Edward Fenster, co-CEO
At an age when most of his peers were learning arithmetic, Ed was at work on Lotus 1-2-3 analyzing numbers to create innovative and scalable financial concepts. After years as an investor, Ed aspired to apply his financial savvy and creativity towards his passion for creating a cleaner world. He co-founded Sunrun to make solar affordable for American families. At Sunrun, Ed focuses on finance, fleet operations, legal, and regulatory affairs. Under his leadership, the Company was the only residential solar company to enjoy an uninterrupted source of project financing through the 2007-2010 financial crisis. On the legal and regulatory side he works to shape policy and help build a sustainable subsidy-free solar industry. In 2011, Ed facilitated a partnership between Sunrun and U.S. Bancorp to support the purchase of $200 million in residential solar systems, a commitment that represents that bank's largest single tax equity investment to date. In 2010 he and co-founder Lynn Jurich received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Northern California. Before Sunrun, Ed served as Director of Corporate Development at Asurion Corporation. He also worked at The Blackstone Group, completing more than $10 billion in private equity and merger and acquisitions transactions. He is a member of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, serves as an Advisory Partner to Millennium Technology Value Partners, and holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from The Johns Hopkins University.
Lynn Jurich, co-CEO
Lynn Jurich has a passion for creating simple solutions to difficult problems. She recognized that more people would switch to solar if it didn’t involve high costs and complexity and co-founded Sunrun to make simple and affordable solar a reality. Sunrun makes smart financial decisions and smart environmental decisions one and the same so people don’t have to choose between their pocketbooks and the planet. Lynn focuses on Sunrun business operations, including sales, marketing, channel operations, and software development. Under Lynn’s direction Sunrun provides affordable clean power to families in ten states and coordinates a network of partners that employs over 3,000 workers. Lynn joined the Sierra Club Foundation Board of Directors in 2010 and is a founding member of the Sierra Club’s Clean Tech Council. She is also part of the founding board of the Startup American Partnership and was one of FORTUNE Magazine’s Ten Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2009. In 2010 Lynn and co-founder Ed Fenster were awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in Northern California. Previously at Summit Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm, Lynn completed investments with an aggregate market value of over $900 million in the financial services and technology sectors. Lynn holds an MBA and BS from Stanford University.
Barak Ben-Gal, Chief Financial Officer
Barak Ben-Gal joined Sunrun in order to apply his passion for strategy and financial management to help solve one of the world’s greatest challenges: creating a sustainable solution for combating climate change. Most recently, Barak was Vice President of Finance at Support.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPRT), where he managed all external financial reporting, core accounting, tax, and Sarbanes Oxley compliance functions as the company shed its enterprise division and built a new consumer services business. Prior to Support.com, Barak managed global change management efforts for Yahoo’s (Nasdaq: YHOO) Operation Finance team across 27 countries in 4 continents as the company focused on improving efficiency in its global financial operations and strategically aligned its global workforce strategy. He spent three years as the budget director for the Oakland (CA) Unified School District, where he managed the district’s financial operations for over 120 schools serving over 45,000 students, and guided the district back to financial solvency. He implemented broad changes to district financing and program funding that have been replicated across the largest school districts in the country. Previously, Barak spent over six years in corporate strategy roles, both for Mediaplex, an ad serving technology company which he helped steer through an S-1 process as well as M&A and post-merger integration activity, and on the consulting side for LEK Consulting with industry leading clients across the biotechnology, media, and airline sectors in the US, Europe, and Asia. Barak has an AB in Economics from Harvard College, and an MBA and MA from Stanford University.
Matt Eggers, Vice President, Operations
Matt works at Sunrun because he believes the build-out of distributed, renewable energy will be the defining accomplishment for his generation. At Sunrun, Matt leads business operations and software product management. Prior to Sunrun, Matt led the stack operations team and was Director of Product Management at the fuel cell company Bloom Energy. In that role he led development of the plan to massively scale manufacturing of Bloom’s core cell technology and developed the features and specifications for the second generation “Bloom Box”. Before Bloom, Matt worked for Genentech where he led the commercial launch of Herceptin Adjuvant, a breast cancer drug with over $1 billion in sales. Early in his career he was an Associate at Morgan Stanley Venture Partners where he championed investments in biotech and enterprise software companies. Matt has a B.S. in molecular biology from Duke University and an MBA from Stanford University. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Ecology Project International and sits on the Advisory Board for the Duke University Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment.
