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.

“CESA is the touchstone for all things related to energy storage in California. I am very impressed with CESA’s ability to stay current on so many topics, to shape the discussion and to keep the membership informed. What I appreciate most about CESA is the leadership and the respect it engenders among the best and brightest in energy.”

– Mona Tierney-Lloyd, Enel X

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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 with 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


Jake Bartell

Membership and Regulatory Affairs Manager

Membership Manager for member support and engagement

Over 8 years renewable energy experience, including utility program management, policy consulting, and sales leadership

BS from Arizona State University

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Sarah Busch
Market Development Manager

Market Development Manager for member engagement, support and services

Over 7 years of experience in program management and market development experience in energy and greenhouse gas accounting

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


Francisco Ortega

Senior Regulatory Analyst

Supports a wide range of regulatory and policy efforts for the California Energy Storage Alliance.

Three years of energy experience including solar development for disadvantaged communities and behind the meter asset management

BS 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

Supports CESA membership and accounts payable

Over 10 years of finance experience

BS from University of Missouri- Columbia