Our Partners

Willdan Energy Solutions (Willdan) is a publicly traded-clean energy and sustainability consulting firm, that specializes in designing and managing the implementation of energy efficiency (“EE”) programs for utility companies and government agencies. The Willdan team is made up of problem solvers committed to global stewardship. We implement innovative solutions for a broad range of facilities, transportation, and power systems while preparing for the next 100 years.

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Antuan Cannon

Director of Talent Development

  • Born in Mexico, raised in Lake Tahoe, Northern California

  • Studied Economics & Asian Studies @ Yale University

  • In 2006, Co-Founded STEM Education Non-Profit called Envirolution.org out of college dorm

  • In 2013 Spun-off, Vocational Training & Staffing Social Enterprise called Envirolution One

  • In 2016, joined as High- Profile Project Manager, and was promoted to SMB Deputy Program Manager in 2018.

  • In 2020, became Utility Program Development Manager, and was promoted to Director of Talent Development in 2022.

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Liz Fitzpatrick

Deputy Program Manager

  • B.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut 

  • Cross-functional program manager, engineer and business development professional. 

  • Liz started working for Willdan in April 2021 managing California Investor-Owned Utility (CA IOU) resource programs. Her main role is to implement the SDG&E ESA CAM initiative, which is a no-cost energy efficiency program for low-income multifamily properties. Liz also leads the DEI Business Partnerships organization-wide employee resource group and supports programs with supplier diversity.

  • Before Willdan, Liz worked for a non-profit managing CA IOU non-resource programs with a focus on workforce education and training, which involved career technical curriculum development, teacher trainings, and teaching high school and college students about topics such as energy storage. She also led business development across southern CA and previously worked as an environmental engineer.

  • Liz supports the development of community partnerships and education programs with the CEA.

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Vinoth Kumar Sekar

Project Manager

  • Born and raised in Chennai, India

  • B.E in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, M.S in Energy Systems, Northeastern University 

  • Prior to Willdan, I worked as an Electrical Design Engineer for a Water Treatment Plant Business Unit of a Transmission Distribution company in India

  • Started as a Project Manager with Willdan in June 2016 in Boston, MA and moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 2017

  • At Willdan, I provide energy design assistance to building owners, and design teams to maximize energy efficiency investment and utility incentives through Demand Side Management programs. I also provide program management, client management, outreach support, and staff mentoring. 

  • I serve as a board member for Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and USGBC Market Leadership and Advisory Board 

  • I’ve assisted in updating the course curriculum and delivering training sessions.

Energy Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) is a New York State certified Minority Business Enterprise and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business specializing in clean energy consulting, workforce development and project management. EEDC shall serve as Project Management Lead and ensure project timelines and schedules are met, per this Statement of Work and to the satisfaction of WestCOP and all vested stakeholders. EEDC shall further support the delivery of all necessary evaluation and reporting requirements and deliverables.

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Cristina Pastrana

Career Services Manager

  • Puerto Rican, from the Midwest, and have lived in NYC most of her adult life, 

  • Received a BS in Cultural Anthropology and MS in Urban Policy from the New School 

  • Worked in Business Performance Management training managers and created a collaborative and results driven organization for the NYC Dept of Finance. 

  • Moved into IT as a Business Analyst, QA, Project Lead, PM then PMO Reporting in government and financial sectors. 

  • As the Career Services Manager, I lead the Career Services team (i.e. Sherpas) in mentoring WCEA graduates in their ongoing professional development 

  • Help graduates outline their career goals, identify skills gaps and develop a pathway to advance in the green sector.

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Denise Sonnenberg

Project Manager and Career Services Coordinator 

  • 10 years of non-profit management, working specifically in the field of Higher Education and fundraising for scholarship awards

  • Database management specialist who understands the big picture and the details necessary to bring a vision into reality

  • BA from the College of Communication Arts at Michigan State University

  • 100 years of family history in the HVAC industry, and General Contracting experience in sustainable construction

  • Community leader as President of both Phiharmonic Society and Soroptimist International service organization chapters

  • Project manager for visual marketing of companies going through the IPO process

Soulful Synergy is a full-service, NYC Certified Minority Business Enterprise, socially conscious community and economic development organization, specializing in green business and workforce development program design, implementation and scaling, particularly focused on helping disadvantaged communities for the social good. Soulful Synergy shall serve as Outreach and Recruitment Lead. In this capacity, Soulful Synergy shall manage all components of recruitment from interview to placement as well as tracking and monitoring of data for necessary reporting. Soulful Synergy shall also serve as a Workforce Support Partner to WestCOP with a primary focus on Program Outreach, Program Recruitment, Career Readiness and Career Pathways.