Ashley Giesler, Vice President, Transactions and General Counsel
Ashley serves as Vice President of Transactions and General Counsel of Sunrun. As General Counsel, Ashley advises on general and specialized legal matters, including federal and state legal requirements, tax matters, corporate governance and complex commercial business transactions. As Vice President of Transactions, Ashley is responsible for continuing Sunrun's successful track record of raising capital to support the Company's continued growth. Prior to Sunrun, Ashley served first as Assistant General Counsel and then Vice President of Corporate Development at Asurion Corporation, a technology device protection company. As Vice President of Corporate Development, Ashley worked with senior management to develop long-term strategic planning and to evaluate and drive strategic growth opportunities, including overseeing several billion dollars in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions and international expansion. As Assistant General Counsel, Ashley handled the company's corporate and transactional legal matters, including the drafting and negotiating of channel agreements with key wireless carriers, such as Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile. Prior to joining Asurion, Ashley served as Corporate Counsel at an enterprise software company and as a corporate transactional associate attorney at the Venture Law Group in Silicon Valley and Riordan McKinzie in Los Angeles. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Santa Barbara and Order of the Coif from the UCLA School of Law.
Holly Gordon, Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Holly serves as Sunrun's lead on all federal and state legislative and regulatory work ensuring Sunrun's affordable solar power service is available to the most consumers possible. She also sits on the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Executive Committee as the SEIA State Policy Committee Chair. Holly came to Sunrun from Ausra, a utility-scale solar thermal company, where she served as the lead on all federal and state legislative and regulatory work. While at Ausra, Holly helped form and was President of the Large-scale Solar Association. Prior to Ausra, Holly worked and taught at the Stanford Law School Environmental Law Clinic focused on environmental and energy related legal issues. Prior to joining Stanford, she was an environmental justice attorney at Communities for a Better Environment and at the Chicago Environmental Law Clinic. During her tenure there, she served as the Assistant Director of the Program in Environmental and Energy Law. She also served as an adjunct environmental law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, and Northwestern University School of Law. Previously, she was an associate in Jones Day's Chicago office. Holly received a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.A. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
Billy Hinners, Vice President, Technology
Billy brings over thirty years of experience in product strategy, software engineering, and IT strategy to Sunrun. He is an expert in design automation, and joined Sunrun as Chief Engineer for the solar platform. Previously, he served as Chief Information Officer at Autodesk Inc., where he led multiple large-scale, transformative initiatives. Prior to joining IT, he led the design, development, testing and publications teams that create and maintain Autodesk’s flagship AutoCAD line of products. In the community, Mr. Hinners has contributed as chairperson of the UC Berkeley Fisher IT Center Advisory Board, mentor for the MIT Clean Energy Prize, mentor for the FIRST robotics competition and a regular presenter at the National Youth Leadership Forum. He has been an active speaker on the subject of sustainable IT. Billy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Science and Mechanics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Bill Owens, Vice President, Products
Bill brings over twenty years of experience in Finance, Product Management and Strategy to Sunrun, where he leads the company's Product Strategy effort to bring innovative and cost effective solar solutions to consumers. Prior to Sunrun, Bill was co-founder and CFO of Mile Rock Partners, an alternative investment firm focused on equity and structured finance. Bill also held senior management positions in Finance, Product Management, Marketing and Business Strategy at Nuance Communications, OnLive! Technologies, HJ Heinz, Oracle, Apple and Bain. Bill holds a B.S.E. Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and a M.S. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University
Bill Schuh, Vice President, Sales
Bill leads Sunrun's sales and channel organizations. Prior to joining the company, Bill spent ten years building or serving in world-class sales organizations. Most recently, Bill served as Vice President, EMEA for Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ: CALD). In this capacity, Bill was responsible for sales and marketing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, growing a fledgling EMEA business from a small handful of customers in the UK to a successful business spanning more than 20 countries and establishing a successful mix of channel and direct sales. Before Callidus, Bill worked in a variety of sales and business development roles, and as an analyst at leading technology investment bank Hambrecht & Quist (H&Q). Bill holds a BA in History from Princeton University. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and daughters and enjoys skiing, running and travel.
