Carly RixhamCarly Rixham

Executive Director,

Carly joined ASES as executive director in June, 2014. She is a renewable energy professional with a diverse background in solar, biofuels, education and wastewater management. At BioVantage Resources, she was a microbiologist cultivating algae for bio-remediation of nutrients in wastewater. She received her master of science degree in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she researched microalgae for the production of bio-diesel and bio-ethanol. While studying in Boulder, Rixham served as director of arts and sciences at CU Energy, where she was instrumental in recruiting student involvement for events such as the Energy Frontiers conference. She has also taught biology and ecology at the university and high school levels. Prior to her renewable energy career, she worked in software development and customer support at Intuit.

Rixham served as a volunteer on several ASES membership and fundraising projects, establishing a close relationship with the staff and executive committee. She is passionate about nonprofit organizational development, and plans to take ASES into the next generation, reaffirming the organizations role as a leader in the renewable energy community. As solar energy gains success in the market place, Rixham is interested in pushing the solar agenda on a grassroots level. Dedicated to connecting science with the greater community of solar advocates, she is eager to support local chapters to help get real people involved in solar. She envisions a stronger connection with universities, as a way to recruit a new generation of professionals in renewable energy.

Brian AllenBrian Allen

Director of Operations,

Brian Allen is the past Secretary of the ASES Board, and Principal at the Appropriate Technology Group, a Seattle-based consultancy focused on sustainable system-based approaches to information and energy technologies for economic development and climate change action. He has lived and worked across the Americas and Europe for a wide range of corporations and non-profits over the last 30 years. He chairs the ASES Sustainability Technical Division and the Technical Division Caucus, and is again the Chair of the Technical Review Committee for the 2014 National Solar Conference in San Francisco after having served in that role for Solar 2013 in Baltimore (where he also served as Conference Director).

He is currently serving as the ASES Director of Operations, but his secret personal project is to open a meadery/cidery and micro-brewery in the Seattle area. He earned a BA in Political Science & International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Certificat d’Études Politiques from the Institute d’Études Politiques in Aix-en-Provence, France, and an MA in Economics & Latin American Studies from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. He is a Wisconsin native living in West Seattle in a Homestead Community Land Trust home, which he is renovating into a model of green building techniques and energy self-sufficiency.

Tiffiny Harrower

Finance & Accounting Manager,

unnamed-1Nicole Gallegos

Assistant Operations Manager,

Nicole joined ASES in February 2013 after earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She began as the Assistant Conference Director before taking on more responsibility as the Operations Manager. Nicole is an advocate for environment sustainability with an extensive background in renewable energy, conservation and restoration. Nicole has worked for The Nature Conservancy in Montana, where she taught high school students about conservation and monitored recovering habitats that had been previously damaged for anthropogenic reasons. While studying at the University of Colorado, Nicole served as a trip coordinator for Alternative Breaks, where she led a group of college students to work with The Nature Conservancy in Oregon to remove invasive species at Cascade Head. She also served as a volunteer for Creatio, assisting in building biodegradable latrines and an irrigation system for a remote village in the high Andes of Peru.

Nicole loves to take advantage of the 300 days of sunshine in Colorado. On her spare time, you can find her rock climbing, biking, camping and snowboarding/watching little kids zoom past her on the slopes. She likes to hang out with her two cats and basically anything furry with four legs.

Alex Shinkle

Web Developer and Social Media Advocate Intern


unnamedDevon Holt

Executive Assistant Intern




Seth MasiaSeth Masia

Editor of SOLAR TODAY,

Seth joined the staff of SOLAR TODAY in November 2007 after earning a master’s degree in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado/Boulder. He studied English as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, where he worked as a technical editor on high school physics and chemistry texts. As technical editor of Ski magazine for 20 years, Seth skied all over the world, and everywhere he went he saw glaciers retreating – so he began writing about climate change in 1991. Seth has written for BackpackerOutsideThe New York Times and dozens of other magazines, newspapers and websites. He has helped to launch large website projects for Times Mirror Magazines, Microsoft Corp., AOL Time Warner and a number of small nonprofit organizations. He is a life member of ASES and in 2013 and 2014 Seth served as the society’s executive director.

Seth lives in Boulder and has a daughter away at college. He does do-it-yourself solar energy projects and rides an electric motorcycle he built around a golf-cart motor. In real life he teaches skiing at Vail.

Brooke Simmons

Managing Editor,

Rob Simonelli

Advertising Director for Solar Today, Solar@Work, ASES National Solar Conference, and ASES National Solar Tour Phone: (562) 431-1630 Fax: (562) 431-1530

Allison J. Gray

Art Director

Dan Bihn



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