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Dwayne Norris

Principal of R.N. Wealth and Retirement Strategies and the Co-Founder/COO of Soulful Synergy, LLC. 

  • Address systemic issues that affect disadvantaged communities by providing transformational services, designed to improve lives and create long term, sustainable development. 

  • Serves as the Director of Outreach & Recruitment. In this capacity develops strategic partnerships, presents about the program, interviews candidates, and leads enrollment 

  • Leads our career services efforts ensuring ongoing professional development is provided to each interested student and develops necessary employer relationships to assist the job placement process

Learn & Innovate For Education, Enablement, Empowerment (LIFE3), is a digital consultancy providing software application advice and support to lead and manage technical design, development, and implementation. LIFE3 specializes in web and app development, focused on sustainability education, Learning Managements Systems (LMS), virtual reality and augmented reality product development, leveraging analytics to help inform business intelligence and artificial intelligence for continuous improvement, and make these resources available to LMI communities. LIFE3 shall serve as a Project Technology Lead to develop a LMS and shall also assist with tracking trainee outcomes through surveys and user interviews to support program participant completion and job retention. LIFE3 shall provide technical consultation to inform trainers and trainees on the functionality of technology being implemented. Regardless of subcontracting or other partnering arrangements.

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Omar Duran

Founder-CEO

  • B.Eng. - Chemical Engineering, Physics Minor 

  • Former IBMer – as a Product Manager, helped create AI software solutions for Insurance Analytics Platform

  • Responsible for Clean Energy Academy Digital Transformation which consists of Clean Energy Academy website build out, development and ongoing support of our Learning Management System 

  • Work with internal stakeholders to gather requirements and develop our Content Management System

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Katherine Fernandez

Product Designer

  • Hold a Bachelor’s in Studio Art, and a Master’s in Art Education

  • Met Omar through a CUNY Techworks UX Design program as part of a capstone project

  • Identified user problems and created designs that improved retention of students for WCEA

  • Implement qualitative and quantitative data to create user-friendly interfaces

  • Design CEA’'s website to adhere to business goals

  • Collaborate with ux researchers and developers in an agile environment

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Martin Curtlet

Fullstack Developer

  • Bachelor’s in Fullstack Development

  • Went through the Willdan program, now joined the team

  • Supporting development of the CEA’s website

  • Managing the Willdan Courses Data and Tech Support

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Kawi Energy Group (Kawi) is a NYC Certified Minority Business Enterprise Energy efficiency consultancy and project management firm that specializes in providing comprehensive and affordable top-tier energy management advisory and related technical services to multi-family and commercial building owners and managers. Kawi shall serve as Capstone Project Management Lead. In this capacity, Kawi shall work with graduates of the classroom portion of the training that are seeking job placement and career advancement opportunities, and will assist them with the design, development, and implementation of their Capstone projects. This will involve meeting with students one-on-one to gauge their interest and bandwidth, conceiving and drafting capstone proposals, identifying and coordinating with capstone employer partners and regularly meeting with students to gauge progress and provide technical support and guidance.

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Green Tech LEADers (GTL) is a clean energy training and curriculum development company that provides technical job training and certification in Energy Efficiency Auditing and Retro Commissioning (RCx), Building Science and Weatherization, Green Building Operations & Maintenance, Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Design and Installation, Lighting Retrofits, and HVAC-R and Heat Pump Technologies. The certifications that GTL provides training and proctoring for include Green Professional (GPRO) credentials, Building Performance Institute (BPI) certifications and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 certifications. GTL shall serve as a Training and Curriculum Development Lead for the program. In this capacity, GTL shall be responsible for collaborating with Willdan and the Contractor’s many industry partners to implement all curriculum developments, adaptations, and updates, as well as coordinate the delivery of all aspects of virtual classroom technical training for program participants.