Board of Directors

Collectively, the Spark Northwest board contributes experience in energy law, finance, marketing, development of new ventures, fundraising, and non-profit governance. Board members play a critical role in providing organizational direction, financial and organizational policy and procedures oversight, and promoting our mission and programs throughout the community. We conduct ongoing recruitment, to learn more, visit Opportunities. We welcome all backgrounds and strive to have a staff and board that reflects the diverse communities we serve.

Heather Mulligan, Board Chair

Heather is the Market Manager of Puget Sound Energy’s Green Power Program – a nationally recognized program which promotes the development and adoption of renewable energy technologies in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining Puget Sound Energy in 2006, Heather worked as the national and regional coordinator of U.S. Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roofs Initiative. Her work at DOE built from a successful eight year career as a renewable energy policy consultant. She has more than 20 years of experience working on programs which support the deployment and use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Heather holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego and a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) from American University.

Dave Benson, Vice Chair

David is a partner at K&L Gates, a global law firm with approximately 2,000 lawyers. For more than 15 years, he has focused his legal practice on helping clients with energy project development and financing in the U.S. and abroad. David represents investors, developers, and suppliers in wind, solar, biomass, thermal, transmission, energy storage and other energy transactions. Prior to joining K&L Gates, David was a partner at Stoel Rives handling energy project development and financing. He is a member of the board and the executive committee of the Clean Technology Alliance of Washington. He was appointed by the Governor and the Director of Commerce for the State of Washington to the Smart Grid Expert Advisory panel for the Clean Energy Fund, 2013 and 2016; the Washington Clean Energy Leadership Council 2009-2010; and the State Energy Strategy Advisory Committee, 2010-2011. David holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law, and B.S., Finance from Arizona State University.

Matthew Souza, Treasurer

Matt currently works at Zillow in their internal Counsel department and was previously an attorney at Perkins Coie, where he focused his practice on advising high growth technology companies and venture capital firms.  Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Matt worked as an aide to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, where he focused on energy and environmental issues, helping to draft clean energy legislation and working to extend clean energy tax incentives that catalyzed billions of dollars of clean and renewable energy related investments.  Matt is a member of the Camping Services and Outdoor Leadership Board of the YMCA of Greater Seattle.  Matt holds a J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Economics from Whitman College.

Lisa Wyler, Secretary

Lisa brings significant product, marketing and strategic business development experience, and previously managed product and marketing teams at American Express, Microsoft and Washington Mutual.  She is a New York native who moved to Bellevue, Washington 12 years ago. She loves living in the Pacific Northwest with husband Bob, her teenage son and daughter, and dog Lulu. She is very concerned about climate change, and is eager to use her marketing/business experience to help accelerate sustainable energy solutions. In 2017, as a Social Ventures Partner, Lisa helped with Spark Northwest’s rebranding initiative. She holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from Stanford University.

Bobby Coleman

Bobby Coleman leads environmental stewardship and sustainability initiatives at Seattle Housing Authority. His professional experience has focused primarily on energy and water efficiency projects and program development and management, capital planning, continuous improvement, and data analysis. He is passionate about human and environmental health and well-being, historic preservation, and food politics. Bobby holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from the Evergreen State College and an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University.

Jessica Jones

Jessica is a Program Officer for Consumers and Markets at the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. She makes and manages grants that use market tools to increase sustainable access to key medicines, diagnostics and medical devices for low-income populations in the developing world, as well as build the field of market dynamics for health technologies. She also manages a suite of grants aimed at using better user insights to develop, launch and scale health products that meet the wants and needs of low-income users. Jessica comes to the foundation from the World Bank, where she focused on water resources management, hydropower, fisheries and health for West African countries. She holds an M.A. from George Washington University and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

Dan Ayoub

Dan Ayoub is General Manager for Education at Microsoft, where he oversees the development and execution of products and strategy aimed at using technology to improve learning outcomes for students of all ages around the world. Dan has over 20 years of development experience, and is passionate about the power and importance of education and ensuring that technology remains accessible to every human being on the planet. Dan relocated to Seattle from Montreal 9 years ago, and fell in love with the city and the Pacific Northwest. Dan has long been passionate about the environment, and is excited to help drive the mission of Spark Northwest and clean energy.

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