What Our Members Say

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

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.

Who Are Our Members

A “get stuff done” community. Proudly agenda-free.


of MWh sold in U.S. come from SEPA members


of utilities with carbon-free or net-zero emissions goals


of Utility Commissions are SEPA Members

What are the benefits of SEPA membership?

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


Advisory Services

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

Your Journey With SEPA Starts Here

The electricity system is leaping forward with help from our community. We are a team working together to create a future where clean energy is maximized by a modern and resilient grid.

Meet SEPA’s Membership Team

Courtney Galatioto

Vice President, Membership

Courtney Galatioto

Courtney Galatioto is the Vice President of Membership at the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), a prominent educational nonprofit with 1,100+ members nationwide. With over a decade of experience in the energy sector, Courtney plays a pivotal role in steering SEPA’s strategic initiatives, shaping the membership program to drive engagement, retention, and growth aligned with SEPA’s mission. She collaborates closely with members, ensuring tailored solutions and delivering value through research and programs.

Courtney previously held key roles in business development and member relations at the Alliance to Save Energy and served as a policy fellow in North Carolina. She holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in energy and climate change and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Phone: 202.559.2032     Email: [email protected]

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Charisse Raysor

Director, Member Services

Charisse Raysor

Charisse joined SEPA in 2013. As director of member services, she leads all administrative components of membership. She’s accountable for developing and implementing procedures to ensure accuracy of membership records 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 20 years of membership services experience to SEPA.

Phone: 202.559.2024     Email: [email protected]

Denise Burr

Manager, Utility Engagement

Denise Burr

Denise joined SEPA in May 2023. With 25 years of customer service, she finds a meaningful purpose in helping people help the world. Prior to joining SEPA, she spent the last two years at a biotechnology research company working as a transformation, strategy, and continuous process improvement consultant in Quality and Regulatory. She has five years of utility experience working with distributed energy resources and operations at Tucson Electric Power, where she worked to inspect solar and battery storage systems. That led her to be a part of a process to harmonize utility standards locally and statewide in Arizona. She has served in financial and project management roles for different industries such as government, non-profit, corporate, and construction.

Denise has a Bachelor of Organizational Management and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Arizona Global Campus.

Denise lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her daughter and mother. She enjoys a work-life balance with health and wellness activities. In her free time, she practices as a licensed massage therapist for family and friends. Her new hobby is learning how to conquer her fear of heights at the rock-climbing gym.

Jennifer Klump

Manager, Corporate Engagement

Jennifer Klump

Jennifer joined SEPA in June 2022 and works to enhance the membership experience of SEPA’s corporate partners.

Coming from a Chamber of Commerce background, Jennifer has a wide range of knowledge in membership, sponsorships, and events and is committed to ensuring that members get the most out of their investments.

Jennifer has two sons, 13 and 7, and lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas.

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Fatima Barrie

Senior Associate, Membership

Fatima Barrie

Fatima joined SEPA in April of 2022. In her role, she’s responsible for providing superior member experience and customer service, including supporting the SEPA Membership team renewal and retention process. A graduate of William Paterson University, Fatima received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and English. She has years of experience in various customer service roles and experience as a freelance writer for numerous publications and organizations.