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.

Doug Alexander

Doug is an experienced research professional with over 20 years of market and user research experience. He has been employed at the Microsoft Corporation for the past 14 years. Doug is currently responsible for driving audience understanding to ensure that the Mixed Reality team at Microsoft designs and builds emerging technologies that meet the needs of future generations of users. Doug is also a board member for PeaceTrees Vietnam, whose mission is to heal the legacy of war by removing dangerous explosives and returning land to safe use for the children and families of central Vietnam. Doug is a Seattle native whose interests include technology, travel and volunteerism. He holds a MA in Political Science from Emory University in Atlanta and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.

Dave Benson

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.

Stephanie Bostwick

Stephanie Bostwick teaches Engineering and Physics at Northwest Indian College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology with a focus on renewable energy and microgrid technologies. She incorporates real-world, hands-on projects into her curriculum to give students practical experience with hardware and troubleshooting. Stephanie holds a Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas Edison State University.

Bobby Coleman, Board Chair

Bobby Coleman leads environmental stewardship and sustainability initiatives at Seattle Housing Authority, and has worked in the sustainability and clean energy space since 2008. He grew up in Michigan, and relocated to the northwest a decade ago to attend graduate school at The Evergreen State College. Bobby is passionate about renewable energy, conservation, and cooking. He spends most of his free-time with his partner, and their dog “Bear.”

Eric de Place

Eric de Place, director of Sightline’s Thin Green Line, spearheads  work on energy policy. Known as a leading expert on coal, oil, and gas export plans in the Pacific Northwest, he is considered an authority on a range of issues connected to fossil fuel transport, including carbon emissions, local pollution, transportation system impacts, rail policy, and economics. He has researched and published more than four hundred articles, reports, and analyses on these proposals, and his work on fossil fuel transport has been cited by regional and national news media outlets more than a thousand times. His expertise makes him a highly sought-after expert in the field providing him with the opportunity to support allied groups, as well as educate media, elected officials, and the broader public on critical issues affecting our region. In his increasingly scarce free time, he enjoys climbing the Northwest’s peaks, tidepooling beaches with his kid, and solving the rest of the world’s problems over a pint. He has a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.

Jessica Jones, Secretary

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.

Josh Khanna

Josh Khanna is currently Director Global Operations for Real Estate at Expedia, Inc. Her prior responsibilities have included the site development and construction for the EG Seattle Campus, from campus master plan to management of the site and planned amenities. Previously, Josh was the Regional Lead for the Asia Pacific region for Expedia, Inc. She has 15+ years’ experience in domestic and international corporate real estate including planning, strategy, design, construction, and facilities coordination. Josh holds a BFA in Applied Arts (College of Art, New Delhi), BTech in Interior Design (Chelsea School of Design, London) and a Professional Designation in Interior Design (UCLA). Within real estate development, Josh has been focused on sustainable practices and creating an inclusive workplace. She was inspired to join the board after discovering how Spark Northwest’s vision overlays social justice with renewable energy.

John Mi

John Mi covers renewable energy procurement and sustainable power solutions at Amazon. Before joining Amazon, he held various leadership roles at large renewable energy companies, with the latest being Director of Community Solar at SunPower. His professional experience has focused primarily on the financing and business development of innovative energy solutions. He is passionate about environmental equality and corporate sustainability. John holds two tree-hugger degrees, a MA in Environmental and Resource Economics from Duke University and a BA in Environmental Science from the Colorado College.

Vineet Parkhe, Treasurer

Vineet Parkhe is a Senior Project Manager at DNV GL where he provides technical due diligence to investors looking to acquire and sell renewable energy portfolios. He has worked in the renewable energy industry for nine years, advising developers, owners, investors, and manufacturers evaluate their technology and on-site resource. For fun, Vineet enjoys climbing, back country skiing, and all things outdoors.

Matthew Souza

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, Vice Chair

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.

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