Meet Our Team

Lori Mitchell

Director
With more than 20 years of experience in the renewable energy and utility industry, Lori comes to San José from her most recent employment at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Her career at SFPUC reflects a succession of progressively responsible positions, including Manager of Renewable Energy, Power Supply Manager and, most recently, Acting Director of Energy Infrastructure.

Lori is a licensed Mechanical Engineer in California with an educational background in environmental resources engineering. The earlier part of her career included working on all aspects of a renewable energy start-up called PowerLight, which eventually was acquired by SunPower Corporation in San José. At the SFPUC, her work included the initial energy contract negotiations for its CCE program and managing related operations, managing operating and capital budgets, and hiring and building operational teams. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resource Engineering from Humboldt State University and is a LEED-certified professional. She has authored and presented multiple technical papers at renewable energy industry conferences and held positions at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board.

Jeanne M. Solé

Deputy Director, Power Resources
Jeanne brings over 25 years of experience in the electric industry, advising and representing electric utilities, governments, electric customers and environmental groups. She has worked both nationally and internationally, at the Federal, State and local levels, helping customers and utilities contract for electric products and services. Jeanne has worked for the City and County of San Francisco, the California Independent System Operator, Hagler Bailly Services, Inc., Grueneich Resource Advocates and the Conservation Law Foundation.

Zach Struyk

Deputy Director, Account Management and Marketing
Zach leads a team responsible for customer care, community outreach and engagement, and marketing and communications. He comes to SJCE after more than 15 years at the solar energy company SunPower Corporation, where he held a variety of roles in sales and business development for both distributed generation and utility scale projects. Zach’s tenure at SunPower included almost a decade in Asia, where he launched and oversaw major growth initiatives in Korea and Japan. Zach received a BS in Chemistry from Stanford University, an MS in Environmental Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Sarah Sanchez

Division Manager
Sarah oversees budget, accounting, rate setting and human resources functions, and provides general administration and program management at the department level. Sarah started with the City of San José in 2004 as a part-time Recreation Leader in Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services. In 2008, she was promoted to full-time and has had the opportunity to support various City of San José departments over the past 10 years. Sarah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from San Jose State University.

Mark Bachman

Account Services Manager
Mark is the account services manager for San José Clean Energy, primarily supporting SJCE’s large commercial and industrial customers. Mark previously worked at Monterey Bay Community Power, the Community Choice Energy program serving Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties, where he was the Strategic Accounts Manager. Prior to entering the Community Choice world, Mark worked for several years in the solar industry. He earned his bachelor degree from the University of Pennsylvania and has been a resident of downtown San José since 2011.

Keila Cisneros

Administrative Assistant / Commission Secretary
Keila provides administrative support to the leadership of SJCE and is the Commission Secretary of the Clean Energy Community Advisory Commission. Prior to joining SJCE, Keila was a Senior Office Specialist in the Administrative Division of the Environmental Services Department with the City of San José, providing support to the Deputy Director and Division Manager of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. Keila was born and raised in San José and hopes to raise a family in her city someday.

Baljinder Jhalle

Staff Specialist, Administration and Finance
Baljinder is supporting the accounting and fiscal function for SJCE. Baljinder started with the City of San José in 2014 as a part-time Library Page and later that year was promoted to full-time employee in the Finance Department. Since then he has served various departments. Baljinder holds degrees from the University of Rajasthan in India and from Mission College. Additionally, Baljinder is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Colorado State University.

Laura Correa-Hernandez

Public Information Representative
Laura serves as a resource for all facets of the community, providing outreach, information and education about SJCE. Laura has come full circle by returning to the City where she began her career in public service 20 years ago. She has worked for various governmental agencies in different capacities, including as a Public Information Officer, where she was instrumental in developing community partnerships, enhancing community engagement and implementing newly created programs. Laura received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from San José State University.

Kelly Morris

Senior Analyst, Power Resources
Kelly supports the power supply team with power procurement, analysis and energy programs. She joined the City of San José in 2017 in the Environmental Services Department and helped form San José Clean Energy. Kelly has experience with energy programs, energy engineering and energy regulation. She obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Energy from San José State University.