Jeannie Alderson learned the value of hard work and the importance of sustaining the earth while growing up on a farm in Central California. After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she briefly worked as a landscape designer before moving to Michigan to take advantage of the growing Information Technology industry.
Jeannie wore many hats while working for EDS and HP; programmer, technical trainer, project manager, business developer, and account manager. She had the opportunity to manage an IT contract with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources providing the DNR with a system to automate their sports licensing program. She led the account in developing new technology solutions, including e-commerce license sales, a self-service kiosk system, and providing license sales on mobile smartphones.
Throughout her career, Jeannie continually supported her local community through non-profit endeavors. She was a Loaned Executive for a United Way campaign, co-chaired a Habitat for Humanity build, and co-created and developed an all-volunteer community service organization called Women Out Working.
In 2009, Jeannie wanted to pursue a path that would combine her interests in leadership, service, and business, while impacting the triple bottom line; profit, people, and planet. She earned a Masters from the University of Denver in Environmental Policy and Management, with a concentration in Alternative Energy and Sustainability.
After way too many Michigan winters, Jeannie has now moved back to Sonoma County to take advantage of the sun; to power our buildings, fuel our cars, and extend her golf season! Jeannie will apply her educational background, business development and leadership skills, along with her government contract experience to increase the adoption of solar energy in Northern California in her new position as Program Manager for Public Sector Solutions at Gaia Energy Systems. She will be working out of our Santa Rosa office.