A powerful community awaits

SEPA members have a reputation for making electric power sector transformation a reality. That’s why utilities, regulators, corporations, and government agencies use SEPA to get real results.

A “get stuff done” community.

Proudly agenda-free.

SEPA offers practical information on clean energy and grid modernization. Our members reflect these values. From the big picture to the gritty details – we have the experts and knowledge you need.

  • Live and on-demand learning
  • Working Groups
  • Facilitation
  • Advisory Services

We have the tools you need to have more brilliant moments, unlock new opportunities, and achieve your business goals.

Caroline Choi

SEPA really facilitates a fantastic dialogue about what the future of the electric system is, where it’s going, and what’s the best way of getting there.

- Caroline Choi, SVP, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison

Jake Wade

SEPA basically gets you to the information you need that much faster. SEPA gives you that forum to discuss openly and freely with other program managers and utilities what they’ve learned.

- Jake Wade, Renewable Energy Program Manager, Seattle City Light

Gerald Buydos

SEPA provides us the depth of knowledge that I can’t get on my own. The research is an immeasurable benefit to utilities that don’t have the staff or have resources on staff to be able to do that, you provide that to us.

- Gerald Buydos, Solar Program Manager, City of Riverside, CA

Brian Fitzsimons

SEPA has a way of bringing people together in a fairly low-key manner where it’s very comfortable to sit with other executives from utilities and have a conversation about what’s important to them, what their issues are, and why they need to change their business models.

- Brian Fitzsimons, CEO, GridUnity


Meet SEPA’s Membership Team

Adam Wasserman

Senior Director, Membership, Communications, & Marketing

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Adam Wasserman

Adam Wasserman joined SEPA in 2014 and is responsible for building market awareness and development of SEPA’s products and services. He has spent his career helping a wide variety of organizations advance their marketing message and strategy.

Prior to SEPA, Adam worked with non-profits, technology companies, film and TV productions, advertising firms and a Political Action Committee. A native of Washington DC, he earned his bachelor’s 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 Benton is the Membership Manager for the Smart Electric Power Alliance. He joined SEPA in 2015 as Manager of Executive Affairs and moved to the membership team in late 2016. 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

Spencer Schecht

Member Experience Manager

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Spencer Schecht

Spencer joined SEPA in November 2017. In his role, Spencer conducts proactive outreach to SEPA members to plug them into the breadth of SEPA offerings and advocate for their interests internally.

Prior to joining 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 on programs with The World Bank and The Natural Resource Defense Council around renewable energy domestically and abroad.

Spencer holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Maryland, College Park, a master’s degree in natural resources and sustainable development from the University for Peace in Costa Rica, and a master’s degree in international affairs from American University.

Phone: 202.350.4671      Email: sschecht@sepapower.org

Tom Bishop

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

John van Zalk

Membership Data Associate

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John van Zalk

John van Zalk joined SEPA in 2017 as the Membership Data Associate. He maintains SEPA’s CRM data and analyzes it to identify key prospects to strengthen the SEPA community and track progress towards goals. He has previous experience working on the front end of SEPA’s electricity market reform efforts as an intern with the 51st State. John holds a BSc in Earth, Energy and Sustainability from Leiden University in the Netherlands where he led research on the spatial scales of energy systems.

Email: jvanzalk@sepapower.org