We’re reframing the narrative around energy and equipping people to take effective, meaningful action in their homes and communities.

Generation180’s founding was prompted by a growing realization that we are at a tipping pointin America's transition to clean energy. The convergence of macro trends across the power, commercial, finance, and political sectors, as well as the arrival of rooftop solar power and electric vehicles to the mass market, have made it possible for our generation to fundamentally change our direction. We can now dramatically accelerate the arrival of a 100% clean energy future. Generation180 has a Joint Plan of Work with Virginia Organizing, a 501c3 non-profit organization that accepts grants and donations on behalf of Generation180.

The Team

  • Blair St. Ledger-Olson

    Blair St. Ledger-Olson

    Program Manager

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    With a background in conservation research, Blair is passionate about how scientific discovery can drive environmental sustainability. When not out hiking with her rescue dogs, she works to empower communities through education to have a positive impact on their environment.

  • Bri Graves

    Bri Graves

    Design & Marketing Specialist

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    Bri uses design to envision a better and cleaner future. Her background in design thinking, communication, and illustration enables her to create projects with a purpose. At the end of the day, she often trades in her computer and mouse for a canvas and paintbrush.

  • Esteban Gast

    Esteban Gast


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    Esteban Gast is a former educator turned entertainer and comedian. He is Colombian, was raised in Puerto Rico and Illinois, and lives in LA. He is co-creator and co-host of Identity at Play, a Spotify Original podcast. He was the host of Hyundai Highways, a travel series using only an electric car. He was the star of Jungletown, a TV show airing on VICELAND. He has been profiled in WBEZ, Huffington Post, and VoyageLA.

  • Jamie Wertz

    Jamie Wertz

    Program Associate

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    Jamie, a former intern with Gen180, is excited to join the team full-time and work towards a just and equitable future for her generation. She holds a B.A. in Global Sustainability and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and has a strong passion for both social and environmental justice issues. She currently resides in Bend, Oregon, and spends her free time rock climbing or baking scones.

  • Julie Jones

    Julie Jones

    Operations Manager

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    Julie has extensive experience as a leader in innovative nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. She specializes in building unique coalitions to advance solutions to today’s environmental challenges. Born and raised on her family’s farm on the Moormans River, Julie loves being outside and eating veggies straight from the garden.

  • Kay Campbell

    Kay Campbell

    Sr. Communications Strategist

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    Kay has more than 20 years’ experience using communications to drive social change, with deep expertise in strategic communications and media outreach. She’s worked on a range of issues – from environmental sustainability to public health and health equity – in the nonprofit, corporate, and federal government sectors.

  • Kerrie Carfagno

    Kerrie Carfagno

    Senior Fellow

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    Professor Carfagno teaches management communication, with an emphasis on communication strategy, business writing, public speaking, and communication skills in relation to leadership, ethics, and corporate social responsibility. She is particularly interested in studying the impact of social media and other technologies on crisis communications and leadership, which is the focus of her research and the subject of her most recent national and international academic presentations.

  • Matt Turner

    Matt Turner

    Creative Manager

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    Matt loves crafting the stories of the energy transition in whatever creative format he can—through video, photography, design, or web development. His love of the outdoors and his growing family encourages his pursuit of a cleaner future.

  • Nate McFarland

    Nate McFarland

    Director of Communications

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    A musician and entrepreneur turned marketer, Nate seeks to build impactful organizations, grow engaged tribes, and tell meaningful stories that will leave a better, healthier, more peaceful world for his sons’ generation.

  • Paola Massoli

    Paola Massoli

    Senior Fellow

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    With extensive research experience in air quality and pollution, Paola brings knowledge about the implications of vehicle emissions for climate and human health, and a passion to advance clean energy solutions. She believes that clean air is a human right, and she is dedicated to helping eliminate vehicle emissions through research, policy, and community empowerment.

  • Stuart Gardner

    Stuart Gardner

    Program Director

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    Stuart is a car guy who is passionate about creating sustainable and healthy communities. Prior to joining Generation180 he led go-to-market strategy, product development, and launch campaign planning for both EV and ICE vehicles in the automotive industry. With a name like “Gardner” – it’s no surprise he has a green thumb, and can be found on most weekends tending his garden, bees, chickens, and backyard vineyard.

