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ZNE Alliance is a nonprofit organization partnering with leading communities and organizations to advance a zero net emissions future. The Alliance deploys integrative approaches to rapid decarbonization at city and regional scales – working across the domains of clean energy, the built environment, sustainable mobility, and climate finance.


Current projects include Advanced Energy Community initiatives in Richmond and Lancaster California, Fleet Electrification and EV planning initiatives throughout the state, and regional climate finance and action strategies in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.





Richard Schorske

Executive Director

With extensive experience in energy and environment-related multi-stakeholder initiatives and market acceleration, Richard has founded and directed several public and nongovernmental organizations to drive large-scale GHG reduction impact and accelerate emerging clean energy technologies. Earlier in his career, Richard served as Executive Director of Workforce Silicon Valley, and as founder and Executive Director of the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership.


As Executive Director of the EV Alliance and ZNE Alliance, Richard brings together a wide range of cutting-edge technology partners to uncover new opportunities for emissions reduction and cost savings.


Sharon Tobar 


AS CFO of EV Alliance, Sharon brings over 30 years of experience in all dimensions of financial management, planning, resource development, capital facilities planning, HR and risk management in corporate, nonprofit, and academic settings.


With senior management experience in diverse sectors — including energy, broadband, accounting, law, and education, Sharon provides a cross-industry perspective to Alliance projects. 


Sam Irvine

Director of Operations

Sam uses the business case for sustainability to inspire collaboration between governments, utilities, NGOs, investors, and private companies to create beneficial environmental, social, and economic outcomes.

After receiving a dual MBA & MPA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School Sam contributed to East Bay Community Energy's Local Development Business Plan where he provided recommendations for creating competitive rate designs, local economic development, EV programs, and a virtual power plant aggregation designed to offset wholesale procurement and peaker plant usage with local Distributed Energy Resources.




ZNE Alliance does not currently have openings.

We invite interested applicants to send resumes and cover letters to

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