Generation 180 is a non-profit committed to advancing the transition to clean energy and supporting a cultural shift in energy awareness through original, engaging content, digitally-enabled campaigns, and an empowered volunteer network. Download our “New Energy Narrative” summary here.
Peter Fadoul – Program Manager
Peter graduated from the University of Richmond where he studied the politics and economics behind energy and environmental issues. Peter also accrued experience in energy policy analysis and communications while working on Capitol Hill for a member of the House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee.
As Program Manager, Peter assists with a wide array of work streams ranging from outreach and engagement to energy and environmental research. His abilities as a generalist and passion for sustainability make him a valuable utility player in Generation 180’s endeavors. Peter holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL) from the University of Richmond.
Susan Klees – Campaign Director
Susan has more than 20 years of experience managing stakeholder communications, media relations and public education campaigns for a range of companies and non-profits. She is passionate about engaging and activating consumers to make changes that are good for their health, their communities and our environment. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from UCLA.
Nate McFarland – Director of Communications
The common thread running throughout Nate’s career thus far has been a passion for understanding and engaging audiences, and he has pursued it both as a performing artist and as a marketer. Eager to once again be part of building an organization from the ground up, Nate joined the Generation 180 team as the first full-time employee. Nate spent seven years in the music industry as a business partner and guitarist in the pop band Parachute. During that time the group recorded, released and promoted three records, sold over 300 thousand albums, and had a series of Top 20 radio singles. Desiring to build upon and formalize his experience as an entrepreneur, Nate attended the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He concentrated in Marketing and served in a leadership role for the Darden Marketing Club. He holds a BA in History from the University of Virginia.
Sandy Reisky – Founder
Sandy served as CEO Apex Clean Energy from 2009-2016. Since entering the renewable energy industry in 2000, his companies have developed over $4 billion of wind and solar facilities now operating around the country. He was founder and president of Greenlight Energy, a leading independent wind energy company that was acquired by BP in 2006. Sandy was also the founder of Axio Power, a utility-scale solar developer and Columbia Power Technologies, a pioneer in wave energy technology. In 2014, Sandy was appointed to serve on the Virginia Energy Council by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. He has a BS in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.
Matt Turner – Creative Manager
After eight years in the military, his love of storytelling brought him to attend and graduate from Brooks Institute with a B.S. in Visual Journalism, focusing on Documentary Film and Photography. Since then he has worked in content creation and marketing management for a number of organizations in the entertainment, education, and power-technology sectors, as well as working on documentary film. As Creative Manager, Matt oversees all content creation, both in-house and with external contractors. He brings video production, graphic design, web development, and marketing communications expertise to the Generation 180 toolkit. His growing family lives in Charlottesville with his wife and two daughters.
Our Advisory Council
Jonathan has been involved in the renewable energy space for over a decade. As a co-founder of HelioSage in 2008, he has been responsible for the firm’s strategy for growth, navigating the company from a start-up to a nationally recognized solar project developer in under four years. A lead investor in Greenlight Energy, the wind energy development firm sold to BP in 2006, Jonathan directed the company’s utility scale development efforts while serving on the Board of Advisors. Prior to getting involved in energy, Jonathan held positions as Vice President and Managing Director at the Advisory Board Company and its spin-off, the Corporate Executive Board Company, which went public in 1999 (NASDAQ – EXBD). After the Advisory Board’s IPO, Jonathan became extremely active in child welfare issues in the former Soviet Union. He is a cofounder of the Firefly Children’s Network. Jonathan holds a BA in English and a BS in Economics from the University of Virginia.
Jason is a program officer at The Oak Hill Fund in Charlottesville, VA, where he manages grant programs focused on climate change, renewable energy, Chesapeake Bay restoration, and women’s reproductive health & rights. Prior to joining The Oak Hill Fund, Jason managed grassroots grantmaking focused on biodiversity protection at the W. Alton Jones Foundation. He is former Chairman of the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority and continues to help lead the push to create green, affordable mixed-income housing in Charlottesville. He coordinated two multi-year initiatives to remove dams from rivers in Central Virginia, helping expand the Scenic River system and open new migratory fish habitat. Jason once directed the Appalachian Restoration Campaign, an effort to create a network of protected wild lands in central Appalachia. In previous positions, he taught forest ecology through the Wild Rockies Field Institute, helped manage an organic farm and orchard, served as a lobbyist on conservation issues on Capitol Hill and was a garden guide at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Delaware.