Claudia Rast is a shareholder in the Michigan-based law firm of Butzel Long. She has extensive experience counseling both start-up and established clients on emerging legal issues related to business and technology, particularly online and web-based companies. She blends the study of law, business, and technology to assist companies in their selection and use of technology to maintain a competitive edge. Ms. Rast is also an experienced environmental lawyer, focusing on alternative energy and sustainability practices, including work on the development of a global Rule of Law Index for environment and energy with the World Justice Project, an offshoot of the American Bar Association. Ms. Rast received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her juris doctorate from the University of Detroit School of Law (cum laude), where she was the editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Immediately after law school, she clerked for Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice and former Michigan Governor G. Mennen Williams. Her other board memberships include the New Enterprise Forum and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.
Jim Cain is a financial communications manager for General Motors. He draws on nearly two decades of experience in corporate and agency communications, crisis management, product launches and media relations. Most recently, he was senior vice president at The Quell Group, where he helped Clean Energy Coalition define and develop its brand and lead a variety of strategic marketing initiatives for clients in professional services, automotive and finance. Before joining Quell, Mr. Cain held senior public relations positions at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich., where he managed several new vehicle launches, and in New York City for Lehman Brothers Investment Banking. Mr. Cain holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and serves on the board of directors of Breakfast at St. Andrew’s, an independent nonprofit organization based in Ann Arbor that provides breakfast 365 days a year to anyone in need.
Patrick Shields is the director of development and external relations at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, a position he has held since 1998. During most of his career, Mr. Shields has specialized in starting new development programs. With more than three decades of experience, he has held positions at The Ohio State University, the American Academy of Neurology, and several units within the University of Minnesota. In addition to his involvement with Clean Energy Coalition’s board, he serves on the membership committee for the Ann Arbor YMCA and the boards of the Uplands Homeowners Association and the Scio Township Local Roads Committee. Mr. Shields holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science and public policy from The Ohio State University.
Mark Ritz is principal at Barton Consulting Services, where he provides consulting services aimed at helping start-up companies grow their businesses. Previously, he spent 35 years in the automotive industry with Ford, Siemens, and Lear, focusing on commercialization of new products and technologies. Mr. Ritz holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan – Dearborn, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. In addition to Clean Energy Coalition’s board, he also serves as a member of the External Advisory Board of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Business and the Engineering Alumni Board of the University of Michigan – Dearborn.
Steve Dolen is the executive director of University of Michigan Parking and Transportation Services, overseeing operations of parking lots to serve faculty, staff, students, hospital patients, and visitors and a transportation system that services approximately six million riders each year. Prior to joining the university, Mr. Dolen held positions of increasing responsibility focusing on transportation, supply chain management, and third-party logistics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in General Studies and Exercise Science from Oakland University.
Heidi Grix is executive director of The Arbor Hospice Foundation and vice president of development for Arbor Hospice. In her dual roles, Ms. Grix provides leadership and direction for fundraising and donor-related activities and administers the policies, programs and personnel of the Hospice Foundation. Ms. Grix has served as director of financial development for the Washtenaw Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross and as development manager for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Ms. Grix holds a bachelor’s degree in English and language from Oakland University and a State of Michigan Teaching Certificate from Eastern Michigan University.
J.D. Lindeberg is a LEED-accredited professional and vice president and chief financial officer at Resource Recycling Systems. Mr. Lindeberg has worked for 25 years with leading United States nonprofit and private institutions on green business planning, financial assessment and project management. His extensive practical knowledge in biomass energy systems, capital project planning, design engineering, organics and “green” housing projects makes him invaluable to RRS. He has pursued the development of environmental and sustainable technology through his involvement in the Environmental Capital Network, and his own ventures in green home and resort construction. In addition to serving on Clean Energy Coalition’s board , Mr. Lindeberg is a managing partner of the Cohousing Development Company and is a visiting faculty member at the University of Michigan, where he teaches sustainable economies. Mr. Lindeberg holds a master’s degree of public administration, with a specialization in domestic policy analysis, from Princeton University, a master’s degree in civil engineering from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
As chief risk officer for DTE Energy, Edward J. Solomon is responsible for risk management, including market risk management, trading company risk management monitoring and middle office operations, credit risk management, corporate insurance administration, and procurement. Prior to his appointment as chief risk officer, Mr. Solomon held a series of finance roles, including Assistant Treasurer, Director of Corporate Finance, and Director of Finance for DTE Energy Services. Earlier in his career, he spent seven years at Air Products and Chemicals, where he held positions in corporate treasury and financial planning, and was a certified public accountant with the New York office of Arthur Andersen. Mr. Solomon holds a bachelor’s degree in business with a focus in accounting and a master’s degree in corporate strategy and finance from the University of Michigan. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2002.
As executive director and a board director, Sean Reed provides strategic planning, leadership and guidance to the organization’s operations and three divisions. Mr. Reed has successfully acquired, managed and completed more than 30 state and federal grants valued at more than $55 million. Before founding Clean Energy Coalition in 2005, Mr. Reed served as a program developer and energy analyst for the City of Ann Arbor’s Energy Office and the joint City of Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County Community Development Department. Mr. Reed has also worked for WARM Training Center as a program manager, at Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, the Olkonorei Integrated Pastoralist Survival Program in Tanzania, Africa, and as an instructor at the Japanese Ministry of Education in Imadate, Japan. Mr. Reed has presented on the topic of energy efficiency at numerous statewide and regional conferences in Michigan.
Born in Malawi, Africa, Mr. Reed has traveled and worked widely, living in Africa, Asia and Europe. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Penn., master’s degrees in social work and urban planning from the University of Michigan, as well as certificates as a housing rehabilitation specialist and home energy rater.