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CCEnergy Board of Directors

Jon Corshen

San Rafael, CA

Jon is a successful software executive and entrepreneur, with more than 17 years of business and marketing experience. Throughout his career, Jon has worked to help develop and grow emerging technology companies. With his strong combination of strategic business planning and practical marketing skills, Jon brings a unique perspective to the sustainable energy market. Jon is currently running URLTaken, a strategic marketing firm focused on new media and Internet technologies. Prior to launching URLTaken, Jon was the Vice President of Marketing for Determine Software, a venture funded software start-up in San Francisco. Jon was the VP of Corporate Strategy for Ariba Software, where he helped develop and implement innovative marketing, lead generation, and public relations strategies. Before Ariba, Jon was a founder of TRADEX Technologies, a leading B2B commerce and marketplace platform provider acquired by Ariba in March 2000. Jon began his career at Anderson Consulting where he developed and designed enterprise software.

Statement of priorities:

From its initial founding through to today, I have been impressed by the Co-op's ability to combine a passion for sustainable energy with a commitment to sustainable business practices. In today's competitive business environment, growing a business and doing "the right thing" is no small challenge. As a committed board member, my focus will be on helping to evaluate and develop the Co-op's broader business and marketing strategies. As someone who is extremely interested in both technology and sustainable practices, I believe that I bring a unique perspective to the table. My goal will be to help the Co-op meet and exceed short and long-term growth goals to be able to continue to spread "the word" across ours and other communities.

Jessica Nelson

Portola, CA

Jessica is the solar project manager for Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative. Her job encompasses coordinating the development of solar and wind energy projects, administering conservation programs, and managing PSREC's community outreach about renewable energy, energy conservation, and sustainable living. She designed and developed PSREC's solar partnership with CCEnergy. As part of preparing for this role, she completed Solar Energy International's PV Design and Installation course.

Last year, Jessica traveled to Washington DC to lobby for Clean Renewable Energy Bonds that were included in the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005. Before joining PSREC, she worked with California State Parks for several years. She holds a degree in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Statement of priorities:

I believe the partnership of Plumas-Sierra and CCEnergy will be mutually beneficial, reinforcing each of our cooperatives' central goals to work for the good of our members and local communities. My priority is to effectively connect PSREC Members with the information they need to pursue their solar energy interests and join the solar community that CCEnergy has been so successful in fostering in the Bay Area. As a CCEnergy Board member, I will provide the unique perspective not only of an "enlightened utility" but also rural interests. I hope to assist CCEnergy in our organizations' mutual goal to become a model of the right way to promote renewable energy, and to encourage other communities and utilities to initiate similar efforts.

Brent Eubanks

El Cerrito, CA

Brent contributes his technical engineering background and analytical skills as a mechanical design engineer for Stantec, a professional design and consulting firm providing services in planning, engineering, architecture, surveying, and project management. Formerly CCEnergy's sales engineer, Brent developed and refined the Co-op's Excel-based analysis and sales tools for predicting PV system performance and financial payback. He also designed commercial PV systems and participated in CCEnergy's strategic business development.

Brent draws on his education in mechanical engineering from Caltech and experience with various technology companies including a rocket engine manufacturer. His desire to apply his design and problem-solving acumen to the challenge of human sustainability lead him to join CCEnergy initially and then run for a seat on the board of directors. Brent is also a certified permaculture designer and an accredited LEED® professional.

Statement of priorities:

I worked with the Cooperative almost from its inception in 2001 until 2005. During that time, I was on the ground (roof) as a field sales representative, I was involved in the engineering of several major commercial/institutional PV projects, and I created and maintained the software tools used by our sales reps. I believe that my experience has granted me some insight into both the challenges facing the Co-op and the dynamics of the solar energy market. I am pleased to have the opportunity to place that knowledge in service of the organization on a more strategic level.

I would like to see the CCEnergy Board take a more active role in setting the strategic direction and goals for the organization, so that we can more effectively fulfill our mission of making renewable energy easy, affordable, and commonplace.