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 administor in New York. He has co-authored publications with both the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Smart Electric Power Association (SEPA). He was awarded the Sam Garst Climate Champion award by Climate Solutions in 2018. Mason’s understanding of the community solar and the solar industry has been a leading factor of the development of Olympia Community Solar.
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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Nelson Diems Haffner-Ratliffe serves as a board member for Olympia Community Solar. His interest in renewable energy guided his education, earning a dual Bachelor of Arts and Science from The Evergreen State College. Diems’ has worked on solar arrays for nearly a decade and currently works for a solar installer that specializes in remote industrial off-grid solutions. Diems is a strong advocate for a clean energy future.
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.
Andrew Kuka serves as the Outreach Director for Olympia Community Solar. He earned a master’s degree in sociology and served as an applied community and economic development fellow at Illinois State University, where his studies focused on affordable housing and our relation to the built environment. Andrew brings over 3 years of professional experience in grant management, data collection and analysis, and graphic design skills to the team.
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.
Ari Simmons shines as the Outreach Consultantat Olympia Community Solar. She earned her Masters of Environmental Studies at The Evergreen State College. She has led efforts to improve regional climate efforts, including the bid to pass Initiative 1631 in 2018. She currently holds the position of Community Energy Specialist at South Sound Solar. She is a tireless advocate for environmental and social justice and is passionate about leading the region toward an accessible and equitable clean energy future.
Matt Booth serves as Olympia Community Solar’s Business Consultant and Policy Director. He graduated from Evergreen State College with a focus in renewable energy development and public policy. During his time at Evergreen, he also designed and grant funded a solar array. Matt has worked as a legislative aide to the Washington Technology and Economic Development Committee Chair, where he focused on issues including energy regulation and emerging technologies. Matt is also an experienced musician who plays bass guitar for the group Space Whales.
Ryan Campbell serves as a marketing consultant for Olympia Community Solar. His background is environmental science and policy. He now focuses on marketing, specifically in the digital space. Ryan has worked in a marketing capacity for a slew of government, nonprofit, community, and business organizations. Ryan’s skills include social media management, web design, and media creation including graphics, video, and written work. He also ranges into sales, public relations, analytics, and coding.
Jenna Mason serves as a Media/Outreach Consultant for Olympia Community Solar. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis in environmental journalism. She has worked in photography and videography for over seven years. As owner and operator of Jenna Mason Media LLC, she helps visualize the missions of local nonprofits, businesses, and cooperatives. Jenna has been with Olympia Community Solar for a year, providing visual media that has aided in successful fundraising and outreach efforts.
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