Beth Vaughan is the California Community Choice Association’s first executive director, a post she has held since 2017. Beth oversees the association’s advocacy, policy and communications efforts; coordinating a diverse and growing membership of community choice energy providers serving customers across California. She frequently presents CalCCA’s positions on various policy issues at the California Legislature and California Public Utilities Commission, and is a regular speaker at energy industry events. Prior to joining CalCCA, Beth served as executive director of the California Cogeneration Council where she advocated for companies operating combined heat and power facilities. She has worked extensively in both the public and private energy sectors, consulting with government agencies, non-profits, and private sector interests on energy, climate, and environmental public policy issues. Beth served five years as senior advisor to environment and conservation cabinet ministers in the New Zealand parliament. Beth earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University in Canada, and Master of Science from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.
Leora Broydo Vestel
Director of Communications
Leora joined CalCCA as director of communications in 2018 after a 20-year career as a journalist covering energy, the environment, politics and culture. As editor and staff writer at the weekly business publication California Energy Markets, Leora reported on community choice aggregation (CCA), publicly-owned utilities, power project development, and state energy policy. Leora’s articles have been published in The Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Sacramento Bee, Salon, Spin and Utne Reader, among others. She lived overseas for a time, working at ABC News in London and Prognosis newspaper in Prague. Leora is a proud CleanPowerSF “SuperGreen” customer and an avid windsurfer.
Director of Operations and Membership
Though Martha formally joined CalCCA in 2018 as a staff member, she supported CalCCA’s launch and first year of operations in 2016 while working as Manager of Legal and Compliance Operations at MCE. Prior to her work with CCAs, Martha served as Major Gifts Development Officer at Earthjustice, Campaign and Public Outreach Director on behalf of groups such as the Democratic National Committee, the San Francisco Democratic Party, and the ACLU, and Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity. Mission-based work for causes Martha believes in has always been the leading motivation in her professional career. Martha received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Iowa in 2006 and an M.B.A. from Dominican University in 2014. She is a proud Iowa native, Richmond, California resident, and MCE Deep Green customer who in her free time enjoys volunteering with the Richmond local transportation advisory committee and Rubicon, a local agency working to break the cycle of poverty in the East Bay.
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach
Nick began his career as a staffer in Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher’s office, focusing on energy and climate legislation and impacts to residential rate design, net energy metering, and cap and trade, among other issues. Nick subsequently worked as a senior legislative advocate at Southern California Edison where he developed and executed strategies on a broad suite of policy issues ranging from energy procurement and customer programs to emissions regulation and distribution reliability. Since 2016, Nick has been a dual MS student at UC Davis in the Energy Systems and Agricultural and Resource Economics programs.
Director of Legislative Affairs
Sean is a public policy veteran with a strong background in energy, environmental, labor, and local government policies. He began his career as legislative aide for Assemblymember Helen Thomson, and subsequently served as chief of staff for the following California Senate and Assembly members: Patricia Wiggins, Noreen Evans, Michael Allen and, for the last six years, Richard Bloom. In Bloom’s office, Sean managed a staff of ten and served as liaison between Bloom and elected officials, lobbyists and advocacy groups.