Meet Our Team

The core of SEPA’s clean energy operations

Engagement

Adam Wasserman

Vice President, Engagement

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Adam Wasserman

Adam Wasserman joined SEPA in 2014 and is driven by a relentless pursuit of value for SEPA members. His team led an organizational rebranding, two successful mergers and a mission that grows membership, engagement and retention each year.

At the intersection of marketing, membership and communications, the team oversees SEPA brand strategy and market awareness. They play a critical role in new products, services and initiatives, as well as creating the messaging to engage members, convert non-members and capture the attention of the industry.

Prior to SEPA, Adam worked with non-profits, technology companies, film and TV productions and advertising firms. A native of Washington DC, he earned his degree from the University of Arizona.

Phone: 202.559.2033     Email: adam@sepapower.org

Brad Benton

Senior Manager, Membership

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Brad Benton

Brad joined SEPA in 2015 as Manager of Executive Affairs and moved to the Membership Team in 2016. In this role, Brad recruits new organizations into SEPA’s community and ensures that current members are getting value from their membership with SEPA.

Prior to joining SEPA, Brad worked at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and for Rep. Emanuel Cleaver from Missouri on Capitol Hill. Brad has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

In his spare time, Brad is an avid traveler and photographer. He lives with his wife in Arlington.

Phone: 202.559.2038     Email: bbenton@sepapower.org

Charisse Raysor

Manager, Member Services

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Charisse Raysor

Charisse joined SEPA in 2013. As Senior Membership Coordinator, she leads all administrative components of membership . She’s accountable for developing and implementing procedures to ensure accuracy of membership recoreds including member engagement, trends, and overall integrity. Prior to SEPA, Charisse served as Membership & Sponsorship Account Manager for the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA). She also held the position of Membership Specialist for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

Charisse brings more than 15 years of membership services experience to SEPA.

Phone: 202.559.2024     Email: craysor@sepapower.org

Cynthia Hunt Jaehne

Director, Engagement

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Cynthia Hunt Jaehne

Cynthia leads the executive engagement programs, Working Group communities, and online learning at SEPA. Cynthia’s project management experience coupled with her knowledge of the trends, barriers, and approaches relating to the successful and sustainable integration, deployment and utilization of solar and distributed energy resource technologies informs her role developing and executing programs for SEPA.

Prior to joining SEPA, Cynthia was a Project Manager for Morse Associates, Inc. in Washington, DC. Cynthia has more than 10 years of experience managing utility-scale solar PV and CSP studies and initiatives for a number of clients both in the U.S. and internationally.

Cynthia has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Carolina.

Outside of her professional work and interests, Cynthia’s dogs keep her running and she is a comedy-loving movie nerd, a voracious reader, and a classically trained pianist.

Phone: 202.595.1148     Email: cjaehne@sepapower.org

Erin Phillips

Associate, Communications

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Erin Phillips

Erin Phillips joined SEPA as a Communications Associate in December 2019. In her role she works with a variety of teams to promote SEPA’s mission and vision to various audiences.

Prior to joining the SEPA team, Erin worked as a research and communications strategist for Ballast Research, a branch of National Journal that studies government affairs. She specialized in coordinating projects on state energy issues. She has also held several internship positions in communications and media, working with issues like public transit access and regional solar policy. Erin holds a B.A. in Social Innovation and Enterprise with a minor in Nonprofit Studies from George Mason University.

Greg Merritt

Director, Communications and Marketing

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Greg Merritt

Greg joined SEPA in April 2019, and works to promote SEPA to stakeholders and the broader markets. Greg has worked in corporate marketing, public affairs and product marketing at advanced technology companies helping change the status quo.

He has served on boards at the Alliance to Save Energy, Duke University’s Fuqua School and other energy-focused organizations.

He has a MS, Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS, Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Greg is an avid cyclist and skier, has two grown boys, and lives in Old Town Alexandria with his wife and pets.

Phone: 202.379.1637     Email: gmerritt@sepapower.org

Ian Motley

Manager, Marketing

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Ian Motley

Ian joined SEPA in 2015. In his role, he shapes the marketing and branding strategy for organizational products, events, services, and initiatives. Ian possesses approximately ten years of experience marketing to businesses in the civil engineering, transportation, and energy sectors.

Ian holds an MS in International Marketing Management from Boston University and serves on ASAE’s National Capital Advisory Council and other association groups.

Ian lives in Washington, DC with his dog Camryn, is a Star Wars junkie, and ardent supporter of the oxford comma.