Beth Steinberg, Vice President, Human Resources
Beth Steinberg has over 18 years of human resource experience in both emerging and Fortune 500 companies. Beth's focus has been on helping leaders and companies with complex organizational and growth issues. Beth was an HR Executive at Nike, focusing on driving employee engagement, leadership coaching, talent management and organizational development. Her previous work also includes consulting for Maveron Venture Capital, Mozilla, SeaChange Capital, The Motley Fool, The New Teacher Center, Lynda.com, and other emerging non profits and technology companies. Beth has held numerous Human Resource Executive positions including the VP of HR at Facebook and Vice President of HR at Electronic Arts. Beth has also held HR positions at Hewlett Packard and Nordstrom. Beth has her BA in Psychology from San Jose State University and attended the Executive Program at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Beth is very involved with the non-profit community, focusing on venture philanthropy, environmental and education issues. Beth is on the Board of Trustees at Hidden Villa as well as on the Board of Social Venture Partners. Beth also sits on the Advisory Board of Rypple and of Puppet Labs. In her spare time, Beth is an avid runner and triathlete. She has completed 15 marathons and the Ironman Triathlon.
Bill Stewart, Vice President, Marketing
Bill joined Sunrun to lead the marketing effort because he believes that the way we make change is by making the right choices easier. Prior to joining the company, Bill spent over 20 years helping to market some of the world's top brands. Bill was the chief marketing officer of Kmart, leading development of the turn-around plan for the $20 billion retailer. He is also the veteran of three start-ups and a former Levi-Strauss VP where he led marketing efforts for the Dockers brand. He started his career at General Mills and Coca-Cola. He lives in the Bay Area with his partner and enjoys biking, hiking and travel.
Debbie Tuck, Vice President, Corporate Controller
Debbie Tuck joined Sunrun because she believes that the process of getting energy should be more efficient with easier access to consumers. Debbie brings a combination of strategic and tactical finance experience with multinational operations to Sunrun in order to scale the accounting operations to meet the company’s fast-paced growth. Most recently, Debbie was the Vice President of Finance and Accounting, Corporate Controller at SolFocus, Inc., a venture-backed manufacturer of utility-scale solar technology. She helped lead the company through multiple debt and equity transactions, as well as advise on both general and technical accounting matters. Prior to joining SolFocus, Debbie served as the SVP Finance and Corporate Controller at VeriSign, Inc., a publicly traded internet and communications services business, where she directed the corporate financial operations, due diligence and acquisition integration of more than 30 companies around the world. Previously at Price Waterhouse LLP, Debbie provided business advisory and audit services to corporate executives and gained extensive experience in M&A, joint ventures and licensing, due diligence, transaction structuring and financing.
Debbie has a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from San Jose State University.
Sunrun's board of directors:
As a Venture Partner at Foundation Capital, Steve focuses on new opportunities in Cleantech. An entrepreneur who lives at the intersection of business, technology, and design, Steve has spent the last 14 years launching and building a broad array of successful companies and products. Prior to joining Foundation Capital in 2007, Steve helped launch Ning, a consumer Internet service where anyone can create his or her own social network for anything. Prior to Ning, Steve was Director of Mechanical Engineering at Immersion, a development and licensing firm that pioneered tactile feedback and human touch technology. Prior to Immersion, Steve was a project leader and design engineer at IDEO, where he developed more than a dozen successful products for market leading companies including Cisco, Nike, BMW, Steelcase, McDonalds, and Caterpillar. Steve holds more than 20 patents and has received numerous product awards including Business Week Design of the Decade Award, IDEA99 Gold and Bronze Awards, NeoCon Gold and Most Innovative New Product Awards. Steve earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Rich joined Accel Partners venture capital in 2006, with a focus on mobile services, enterprise software/SaaS, and energy technologies. In addition to serving on Sunrun's board, Rich currently serves on the board of AdMob, the largest mobile advertising player, and Parature, a leader in SaaS based customer support. Prior to Accel, Rich also served as a board advisor to Plaxo (acquired by Comcast), Sana Security (acquired by AVG), and Simplicita (acquired by Sandvine). Prior to Accel, Rich was SVP/GM of Products at Openwave and previously GM of Messaging Products, and Chief Marketing Officer at Openwave. While at Openwave, Rich founded and chaired the Messaging Anti Abuse Working Group, a consortium of ISPs and technology providers working together to combat internet abuse. Previously Rich was the Chief Marketing Officer and EVP/GM of Value-Added Services at Covad Communications. Preceding Covad, he was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, focusing on software and consumer technology. Rich started his career as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble. Rich remains active as an EVP of the MIT Club of Northern California, Board Member of the MIT CNC - Entrepreneurship Program, and the CTIA Wireless Internet Caucus. At CTIA 2008, Rich was awarded a "Mobile Six" award as one of the 6 most influential individuals shaping the wireless industry by executives in the InMobile.org community. Rich holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.