Canary Media’s Charging Up column chronicles women’s career advancements in the climatetech sector. Please send us feedback and tips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristin Ellis is now a principal at Lowercarbon Capital, the VC firm founded by Chris and Crystal Sacca that just raised $800 million to invest in climatetech companies. Lowercarbon's portfolio includes cultivated-meat maker Mosa Meat and direct-air carbon-capture startup Carbon Engineering. Ellis also recently served as entrepreneur in residence at Carbon180.
Lynn Loo is stepping down as director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University in order to lead the new Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation as its first CEO "to help a difficult-to-abate sector accelerate its transition toward a low-carbon future."
Sustainable packaging company Cruz Foam added Leslie Nakajima as chief marketing officer. Nakajima has held marketing and communications roles at British Telecom, Nokia, Sybase and Mozilla. Cruz Foam has created a chitin-based biodegradable packaging alternative to Styrofoam.
Camille Press, previously with sPower, is now corporate communications specialist at Sargent & Lundy, a power and energy design firm that provides project services in the fields of grid modernization, renewable energy, energy storage, nuclear power and fossil fuels.
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Kaitlin Crouch-Hess, previously the sustainability manager at ING, is now director of the Center for Climate-Aligned Finance. The organization was established by RMI to help the financial sector transition the global economy toward a zero-carbon future in which climate change is limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius or below. (Canary Media receives support from RMI.)
Janette Kessler is now senior director of project finance at DCO Energy. Most recently, Kessler was a management consultant providing expertise in financing, regulatory affairs and management. She also provided guidance on project development for commercial and industrial customers in structuring renewable energy projects. Kessler's consulting clients include AES Corporation and Aldwych International.
Lauren Ngan is now principal performance engineer at newly launched Arevon Energy, a provider of asset management and construction services. Ngan was previously with Generate and, before that, First Solar.
Caitlin Rood joined Bright Power as a senior national account manager focused on energy and water solutions in affordable housing. Prior to joining Bright Power, Caitlin was at Mercy Housing, one of the nation’s largest affordable-housing organizations.
A new scholarship aims to increase women's participation in the solar workforce
Women continue to be underrepresented in the solar industry, despite widespread consensus that a diverse workplace is good business sense. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, women account for only 28 percent of the science, technology, engineering and math jobs in the global solar industry. Nextracker and Solar Energy International, a provider of technical training in the renewable energy sector, have partnered to launch Half the Sun, a needs-based global scholarship program geared to boost the participation of women in the solar workforce. The program is now accepting its first round of applications. Details are here.
An inspirational woman artist
Elizabeth Catlett, whose African American grandparents were once enslaved, was a sculptor and graphic artist who was born in the United States but spent much of her life working and teaching in Mexico.
“Because I am a woman and know how a woman feels in body and mind, I sculpt, draw and print women, generally black women.”
—Elizabeth Catlett, 2005