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Charging Up: Women’s climatetech career moves at Sunrun, Mosaic, Cypress Creek, Brookfield, Arcadia, LevelTen and more

Shaking things up from the boardroom to the C-suite and beyond.
By Eric Wesoff

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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 wesoff@​canarymedia.​com.

Career moves

Amy Heart was promoted to VP of public policy at Sunrun. Residential solar leader Sunrun has raised its guidance on megawatts installed twice this year and added a new CEO, Mary Powell.

Rayman (Ray) Mathoda joined Mosaic’s board of directors. Mathoda previously served as CEO of Xome, a Texas-based real estate services provider. Mosaic recently surpassed $6 billion in home solar and efficiency loans funded through its platform.

Nicolette Sowa is now VP of energy markets at Enersponse, a startup that helps customers decarbonize their energy use. She was previously the demand response program manager at Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

Cassidy DeLine was promoted to chief commercial officer at solar developer Cypress Creek Renewables. Here’s a write-up summarizing Cypress Creek’s solar-plus-storage partnership with North Carolina co-op Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation.

EnVerid’s new VP of finance and administration, Jenna Hohmann, previously served as senior director of financial planning and analysis at Cogito Corp., an MIT-linked AI company. EnVerid addresses two issues for buildings: improving indoor air quality and lowering HVAC energy-use intensity to reduce carbon emissions.

Allego, a European EV charging network, named Jane F. Garvey, who served as administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as board chair. Allego recently announced its business combination with Spartan Acquisition Corp. along with Meridiam in a special-purpose project finance vehicle for EV charging infrastructure.

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Jenna Goodward, previously with Shell, is now heading up efforts for Arcadias data services as its director of product. Arcadia’s software and APIs provide access to the data and clean energy needed to decarbonize the grid.

Shaandiin Cedar, an associate at Powerhouse Ventures, is now on the board at ClimateVoice, a company with a mission to mobilize the voice of the workforce to urge companies to go all in’ on climate, both in business practices and policy advocacy.”

Li-Cycle, a lithium-ion battery recycler, named Debbie Simpson to serve as the company’s CFO. Prior to joining Li-Cycle, Simpson was the CFO of Maple Leaf Foods.

Melissa Chan joined Fermata Energy, a vehicle-to-everything” services provider, as director of grid solutions and strategic partnerships. Most recently, Chan served as principal and owner of Kendril.

Shweta Behl Das is now head of business development for commercial and industrial at renewable energy project investor Brookfield Renewables. She was previously with Radiance Renewables.

Sarah Pendergast is now manager of buyer transactions at LevelTen Energy, which provides a platform for renewable energy transactions. Pendergast was previously with 8minute Solar Energy.

Community Energy Labs is a women-led firm aiming to enable the affordable decarbonization of buildings by 2030. The firm recently hired its first male engineer.

Diversifying venture capital

Powerhouse Ventures notes that 11 percent of venture capitalists are white women, 2 percent are Black men, 1 percent are Black women, 1 percent are Latinx men, and nearly 0 percent are Latinx women. The lack of diversity in the VC space means too few dollars are invested in companies founded by women and people of color. The firm is hiring a partner or a principal to serve as a leader on its investment team.

ANGELS.vc is a community where women can learn about startup investing, share deal flow and start writing checks.

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Eric Wesoff is editorial director at Canary Media.