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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vineet Parkhe

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.

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.

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