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The Operations team supports each of the teams within the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) with strategic, programmatic, and operational planning. The team also oversees the office’s internal and external communications and outreach efforts, including the SETO website, social media, webinars, conferences, and stakeholder newsletters.

Brittany Reynolds

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Brittany Reynolds is the operations manager for the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). She began her federal career as a student intern working in the Systems Operations Services Office, at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) where she developed a passion for learning different areas of business. She later joined the Human Resource Management Office at the FAA working in various disciplines within human resources. After several years at the FAA, she transitioned to the Department of Energy, working in both the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, in the Corporate Business Operations Division, and the Office of Legacy Management, working on the executive operations team. Brittany’s responsibilities as operations manager at SETO are to assist the operations supervisor in developing and implementing strategic and operational planning, in areas of administrative services, human capital management, budget justifications, and contracting operations.

Brittany was born and raised in Washington D.C., where she earned a B.A. in English literature from Howard University and a MBA from the University of Maryland.

Susanna Murley

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Company: The Building People

Susanna Murley is the strategic support team lead and a senior management analyst for the Solar Energy Technologies Office. She supports the office’s strategic development and communications activities. She leads a team of six professionals who manage the office’s outreach, website, graphic design, presentations, and other internal and external communications.

She joined the office 2015 and brings expertise in communications strategy, government plain language, and stakeholder engagement. While at SETO, her team has won several communications awards, including three NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards, a Gold Award in the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals Hermes Creative Awards, and an Honorable Mention in PR Daily’s Digital PR & Social Media Awards.

Previously, she was the digital media director for the Solar Energy Industries Association, where she won numerous awards, including a Gold Communicator Award from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. She has also managed websites at Planet Forward, Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. She has an M.A., in environmental resource policy from The George Washington University, an M.A. in English literature from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in English and philosophy from Saint Olaf College.

Christie L.C. Ellis

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ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Dr. Christie L.C. Ellis joined the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) in January 2020 as an ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow. As part of the operations and strategic support team, she works on increasing the diversity of applicants for SETO programs, teaching scientists how to communicate their research effectively, coordinating organization and improvement efforts within SETO, and increasing public knowledge and understanding of solar power.

Christie received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2019. Her dissertation research focused on improving the stability of hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite photovoltaics. She also developed environmentally friendly manufacturing methods for organic photovoltaics. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, where she synthesized electron transporting polymers for organic photovoltaics.

She was awarded a 2018 AAAS Mass Media Fellowship and wrote science news for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She has also led initiatives to support women in scientific and technical fields, for which she won the 2018 UMass College of Natural Sciences Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award. She is a native of North Carolina and living in DC for the first time.

Jamal Ferguson

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Company: Redhorse Corporation

Jamal Ferguson is the executive assistant to the director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) in the office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He provides logistical and administrative support to SETO senior leadership staff and also serves as a liaison to the EERE front office. Before joining SETO, his tenure at DOE in the Office of Policy and International started in 2015. Jamal’s public service career began in Prince George’s County, Maryland at the Department of Social Services in 2012.

Jamal holds dual bachelor's degrees in business administration and international marketing from Delaware State University.

Tiffany Jones

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Company: Redhorse Corporation

Tiffany Jones joined the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) operations team in May 2018 supporting both the Manufacturing and Competitiveness team and Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support team. Before joining SETO, she worked with non-traditional students at a local career school. It was there that her heart for serving her community grew. She continues to volunteer with local organizations by teaching young people to read and helping them build and maintain high self-esteem.

Tiffany is a proud Washington, D.C. native and a graduate of the District of Columbia Public Schools. She earned a B.S. in English from Towson University as well as an M.A. in management from the University of Maryland. In the future, Tiffany would like to obtain her Ph.D.

She is a proud mother to her daughter, Dakota, and supports her educational and basketball aspirations. 

Emiley Mallory

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Company: The Building People 

Emiley Mallory is a management analyst, writer and editor for the strategic support team for the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). She covers social media, newsletters, blog posts and other written content through their platform. She also provides events support for the office. Previously, she supported the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office for five years in both administrative and communications roles. Prior to that, she interned at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities as a State Policy Fellowship and media intern. She later earned a public relations internship at Black Entertainment Television and landed a freelance role as a PR/Special Events Coordinator. She received her B.A. in communications from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina and her M.A. in communications from Trinity Washington University here in Washington, D.C.

She was born and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Emily Marchetti

Company: Redhorse Corporation

Emily Marchetti is a program associate providing direct support to the Systems Integration, Photovoltaics, and Operations teams, where she delivers operational, project, and programmatic analysis. Emily develops and implements best approaches to resolve administrative issues, streamlines processes, and integrates best practices. She manages the planning and implementation of small to large multi-day external meetings and workshops and is responsible for Congressional and stakeholder correspondence. 

Emily has held several roles during her tenure with EERE. She served as special assistant to the associate assistant secretary for EERE at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Prior to that, Emily acted as a lead energy analyst in Building Technologies Office’s Appliance and Equipment Standards Program. She has been recognized for her work with two awards, the DOE Secretary’s Achievement Award, for work to achieve critical goals and components of the Climate Action Plan, and a Redhorse Corporation Excellence Award.

Emily holds a B.A. in politics and government with a focus on public relations from the University of Hartford. 

Greg O'Brien

Company: The Building People

Greg O’Brien joined the Solar Energy Technologies Office for the second time in August 2019 as a senior project manager, overseeing the office's biennial peer review. He previously worked as a senior communications specialist from 2015-2018, managing the office's digital communications, including this very website, as well as writing blog posts and overseeing video production. He also ran SETO's first-ever photo contest, "Hit Me With Your SunShot."

Greg comes to the solar industry from the nonprofit Our Military Kids, Inc., where he served as the organization’s sole communicator. In that role, he worked with the director of development to create communications vehicles that increased donations, expanded the organization’s web and social media presence, and assisted in creating an annual event that drew consistent praise from donors and attention from the news media.

Greg started his career as a newscast producer for the NBC affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, where he was responsible for the weekday morning broadcast. He was part of the news team that won a Peabody Award and a Regional Emmy for its coverage of the April 16th shootings at Virginia Tech.

In addition to his work in communications, Greg is a certified Pilates instructor and teaches clients in our nation's capital. Greg holds a B.A. from Virginia Tech and an M.A. from American University.

Dawn Washelesky

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Company: The Building People

Dawn Washelesky supports the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) as the senior graphics specialist and web manager on the strategic support team. She joined the office in November 2015 and in her current role she designs graphics, collateral, as well as presentations for office staff and senior leadership. In addition to graphic design responsibilities, Dawn also manages the SETO website, newsletter, and email functions. Prior to this position, Dawn served as the creative manager for two Software as a Service (SaaS) companies, specializing in brand creation and management. Both organizations serve the nonprofit community locally in Washington, D.C. as well as globally. 

Dawn has her B.A. in graphic design from the University of WI – Milwaukee. In her free time, Dawn enjoys spending time with her husband, four children (the youngest being twin preschoolers), and border collie exploring all that the D.C. metro area has to offer.

Leah Zibulsky

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Company: The Building People

Leah Zibulsky is the deputy strategic support team lead and a senior management analyst for the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). She writes, edits, and manages internal and external communications materials related to the office’s work. Before joining SETO as a writer and program analyst in August 2018, she worked in the editorial departments of various national magazines, including GQ, Popular Science, TIME, and Glamour. She has an M.S. in journalism from Boston University, an M.S. in sustainability management from American University, and a B.A. in philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo.