Meet the CESA Team

CESA was founded in January 2009 by clean energy advocates and strategists with deep experience and relationships in the electric power sector. Since 2009 our passionate team has grown to include experts in utilities, wholesale markets, incentive structures and retail rate design. We strive each day to be responsive, helpful, and create value for our members.

“I’m really impressed by the professionalism of CESA and really appreciate the high quality of service it delivers to its members. CESA is one of the best-managed and most effective trade groups I’ve ever participated in.”

– Lars Stephan, Younicos


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Janice Lin,

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Over 20 years of experience in corporate strategy, clean energy regulatory consulting and market development experience.

Winner of the Energy Storage Association 2013 Phil Symons Energy Storage Award and the NAATBATT 2014 Market Development Award.

Prior experience includes VP of Product Strategy and VP of Business Development at PowerLight

M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business; B.S. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

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Don Liddell,

Co-Founder and General Counsel

Principal of Douglass & Liddell. Over 30 years of experience in private and government sectors of the energy industry.

Prior experience includes Assistant General Counsel of Sempra Energy and Counsel to US Department of Energy

Served as Chairman of Board of Directors of the Independent Energy Producers Association

L.L.M. from London School of Economics; JD from UC Hastings College of Law; BA from San Diego State University

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Alex Morris,

Vice President of Policy and Operations

CESA VP of Policy and Operations

Over 10 years of strategic consulting practice in the utility industry

Prior experience includes Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Strategen, Principal at PG&E, and PM at SCE

MBA from UC Davis; BA from UCLA

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Jin Noh,

Policy Manager

CESA Policy Manager for proceedings and initiatives at CAISO, CPUC, and CEC

Over 8 years of policy and analyst experience in the utility, regulatory, and technology industries

MPP from UC Berkeley; BA from Duke University

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Sarah Busch,

Membership Development Manager

Membership Development Manager for member engagement, support and services

Over 5 years of program management experience in greenhouse gas accounting and market oversight

BA from Smith College

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Melanie Davidson, Director of Marketing

Over 10 years of cleantech sector experience in marketing, sales, and engineering roles at DuPont, Proterra, and US Solar Decathlon

MBA Candidate, UC Berkeley; BSME from Rutgers School of Engineering; BA from Tulane University

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Lacy McCoy,

Events Manager

Events Manager for CESA and Strategen

Over 10 years of event and campaign experience, including California gubernatorial and state senate campaigns

BA from UC Davis

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Dana Talise,

Chief Financial Officer

Leads CESA accounting and finance functions.

Over 15 years of experience in environmental and urban preservation non-profits and consulting firms.

BS from Sonoma State University

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Meta Lackland,

Finance Manager

Meta supports CESA membership and accounts payable.

She brings over 10 years of experience

BS from University of Missouri- Columbia

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Sergio Duenas, Policy Fellow

CESA Policy Fellow for proceedings at the CPUC.

Experience in regulatory analysis for the energy sector in Mexico and the US.

MPP Candidate specializing in energy policy at UC Berkeley; BA in Political Science from Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE).

 

“I’m really impressed by the professionalism of CESA and really appreciate the high quality of service it delivers to its members. CESA is one of the best-managed and most effective trade groups I’ve ever participated in.”

– Lars Stephan, Younicos