C3E 2013: Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models Award Winner, Erica Mackie

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Presented by Seth Weissman, @solarcity
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
SolarCity Corporation
Award Presenter, Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models

Mr. Seth Weissman is responsible for all aspects of SolarCity’s legal affairs including transactional, governance, intellectual property, real estate and employment matters. Seth brings 15 years of experience representing Silicon Valley companies of all sizes and types during their maturation. Prior to joining SolarCity Seth was Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Privacy officer at Coremetrics, the leading digital marketing company.

Prior to joining Coremetrics, Weissman was an attorney practicing in both the employment and corporate departments at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto, CA, the leading law firm representing technology companies at all stages of their growth, and the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Prior to joining WSGR, Weissman was an attorney with Stoneman, Chandler and Miller and Hutchins, Wheeler and Dittmar (acquired by Nixon Peabody) both in Boston, Massachusetts.

Weissman earned his undergraduate degree in political science at Pennsylvania State University and earned his law degree, with honors, at Boston University School of Law. 

Presented to Erica Mackie
Co-founder and CEO
Grid Alternatives
Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models Winner

Ms. Erica Mackie is the CEO and Co-Founder of GRID Alternatives, the nation’s largest nonprofit solar installer. She founded the organization in 2001 while working as a professional engineer implementing large-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects for the private sector. Her vision was to make the benefits of these technologies available to low-income communities that need the savings the most, but have the least access.

Together with her co-founder Tim Sears, in 2004 they launched the Solar Affordable Housing Program, where GRID Alternatives trains and leads teams of job trainees and other community volunteers to install solar electric systems for low-income families. Every project generates “triple bottom line” results: measurable, long-term financial benefits for low-income families struggling to keep up with monthly expenses; real-world, hands-on experience for local workers in the growing field of solar installation; and environmental benefits by eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and building support for solar power as a practical solution for all of our communities.

Before becoming an engineer Ms. Mackie worked with at-risk youth from the Chicago-area juvenile justice system, leading groups of teenagers from the South Side of Chicago on therapeutic wilderness trips in Northern Ontario. Her career and success demonstrate the power of bringing together the rigorous technical approach of an engineer with the focus of a social worker to serve individuals and communities in need.

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