What drew you to the solar industry and becoming a Community Organizer?
I grew up in rural, western New York, surrounded by a playground of nature and wildlife. From a young age I was passionate about improving the life of individuals around me, which led me to pursue a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Government. While studying I made a point to take any internship opportunity that came my way, and was introduced to solar energy during a semester long internship with the local town government.
The town was in the final stages of bringing a Solar Array in to power the municipal buildings, and that was my ‘light bulb’ moment. As I listened to engineers explain the savings opportunities to the town, I knew I wanted to focus my personal and professional life on bringing clean, renewable, solar energy to as many people as possible.
After graduation I joined Americorps NCCC as a Team Leader, and worked with communities that were in need. During my year of service I was able to work with families impacted by the aggressive wildfires in Northern California as well as victims of Hurricane Irma in Southern Florida. I gained a new perspective on these disasters that were exacerbated by climate change. I knew after those experiences that taking my passion and efforts to the solar industry was my next step. Three weeks after my Americorps graduation I started at SunCommon as a Community Organizer.