About Olympia Community Solar

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Board Members

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Mason Rolph

Mason Rolph serves as the President of Olympia Community Solar. Mason, a graduate of The Evergreen State College, has consulted on community solar policy for The Coalition For Community Solar Access and Common Energy; a community solar administrator in New York. He has co-authored publications with both the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Smart Electric Power Association (SEPA). He received the Sam Garst Climate Champion award by Climate Solutions in 2018. He was elected to the Washington Solar Energy Industry Association Board of Directors for 2022-2023. 

Matthew Strickland

Matthew Strickland serves as a board member for Olympia Community Solar. He is a crucial member of our project development team. Matthew is a graduate of Evergreen State College, a Marine Corps Veteran, and has experience in solar energy installation, energy advocacy, and civil construction.

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Katrina Taylor

Katrina Taylor serves as the Board Secretary for Olympia Community Solar. She has a Masters in Environmental Policy and is a tenured professor of political science and sustainability at Tacoma Community College. Katrina has studied, taught and/or published in the fields of renewable energy policy and climate protection advocacy for over 20 years. She has been a long time advocate of solar energy and enthusiastic supporter of community solar. 

She was recently named a McKinstry Champion of Sustainability at the 2019 Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference.

Connor Tibke

Connor Tibke serves as the treasurer for Olympia Community Solar. A graduate of The Evergreen State College, Connor has a BA in public policy and environmental science. He worked as a Legislative staffer for three consecutive sessions in Washington and as a contractor for the Thurston County Economic Development Council’s business survey for the Department of Commerce. 

Connor is passionate about the intersection of economic and environmental justice as expressed in public policy.

Matt Booth

Matt Booth is one of Olympia Community Solar’s founding members. An Evergreen State College graduate, Matt has experience as a legislative aid at the state legislature and is the base player for the local band Space Whales. 

 

He recently started working at the Washington State University Energy Extension. 

Staff

Ben Silesky, [email protected]

Ben Silesky is Olympia Community Solar’s Program Director. He brings more than six years of coalition organizing experience from working with Audubon Washington.


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Zachery Miller, [email protected]

Zachery is a graduate student at Penn State University studying renewable energy and sustainability systems. He previously worked for Puget Sound Energy in their energy efficiency and net metering teams. His passion for solar comes from his love for nature and has dedicated his career to advancing clean energy to preserve our communities and the planet.

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