Meet our Executive Management who are committed to creating a planet run by the sunView Executive Team
Mr. Fenster, Co-Executive Chair of Sunrun, is one of our co-founders and has served as a member of our board of directors since the company’s inception. Mr. Fenster was appointed Executive Chairman in March 2014 and previously served as our Chief Executive Officer from June 2008 to October 2012, and as our Co-Chief Executive Officer from October 2012 to March 2014. From May 2003 to June 2005, Mr. Fenster served as Director of Corporate Development at Asurion, LLC, a provider of device insurance, warranty and support services for cell phones, consumer electronics and home appliances. From July 1999 to May 2003, Mr. Fenster worked at The Blackstone Group, a private equity firm. Mr. Fenster holds a B.A. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Fenster was selected to serve on our board of directors because of the perspective and experience he brings as one of our co-founders and as one of our largest stockholders.
Ms. Jurich is one of our co-founders and has served as a member of our board of directors since the company’s inception. Before transitioning to her current role of Co-Executive Chair in August 2021, Ms. Jurich served as Sunrun’s Chief Executive Officer for seven years. Ms. Jurich served as our Co-Chief Executive Officer from October 2012 to March 2014, our President from January 2009 to March 2014, and our Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 2007 to January 2009. From July 2002 to July 2005, Ms. Jurich served as an associate at Summit Partners, a private equity firm. Ms. Jurich is the recipient of a number of business awards, including San Francisco Business Times Most Admired CEO in 2020, Comparably’s Best CEO in 2018-2020, Comparably’s Best CEO for Women in 2019-2020, Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2018, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year (Northern California) in 2010, and was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Ten Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2009. Ms. Jurich holds a B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Ms. Jurich serves on the Board of Directors of Generate Capital and is a member of Rewiring America’s Advisory Board and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.
Ms. Jurich was selected to serve on our board of directors because of the perspective and experience she brings as one of our co-founders and as one of our largest stockholders.
Ms. Powell has served as our Chief Executive Officer since August 2021 and as a member of our board of directors since 2018. From 2008-2019, Ms. Powell served as the president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power Corporation (formerly NYSE: GMP), an electric services company that serves 75 percent of the State of Vermont’s residential and business customers. At GMP, Ms. Powell successfully executed strategies to drive increased customer satisfaction and growth, delivered on an ambitious energy vision to provide low-carbon, low-cost and highly reliable power to Vermonters, and positioned the company as a leading energy transformation business. Ms. Powell's previous roles at GMP include serving as senior vice president and chief operations officer from 2001-2008, and as senior vice president of Customer and Organizational Development from 1999-2001. Ms. Powell is nationally recognized for her work disrupting the energy sector and has received numerous industry awards, including being named Utility Dive’s 2019 Executive of the Year and one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2016. Prior to joining GMP in 1998, Ms. Powell held executive roles within the banking industry, and served in state government. Ms. Powell currently serves on the board of directors CGI Inc. (NYSE:GIB), a global IT and business consulting services firm, and, from 2019-2021, served on the board of Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (NYSE: HE), the largest utility in Hawaii. She has also served on the boards of a number of other privately held companies and nonprofits. Ms. Powell also recently chaired the board of Climate Change Crisis Real Impact | Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: CLII), a former special-purpose acquisition corporation that combined with EVgo Services and enabled the fast charging network for electric vehicles to become a publicly listed company. Ms. Powell holds an Associate’s degree from Keene State College.
Ms. Powell was selected to serve on our board of directors because of her extensive experience and knowledge of the energy and utility industry.
Ms. August-deWilde has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2016. Ms. August-deWilde is currently the Vice Chair of First Republic Bank (NYSE:FRC), a position she has held since the beginning of 2016, and has served on the board of directors since 1988. First Republic Banks offers private personal banking, private business banking, and private wealth management services. Ms. August-deWilde has held several executive leadership roles at the company, including COO from 1993-2014, and President from 2007 to 2015. Previously, Ms. August-deWilde was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at PMI Group. Ms. August-deWilde currently serves on the board of directors of Eventbrite Inc. (NYSE:EB), a self-service ticketing and registration company, and TriNetGroup Inc. (NYSE:TNET), a human resource software solutions company for businesses as well as a number of privately held companies. She holds a B.A. degree from Goucher College and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Ms. August-deWilde was selected to serve on our board of directors because of her extensive executive and risk management experience, as well as her experience in the consumer-facing financial industry.
