Founding Member, San Francisco and Boston TechCollective
Yochai Gal is a founding member of both the San Francisco and Boston branches of TechCollective. He currently provides business support services at the latter co-op, located in Teele Square, Somerville, MA. TechCollective is an information technology (IT) firm that provides hardware repair, software support, web design, consulting and computer sales. It specializes in open-source, affordable IT support, aimed at non-profits, small businesses and low-income individuals. Yochai was born in Israel, but raised in the United States. He believes that democracy is an essential right, not only as a citizen, but as a worker, a consumer, a student - in all aspects of our lives.
Director, Clean Energy Program, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance
Eugenia Gibbons is the director of the Clean Energy Program at Energy Consumers Alliance of New England (ECANE), which goes by Mass Energy Consumers Alliance (Mass Energy) in Massachusetts and as People’s Power & Light in Rhode Island. She is working to influence, improve, and advance renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and programs in MA & RI through direct advocacy, customer education, and stakeholder coordination. She oversees program outreach to provide energy services to over 20,000 ECANE members. She developed and launched the organization’s renewable thermal initiative partnering with the Executive Director of ECANE. Her clean energy team is also involved in the Solar Connect initiative to increase adoption of residential solar PV in MA, which is funded by Mass Clean Energy Center. Before joining ECANE, she worked as a program coordinator at Environmental League of Massachusetts, and was the director of GWSP Network Coordinator of ELM. Eugenia holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
Clean Energy and Climate Change Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation
David Ismay is a Clean Energy and Climate Change Staff Attorney for Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) Massachusetts. Before joining CLF, David was a senior associate at Farella Braun + Martel LLP in San Francisco, where he practiced infrastructure, renewable energy and land-use law. He has substantial experience in drafting, negotiating and litigating commercial contracts for public and private entities with focus on major capital construction of buildings, infrastructure, and renewable/alternative energy power plants, as well as prosecuting and defending local land use approvals and related environmental review.
David holds a B.S. in History with Honors from the United States Naval Academy, an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University (Queen’s College), and a J.D. from Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall). After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. James R. Browning, Senior Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. David is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and California, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits.