Data scientists, entrepreneurs, researchers, coders, city planners, lawyers, engineers and consumer product experts. Our staff can be reached at 512-782-9213 or at first initial last name @pecanstreet.org (email@example.com).
Suzanne is chief executive officer for Pecan Street. Prior to joining the organization in 2010, she was director of sustainability initiatives for New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development where she led the development of green building and sustainable retrofit standards for municipally-funded affordable housing. Over the past seven years, Suzanne served as chief of staff and then chief operating officer for Pecan Street, during which time Forbes named her one of five women ‘Using Technology to Blow Up Social Change.’ An urban planner with a masters degree in community and regional planning from the University of Texas at Austin, Suzanne has worked in Africa, China, India and the USA on community-based sustainable development.
Fisayo is Pecan Street’s CFO and general counsel. Prior to joining the organization, she worked for Smith International (a subsidiary of Schlumberger Ltd.) where she led teams on Sarbanes Oxley compliance projects in U.S. and international locations. Prior to that, Fisayo worked with the Audit and Assurance Services group at the Ernst & Young’s Houston office where she supervised audit projects for public companies. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Baylor University, a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s degree in sustainability and environmental management from Harvard University. She’s a certified public accountant (CPA) and is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. She also holds certificates in Environmental Policy and International Development and in Green Building and Community Sustainability, both from Harvard University.
Scott leads activities and electrical research at the Pecan Street Lab. He worked at a thin film CIGS solar module manufacturer where he led module packaging, performance, certification and reliability efforts. Prior efforts include work in the military, medical, consumer and oil industries developing power supplies, precision measurement equipment and inductive heating technologies. Scott received his B.S.E.E. from The University of Texas at Austin with undergraduate specializations in both communications systems and power distribution. Scott was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Engineering Award for “transforming the world’s understanding of consumer and community electricity usage” by the the IEEE Power Engineering Society Central Texas Chapter. He is also a contributing author to Transmission & Distribution World Magazine.
Rachel is the director of operations for Pecan Street. Rachel joined Pecan Street in 2012 and has served as the research programs coordinator helping to expand the organizations volunteer research network and as programs manager and lab manager, overseeing Pecan Street’s research programs. She received her B.A. in anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Pecan Street, Rachel worked as a legal assistant and served as a property manager in the greater Austin area.
Colin has more than 20 years of experience in corporate, political and cause communication and has managed Pecan Street’s communication activity since the organization’s founding. He’s worked for PR firms, candidates and an international non-profit organization and now runs an independent consulting firm. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in political communication from The University of Texas at Austin.
Elisa joined Pecan Street in 2019. As project manager, she works with our engineering, data, legal, and operations teams to lead the execution of project plans for our public and private partners. Prior to working at Pecan Street, Elisa was a program manager at Arabella Advisors, working with large institutional foundations to launch and manage philanthropic initiatives in energy policy, conservation, and education. She received her B.S. in biology from The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, and her M.S. in environmental policy from The New School in New York City.
Luis helps keeps Pecan Street’s various research and database systems up and running. He joined Pecan Street in 2019, after working as an IT support technician for a managed service provider. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Texas State University.
Richard is a licensed master electrician with over 24 years experience in electrical construction and service. Richard owned his own electrical contracting business for 13 years. In 2012, he decided to leave construction and focus his attention on electricity research and renewable energy.
As Pecan Street’s power systems specialist, Andrea supports the hardware design and software development for a variety of projects. She received her B.S. in electrical and computer engineering and her M.S. in sustainable design from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Pecan Street, she led the Austin Energy team that designs, installs and tests grid-scale energy storage installations. Following her interests in renewable energy and emerging technologies, she has participated in projects such as the NexusHaus – a house that competed in DOE’s Solar Decathlon, traveled to Japan to study renewable resources in remote areas, and researched how solar panels and green roofs could work together as synergistic systems in Austin and how such technologies have social impacts on our daily lives.
Josey joined Pecan Street in 2018 and supports all staff with various project management needs, including scheduling, purchasing and interfacing with our volunteer research participants. Her experience coordinating volunteers in non-profit environments is a key asset for the team. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Cross-Cultural Sociology and has worked with international refugees, older adults, children, and individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Bart builds startup programs and supports entrepreneurs addressing climate and environmental impacts. He founded ATI Water, an incubation program focused on reducing water consumption in agriculture, energy production and manufacturing, and SEAL, the startup accelerator program at The University of Texas at Austin. His own startups have focused on applying big data tools and machine learning techniques and were part of Techstars, Austin Technology Incubator and Capital Factory.
In Japanese, Kiba means fang. At Pecan Street, it means a happy staff. Kiba joined Pecan Street shortly after his birth and, as CMO, ensures that all Pecan Street employees feel good about their day. He specializes in cuteness and cuddling and lives with his human, Pecan Street’s Luis Peña.
Environmental Defense Fund
University of Texas at Austin
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future - Cornell University
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Austin Technology Incubator
Member - Austin City Council
Goldman, Sachs & Co. LLC