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.

Lois Gordon

Strategic Growth and Operations

Lois Gordon brings deep experience in developing strategy, client/member relations and growth in the energy industry. She is a seasoned energy management business executive with more than 25 years of experience working with utilities, program implementers, and evaluators. She is the CEO at ASWB Engineering, a small WBE firm specializing in energy efficiency, demand response, and load management. Her past roles include managing evaluation, implementation, and development teams at the Cadmus Group, PECI and Ecos Consulting. Her extensive background includes managing professional services, incorporating program evaluation methodology into program design and execution, market transformation strategies, customer solutions development and marketing.

Talk with Lois about helping Smart Grid NW grow its impact and organization.

Smart Grid Northwest marketing director David Smith

David Smith

Marketing Director

A writer, creative director and marketer in clean energy and technology, David leads marketing for Smart Grid Northwest. He helps the team execute highly successful events like GridFWD 2018 and the NW Energy Resiliencey Summit, as well as create processes for expanding email, activity collateral and website communications. David is also VP of Creative Services 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.

Lauren Cockrell Bhaskar

Initiative and Content Coordinator

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.


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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.

Cameron Brooks

GridFWD 2019 Track Lead

Cameron has thrown his hat into the planning and organization of the Markets & Models track of the 2019 GridFWD event to be held in Seattle this October. Cameron comes to Smart Grid NW from Colorado where he leads Tolerable Planet Enterprises, a strategic consulting firm that provides a unique combination of regulatory engagement, business development and policy strategy to drive opportunities in the new energy economy. Most recently, Cameron was Vice President of Policy for Tendril, a leading consumer smart grid technology company. In this role, Cameron was responsible for all utility commission interactions, government relations and stakeholder engagement. Previously, he was Vice President of Resource Development at Renewable Choice Energy, a full-service provider of renewable energy credits and carbon offsets. Cameron and his family live in Boulder, Colorado.

Talk with Cameron about the Markets & Models Track at GridFWD 2019.

Alison Wise

GridFWD 2019 Production Lead

Alison recently joined the GridFWD 2019 effort, having been a pioneer in clean tech for two decades with strategic roles within a range of organizations in the private and public sectors. She has been organizing these communities though various forms of engagement including work at the National Renewable Energy Lab, the former Economic Development Council for Seattle/King County and most recently at a Silicon Valley-based corporation working with developer outreach for the Internet of Things (IoT). She holds a BA from Reed College and an MBA from the University of Oregon. She writes young-adult fiction in her free time, meant to impress her two kids who are almost old enough to read it.

Talk with Alison about all things related to the production of our flagship event, GridFWD.