Charging Up: Women’s climatetech career moves at SunPower, Borrego, Nextracker, Duracell, SEIA and more

Whether you’re developing the multi-megawatt deals or covering them in the press, we salute you.

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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

SunPower, a solar technology and energy services provider, named June Sauvaget as the company’s chief marketing officer. Sauvaget was previously with financial services company Brex, and before that, she was global head of consumer and product marketing for Spotify. SunPower is in advanced discussions regarding a potential sale of its commercial and industrial solutions business,” according to the company.

Tamera M. Whelan is now senior business development manager for operations and maintenance at utility-scale solar and storage developer Borrego Solar. She was previously with NovaSource Power Services.

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Maya Batres, previously with ClimateWorks Foundation, is now PR director for Grid Alternatives.

Jill C. Anderson was promoted to executive VP of operations at investor-owned utility Southern California Edison.

Jennifer Leitsch, previously with CBRE, joined global consultancy EY as managing director of climate change and sustainability services.

Karyn Boenker is now project manager in the buildings and connected systems group at Pacific Northwest National Lab. She was previously with Sunrun. 

Jimmy O’Hare is now a senior sustainability specialist on the climate resilience team at investor-owned utility PG&E. She was previously with Atelier Ten.

Jen Bristol was promoted to senior director of communications at the Solar Energy Industries Association, a national trade group.

Melina Acevedo was promoted to senior sales analyst for utility sales at Nextracker, the solar tracker market leader. 

Stephanie Cox is now director of business development at engineering consultancy Enertis Applus. She was previously with battery builder Eos Energy Storage.

Courtney Pinns is now sales manager at Duracell Power Center, a maker of a residential battery and solar storage system with a well-known consumer battery brand name. Pinns was previously with energy storage provider Eguana Technologies.

Career moves in climate journalism 

Jennifer Kho is now VP of journalism and information equity at social impact agency DoGoodery. Kho is a senior adviser to Canary Media and most recently served as the director of strategic innovation for HuffPost, where she led the development of new audience engagement, storytelling and revenue models. 

Katherine Bagley was promoted to executive editor at Grist.

Lisa Hymas was promoted to executive editor at Canary Media. Before joining Canary, Hymas was a founding editor at Grist, where she ran the newsroom for many years. 

Maria Gallucci is now a reporter at Canary Media, covering hard-to-decarbonize sectors and efforts to make the energy transition more affordable and equitable. She was most recently a contributing writer for Grist and IEEE Spectrum, and she was previously a staff reporter for Inside Climate News, Mashable, and newspapers in Mexico City.

Canary Media is currently hiring for a senior editor role.

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Eric Wesoff is the editorial director at Canary Media.