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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.

Recently, Sonoma County voted to offer Sonoma Clean Power to customers in the unincorporated area of the county. Now the question comes to your city! Do you want a choice about how your electrical power is generated? You won’t have a choice unless your city votes “yes.”

City councils will address Sonoma Clean Power as follows:

Sebastopol – May 7th 6:00pm

Cloverdale – May 8th 6:30pm

Rohnert Park – May 14th 5:00pm

Windsor – May 15th 5:00pm

Petaluma – May 20th 7:00pm

Santa Rosa – May 21st 4:00pm

Cotati – May 22nd 7:00pm

Sonoma – June 3rd 6:00pm

(Please check city websites for last minute changes.)

Take Action: We need to pull out all the stops now!

Our opportunity to reduce GHG emissions in Sonoma County will never be better. On our website you will find descriptions of actions to take. One important one is attending the council meeting in your city to tell council members you want a choice for Sonoma Clean Power. Read more here…

On Wednesday May 8th from 5pm-6pm, Kate Collins of Gaia Energy Systems will be participating in a Challenge Grant for the KRCB-FM public broadcasting station.  KRCB-FM reaches most of Sonoma County over the air and it is streamed worldwide on the web and can also be heard on TV – Comcast Channels 202 and 962.  Please tune in this Wednesday from 5:00 – 6:00 PM to join us in the Challenge Grant.  Here is a link to the radio station website:


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Santa Rosa Chamber Showcase Mixer

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

50 Mark West Springs Rd

Santa Rosa, CA

Thursday May 9, 2013

4:00pm – 7:00pm

We are booth #41

More details about the event:

Showcase Sonoma County, the Chamber’s largest and most interactive networking event, is ramping up to once again celebrate and highlight the brightest business leaders from the most dynamic companies in Sonoma County. There will be exhibits from almost 100 fellow Sonoma County businesses — from tech, finance and manufacturing to restaurants, wineries and breweries. See the full list of exhibitors and booths here.

Attendance is free and open to everyone. Join the event on Facebook and share it with friends and colleagues.

Afterward, stay around for the Celebration After Hours Mixer from 6:00 – 8:30pm

Feeling lucky? Enter the Showcase Raffle for a chance to win some fabulous Sonoma County prizes:

First Prize

A Sonoma Wine Country Adventure Package for Two: African Safari Tour at Safari West, ziplining at Sonoma Canopy Tours, a choice of a kayaking trip or wine tasting and cycling tour with Getaway Adventures, plus two nights and three days lodging at the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa. (Some restrictions may apply.)

Second Prize

Golf for two at The Links at Bodega Harbour including cart.

Raffle Ticket Prices

One for $10 • Three for $20

Tickets will be available online, at the Chamber offices and at the Showcase