Solar Austin – 501(c)(3)
Kaiba White, Board Member, President
Kaiba White has a passion for protecting the environment and conserving resources, so advocating for utilization of solar energy, as well as other renewable energy sources, fits right in with her priorities. Kaiba earned her B.A. in sociology from Rice University in 2006 and her M.A. in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University in 2009. She then spent two and a half years as a research associate for the Climate Change an African Political Stability (CCAPS) program at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas in Austin, where she contributed to research on vulnerability to climate change in Africa and used geographic information systems (GIS) to assess and map current and projected climate change impacts and vulnerability in Africa. She is now a Climate Policy and Outreach Specialist in Public Citizen’s Texas office. She contributes to policy research, online activism, grassroots organizing and coalition building, as well as recruiting and overseeing interns.
Leslie Libby, Board Member, Vice President
Rachel Stone, Board Member, Treasurer
Rachel Stone is the Assistant Executive Director at Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation (GNDC). Before that, she was the Development Officer at the International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (ICAST), where she provides grant writing, development, and technical assistance to expand ICAST mission of developing and implementing market-based solutions for issues that plague under-served communities. ICAST is currently focused on educating and assisting affordable housing providers undergo and finance green rehab. Rachel has a BA in Urban Studies from Brown University and attended the University of Texas School of Law. After graduation, she worked as an Attorney-Adviser for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) until she returned to Austin to work on clean energy advocacy and developing alternative financing programs such as PACE and Pay-For Success for implementing green rehab.
Scott Burton, Board Member
Scott Burton’s interest in alternative energy grew out of the sudden vulnerability and soul searching that hit adults around him during the oil supply crisis of 1973. Creative solutions bloomed for the few years that followed, but, interestingly, their failure to take root was hugely driven by the relative attractiveness of their simple economics. Getting a deeper understanding of this fundamental driver that must be present for good ideas to flourish has been a passion ever since. Scott went to high school in Austin, has a B.A. with Honors in Economics from Brandeis University, and an M.B.A. in finance from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He was an economist, financial analyst and finance manager in Hong Kong for four years, a Global Strategist at Samsung HQ in Seoul for two years, and has held corporate finance and consulting roles with green-tech, software and technology organizations in Texas since 1999. His work has included thin-film solar panel manufacturers, solar power system integrators, residential system sales and marketing teams, and solar power leasing firms. His professional home is now in corporate finance at the fabulous Volusion, Inc. in Austin.
Stanley Pipkin, Board Member
Stan Pipkin’s interests in community development, sustainable building practices and policy work have found expressions in multiple forms. Since 2007, he has co-managed and owned Lighthouse Solar in Austin. In that role, he has been involved in the shaping of local and state policy to foster more favorable conditions for the growth of the solar industry. He also runs an architectural design practice, Pipkinc, which does residential, commercial and civic projects. In 2000 Stand co-founded a research and design collective, Spurse, which has engaged in community design projects, material research and process consulting for institutions and organizations ranging from the Guggenheim Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, MassMoca, and The Land Institute. That work has included exhibitions, workshops, lectures, participatory community design projects, product development and architectural design. Since 1999, Stan has helped to lead and grow a nonprofit organization operating in the US and Kenya that has successfully acquired and developed a 15 acre school and housing campus to provide for the well being of orphaned children in Kenya. Funding sources and in-country revenue generation have been secured to ensure a self sustaining operation in Kenya.
Wesly Vincik, Board Member
Wesly grew up on a 3rd generation farm and ranch near Victoria, TX and has spent the better part of two decades in Austin. He started out working in education for Austin ISD, teaching anger management curriculum in east Austin schools. Solar first piqued his interest while researching renewable energy curriculum while he was running a federally funded elementary after school program in southeast Austin. He quickly made the jump into solar working as a project coordinator and later as an energy Consultant. As a Solar Austin board member, his goal is to educate and share the benefits of solar with Texas residents and Texas students.
David Brearley, Board Member
David Brearley is a senior project manager at Brandt Companies, the largest MEP contractor in Texas. Previously, Brearley worked as the senior technical editor for PV power systems at SolarPro magazine. His solar education began at the San Juan College Renewable Energy Program in Farmington, NM. Brearley became NABCEP certified in 2004. After working on both coasts for a national distributor, he relocated to Austin, TX in 2005 to manage residential and commercial projects for a specialty electrical contractor.
Solar Austin Foundation – 501(c)(4)
Kaiba White, Board Member
(see bio above)
Matthew Weldon, Board Member
Matthew has worked in the semiconductor industry for manufacturers of semiconductor process equipment & metrology tools, and enjoys technology startups. He currently works at the UT Pickle Research Campus in an NSF funded engineering research center focused on nanomanufacturing systems development. He has BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Universities of Colorado (Boulder) and California (Davis) respectively. Between these educational pursuits he spent over 2 years in Central America with the Peace Corps constructing gravity fed potable water distribution systems. These experiences make him appreciate that fossil resources are too valuable to merely burn when they have so many other unique uses, especially when our current market design socializes their negative consequences. Water too is too precious to casually place at risk in fossil fuel recovery in the absence of indemnification for people and ecosystems reliant on at risk waters. Promoting solar energy utilization is thus a natural interest.
Carey Ibrahimbegovic, Board Member
(see bio above)