Meet the Smart Grid Northwest Team

All across the Pacific Northwest, grid modernization is taking shape, and the Smart Grid Northwest team is expanding to help the organization promote, grow and support the smart grid industry and infrastructure in our region. Get to know us and send us a note if you’d like to participate in our collective efforts.

Smart Grid Northwest executive director bryce yonker

Bryce Yonker

Executive Director

As the executive director for Smart Grid Northwest Bryce leads strategic development, industry engagement, programs and operations. He was a founder and original board member of the organization dating back to 2009. Bryce also serves as the senior director of business development for Clean Edge, a leading cleantech market research and advisory firm. He is also the principal for Enertec Development, a energy and tech consultancy. He holds a bachelor degree in business administration from Pepperdine University and an international MBA from IE in Spain. In his spare time, Bryce enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and being in the outdoors with a fly-rod in hand or skis on his feet.

Talk to Bryce about getting involved with Smart Grid Northwest and its myriad programs and initiatives.

Smart Grid Northwest marketing director David Smith

David Smith

Marketing Director

A writer, creative director and marketer in clean energy and sustainability, David leads marketing for Smart Grid Northwest. He helps the team execute highly successful events like the Northwest DR & Energy Storage Summit, as well as create processes for expanding email, activity collateral and website communications. David is also creative director for Publitek North America, part of an international technology marketing agency, which supports Smart Grid NW and leading industry firms. He holds a master and bachelors in electrical engineering from Cornell University and brews a pretty good IPA.

Talk with David about helping Smart Grid NW, its members and its partners communicate the activities and goals of grid modernization in our region.

Smart Grid Northwest GridFWD Coordinator Jessica McIlroy

Jessica McIlroy

GridFWD Coordinator

Jessica has joined the Smart Grid Northwest team to help deliver a successful GridFWD event and build connections in British Columbia. She is a sustainable energy strategist with fifteen years of experience in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. She is continually looking for and creating opportunities to move the industry ahead. Jessica recently worked with the BC Sustainable Energy Association, Passive House Canada, Marine Renewables Canada and the BC Women in Energy Network. She currently holds Board positions with two North Vancouver community associations, and was recently elected as a city council member in North Vancouver, BC. Jessica finds every opportunity to explore new places on skis, two wheels or running shoes – watch for her at the New York Marathon this fall running with the charity Every Mother Counts.

Lauren Cockrell Bhaskar

Initiative and Content Coordination

Lauren coordinates various initiatives and manages web content for Smart Grid Northwest. She is also currently finishing a degree in electrical engineering at Washington State University while working at PacifiCorp on the Controls and Protections Engineering team. In her previous life, she taught mathematics in the public school system. She has participated in several grants and developed partnerships to promote the participation of young women and girls in math, science and engineering disciplines. Lauren graduated with honors from the University of Washington and holds a Master’s in Teaching from Washington State University.

Talk with Lauren about participating in our special events, such as the Resiliency Summit and Annual Meeting.

Sam Teal

Membership & Development Lead

Sam is the Membership & Development Lead for Smart Grid Northwest. She supports outreach initiatives, membership growth, stakeholder engagement and building awareness and participation across the grid modernization industry. Sam works as a Product Design Manager with CLEAResult bringing energy solutions to consumers on behalf of their utilities. A Portland native, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Portland State University with minors in Film and Creative Writing. She spends her free time kickboxing, learning to knit and writing children’s books about a chameleon.

Talk with Sam about membership and getting involved.

Thuy Tu

Event Production

Thuy contributes her talents to Smart Grid NW in the area of event production, having played a key role in organizing the NW Energy Resiliency Summit and the 2018 GridFWD event in Vancouver, BC. Professionally, she is the Principal and Senior Transportation Planner/ Civil Engineering Project Manager at Thuy Tu Consulting, LLC, where she develops people-focused urban design concepts and methods that integrate land use and multi-modal transportation network systems for the 21st century. Thuy is a civic commissioner with the City of Portland Urban Forestry Commission. She also is an active member Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Forth Mobility. Thuy holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Portland and graduated from the University of Washington – Foster School of Business Minority Business Executive Program. Thuy was honored as a Woman of Vision through the Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC) in 2017.

Smart Grid Northwest

Terry Oliver

Grid Modernization Evangelist

You’ll find our industry evangelist Terry Oliver at our events and across the marketplace, helping to spread the word and expand our networks and resources. He has worked globally to advance energy sustainability including conservation and renewable energy and electric utility industry R&D, including long tenures at the International Institute for Energy Conservation and as Bonneville Power Administration’s first Chief Technology Innovation Officer, where he was one of the early visionaries of the smart grid and Transactive Energy. He is a past member of EPRI’s Research Advisory Committee, the EPRI Board of Directors, the Oregon Institute of Technology Renewable Energy Engineering Industry Advisory Committee, the Carnegie Mellon University Electric Industry Center Advisory Committee, and was Vice Chair of the Board of the GridWise Alliance. In 2010, GreenTech Media named him one of The Networked Grid 100: Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid. He’s enjoying his pseudo-retirement spreading the word about grid modernization in the region and beyond as well as pursuing photography around the globe. Today, Terry has a full-blown photo habit (see some of his recent work below).

Talk with Terry about all things smart grid and strategic alignment with the Smart Grid Northwest’s mission.