About Our Team

Dedicated to the Green Cause

Cheryl Vaughn

Executive Director

A Richmond native with deep family roots, Cheryl served on the Solar Richmond board for three years and brings more than 20 years of operational expertise to the organization. She is a graduate of Holy Names University and received nonprofit management training from Cal State East Bay.

Phone: 510-255-5235

Jaleh Turner

Administrative Manager

Another Richmond native, Jaleh grew up seeing what can happen to the youth if they don’t get the proper education and stay on the right path. So she graduated from Holy Names University in 2010 with a BA in Business Administration with concentrations in both Management and Marketing. Jaleh brings her administrative, marketing, and managerial knowledge to the Solar Richmond team.

Phone: 510-255-5235

Tiana Townsend

Case Manager

Tiana Townsend is a Counseling Psychology graduate student with over five years of experience working in behavioral and emotional support, education, medical, and mental health. Tiana brings her psycho-educational expertise to Solar Richmond as the primary Case Manager.


Solar Richmond Board of Directors

Toney WrightBoard Chair
Longtime Richmond resident and owner of L&A North East Property, Toney is dedicated to the transformation of the community.  Former chair of the board, his leadership and commitment has been invaluable.

J’keitha Richardson, Treasurer
Project Controller at Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., J’Keitha is another Richmond native with a background in accounting and finance. Her dedication and attention to detail have helped to guide the Solar Richmond team, and built a strong connection between staff and board.

Ona LampleyBoard Member
A bay area native with a background in administrative management and business economics, Ona is passionate about organizing for community development and exploring the ways in which people can give back and get involved.

Shiuh-Wuu (Victor) Liu, Board Member
Shiuh-Wuu (Victor) is a data-driven problem solver and environmentally-minded thought leader keenly interested in environmental justice and clean energy access for disadvantaged communities around world. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with a BS in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and an International Business MBA from National Sun Yat-sen University. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for both SunSaluter and Solar Richmond. Professionally, he has worked at two cleantech companies, Enphase Energy and Langson Energy. He is currently a Solutions Engineer leading the strategic philanthropy initiatives at Datameer which is a big data analytics company headquartered in San Francisco.

Emily LundbergBoard Member
After receiving a doctorate in Communications from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Emily returned to her native East Bay. Emily’s doctoral funding was provided by a National Science Foundation fellowship, including participation in a PhD-level cross-disciplinary program in development economics. Prior to her doctorate, Emily worked as a journalist in magazines, newspapers, online international intelligence, and documentaries. She won a number of documentary film making awards, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Best Documentary and the Juvenile Justice Youth Coverage Award. Emily’s dissertation tracks electricity sector research and development since the oil crises of the 1970s and the subsequent struggle over how to structure the “coming energy transition.”

In Memoriam

Anthony AllenBoard Member
As Program Coordinator for the Richmond Community Foundation and VP of the Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council, Anthony demonstrated his commitment to empowering residents with the tools needed to transform their community from unsafe, blighted conditions to ones that are safe, clean and thriving.


Solar Richmond Advisory Committee

Daramola N. Cabral, DrPH, PA
Dr. Cabral’s research examines the interaction of the social, cultural and environmental factors that influence the health and health outcomes of populations. She engages participants using myriad of data gathering methods. Merging in-depth interview and videography and brings together a pragmatic fusion, a close-up observation, rigorous theory and social critique of factors that cause and perpetuate health vulnerability. Dr. Cabral received her Doctorate in Public Health, Epidemiology and Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley; and her BA in Medical Science, PA from Emory University School of Medicine.

Stephen M. R. Covey
Mr. Covey is a Harvard MBA and the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which became the largest leadership development company in the world under his stewardship. As an experienced practitioner, Covey wrote the NY Times and Wall Street Journal’s Bestseller, The SPEED of Trust–The One Thing That Changes Everything. Stephen co-founded and currently runs Franklin Covey’s Global Speed of Trust Practice.

Martin Herzfeld, IREC Certified Master Trainer™ for PV Installation Professional –
Mr. Herzfeld is of one of three IREC Certified Master Trainer™ for PV Installation Professionals in California. As a trainer, he completed more than enough hours to meet the rigorous standard in a variety of settings including curriculum development for over 5 years, with high recommendations from both students and colleagues. Mr. Herzfeld enjoys the classroom setting that focuses on adult education and bringing individuals back into the workforce.

Mr. Herzfeld is also an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Certified PV System Installer #17 – meeting requirements Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30 for safety and hands-on experience the solar industry.  His additional professional experiences are highlighted by the numerous licenses he holds, California Contractors State License Board #833782 – Solar C46, Low Voltage C7 – Instrumentation – Monitoring, Pole Installation & Maintenance D31 [Multiple Pole Mounts (MPMs), Top of Pole Mounts (TPMs) and Single Pole Mounts (SPMs)] Trenching D56 applicable for both roof and ground-mounts with more than 10 years experience.   Martin is a CompTIA certified technical classroom trainer (CTT+) since 2010 and an accredited business – Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2008. Mr. Herzfeld also hold a BA in Business Management from St. Mary’s College.

Jeff Ritterman, M.D.
Dr. Ritterman is a former Richmond City Councilmen. He served as the Chief of Cardiology at the Kaiser Richmond Medical Center for 30 years and has sat on the Public and Environmental Health Advisory Board of Contra Costa County since 1990. He is on the steering committee of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and serves on the Richmond Mayor’s Task Force on Environmental Justice and Environmental Health. A lifelong activist in international health, he started the Committee for Health Rights in Central America to help provide medical relief to refugees from the civil war in El Salvador and founded the Southern African Medical Aid Fund to help those suffering under apartheid. Dr Ritterman received his Medical Degree from Temple University and a degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin.

Frank Staggers, Jr., MD
Dr. Staggers specializes in addiction medicine, HIV medicine, and stress management. Dr. Staggers is currently the Medical Director of the Berkeley Addiction Treatment Services Center, and he is the Associate Project Director of the Heart and Health Study at the Ethnic Health Institute of the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.  Dr. Staggers has been a consultant to numerous private agencies and government agencies on substance abuse issues, stress management issues, and other public health matters. He has multiple publications in the fields of addiction, stress management, and adult medicine. Dr. Staggers received his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1975 and his MD degree from Creighton University in 1981. Dr. Staggers believes that health education is a key component to preventing disease, and encourages the community to learn more.

Vernice Solimar, B.MSc., P.A
Dr. Solimar’s main interest is in Transformative Education in service of personal, social and global transformation. She teaches courses on Leadership for Sustainable Change, Integral Psychology and Evolutionary Philosophy and Spirituality that engender action in the world sourced in consciousness, wisdom, compassion, accountability and deep integrity. She has  taught at JFK University in Pleasant Hill,  the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, and presented workshops in Peru, Ecuador, Istanbul, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Taiwan and New York.


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