Many homeowners do not know who to call, who to trust, or what to do to improve the comfort of their home, lower their energy bills, or reduce their carbon footprint in an effort to do their part to help the environment. RREA is your local "one-stop" non-profit energy coach where you can go for objective advice on clean energy and energy efficiency solutions in Richmond Virginia.
Andrew Grigsby: Executive Director
Email Andrew at email@example.com
Andrew joined RREA as Executive Director in January 2020, bringing more than 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, educator, and leader promoting sustainability and bringing clean energy solutions to the built environment.
Prior to joining RREA, Andrew served simultaneously as the Business Development Director for the distributed solar developer Secure Futures and as the Executive Director of the Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance. From 2015 to 2017, Andrew was Executive Director at the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), a non-profit headquartered in Charlottesville with a mission to bring clean energy solutions to families, businesses, and communities across Virginia. And before LEAP, Andrew spent 14 years as founding principal of the green consulting firm Commonwealth Sustainability Works and 3 years with the Sustainable Communities Initiative of the City of Austin, Texas.
His formal education includes a master’s degree in community and regional planning from The University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree in social theory from Virginia Commonwealth University. Andrew lives in the Woodland Heights/Swansboro area of Richmond with his wife, Trista, who is the Farm to School Specialist for the Virginia Department of Education. They have two young boys.
Danièlle Fouché Leonard: Solar Programs Manager
Email Danièlle at SolarizeRVA@rrea-va.org
Danièlle is a Spiritual Life Coach, Certified Associate Pranic Energy Healer, Lecturer, and Environmentalist who retired from a successful IT career to follow a higher spiritual calling. With her deep interests in the environment, people, esoteric teachings, and personal growth, Danièlle chose to leave a successful 20-year IT career to be of service to her community and the planet. In addition to leading RREA as the Executive Director, Danièlle volunteers weekly at Feedmore in the community kitchen, practices and hosts classes in Pranic Energy Healing, and lectures on esoteric teachings.
Danièlle holds an Executive Masters of Science-Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Hannah Fuerhoff, BPI BA: Energy Efficiency Programs Manager
Email Hannah at EnergizeRVA@rrea-va.org
Hannah studied Biology and Environmental Science at the College of William and Mary, then received her masters from VCU's Center for Environmental Studies. She became involved in home energy efficiency while serving with Green Iowa AmeriCorps in Des Moines. There she performed interior air sealing for low-income families, developed sustainability education events, and worked closely with the program's host site, Habitat for Humanity. Animals are Hannah's other passion: she was an animal keeper at Maymont for 3 years and continues to foster cats for the SPCA.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman: Stephen Evanko, LEED AP, NGBS Green Verifier
Stephen Evanko is the Managing Director of Energy and Sustainability at Dominion Due Diligence Group. Prior to this role, Stephen built Capital One’s Environmental Sustainability Office and was responsible for the company’s sustainability strategy. Stephen developed the company’s greenhouse gas emissions and environmental goals, oversaw external partnerships, implemented environmental projects, led associate engagement programs and communicated company progress. Prior to joining Capital One, he worked as a Consultant for Boston Consulting Group and Senior Systems Engineer for Essex Corporation. He holds a Master's degree in Physics from the University of Maryland and MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School.
Vice-Chairman: Rob Hazelton
Rob Hazelton is President of Dominion Due Diligence Group (D3G), a provider of professional consulting services to the multifamily housing industry. D3G, founded in 1994, focuses on engineering, environmental and engineering studies for affordable housing and healthcare properties financed through FHA mortgage insurance programs, Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) and innovative green lending programs. D3G is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) training affiliate, a NYSERDA Multifamily Program Partner (MPP) and a pioneer in advancement of the Green Capital Needs Assessment as an integral tool for affordable housing finance. Prior to establishing D3G, Rob worked for due diligence firms in Boston and New York. Rob holds a degree from Bucknell University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Treasurer: Mark Slack
Mark Slack is the managing member of Kanawha Realty Advisors, LLC (“KRA”), a boutique multifamily and affordable housing advisory firm. He has over twenty years of commercial real estate experience, and has been involved with affordable housing since 1996. Prior to forming KRA, Mark spent ten years with AIG-SunAmerica Affordable Housing Partners, Inc., a national Low Income Housing Tax Credit syndicator, and the 5th largest multifamily owner in the country. His resume includes positions with other national real estate companies including Dynex Commercial, Inc., a permanent lender for tax credit properties, and GMAC Commercial Mortgage, a commercial mortgage banking firm. Mark holds a B.A. in English from Washington and Lee University, and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Real Estate and Urban Land Development from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to serving on the RREA board of directors, he also serves on the project:HOMES board and chairs the New Business Development committee.
