Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Powell has served as our Chief Executive Officer since August 2021 and as a member of our Board since 2018. From 2008 to 2019, Ms. Powell served as the president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power Corporation ("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 to 2008, and as senior vice president of Customer and Organizational Development from 1999 to 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 of CGI Inc., a global IT and business consulting services firm, and Energir, the largest gas distributor in Québec and Vermont. From 2019 to 2021, served on the board of Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc., 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, 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 because of her extensive experience and deep knowledge of the energy and utility industry.
Ms. Jurich, Co-Executive Chair of Sunrun, is one of our co-founders and has served as a member of our Board 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 October 2012, 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 serves on the board of directors of privately held Generate Capital, Inc. and the advisory board of Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is also a lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business. 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 was selected to serve on our Board because of the perspective and extensive experience she brings as one of our co-founders and as one of our largest stockholders.
Mr. Fenster, Co-Executive Chair of Sunrun, is one of our co-founders and has served as a member of our Board 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, 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 because of the perspective and extensive experience he brings as one of our co-founders and as one of our largest stockholders.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Abajian has served as our Chief Financial Officer since May 2022. Prior to becoming our Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Abajian served in many leadership roles within our Project Finance organization, including Senior Vice President from April 2020 to June 2022, Vice President from February 2016 to April 2020, Senior Director from August 2013 to February 2016, and Director from July 2010 to August 2013. From July 2005 to July 2010, Mr. Abajian was an investment banker, having served as an associate at Barclays Capital and an analyst and associate at BNP Paribas. Mr. Abajian holds a B.S. in finance and international business from the New York University Stern School of Business.
Chief Legal Officer and Chief People Officer
Ms. Steele has served as our Chief Legal Officer since May 2018 and our Chief People Officer since December 2021 where she oversees legal affairs, people strategy, operations and development, health & safety, and environmental, social, governance (ESG) matters. From March 2015 to May 2018, Ms. Steele served in various roles at our company, including Head of Litigation. Previously, Ms. Steele was an attorney at the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Ms. Steele serves on the board of directors of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and she is a former member of the California Pay Equity Task Force, the first of its kind in the nation. Ms. Steele holds a B.A. in English from McGill University and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.
Chief Revenue Officer
Mr. Dickson has served as our Chief Revenue Officer since January 2022, prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President. Mr. Dickson served as Chief Revenue Officer at Vivint Solar, Inc. from September 2016 until he joined us in October 2020 via our acquisition of Vivint Solar, Inc. Prior to his role as Chief Revenue Officer he served as Vivint Solar, Inc.’s Senior Vice President of Operations from November 2013 to September 2016, and as Vivint Solar, Inc.’s Vice President of Finance and Capital Markets from May 2011 to November 2013. Prior to joining Vivint Solar, Inc.’s founding team, Mr. Dickson served as the Director of Smart Grid and Energy Management for Vivint, Inc. from December 2010 to May 2011. From May 2007 to December 2010, Mr. Dickson co-founded and served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Meter Solutions Pros, LLC, an energy management and smart-grid business acquired by Vivint, Inc. Mr. Dickson holds a B.A. in communications from Brigham Young University.
Chief Experience Officer
Chance is responsible for delivering an exceptional customer experience throughout the clean energy journey by unifying and simplifying all customer touchpoints. Chance leads Customer Operations, Sales Operations, Marketing, Employee Experience and customer journey teams. Prior to assuming his role as CXO in July 2022, Chance served as Sunrun’s Chief Sales Officer. He joined us through Sunrun’s acquisition of Vivint Solar, where he spent the prior decade building a world-class sales organization as Chief Sales Officer, specializing in direct-to-consumer, retail, and inside sales channels. With a compound annual growth rate of 225% between 2011 and 2015, Chance’s sales organization vaulted Vivint Solar from startup to the second largest residential company in the U.S. in less than four years, enabling Vivint Solar to go public with an IPO of $1.5B in 2014. Chance holds a business degree from Southern Utah University. Outside of work, Chance enjoys landscape photography, friends, family, a good outdoor adventure and golf.
Chief Field Operations Officer
Chris is responsible for leading our installation and field service construction teams. Chris’s teams strive to deliver the most delightful installation and field service results in the industry for Sunrun’s customers. Chris has been part of the Sunrun family for over 10 years and has held leadership positions in business development, operations, and sales. Prior to running operations for Sunrun in January 2022, Chris led our field sales division for the Eastern portion of the U.S., building a powerhouse team that welcomed tens of thousands of new Sunrun customers. Before joining Sunrun, Chris was a Business Analyst at UBS. Prior to that, he was a high school teacher in Brooklyn, NY. Chris earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia and his Masters in Education at The City University of New York, Brooklyn. He remains passionate about development and is focused on growing the next generation of climate change leaders.
Chief Technology Officer
Sandy is responsible for leading Sunrun's technology resources, overseeing critical work designed to help the company meet its customer obsession and innovation priorities. Prior to joining Sunrun in 2022, Sandy was the SVP of Commercial Integration (M&A integrations and divestitures) and Global Marketing Technology at Expedia Group from October 2019 to March 2022. As a global technology leader at Expedia, Sandy oversaw the company’s industry-leading technology teams to success in global expansion, loyalty programs, financial institution partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions. She previously served as Head of Digital Technology and Product at Blokable, where she brought her broad engineering and operations experience together to lead development of the BlokSense Insights Dashboard, bringing integrated hardware and software to scalable housing creation and operations. Prior to Blokable, she was the CTO at Stash Hotel Rewards, where she led the redesign of the end-to-end customer experience, replacing manual bookings with a completely automated and responsive design. Sandy has more than 20 years of experience in engineering leadership and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. When not hard at work, she enjoys playing the violin as 1st violinist for the Thalia Symphony Orchestra, traveling with her husband Andrew, and walking her dog DanDan.
Chief Accounting Officer & Corporate Controller
Michelle has been Sunrun’s chief accounting officer since December 2019. She is responsible for the company’s overall financial reporting functions, as well as regulatory compliance activities. Michelle started her career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and brings over 20 years of finance and accounting experience to Sunrun, having held executive finance roles at several public companies, including Unwired Planet, KANA Software, Versata, QuadraMed and Digidesign. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with an accountancy concentration at California State University, Sacramento. She is a certified public accountant and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. Michelle is an avid tennis player, traveler and rescue dog advocate.