamics and is an expert in research and analysis.

Background

Before joining Momentum, Pete worked in General Motors’ Fuel Cell Lab as an Engineer where he supported laboratory testing of hydrogen fuel cells for automotive applications by designing, building, and commissioning automated fuel cell experimentation equipment. He has also experience leading early-stage clean tech startups.

Education

University of California, Irvine, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering: Energy Systems, Transport & Thermal Sciences 2014
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering 2012

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e-Mission Control designs, manages, and executes electricity consumption data products for forward-thinking on- and off-road vehicle fleet operators. Partnering with owners and operators of zero-emission vehicles and equipment along the West Coast, located at airports, seaports, retailers, grocers, campuses, distribution facilities, and many others.

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