BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Elizabeth Wallace is a leader in the field of financial sector development; small and medium enterprise finance; and clean energy finance, in particular for off-grid areas. With deep experience leading organizations, her recent and on-going projects include advisory for seed and venture capital funds (all sectors), design of two nationwide off-grid clean energy supplier and end-user finance facilities, and development of a pipeline of grid-connected and off-grid clean energy projects. Ms. Wallace has served as leader, mentor and investor to innovative companies and organizations tackling some of the world's hardest energy and financial access problems. Ms. Wallace actively works with development finance institutions (e.g. KfW), special programs (e.g. Sustainable Energy for All), and companies / funds.
JOHANNA MENDeLSON FORMAN
Johanna Mendelson Forman is a senior associate with Americas Program at CSIS, where she works on renewable energy, the Americas, civil-military relations, and post-conflict reconstruction. A former codirector of the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project, she has written extensively on security-sector reform in conflict states, economic development in postwar societies, the role of the United Nations in peace operations, and energy security. In 2003, she participated in a review of the post-conflict reconstruction effort of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq as part of a CSIS team. Mendelson Forman also brings experience in the world of philanthropy, having served as the director of peace, security, and human rights at the UN Foundation. She has held senior positions in the U.S. government at the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Bureau for Humanitarian Response, and the Office of Transition Initiatives, as well as at the World Bank’s Post Conflict Unit. She has been a senior fellow with the Association of the United States Army and a guest scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Most recently, she served as an adviser to the UN Mission in Haiti. She holds adjunct faculty appointments at American University and Georgetown University. Mendelson Forman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the advisory boards of Women in International Security and the Latin American Security Network, RESDAL. She holds a J.D. from Washington College of Law at American University, a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Washington University, St. Louis, and a master’s of international affairs, with a certificate of Latin America studies, from Columbia University in New York.
Dan founded EarthSpark in 2009 and has served on the board ever since. Dan left his role of Executive Director of EarthSpark to run Sparkmeter, Inc., the smart meter technology company that was spun out of EarthSpark in 2013. While no longer involved in EarthSpark's day-to-day activities, Dan remains engaged on EarthSpark fundraising, strategy, and partnerships. Dan received his Bachelors degree from the University of Chicago in Physics, Economics and Environmental Studies and received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Engineering & Public Policy. At Carnegie Mellon, his research focused on solutions to increasing the utilization of renewable energy in the United States electricity sector and on best practices for energy access microgrids around the world.