The Solar Foundation’s staff holds substantial experience in the areas of solar market transformation, business development, policy analysis, and program design.
President and Executive Director
Andrea Luecke leads The Solar Foundation and is responsible for developing and implementing high-level research and national educational initiatives that promote solar market transformation. Andrea is the lead on TSF’s highly acclaimed National Solar Jobs Census report series, serves as vice-chair of ANSI-IREC Clean Energy Workforce Accreditation Committee, serves as co-chair of the National Solar Schools Consortium, and is an advisor to the Women in Solar group. As a subject matter expert, Andrea frequently presents on practical “best practice” approaches and has provided consultation to numerous organizations including the National Academy of Sciences and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Andrea ran the City of Milwaukee’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar America Cities program, Milwaukee Shines, where she helped Milwaukee develop and implement policies and programs aimed at increasing solar energy capacity within the city. Andrea was the catalyst and muscles behind getting one of the nation’s first Property Assessed Clean Energy financing programs approved as well as the Milwaukee Metro Solar Hot Water Business Council established. As a result of her front-line experience, she earned the “0-60” award by the U.S. Department of Energy for her leadership and persistence in starting a viable solar program from scratch.
Andrea is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned her Master’s in Business and was awarded the highly competitive Center for Economic Development fellowship through the UW Consortium for Economic Opportunity.
Program Director, Brian D. Robertson Memorial Solar Schools Fund
Yolanda Seabrooks serves as Program Director for the Brian D. Robertson Memorial Solar Schools Fund, a project of The Solar Foundation. Yolanda manages the day to day operations of the BDR Fund, whose mission is to provide solar photovoltaic systems to K-12 schools across the nation to increase awareness of solar energy and broaden access to solar education. She also worked on The Solar Foundation’s solar schools tracking report, which was released in September 2014. Before joining the Foundation, Yolanda spent eight years with SunEdison, a global leader in providing turnkey photovoltaic solutions to municipal, state, federal, utility, and commercial customers. There, she worked on the Distributed Generation Project Finance team, where she oversaw diligence for the sale of commercial solar projects to investors. Yolanda is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Philip Haddix manages a number of The Solar Foundation’s projects and performs research in support of new and existing initiatives. In particular, Philip oversees the Foundation’s activities under the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership program and provides research and management support on several labor market and schools-based projects. He plays a key role in the development and publication of the National Solar Job Census report series. Prior to joining TSF, Philip worked with both the Sierra Club/Blue Green Alliance and the Solar Energy Industries Association. He holds a Master of Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University with concentrations in Energy and Environmental Policy.
Alexander Winn works on many of The Solar Foundation’s key projects, including management of a Department of Energy funded program, the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, and the design and development of the State Solar Jobs Map. Before joining TSF, Alexander was an integral member of the George Washington University Solar Institute since its formation. There, he managed the Institute’s public outreach, including the Annual Solar Symposium, online communications, and various research efforts. He recently worked to support the government affairs team of the Solar Energy Industries Association, particularly on regulatory issues related to electricity transmission and public lands. Alexander earned a Master in Public Administration with a concentration in Public-Private Policy and Management and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the George Washington University.
Laura Manewitz currently manages all of The Solar Foundation’s fundraising activities, including grant writing, corporate sponsorships, and individual giving. Laura has experience both on and off Capitol Hill, most recently working in political consulting and campaign fundraising for clients including U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono, Chris Coons, and Kirsten Gillibrand, among others. Originally from San Francisco, Laura received her bachelor’s degree in political science at St. Mary’s College of California, where she wrote about the impact of women’s rights on single commodity economies and studied the impact of religious practice on culture while abroad in India. Laura earned her Master of Arts in Public Policy, with a concentration in Women’s Studies, at the George Washington University, where she researched gender equality in national politics. Additionally, while completing her graduate studies, Laura worked as part of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Impact 2012, which focused on ensuring that, regardless of the election outcome, the resulting Administration and 113th Congress embraced a smart power approach to America’s engagement in the world.
Mary Liang provides programmatic support on various projects for The Solar Foundation, including the National Solar Jobs Census and State Census reports. She currently oversees The Solar Foundation’s new Maryland Solar Schools project and serves as the liaison to the National Solar Schools Consortium, of which TSF is Co-Chair. Prior to completing her graduate coursework, Mary worked with TSF as a summer intern in 2013, contributing research to support webinars and podcasts related to solar RFPs and other local government solar policy issues. She holds Masters Degrees in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington.
Assistant to the Executive Director
Travis Moore assists the Executive Director of The Solar Foundation in many capacities, including administrative and development support, operational facilitation, and organizational communications. Prior to joining TSF, Travis performed similar duties, as well as policy research and database management, in the nonprofit drug policy reform arena, while also accruing substantial staff support experience over six years of event management in the Nation’s Capital. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Pre-Law from Ohio University.