Meet the Team
The Oregon Clean Power Co-op is led by a general manager and board of directors with significant experience in renewable energy project development, finance and policy.
Dan Orzech (General Manager)
Dan Orzech has been working with solar since 2009, when he began developing utility-scale solar projects in New Jersey for Community Energy Solar, Inc., starting with a 6.5-megawatt solar project for the City of Vineland, New Jersey. He has consulted for a number of European and U.S. solar panel manufacturers, investment funds and project developers, helping them identify suitable projects, perform due diligence, and identify sources of project financing. He has developed or consulted on a total of more than 25 megawatts of solar projects in New Jersey, New York, Montana, Nevada and Oregon. He holds a B.A. from Reed College.
Mark Pengilly (Board President)
A trip to Germany in 2006 inspired Mark with the power of advanced renewable energy policy and its potential benefits for Oregon. Mark worked to pass Oregon’s Feed-in Tariff legislation, helped craft Oregon’s Solar Specialty Code and authored HB 3516, which made solar PV an outright permitted use on Oregon rooftops. He led the successful effort to expand Oregon’s Solar Pilot Program in 2013 and in 2014, in concert with Kathleen Newman, worked to pass SB 1520, which enabled the formation of community renewable energy cooperatives in Oregon. Mark received his A.B. with distinction from Stanford University and his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law.
David Clyne (Board Member)
David is a retired lawyer and city manager. He has served as city manager for a number of Willamette Valley communities, including Gresham, Newberg, Junction City and Independence, as well as several cities in Colorado.
Juan Fernandez (Team Member)
Juan has worked as a telecom analyst, in the wine industry, and selling residential solar. His focus is vineyards and farms, and projects in the South Willamette Valley area.
Joe Giordano (Board Member)
Joe is a technology entrepreneur who moved to Hood River, Oregon from Seattle with his family, to pursue a more community-focused and sustainable lifestyle. His prior experience is in creating large-scale consumer awareness and innovation through software, Internet and mobile applications, at companies including Microsoft, drugstore.com, PayScale and others. Joe has raised over $30 million in funding for new ventures during his career and has been a key individual inside of various innovative new initiatives representing over $1 billion of market value today. He holds a B.A. degree in music composition from Whitman College.
Reed Mayfield (Board Member)
Reed is a Senior Business Lender and Vice President at Craft3, a community development financial institution (CDFI) in Portland. Previously, he served as a Senior Manager for Capital Deployment at RSF Social Finance in San Francisco, CA.
Doug Rich (Team Member)
Doug is retired after a career on Wall Street and banking. He is a long-time member of the Lake Oswego Sustainability Coalition, and is responsible for community-based projects in the Portland Metro region.
Adam Rogowski (Team Member)
Adam has worked for Oregon Clean Power since he graduated in 2019 with a degree in political science and environmental studies. He does research and mapping, and Community Solar subscription management.
Ari Simmons (Board Member)
Ari is the Marketing and Communications Manager for battery storage manufacturer SimpliPhi Power, a division of Briggs & Stratton. Previously she worked for Solar Oregon, and was a founding member of the non-profit Olympia Community Solar. Ari helped to secure over $1 million in funding for solar energy projects for small businesses, farms, and low-income families in Washington state, and holds a Masters of Environmental Studies degree from the Evergreen State College.
Peter Trueblood (Board Member)
Peter is retired after serving as the Bank President of the Chevron Credit Bank. He has also served on the Board of Haverford College, and the board of the North Oakland (CA) Community Charter School in Oakland, where he was involved in the financing of a solar project in the early days of the solar industry.
Jaimes Valdez (Board Member)
Jaimes is responsible for regulatory, market and legislative policy issues for Northwest SEED, a Seattle-based nonprofit focused on renewable energy. He brings over a decade of experience in renewables, including in project development, energy planning, utility marketing, and advocacy. Before joining Northwest SEED, Jaimes worked for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability for over five years, helping launch a number of energy initiatives and representing Portland in regulatory proceedings. In 2012, Jaimes spent a year in Germany as a Robert Bosch Fellow researching the integration and development of renewables in German energy markets, including solar cooperatives. While there he worked for the Federal Environment Ministry in Berlin and a regional energy utility in Freiburg. Jaimes holds a B.A. in Physics and Environmental Studies from Whitman College.
Michael Cavallaro (Board Member, emeritus)
Michael Cavallaro was the Director of the Rogue Valley Council of Governments in Jackson and Josephine counties in southern Oregon.
Matt Krumenauer (Board Member, emeritus)
Matt is Vice President of US Endowment for Forestry and Communities.
Robin Rabiroff (Board Member, emeritus)
Robin was the Director of Business Development for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 48.
Dick Wanderscheid (Board Member, emeritus)
Dick was Vice President, Renewable Energy Group, at Bonneville Environmental Foundation, a Portland-based nonprofit.
Lee Rahr (Board Member, emeritus)
Lee is the Energy Program Director for Portland-based non-profit Sustainable Northwest.