Advisory Council

The Power Shift Network Advisory Council serves as a critical community champion of the Power Shift Network. Members of the Advisory Council share their talents in service to the Network’s mission by providing the network with their professional expertise; their diverse knowledge of constituent perspectives; their connections to local, national or international resources, colleagues or peers; or other forms of needed assistance.


Jennie Curtis

Jennie Curtis

Jennie Curtis is the founding executive director of the Garfield Foundation, a private foundation initiated in 2001.  In 2003, Jennie proposed that the Garfield Foundation apply a systems thinking approach to at least one sector to better understand and solve a specified entrenched problem, and to build stronger collaborative partnerships within philanthropic and advocate communities.  The selected project, advancing renewable energy in the Midwest, evolved into the RE-AMP Network, now a coalition of 175 organizations collaborating to drastically reduce global warming pollution.  Jennie serves on the RE-AMP steering committee, and co-chairs its executive committee.  Jennie also serves on the board of the The Story of Stuff Project and various committees of funder affinity groups.  She is an avid outdoor enthusiast enjoying hiking, camping and meandering explorations with her two Labradors.  Jennie lives in the mountains 10 miles from Boulder, Colorado.

Abby Fenton

Abby Fenton

Abby Fenton lives in Minneapolis where she works as Youth Programs Director for Climate Generation, a non-profit organization she helped found in 2006 through a 3-month adventure-learning expedition to the Canadian Arctic. Abby has spent 20 years in the field of outdoor education, including Farm and Wilderness and Outward Bound. She was a founding Board Member of Rivers Edge Academy, an Outward Bound Expeditionary Learning School located in St Paul, MN, and served on the Board of the Power Shift Network from 2012-2015. Abby enjoys playing the mandolin, gardening, canoeing, and spending time with her husband, Aaron, and daughters Ruby (7) and Sula (4).

Holmes Hummel

Holmes Hummel

As a leader in the fields of clean energy finance, policy advocacy, and technology innovation, Holmes Hummel is focused on rapidly scaling up investment in the clean energy economy. Dr. Hummel founded Clean Energy Works to advance equity and expand opportunity in the clean energy economy, championing the use of inclusive financing. Previously, Dr. Hummel served for more than four years as the Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy & International Affairs. In that capacity, Dr. Hummel engaged a wide range of industry and public interest stakeholders to inform policy decisions on energy efficiency finance, electric vehicle deployment, natural gas resource development, trade policy, environmental regulation, grid reliability and more. Dr. Hummel holds a doctorate degree from Stanford University for interdisciplinary research on energy technology scenarios that achieve 100% clean energy for all.

Jess Lam

Jessica Lam

Jessica Lam is the Senior Program Associate of the Clean Power program at ClimateWorks Foundation. In this role, she develops strategies, awards grants, and mobilizes philanthropy globally to transform the power sector by advancing public policy and strengthening public support for a low-carbon future. She is passionate about protecting our natural resources while building healthy communities and global prosperity. Prior to joining ClimateWorks Foundation, Ms. Lam managed energy and climate projects at ICF International in Washington, D.C. for state, federal, and international clients. She was also a fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council focusing on building energy efficiency and a researcher at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. Ms. Lam holds a master’s degree from Duke University in Environmental Management and a B.S. from the University of California, Davis in Environmental Policy and Planning.

Asheen Phansey

Asheen Phansey

Asheen has served since 2010 as a corporate sustainability leader at Dassault Systèmes, a $3B software company that provides businesses and people with 3D modeling apps and experiences to harmonize product, nature, and life. In this role, he leverages his expertise in biomimetic design, sustainable tech, and circular economy. He relies on his prior experience in the biotech and aerospace industries, and his BS in Chemical Engineering (Cornell University) and MBA in Technology Entrepreneurship (Babson College). Asheen lectures or advises students at Babson College and Harvard University, serves on the Net Impact Advisory Council, and ranks as an influential social media thought leader in corporate sustainability (on twitter as @asheen). In his ample remaining spare time, Asheen enjoys learning new languages, philosophizing over espresso, speaking and lecturing frequently, and running sporadically—sometimes after his young kids.

Jessica Ronald

Jessica Ronald

Jessica is a consultant, facilitator, organizer and certified professional coach who supports individuals and organizations in their journeys towards justice and collective liberation. She has worked as the Equity, Inclusion and Justice Initiatives Manager at Sierra Club since 2012, where she supports volunteer leaders across 64 chapters in their personal and organizational journeys towards equity. Jessica supports leaders from a variety of sectors, including public education, non-profits, foundations, small businesses and large corporations, and is a frequent trainer at international conferences on organizational and programmatic best practices for diversity, equity and inclusion. She holds dual Masters in Gender Studies and Pan African Studies from the University of Louisville, where she received multiple awards for her research and study of Women and Global Issues. Jessica currently lives in Seattle, WA but still refers to Kentucky as home. She is passionate about community building and mindful leadership development for a more just world.

Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Shah was the founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE), where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide.

Nathan Willcox

Nathan Willcox

Nathan Willcox is the Manager of the Climate Advocacy Lab, incubated at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. The Climate Advocacy Lab is a collaborative space for climate practitioners to share best practices about what works--and what doesn't--for engaging Americans on climate. Nathan works with the rest of the team and leaders from the climate community to ensure that "the Lab" is as useful as possible to climate practitioners. Prior to joining SGTF, Nathan worked for 12 years for Environment America. There, he first worked on state-level clean energy and climate campaigns in Pennsylvania, then later spent three years serving as Environment America's federal global warming program director in Washington, D.C. Nathan has a B.A. in Environmental Policy and Political Science from American University.