Charging Up: Women’s climatetech career moves at Fluence, Urbint, Omnidian, SDG&E and more

From nonprofits to the veep suite, women are making major strides in clean energy.

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Canary Media’s Charging Up column chronicles women’s career advancements in the climatetech sector. Please send feedback and tips to [email protected]​canarymedia.​com.

Career moves

Ashley Horvat, previously with Greenlots, is now VP and head of eMobility in North America for Schneider Electric.

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Christin Camacho was promoted to VP of marketing and communications at LevelTen Energy. LevelTen just landed $35 million in funding to help corporate buyers streamline clean energy procurement.

Kylin Ellison, most recently with Standard Cognition, is now head of talent at Twelve (formerly Opus 12). The company claims its technology​“combines a new class of CO2-reducing catalysts with a novel device that splits CO2 with just water and renewable electricity as inputs,” an innovation that could reduce emissions by turning CO2 into needed products. 

Lea Bajc is now a partner at Blue Horizon, an investment fund focused on the future of food. Bajc is co-founder of OzoneX Ventures.

Fluence, a company that’s active in the global grid-scale battery market, added María Castañer, previously with The Brattle Group, as part of its energy storage supply chain team. It also added Isabelle Branco-Lo, previously with Guidehouse, to the firm’s competitive intelligence group. As Jeff St. John recently reported for Canary Media, Fluence has filed plans to hold an initial public offering on the Nasdaq stock exchange. It’s opting to take the more traditional approach to raise public capital in a clean energy sector that’s been dominated by special-purpose acquisition company mergers over the past few years.

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Melanie Davidson, previously with Stratagen, is now hydrogen commercial development manager at investor-owned utility San Diego Gas & Electric.

Linda Turner, most recently with Solaria, is now director of strategic alliances at Omnidian, a provider of solar system performance plans and performance guarantees. The company just secured a $33 million Series B capital raise led by Activate Capital. 

Micol Campagnano was promoted to customer success manager at Urbint, a startup building an artificial-intelligence-informed risk management platform for utilities. The firm raised a $60 million Series C round from investors including Energize Ventures, utility American Electric Power, the venture arm of utility National Grid and utility-backed Energy Impact Partners.

Annabelle Lee Sullivan, most recently with RMI, is now operations manager in engineering professional services consulting firm WSPs sustainability, energy and climate change practice. 

Amy Harder is now executive editor of Cipher, a new publication covering the push to zero emissions, which recently launched a weekly newsletter. Cipher is part of Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy network. Harder was previously an energy reporter for Axios and The Wall Street Journal.

Katie Hall of Hall Capital Partners is now co-executive chair with Tom Steyer at Galvanize Climate Solutions. Galvanize is targeting investments​“in the billions” into seed, venture and expansion capital for companies working on decarbonization strategies, a spokesperson for the fund told Canary Media. Hall Capital Partners manages about $40 billion in investment assets for foundations, endowments and families. 

Nonprofit corner

Jacqueline Toth is now senior advocacy director at Good Energy Collective, a policy research organization building the progressive case for advanced nuclear energy [as] an essential part of the broader climate change agenda.” Toth was previously adviser for policy and content in the climate and energy program at Third Way.

Anna Broughel is now director of energy leadership at Clean Energy Leadership Institute. She was previously senior economist and principal consultant at Tetra Tech and is currently an adjunct lecturer in energy economics at Johns Hopkins University.

An inspirational woman artist

Marie Bracquemond (18411916) was a French Impressionist known for her outdoor portraits. According to Artnet, Thoroughly working-class and largely self-taught, Marie Bracquemond didn’t have the access to arts training typically offered to the upper bourgeoisie. She is said to have made her first painting, a portrait of her mother, using dyes she made herself from flowers.” See more of Bracquemond’s work at Artnet.

Marie Bracquemond, On the Terrace at Sèvres (Sur la terrasse à Sèvres), 1880

Eric Wesoff is the managing editor of Canary Media. He's a prominent industry journalist, analyst, writer, consultant, speaker and expert witness in the renewable energy field.