  • Tish Tablan

    Tish Tablan

    Program Director

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    For the past two decades, she has been working within nonprofit, public, and private sectors to inspire sustainable solutions to complex environmental challenges. She enjoys empowering people to contribute to a healthier planet for us all.

  • Wendy Philleo

    Wendy Philleo

    Executive Director

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    Wendy is a nonprofit leader, philanthropic advisor, and social entrepreneur with a deep interest in social change and innovation. She brings over 20 years of experience in sustainability and conservation both domestically and internationally. She can often be found out enjoying nature and exploring new places with her husband, two children, and German shepherd.


  • Bevin Etienne

    Bevin Etienne

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    Bevin Etienne is a professor at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Dr. Etienne is an expert in the areas of sustainability, entrepreneurship, energy, social innovation and ESG (environment, social, and corporate governance). He conducts research to identify industry trends and technological advancements that present business opportunities that satisfies the social, environmental and economic requirements for sustainable development. He has over 17 years of experience in the development of renewable and clean energy technologies and their deployment.

  • Cale Jaffe

    Cale Jaffe

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    Cale Jaffe is an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, and Director of the School’s Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic. Prior to his appointment at the UVA, Jaffe directed the Virginia office of the Southern Environmental Law Center where he was part of the team that won a unanimous victory before the Supreme Court of the US in Environmental Defense v. Duke Energy, a Clean Air Act case.

  • Jason Halbert

    Jason Halbert

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    Jason is the Deputy Director at The Oak Hill Fund in Charlottesville, VA, where he manages the foundation and grant programs focused on climate change, renewable energy, and other issue areas. Prior to joining The Oak Hill Fund, Jason managed grassroots grantmaking at the W. Alton Jones Foundation. He is former Chairman of the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority and once directed the Appalachian Restoration Campaign.

  • John Haydock

    John Haydock

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    John is a strategic marketing consultant and active angel investor. He was previously President of Plow & Hearth and held senior marketing roles with Burt’s Bees, Cadbury Schweppes, and Unilever. He is the Board Chair of the nation’s leading river conservation group, American Rivers. As a Generation180 volunteer, John authored a clean energy resolution passed by the Albemarle Virginia Board of Supervisors in 2018.

  • Jonathan Baker

    Jonathan Baker

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    Jonathan has been involved in the renewable energy space for over a decade as a co-founder of HelioSage and a lead investor in Greenlight Energy. Prior to getting involved in energy, he was the Vice President and Managing Director at the Advisory Board Company and its spin-off, the Corporate Executive Board Company. Jonathan is also active in child welfare issues in the former Soviet Union as a co-founder of the Firefly Children’s Network.

  • Julia Verville

    Julia Verville

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    Julia is Program Director of the Tilia Fund which is a partnership of private donors who focus their grantmaking on reducing the threat of global climate change, advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy. She is an ecologist with experience in academia, philanthropy, and the non-profit sector. Her work has focused on global environmental change, the interface between science and public policy, and science education.

  • Rhea Suh

    Rhea Suh

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    Rhea is President & CEO of the Marin Community Foundation. Suh is former President of NRDC, former Assistant Secretary for policy, management, and budget at the US Dept of Interior under Obama with a career in environmental grantmaking. Suh is an expert in environmental and public health solutions with a passion for clean energy. She is a media commentator making frequent appearances in the NYT, LA Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, NPR, and other outlets.

  • Sandy Reisky

    Sandy Reisky

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    After spending nearly two decades in the clean energy business creating several successful companies commercializing utility-scale wind, solar, and wave energy, Sandy founded Generation180 to inspire and equip individuals to join in the transition to clean energy.

  • Sergio Knaebel

    Sergio Knaebel

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    Sergio is Vice President of the Sandler Foundation. He served previously as program officer for the Gulf of California program at the Packard Foundation. He is also vice-chair of the Biodiversity Funders Group. He has a Masters in Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Management.

  • Val Newcomb

    Val Newcomb

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    Val is AVP of Marketing and Communications at Urban Grid Solar. Val has a 20-year background activating marketing programs for top brands and global non-profits in the public education space. Her passion for startups and doing good work for good causes (with fine folks) is what led her to Generation180.