Board of Directors
Katherine Lucey is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Solar Sister. After a 20 year career as an investment banker with expertise in the energy sector, Katherine retired from banking and turned her attention to finding a sustainable solution to the energy poverty that causes suffering to a quarter of the world’s population. Katherine determined that a practical, grassroots, locally generated solution was needed. Katherine is a 2015 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year, an Ashoka Fellow and a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur. She holds an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. She is an alumna of the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) the signature social enterprise program of the Miller Center of Santa Clara University.
Neha Misra is the Co-Founder & Chief Collaboration Officer of Solar Sister. Neha is a global champion for improving sustainable energy access through innovative gender inclusive approaches that recognize and advance women’s critical role as clean energy entrepreneurs, educators, trainers, managers and consumers. In 2017, Neha was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a partnership between the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson for leaders committed to solving society’s greatest challenges. She is a Spring 2016 Fellow for the Coaching Fellowship which recognizes extraordinary women leaders globally. Neha is a Solar Suitcase Ambassador for We Care Solar which brings solar energy solutions to advance maternal healthcare. In 2015, Neha climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, to raise awareness about Solar Sister’s mission. Neha holds a Master of Business Economics Degree from the University of Delhi and a Bachelor of Science (honor) Physics degree from St. Stephens College, India. She has a certificate in design of solar energy systems from Solar Energy International in Carbondale, Colorado. When not advancing women’s role in clean tech, Neha is a poet and a contemporary visual folk artist. @LightSolar
Noa Gimelli is the Trade and Competitiveness (T&C) Senior Operations Officer for Gender at the World Bank Group. Noa develops guidelines for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Finance Initiative public sector window—a $340m women’s economic empowerment facility; supports the development of market linkages for female businesses owners; develops tools to improve and measure project impacts; and initiates external relationships to further women’s economic empowerment within T&C and beyond. Noa spent nine years at ExxonMobil where she held several positions, including Director of the Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative. She oversaw a global portfolio of investments helping women fulfill their economic potential and drive economic and social change in their communities. Noa has also served as ExxonMobil’s Corporate Citizenship Manager, including managing corporate-level engagement with socially responsible investors, academics and NGOs on the oil and gas industry’s social and environmental impacts. Noa has worked for the Council on Foreign Relations, Catalyst and the World Economic Forum developing foreign policy programming and conducting research on global and private sector gender policy. Noa holds an M.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. from Barnard College. She has served as a Council on Foreign Relations term member. Noa’s LinkedIn
Terri Jordan is a Director of New Business Development at Asahi Kasei in their Corporate Venture Capital Division. She focuses on identifying, developing and executing business plans for portfolio companies in the area of clean tech and especially startup businesses related to water purification. She joined Asahi Kasei’s CVC group in 2015. Prior to this she worked at Crystal IS as Senior Vice President of Business Development focused on commercializing a breakthrough UV LED technology capable of disinfection for water and medical applications. Previous roles include 15 years of experience in technology, business, and quality leadership positions in GE materials businesses. Additionally she has held executive level positions in Konarka Technologies, a solar startup and Victrex plc, a high performance materials company. Throughout her career and volunteerism she has maintained a dedication to empowering women and girls and also to realizing new technology platforms for a cleaner and safer world. Her work as Board Chair at Solar Sister has allowed her to integrate these passions while doing her small part in addressing the massive global challenges of energy poverty and climate change. She holds a chemical engineering degree from Tufts University and a Ph.D. from University of Connecticut.
Linda Rich Wanerman had a twenty-three-year career on Wall Street, and held positions at EFHutton, Lehman Brothers, and Smith Barney as a Senior Vice President involved in sales and marketing of fixed income securities in New York City. After leaving Wall Street, Linda became a patient advocate for family members suffering from dementia, and worked with other families and health care facilities to recognize the dignity of both patients and caregivers.
She has been a supporter of Solar Sister since its founding in 2010 and has been an advocate for its mission. Through her business and personal experiences, she recognizes the tremendous value in developing women’s entrepreneurial potential and its impact on children, families, and local communities. Linda has lived abroad and traveled extensively as part of an Air Force family. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado and completed an advanced management seminar at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Both Linda and her husband are longstanding supporters of The Ivymount School in Rockville, MD, a nationally-recognized school that provides educational programs for children and young adults with special needs.
Pam Darwin is Vice President, Africa for ExxonMobil Exploration Company. During her 33 year career she has worked in numerous developing countries around the globe and has seen firsthand the positive impact that energy can have on communities. Pam has advocated for women through her volunteerism and active involvement with ExxonMobil’s Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative, a global effort that helps women fulfill their economic potential and drive economic and social change in their communities. Pam has been a supporter of Solar Sister since she first learned of their inspiring mission to bring light and economic empowerment to women while judging the Ashoka Changemakers Women, Tool, Technology Challenge in 2009. Pam currently serves on the University of Texas Jackson School Advisory Board and is the Houston Area United Way Loaned Executive Chair. In 2010, she received the BioHouston Women in Science with Excellence Award and in 2011, Newsweek named her as one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World.” Pam holds a geology degree from Colgate University and a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Pam and her husband live in Texas and have three children.
Dr. Cynthia L. Drakeman is the founding CEO of DoubleXEconomy, LLC, one of the world’s leading businesses focused on enhancing women’s economic empowerment. Cindy was the lead author of the second report for the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (March 2017), and served as a United States delegate to the W20’s 2017 meeting in Berlin. She sits on the advisory council for the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti Women’s Economic Participation Consortium. She has previously served as a trustee for the National Cathedral Choral Society and as a board member of the Hilton Head Institute. Solar Sister has a remarkable track record of successfully increasing economic opportunities for women while also reducing energy poverty and the many problems it creates. Its efforts are transforming the lives of women and their communities, and Cindy is excited to help Solar Sister continue this important work. She has an AB from Princeton University and a DPhil from the University of Oxford.