Leslie Dach has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2016. Mr. Dach brings more than 25 years of experience running major business and strategic initiatives across the public, private and civil sectors, including leading corporate affairs and sustainability at Walmart Stores Inc. from 2006 to 2013. Mr. Dach served as senior counselor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services from 2014 to 2016. While there, he worked closely with the HHS senior leadership team on strategic initiatives, from strengthening the Department's engagement with external partners to ensuring the success of the second and third Open Enrollment periods for the Health Insurance Marketplace. Prior to that, Mr. Dach served as executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart and was a member of the company’s executive council and executive finance committee. Mr. Dach has served on numerous boards including the Environmental Defense Fund, World Resources Institute, United Negro College Fund, the Yale University Council, and the National Audubon Society. He served previously on the Sunrun board from June 2013 to July 2014. Mr. Dach holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale University and a M.P.A. from Harvard University.
Mr. Dach was selected to serve on our board of directors because of his experience in both public and private sector and his prior experience with the Company.
Alan Ferber has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2018. Mr. Ferber served as the CEO of Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, a tax preparation services, from January 2017 until July 2020 and continues to serve as a member of its board of directors. Prior to joining Jackson Hewitt, he was President of ADT’s Residential, a home security company from 2013 to 2016. He also previously held the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for ADT. His other experience includes holding several executive leadership positions at US Cellular, a telecommunications company, from 2001 until 2012 including serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Chief Strategy and Brand Officer. Mr. Ferber also serves on the board of directors of Alert 360, a privately held alarm-monitoring and security company. Mr. Ferber received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance and marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Mr. Ferber was selected to serve on our board of directors because of his experience and knowledge of consumer-facing industries.
Sonita Lontoh has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2021. Ms. Lontoh is an accomplished leader with unique insight and foresight at the intersection of innovation, digital transformation, and customer experience. Over her more than two decades of extensive experience, she has led and advised on innovative, customer-centric programs that have delivered positive impacts to businesses, consumers, and society. Most recently, from April 2018 to February 2022, Ms. Lontoh served as the Global Head of Marketing of the Personalization and 3D Printing business of HP Inc., a global provider of technology solutions. Ms. Lontoh previously served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Digital Grid NA, at Siemens AG, a global leader in automation and digitalization solutions, from February 2016 to April 2018. Prior, Ms. Lontoh served as the Director of Marketing of Trilliant, a global provider of IoT solutions, from February 2011 to February 2016. Earlier in her career, Ms. Lontoh served at PG&E, one of the largest energy utilities in the United States. Ms. Lontoh currently serves on the board of directors of TrueBlue, Inc. (NYSE:TBI), a workforce solutions company, and on the board of advisors of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a member of the U.S. National Association of Corporate Directors and the Women Corporate Directors Foundation. Ms. Lontoh was a mentor for the U.S. State Department's TechWomen program and has been inducted into the U.S. Asian Hall of Fame and the U.S. Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame. Ms. Lontoh earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California Berkeley, a Master of Engineering in Logistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an M.B.A. with a focus on strategy and marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Ms. Lontoh was selected to serve on our board of directors because of her extensive experience and knowledge of marketing, digital transformations, customer experiences, and the energy industry.
Mr. Risk has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2014. Since March 2013, Mr. Risk has served as Vice Chairman at Asurion, LLC, a provider of device insurance, warranty & support services for cell phones, consumer electronics & home appliances. He previously served in other leadership roles at Asurion, including as its President from May 2009 to March 2013 and its Chief Financial Officer from February 1999 to May 2009 where his responsibilities included oversight of risk management. Mr. Risk currently serves on the boards of directors of a number of privately held companies. Mr. Risk holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Risk was selected to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive executive experience and his experience as an operator and investor building emerging growth businesses.
Ms. Talreja is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer of PagerDuty, Inc. PagerDuty’s Operations Cloud provides organizations of all sizes with solutions to manage their urgent and critical work, and in her role, Ms. Talreja leads the post-sales business of PagerDuty. From March 2016 until June 2020, Ms. Talreja served as Senior Vice President of the Customer Success Group at Salesforce.com, Inc., a customer relationship management SaaS (Software-as-a-service) platform company. She had a 22-year tenure from 1993 to 2015 at Cisco Systems, Inc., a networking, cloud, and security solutions provider. During her tenure at Cisco, she served in several senior leadership roles, including Vice President, Sales-Cisco Partnerships, and Vice President of Cisco Consulting Services. Ms. Talreja has been recognized as an industry leader, including being named one of the “2020 Top 50 Women in Technology” by the National Diversity Council. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Santa Clara University, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Delhi University, India.
Ms. Talreja was selected to serve on our board of directors because of her deep customer experience and operations knowledge and extensive business experience.