Meet the Board
Founder and Chairwoman – Lisa Ann Pinkerton
Lisa Ann Pinkerton is founder of Women In Cleantech & Sustainability, a San Francisco Bay Area group dedicated to the advancement of women in various environmental and technology sectors. She is also Founder and President of Technica Communications, where she handles marketing, social media, content production and public relations for cleantech and biotech startups. Additionally, Lisa Ann is Co-Founder and Marketing Chair for the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, an international speaker and moderator and documentary filmmaker. Lisa Ann is a former award-winning broadcast journalist who reported for National Public Radio, PBS Television, WPXI-NBC, American Public Media, and Free Speech TV.
Vice Chairwoman – Sara Eve Fuentes
Sara is currently a sustainability program manager with Commercial Industrial Waste Applications, where she conducts site audits and surveys for LEED and ISO certification and manages projects for ZERO Waste facilities. Previously Sara was a marketing director for World Financial Group and a sustainability program manager for the Green Schools National Conference. She has been on the board of Women in CleanTech and Sustainability since 2013.
Secretary – Kelly Ratchinsky
Kelly Ratchinsky is Board Chair Secretary for Women in Cleantech & Sustainability (WCS). As Board member she brings expertise on transportation innovation and smart cities. Kelly has earned a MSc and BSc in Ocean / Mechanical engineering specializing in autonomous vehicle control systems and renewable energy systems. Globally oriented and technically trained, Kelly has enjoyed success collaborating with business and technical teams to manage and execute industrial scale projects.
Events Chair - Pat Christianson
After spending over 15 year in Consumer Goods, Pat found her passion in Sustainability for the Built Environment and the sharing economy, she is invested in helping make the world a greener place. She has successfully brought new products to market for the most important European and Mexican retailers; she also has developed and sourced product through Asia, Latin America and Europe. Multidimensional thinker and advanced communicator that develops highly productive and trusting relationships.
Pat has managed local event marketing, product development, product sourcing, merchandising, and manufacturing teams. She holds a LEED AP BD+C certification.
Neha currently works as a Senior Engineer at Bloom Energy. Previously she worked at Cymer Inc. - an ASML Company, Cummins Inc. and Purdue University. Neha has a Master’s degree with specialization in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Neha has co-authored several conference and journal papers on mechatronics. She is also an IEEE member and peer reviewer. Neha has also been awarded patent and has authored several other patent applications and invention disclosures in the field of fuel cells and automotive sector. Neha was a Cummins-Purdue fellow during her Master’s studies at Purdue. She has over 5 years of research as well as industry experience. Neha is passionate about EV’s and the trends in future of transportation. She loves volunteering for STEM related activities for high school kids.
Susan works at ABB where she tests and troubleshoots new and existing products in support of on time product delivery for customers across the globe; many of which aid in environmental research, and air quality assessment. She received her Bachelor's in Physics and her Master's in Applied Physics with an emphasis on PV and Semiconductors. Within the past couple of years she has found her passion for a more sustainable future and transitioned from the semiconductor industry into the cleantech industry. She looks forward to a future in which our cities function and power sustainably, free of pollution and waste.
Vanessa Roscoe (LinkedIn) is a Vice President, Social Innovation at Edelman in Silicon Valley, leading public relations and communications marketing work for a portfolio of propose-driven clients. She has eleven years of experience leading sustainability strategy for Fortune 50 companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, Apple and Dow Building & Construction. Her desire is to lead companies away from business-as-usual and towards a more sustainable future, where market-driven climate restoration becomes the new model. She holds an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School and a BS in marketing from Fairfield University.
Treasurer - Anna Astretsova
Anna manages project finance at First Solar. Previously she worked at GreenWorld Capital and the Adidas Group. Anna has an MS in Applied Mathematics from Lomonosov Moscow State University and an MS in Financial Mathematics from Stanford Uiversity. She has been on the board of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability since 2013.
Anandi joined the WCS group 2 years ago and is part of the Finance Committee overseeing the budget and sponsorship requirements for the organization. She currently works at Sylvatex, Inc. – a green nanochemistry company focused on creating sustainable energy solutions for the planet. She leads up the Corporate Development efforts at Sylvatex and works to manage some of the company’s strategy and ongoing projects. Anandi has a strong technical background in nanotechnology and holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Technical University of Munich in Germany. She also has a diploma in Project Management and Global Business Management from the University of California, Berkeley. Having lived on three different continents around the world, she has developed a passion for traveling and meeting people from various cultures and backgrounds. In her spare time she enjoys reading about world history, art and is also a trained dancer.
Anita is currently a Business Development Manager for a local environmental services firm. Her prior experience spans over 10 years in various supply chain operations and strategy positions at Ford Motor Company and Target Corporation, as well as management consulting. Passionate about sustainability from both a social and environmental perspective, Anita volunteers actively with the GRID Alternatives International Program (energy access/sustainable development) as well as the North South Foundation (educational programming). She holds a Masters in Sustainability from Harvard University Extension School, a MBA from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her free time she loves to hike, travel, and compete on a local dragon boat team.
Career Development Chair - Amie Lewis
Amie Lewis (LinkedIn) is a high-performance green building and energy management consultant who has been committed to advancing sustainability in the built environment and in business practices since 2006. After starting her career as LEED Program Manager at Organic Architect in San Francisco, she co-founded a LEED consultancy with work in the SF Bay Area, New York, London, and Turkey. Her international experience focused on LEED certification and project management, LEED energy commissioning, and providing related workplace trainings to design and real estate professionals. With an MBA in Sustainable Business from San Francisco State University, Amie is now supporting the SF State Foundation in execution of its sustainability goals. She is seeking full-time opportunities in Cleantech with applications in the built environment.
Mariya Kravchenko (LinkedIn) joined WCS in December 2015 to further grow its career development program. Mariya is an Innovation and Sustainability Consultant and Founder of Ecolize, a sustainability consulting firm based in San Francisco, CA. As a former Sustainability Chair at Cleantech Open, she has developed a strong sense of devotion and deep appreciation for the nonprofit sector. After receiving her MBA in Sustainable Business from San Francisco State University and being extensively involved in the cleantech industry, Mariya has dedicated her efforts to further the roles of women in growing the green economy. Her passions are to empower women and to transform and guide organizations and people around her towards the path of global sustainability. Mariya finds inspiration in hiking, rowing, reading and camping. Her driving force and motivation come from her daughter, who reminds her of the importance of making a positive impact in the world every day for future generations.