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 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

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

Adam Wasserman

Vice President, Engagement

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

Director, Membership

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

Charisse Raysor

Charisse joined SEPA in 2013. As manager 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 15 years of membership services experience to SEPA.

Phone: 202.559.2024     Email: craysor@sepapower.org

Spencer Schecht

Manager, Member Experience

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

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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John van Zalk

Associate, Membership Data

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.

Check out the Utility Carbon Reduction Tracker.

Email: jvanzalk@sepapower.org