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Janine Fiasconaro

Senior Associate, Marketing

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Janine Fiasconaro

Janine joined SEPA in 2017 and is responsible for digital marketing efforts including advertisements, email, new web pages, and the sepapower.org website maintenance. Her marketing background includes several internships including the Sierra Club where she gained skills in marketing strategy, user experience web design, and HTML. She graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Strategic Communication and a minor in marketing. In 2019 Janine received certifications in both Google Analytics and Google Ads. Janine is on a journey to zero waste living in her Bethesda, MD home. She loves taking excursions to nearby parks to hike and camp, especially Shenandoah National Park.

Phone: 202.871.7495     Email: jfiasconaro@sepapower.org

John van Zalk

Associate, Membership Data

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John van Zalk

John studied earth and energy science at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His tenure with SEPA began during one of his summer breaks in college, where he supported SEPA’s 51st State Initiative as an intern.

After graduating in 2017, John joined SEPA’s membership team in a full-time capacity. Today, he is developing machine learning predictive models and implementing high-performance applications to improve the SEPA member experience. He recently completed a project to visualize electric companies’ carbon reduction goals across the United States.

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Email: jvanzalk@sepapower.org

Jordan Nachbar

Manager, Communications

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Jordan Nachbar

Jordan joined SEPA as Manager, Communications in 2019. In his role, he drives content and SEPApower blog production, coordinates external partnerships, and supports member, media and public outreach.

Prior to SEPA, Jordan worked in strategic communications consulting where he helped non-profits, associations, and companies drive their narratives through comprehensive public affairs campaigns. He also has a background in public and private sector government relations. Jordan graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in political science, economics and music.

When not at work, Jordan enjoys traveling to new places, listening to music and keeping up with the latest electric vehicles news.

Phone: 202.559.2034     Email: jnachbar@sepapower.org

Lesley Strand

Manager, Engagement

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Lesley Strand

Lesley’s background encompasses 15 FORTUNE® (Executive Assistant to the President & CEO, Verizon Communications/Bell Atlantic International) to start-up, public and private-sector companies on a global scale. She has served in a variety of executive assistant and managerial roles in the technology and energy sectors, telecommunications, finance, biopharmaceuticals, and manufacturing.

In addition to her technical line of work, she enjoys lending creative support in the fields of advertising, marketing, technical writing, and communications. She loves to write, is the daughter of a NY Times Best-Selling Author and has even served as a White House, Presidential Correspondence Volunteer to several U.S. presidents.

Lesley has an extensive, international background in travel, languages (English, Italian, Spanish and French) and foreign cultures. Educated at international schools in France (Université de Paris, La Sorbonne) and Switzerland, she has lived and worked New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boulder, CO. While she loved skiing in Colorado, she currently lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and three children (named “Don’t Kick the Ball in the House”, “Not Me” and “Why?”).

Phone: 202.869.4388     Email: lstrand@sepapower.org

Maliya Scott

Coordinator, Marketing

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Maliya Scott

Maliya joined SEPA in 2018. In her role, she is responsible for coordinating and executing the visual design and marketing project initiatives for SEPA.

She provides years of marketing, project management, and account management experience in the non-profit and corporate sectors. Her diverse industry portfolio ranges from energy, healthcare, travel, and science and technology.

Maliya holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from West Virginia University.

Phone: 202.796.0666     Email: mscott@sepapower.org

Spencer Schecht

Manager, Member Experience

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Spencer Schecht

Spencer joined SEPA in November 2017 as an internal advocate for the continuous improvement of the SEPA member experience.

Prior to his work at SEPA, Spencer spent two years at the DC Sustainable Energy Utility helping some of the largest institutions in the nation’s capital adopt energy efficiency measures. He has also worked within teams at The World Bank and The Natural Resource Defense Council around renewable energy and climate change mitigation.

In his spare time Spencer can be found slapping the bass and enjoying pricey ice cream.

Phone: 202.350.4671      Email: sschecht@sepapower.org

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Tom Bishop

Senior Associate, Membership

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Tom Bishop

Tom joined SEPA as a Membership Associate in 2017. In addition to managing SEPA’s membership database and serving as a point of contact for SEPA members, he assists in the procurement of potential member and sponsor leads among other business development functions that help drive SEPA’s growth.

He graduated from The George Washington University in May of 2017 where he studied International Affairs with a focus on Economics and Business. He garnered his interest in the clean energy sector through observing disparities in resource endowments, technology and energy policy around the world. Hailing from Newton, MA, he spends much of his free time as a shameless Crossfitter and New England sports fan.

Phone: 202.871.9183      Email: tbishop@sepapower.org

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