David Hochschild fills the environmental chair on the California Energy Commission. His career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy and the private sector. He first got involved in the solar energy field in 2001 in San Francisco as a Special Assistant to Mayor Willie Brown where he launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings. He went on to co-found the Vote Solar Initiative, a 60,000-member advocacy organization promoting solar policies at the local, state and federal level. He served as executive director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers and worked for five years at Solaria, a solar company in Silicon Valley. In 2007-2008, he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
Danny Kennedy started Sungevity, the largest privately held solar service company in the USA, in 2007 and has worked there in various roles ever since. He also cofounded The SfunCube – the only Incubator and Accelerator supporting solar entrepreneurs to succeed in 2013. He authored the book “Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy – and Our Planet – from Dirty Energy” in 2012. Danny will be the keynote speaker for Climate Solutions' 2015 annual dinner in Portland.
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