Jeff Bissonnette comes to OSEIA after more than 17 years as the organizing director then policy director for the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon, the state’s residential utility ratepayer advocate organization. He campaigned for progressive energy policy while coordinating the Fair and Clean Energy Coalition and directed CUB’s legislative advocacy program since 2001 where he led numerous successful campaigns, including the creation of Oregon’s Renewable Energy Standard.
Jeff has worked for community groups and campaign organizations in Washington, DC, Illinois and New York. He has dedicated both his work life and volunteer time to community organizing and advocating for public interest issues.
Jeff currently serves on the board of Renewable Northwest, the region’s leading renewable energy advocacy organization. He is also a board member of the NW Energy Coalition, a regional collaboration of organizations working for a clean and affordable energy future.
Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Planning, Public Policy and Management from the University of Oregon and an MBA with a focus on nonprofit management from the University of Portland. He lives in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland with his wife and son in a 1906-era house with a 2.87 kW solar array on the roof. When he’s not working, Jeff enjoys hiking, camping, reading, cooking and talking about politics.
Craig Ernst began his solar career in 2007 serving as OSEIA's communications director until 2009. He rejoined OSEIA in September 2013 after taking a break from the solar industry to explore development work in other industries, most notably the sportfishing industry and the surfrider foundation.
As a consultant, she recently served as a Project Manager for Green Building Services developing an Intro to Sustainability college level curriculum. Prior to becoming a consultant, she managed Solarize Washington campaigns and provided feasibility evaluation of renewable energy projects at Northwest SEED in Seattle.
In the past, Meghan served as an Interpretive Park Ranger and Climate Change Educator at the North Cascades National Park in Stehekin, WA. Meghan holds a B.S. in Marketing and International Business from Penn State and a Masters in Public and International Affairs, Environmental Policy from Virginia Tech. For her commitment to public service and social justice, Meghan received the Government and International Affairs Founding Faculty Award for demonstrating the ideals of community engagement, public service, and social justice. Meghan also received a prestigious fellowship (C2C-Campus-to-Congress) from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy for emerging leaders in climate change.
Max Muller, OSEIA’s political liaison, has lobbied for a decade. His campaigns won the world’s first municipal ban on toxic BPA, the nation’s most stringent power plant mercury restrictions, nation-leading hydraulic fracking regulations, and other notable policy victories. Since returning to Oregon in 2015, he has lobbied for OSEIA and Oregon CUB—where he led the successful campaign for the bill to renew Oregon’s solar thermal industry. In 2016, he directed two winning electoral campaigns while strengthening solar’s political voice by helping build Oregon SolarPAC, Oregon’s first renewable energy political action committee. He graduated from Iowa’s Grinnell College.
Erica fell in love with energy law and policy during her second year of law school, while writing her capstone on the introduction of solar microgrids in developing countries. In the spring of 2016 Erica clerked at Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon, where she learned about the intricacies and key players of Oregon's utility paradigm.
She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. in Environmental Law and Public Interest Law from Lewis & Clark Law School. Upon graduation, Erica was inducted into Lewis & Clark Law School's Cornelius Honor Society for excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service to the law school community. Erica is excited play a key role at OSEIA in growing and strengthening the solar industries in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
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