About Us

We are a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides academic scholarships to students in Oregon and Washington pursuing advanced studies in renewable energy. Study areas may include biomass, geothermal, wind, solar etc., as well as related areas such as public policy and other social sciences.


Board of Directors


David Reingold


Dave Reingold has a bachelors from Dartmouth College and a PhD from the University of Oregon. He taught organic chemistry at Haverford, Middlebury, Lewis & Clark, and Juniata Colleges, and recently retired to Portland. He has served as a national officer in the Council on Undergraduate Research and as a local officer in three different sections of the American Chemical Society. Dave's website.


Leah Y. Parks

Director of Communications

Leah Parks co-authored the book, "All-Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future."​ She is an independent consultant who solves problems in clean technology and energy policy. Parks is a former editor for ElectricityPolicy.com and Electricity Daily and former VP of Business Development at OpConnect. 


Parks served on City of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Environmental Policy Task Force, has acted as an advisor for technology reports, and writes about innovations in clean technology and the energy transition.  She holds a Master of Science degree from Stanford University in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison in International Relations.



Jeff Morris

Jeff Morris joined Schneider Electric North America in 2019 and is Senior Director of State Government Relations. Prior to that, Jeff worked in cleantech commercialization through his own business, Energy Horizon Corporation, as Director of Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative, and 23 years as a Washington State Representative. He recently completed six years as a USDOE OE Electricity Advisor and is an Associate member of the Gridwise Architect Council.   While a legislator, he was named one of the most Tech Savvy Legislators in the United States by Governing Magazine, was Chair or Leader in several legislative associations and his public/private energy policy work recognized by the Canadian Government.  Morris co-founded the Northwest Energy Angels now called Element 8 in 2005 and created the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute that has trained over 300 state and local policymakers in Energy 101.


Richard Jaskiel

Friend of the Board

As a lifelong equity investor and former Registered Investment Advisor, Richard Jaskiel employs both fundamental and technical analysis in building portfolios.  He has owned and operated a Portland small business and was a project manager in both technical and economic development arenas.  He has a BA from Reed College, and has pursued subsequent coursework in mathematics, computer science, accounting and technical writing.


Erica Valli


Erica Valli is a transactional attorney with experience in the renewables sector.  As a native Oregonian, she returned to Portland a few years ago and has been working for Stoel Rives LLP, participating in its Environment and Natural Resources practice. Prior to that she lived and worked in London for over ten years. She has a degree from UC-San Diego and studied at the London School of Economics before attending law school in the UK.



Bryce Yonker

As the executive director & CEO for Grid Forward Bryce leads strategic development, industry engagement, programs and operations. He was a founder and original board member of the organization dating back to 2009. He is also the principal for EnerTec Development, a energy and tech consultancy and is an advisor to energy growth companies. Bryce previously served as the senior director of business development & strategy for Clean Edge, a leading clean tech market research and advisory firm and VP of membership for Technology Association of Oregon. He holds a bachelor degree in business administration from Pepperdine University and an international MBA from IE in Spain. In his spare time, Bryce enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and being in the NW outdoors especially with a fly-rod in hand.


Marc Rappaport, Founder

Marc Rappaport has been involved in renewable energy for over forty years. He served as the founding president and a charter member of the Oregon Solar Energy Association in 1971. In 1972, he invented the geothermal-solar hybrid system, for which he was later awarded the basic patent. During the same period, Marc engineered and developed the business plan for what is now Biomass One, L.P. He served as a founder, general partner and managing partner of this 30 mW biomass plant in Medford, Oregon which has been in commercial operation for the past 26 years. He  holds the honor of being the only American asked to present at the Sustainability of the Planet conference in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Sandra Foltz

Friend of the Board

Sandra Foltz is retired from the field of education and social services in the Portland area. She has served on the boards of the Guadalajara Sister City Association and the Clackamas Service Center. She has a bachelors in Psychology from the University of Oregon and a degree in Education from Portland State University. Her background training has also included fundraising, sales and grant writing.  She has run her own skincare business for the past 24 years. She also has a passion for clean energy and the environment, travel, the outdoors, music and sports.


Selection Committee

               Alissa Bleem

Alissa holds degrees from Montana State University and the University of Washington, and she has over a decade of research experience developing bio-based, sustainable alternatives to industrial chemicals. She currently leads lignin valorization projects as a postdoctoral researcher in the National Bioenergy Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the only federal laboratory dedicated to research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. She is passionate about finding biological solutions to energy problems, and she is excited to help provide opportunities for a new generation of young researchers.

                  Jeff Hammarlund

Jeff Hammarlund is an adjunct associate professor and senior research fellow at Portland State University.  He has served as an advisor to Presidents, Senators, and other national leaders on the smart grid and renewable energy, and played a major role in creating and securing federal funding for the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy.  Previous positions include serving as a senior policy analyst and manager at a major Northwest utility trade association (Public Power Council), professional staff member with the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (where he had lead staff responsibility for renewable energy issues), policy analyst at the US Department of Energy, senior manager and policy advisor at Southern California Edison, and senior manager at several major energy consulting firms.

                  Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar is an intellectual property attorney at Perkins Coie in Seattle, where he works with emerging and international companies to protect their most valuable technology. Vijay focuses his practice on patent prosecution, strategic development of patent portfolios, freedom to operate analyses, and patent-related due diligence. Vijay has particular experience with technologies in the clean tech and energy sectors, including hydrogen production and storage, battery systems, carbon capture, chemical processing, biomass conversion, solar power and other alternative energies. Prior to law school Vijay worked in the energy sector at a global industrial gas company in various engineering roles within operations, design and commissioning.

                  Cathy Myers

Cathy Myers is the chief operating officer and executive vice president at SSOE Group, a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management. She joined SSOE in July 2017 and brought with her 25+ years of expertise and a deep familiarity with the semiconductor industry. She previously held the position of Senior Vice President for CH2M’s Industrial and Advanced Technology Business Group with responsibility for the semiconductor market—overseeing $200 million in annual revenue. Most recently, Catherine had been the Director of Industry and Community Partnerships within the Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering at the University of Portland. In addition to serving on SSOE’s Board of Directors, Catherine also serves on the board for two local organizations in Portland, Oregon, where she resides and works.

                 Mike Grainey


Mike Grainey was Director of the Oregon Department of Energy between 2002 and 2009, and led the State’s efforts to become one of the leading states in energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy.  He was Renewable Energy Advisor of the Oregon Business Development Department from 2009- 2014 where he promoted clean technology jobs and recruited renewable energy manufacturers. He is currently Principal of Michael W. Grainey Consulting, working on clean energy project finance and development, sustainability, energy policy and climate change.

Thank you to our donors

Individual Donors


Ira Helfand

Nobel Peace Prize

1985, 2017

Roald Hoffmann

Nobel Prize (Chemistry)


Bill Phillips

Nobel Prize (Physics) 


Fraser Stoddart

Nobel Prize (Chemistry)


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