ZNE Alliance is a 501 c3 not-for-profit organization whose projects span the silos of energy services, the built environment, and sustainable mobility.


We work on purpose-built project teams to develop and deploy integrated strategies, maximize value streams, and achieve ROI and Green House Gas reductions.




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. 

Jane Chipman

Sr. Program Manager

After receiving her MBA at MIT’s Sloan School, Jane worked for the Boston Consulting Group. She left management consulting to return to her passion in advanced energy.


With a multifaceted background in strategy consulting, international cleantech business development, and financial analysis,  Jane brings a comprehensive business perspective to EV Alliance projects. She both manages EV Alliance projects and uses her analytical expertise to tease out nuances and insights from data.

Sam Irvine

Program Manager

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.



Project Team

Beth Reid


Valarie Nibler

Director of Project Management

Joe Borg


Robert Anderson


Tim O'Keefe

Director of Renewables and DER

Brian Barnacle

Products and Strategy

Brett Webster

Project Manager II

Adam Lenz

Environmental Manager

Nate Dewart

Project Manager

Mark Northcross


Cathy DeFalco

Executive Director


Energy Project Coordinator

Kathy Wells


ZNE Alliance does not currently have openings.

We invite interested applicants to send resumes and cover letters to info@znealliance.net