Our Team

Jennifer Grove, Executive Director

ph: 206.267.2212 | email: jennifer at sparknorthwest.org

As the Executive Director, Jennifer provides primary oversight of operations, finances, personnel and programs to ensure compliance with and implementation of the organization’s mission, goals and objectives. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Jennifer served as Program Director and was responsible for managing the implementation of our renewable energy projects. Jennifer has extensive experience in project management, fundraising, and team management in both the private and non-profit sectors. Before joining our organization, Jennifer worked for AT&T Wireless, People for Puget Sound, and Inner City Outings/Sierra Club. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. When Jennifer isn’t busy creating clean energy projects, she stays active by spending time with her family, rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, and traveling the world.

Linda Irvine, Program Director

ph: 206.267.2215 | email: linda at sparknorthwest.org

Linda directs the development of community energy strategies, designing new programs and maximizing synergies across our program areas to serve more communities. She manages the Northwest Solar Communities initiative to standardize and streamline rooftop solar installations in the Northwest and has authored several nationally distributed guides on Community Solar and Solarize program design. Linda began her energy career with an internship at Renewable Northwest Project, creating the first survey of utility green power offerings for the Pacific Northwest. She subsequently worked as a Program Manager at PECI helping to create and deploy on-the-ground efficiency programs for the grocery sector, and as the Community Resource Conservation Manager for the city of Langley, Washington. Linda also serves on the board of Island Community Solar, a project she helped implement in her community. Linda holds a B.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University and a teaching certificate from U.C. Berkeley’s Bay Area Writing Project. When Linda isn’t commuting to Seattle, she spends her time on Whidbey Island, where she lives with her husband. Linda is an avid runner, voracious reader, occasional cyclist and film buff who loves to find a new, obscure movie title at the library.

Jaimes Valdez, Policy Manager

ph: 206.914.3510 | email: jaimes at sparknorthwest.org

Jaimes is responsible for regulatory, market and legislative policy issues. Based out of Portland, he is often in Seattle, Salem and Olympia. He brings over a decade of experience in renewables, including in project development, energy planning, utility marketing, and advocacy. Before joining our organization, Jaimes worked for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability for over five years, helping launch a number of energy initiatives and representing Portland in regulatory proceedings. In 2012, Jaimes spent a year in Germany as a Robert Bosch Fellow researching the integration and development of renewables in German energy markets. While there he worked for the Federal Environment Ministry in Berlin and a regional energy utility in Freiburg. Jaimes holds a B.A. in Physics and Environmental Studies from Whitman College. He has served on numerous non-profit boards, helping build local sustainability efforts in communities around the Pacific Northwest. During his scarce free time, Jaimes can be found fixing some vintage biodiesel vehicle, cycling roads and trails with his wife, or camping under drizzly skies.

Gwen Heisterkamp, Finance and Operations Manager

ph: 206.328.2441 | email: gwen at sparknorthwest.org

Gwen manages the internal functions for our team, including finance, operations and human resources. Her 15-year career in the environmental sector spans a variety of roles within non-profit organizations and public agencies. Most recently, Gwen spent nine years at the NW Energy Coalition, where she managed the organization’s finances, operations and grants. She has also worked as an environmental educator, a salmon-recovery planner, a volunteer coordinator, a native plant nursery manager and an outreach coordinator. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies/Environmental Education from Huxley College at Western Washington University. In her spare time, Gwen can be found practicing and teaching yoga, gardening in her community p-patch, and exploring the great outdoors.

Daniel Poppe, Development Director

ph: 206.267.2216 | email: daniel at sparknorthwest.org

As Development Director, Daniel is responsible for planning and executing a full range of fundraising activities, including individual giving and donor management, events, fundraising campaigns. He also manages Spark Northwest’s communications through the website, email, and social media. Before joining Spark Northwest, Daniel worked in salmon and steelhead recovery with the Seattle-based nonprofit Long Live the Kings. He also spent two years at the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation building support for local bicycling programs. Daniel received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and an M.P.A. from the University of Washington Evans School for Public Policy and Governance. Daniel served in the U.S. Peace Corps in China and has two energetic dogs with his wife

Mia Devine, Project Manager

ph: 206.267.2213 | email: mia at sparknorthwest.org

Mia manages multiple clean energy projects including our Rural Renewables Program. Mia has over 16 years of experience working in the renewable energy industry conducting technical feasibility studies of utility-scale wind farms, due diligence reviews of wind turbine supply and maintenance contracts, project management of proposals and budgets, and hands-on installation of residential solar and wind power equipment. Most recently, Mia worked with wind project developers, government agencies, multinational corporations, investors, tribal communities, and utilities at the global consulting firm Det Norske Veritas. Mia also co-founded a national group encouraging the participation and advancement of women in the wind energy industry and completed volunteer work in Central and South America where she helped to install and maintain solar electric lighting systems in rural communities. Mia holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Grinnell College and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. When not at work, you can find Mia tending either her urban farm in Seattle, or her rural farm in Bellingham.

Mikhaila Gonzales, Project Manager

Ph: 206.267.2213; email: Mikhaila at sparknorthwest.org

Mikhaila spearheads the Access Solar initiative and supports Solar Plus State Energy Strategy work across Oregon and Washington. Mikhaila recently worked for the National Audubon Society as a Community Programs Manager, where she championed two programs to diversify Audubon’s constituency to include young adults and English language learners. Prior to Audubon, she directed the nonprofit Save Habitat And Diversity Of Wetlands (SHADOW), where she built strategic partnerships across King and Pierce Counties to protect wetlands and critical habitat. Mikhaila holds a B.A. In International Development & Social Change, M.A. in Environmental Science & Policy, Sustainable Building Advisor Certification, and has participated in the Fulbright Fellowship, Asian Pacific Islander Community Leaders Program and Environmental Leadership Program. She enjoys growing, cooking, eating and learning about food.

Jill Eikenhorst, Project Manager

ph: 206.457.5403 | email: jill at sparknorthwest.org

Jill focuses on managing and delivering community education on renewable energy. Most recently, Jill served as the Development and Communications Coordinator for Mountaineers Books. Prior to that, Jill coordinated development, communications and operations for the Seattle chapter of Ashoka, an international organization supporting social entrepreneurs. She has also held two AmeriCorps positions coordinating sustainability programs for the Phinney Neighborhood Association, City Fruit and EOS Alliance. Jill received a B.A. in English from the University of Puget Sound and holds certificates in sustainable energy, grantwriting and strategic communications. Jill bikes everywhere, and enjoys camping, growing veggies, and cooking up sustainable meals.

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