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.

Michael Baranick, Treasurer

Mike leads the Energy Services team at Hargis Engineers Inc., a Seattle-based engineering consulting firm that specializes in mechanical, electrical, and telecom design. In this role, Mike develops and implements solutions to help meet clients’ energy conservation goals by improving the efficiency and functionality of existing building systems. Prior to joining Hargis, he worked as an Energy Engineer at McKinstry and a Process Engineer at Intel Corporation. Mike holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University and an M.B.A from Seattle University. Professional accreditations include a Professional Engineer (PE) license in the State of Washington and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certificate. Mike resides in Seattle with his wife, three children, and two dogs.

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.

Lee Pallat

Lee is the Director of Cloud Strategy at StrataCore, a company that provides data center, cloud and connectivity consulting and brokering services. Prior to StrataCore, Lee was the Director of Sales and Client services at digital.forest, Inc.  For over five years, Lee led the company to industry-leading growth and innovation. His proven success in the technology space is aided by his decades of sales and customer service management experience at Orrtax/Taxwise and large retail companies such as Sears Corp. Lee has long been a proponent of renewable energy and high efficiency solutions in and out of the data center. He holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Washington.

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.

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.

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, and lives in Seattle with her husband and enormous cat.

Board Fellows

Our organization has been selected to participate in the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business Board Fellows program. The program placed two MBA and MPA students as non-voting members on our Board.

Yun Lu

Yun is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Washington in the Foster School of Business and brings a fresh perspective and new ideas to Spark Northwest as a board fellow. She is passionate about finding sustainable solutions that help the environment while having a positive impact on the long term bottom line. Outside of business school, Yun is a product development aircraft doors design engineer and scrum master at the Boeing Company. In this role, she develops composite design concepts and computer-aid-drawing models for pressurized exit doors, incorporating requirements from stress, escape systems, interiors and fuselage design, federal aviation regulation, and manufacturing engineers. She has obtained a Master in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Washington and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University. For their senior design project, her team designed, produced, and tested a hydroelectric energy-harvesting vehicle shock absorber.

Kristin Brown

Kristin Brown is pursuing her MPA focusing on Environmental Policy and Nonprofit Management at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. Prior to joining the Evans school, Kristin served as the Director of Digital Strategy at the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) in Washington D.C. Before LCV she spent 4 years at a public relations firm specializing in health policy communications. Kristin currently provides digital and media consulting for Rock the Earth. She is a proud alumni of the other UW — the University of Wisconsin. Go badgers!

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