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Paul Fenn, Founder & President of Local Power, best known as the creator of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and Solar Bonds, has twenty years of success enabling communities to become enegy independent, saving Americans billions of dollars on their electric bills and causing some of the largest greenhouse gas reductions in history. Fenn is recognized for his innovations in energy policy, law, and finance; data analysis, program design, and negotiation. After writing the original law in Massachusetts twenty years ago and drafting a "second generation" law in California in 2000, Fenn's entire focus is "re-engineering the grid:" creating new program designs, financial vehicles and wholesale power strategies to lower the cost of renewable distributed energy resources. In recent years, Fenn led his team in preparing a business plan for a $1B "In-City Buildout" for the City of San Francisco, proving the economic feasibility of a localization and carbon reduction strategy for Sonoma County, California, and created a "Localization Portfolio Standard" for the City of Boulder, Colorado. Fenn was also recognized for several major political campaigns to create and defend Community Choice, such as creating and helping run the campaign to defeat PG&E's $67 M Proposition 16 - an astroturf effort to to hamstring California's CCA law in 2010. Fenn also drafted San Francisco's 2001 solar and energy efficiency financing authority, Proposition H and ran the campaign with co-founder Julia Peters. Fenn holds a Masters degree with PhD fellowship from University of Chicago. A more detailed bio is available here.

Julia Peters, Chief Financial Officer and Campaign Coordinator, co-founded Local Power, and has over twenty years of experience organizing political campaigns and administering large organizations. Peters' career first began in the Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG), initially serving as the Statewide Canvas Director of CalPIRG, and then as the National Canvas Director of PIRG itself. She also served as the Field Director for a California ballot initiative (Proposition 212), and was the Campaign Manager for Jerry Brown's initial successful run for Mayor of Oakland in 1998. Ms. Peters ran Local Power’s coalition and nonprofit fundraising activities prior to 2007, managed San Francisco’s Proposition H campaign in 2001, and helped to form and manage the San Francisco Community Choice Energy Alliance.

Arthur Medlar, Chief Information Officer, has helped develop Local Power's CCA 2.0 cost, financial and logistical modeling capabilities since 2008. Mr. Medlar is known for co-developing WAIS, the world's first internet search engine, as well as the early version of the Internet Archive. Art has 25 years in software development, design, and management experience - Starting with Thinking Machines in Boston, MA in the late 1980’s, Medlar was a software engineer programming massively parallel Connection Machines. During the 1990’s Medlar worked at Xerox Parc in Palo Alto, CA Operating Systems Research and Development. More recently Medlar was principal engineer at San Francisco-based Brightmail, an anti-spam software product, where he took a napkin sketch of the technology and managed the entire development process to full-scale deployment and sale of the company to Symantec in 2004.

Charles Schultz, Research and Development Director, joined Local Power in June of 2010, and conducted research and drafted reports on the regulatory and legal conditions encountered by Community Choice Aggregation in California and aggregation laws in other states. His responsibilities also include interfacing with local government elected officials and staff to increase awareness and offer guidance to aggregations in multiple states. Mr. Schultz has also worked in video and social media, producing viral marketing and political messaging campaigns for environmental causes including California’s Proposition 16 “No” Campaign (2010). He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

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