Damian Pitt, Ph.D.
Dr. Damian Pitt is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Studies and Planning in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. His research examines efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through state and local government approaches to renewable energy, energy conservation, transportation, and land use. He has published numerous academic journal articles on solar energy policy and climate change mitigation planning, and was the lead author of “Analyzing the Costs and Benefits of Distributed Solar Generation in Virginia,” a 2014 report to the Virginia Departments of Environmental Quality and Mines, Minerals, and Energy on behalf of the Virginia Solar Stakeholders Group. Dr. Pitt incorporates service learning into many of his courses, and his students have completed energy policy research projects for RREA, the City of Richmond’s Office of Sustainability, VA Sun, and the Town of Blacksburg. Prior to entering academia he worked for Cogan Owens Cogan, a nationally respected land use, environmental planning, and public outreach consulting firm in Portland, Oregon.
Karl Bren, LEED AP
Karl Bren is President of GreenVisions Consulting, specializing in green building and sustainable design. He is a founder of Richmond Region Energy Alliance, Virginia Sustainable Building Network and Virginia Supportive Housing. He was a founding board member of the Better Housing Coalition, James River Green Building Council, Caretakers for God’s Creation. He is a co-founder of EarthCraft Virginia, the leading residential green builder program in Virginia. Karl has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University and served on the Governor’s Energy Policy Advisory Council under Governor Tim Kaine. He holds a Master of Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech and is a Fellow of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute. He is married and has three wonderful grandsons.
Joel B. Eisen
Professor Joel Eisen teaches courses in Environmental Law, Energy Law, and Law of Climate Change, and Environmental and Energy Law in China. He also teaches the Environmental Law and Policy course to undergraduate students in the University of Richmond’s Environmental Studies program. In recognition of his contributions to teaching, scholarship and service, he has been named the University’s Distinguished Educator for 2010-2011. In spring 2009, Professor Eisen was a Fulbright Professor of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China. He has become an authority on renewable energy law and policy in the United States and China, and has published extensively in law journals, periodicals for general consumption, and books and treatises. He is a co-author of the leading law and business school text on energy law, Energy, Economics and the Environment, with its third edition published in 2010. His most recent articles on renewable energy (including two on China’s energy programs) were published in law journals at Notre Dame, William and Mary, and Chicago-Kent. Professor Eisen is a graduate of the Stanford Law School (J.D. 1985) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1981).
Todd Flowers is a Senior Business Development Manager with Dominion Virginia Power, where he is responsible for leading and managing the development and acquisition of power generation projects utilizing renewable, fossil, and nuclear fuel resources. He is also responsible for developing and leading renewable energy options for commercial customers of Dominion. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Longwood University, a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Todd has been actively involved in several non-profit organizations and is currently on the Board of Trustees of Historic Richmond, whose mission is to preserve Richmond’s distinctive historic character by sparking revitalization and championing the city’s important architectural legacy. He previously served on the Board of Directors of project:HOMES and on the Board of the Massey Alliance, the Junior Board of the VCU Massey Cancer Center.
Kerri is the Director of Energy Conservation at project:HOMES, serving both single family and multi-family needs. She began her association with project:HOMES in 2001 by helping the volunteer program manage a new handicapped accessibility grant. With experience in construction and program administration Kerri moved on to work with home rehabilitation and real estate development before heading up and developing the multi-family weatherization program. She managed a team of four specialists to provide services to apartment communities throughout the commonwealth.
Alicia Zatcoff, J.D., LEED AP
Alicia Zatcoff is an intrapreneur with over fifteen years of experience achieving positive change in local government and communities. As the Sustainability Manager for the City of Richmond, she developed and leads the City’s Sustainability and Energy Management Program that focuses on improving the environmental and economic performance of city government operations while ensuring the highest quality of life for residents, making the community healthier, more resilient and economically competitive. Currently, she is championing RVAgreen 2050, the city’s initiative to develop a roadmap to reach its goal to reduce community wide GHG emissions 80% by 2050. Alicia has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia, a law degree from the University of Richmond and she is a LEED AP. She holds leadership positions in the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) and the Virginia Energy & Sustainability Peer Network and is active in several organizations that promote sustainability in the Richmond region.