C3E Organizing Committee
Tara is the Marketing Manager at EmPower Solar, a leading solar design, engineering, and installation company. Tara most enjoys educating others about the environmental and economic benefits of going solar and sharing reasons to make the switch.
Tara earned her BA in Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook and her MPA at CUNY Baruch, both with a focus on environmental studies. She is also a "Semester at Sea" alumni, where she completed part of her degree while traveling at sea through several different global ports. In 2011, she was one of the U.S. Climate Change Professional Fellows for the Australia cohort, where she worked with Australian researchers, industries, and advocates dealing with energy and climate issues.
Prior to joining the EmPower team, Tara was the Long Island Program Coordinator for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, where she organized educational and advocacy campaigns on various environmental issues on Long Island. She also spent three years as a "Young Island" blogger for the Long Island Business News. She is active in various professional and environmental organizations, including Citizens Climate Lobby and the USGBC. Tara also serves on the board of two nonprofit organizations focused on keeping young professionals on Long Island; DestinationLI and LIincs.
Lisa has served as Suffolk County Energy Director since 2008. She was project manager on several large scale clean energy projects, including the Suffolk County Solar Carport Project. She collaborates on energy efficiency projects at County facilities and coordinates the County's applications to state and federal programs. She is a liaison with LIPA, PSEG LI and National Grid, and works closely with energy companies and environmental groups.
Lisa holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Stony Brook University and was accredited as LEED AP. In 2015, Lisa was recognized as a Finalist by C3E Women in Energy in the Government category.
Professor Marjaneh Issapour is a renewable energy expert and Professional Engineer in the New York State who has been a leading academic in sustainability and solar power for over 20 years. She has been a Professor for over 27 years at Farmingdale State College, where she teaches courses in the Department of Electrical Engineering Technology and designed the networking laboratory, as well as developed the Computer Applications course. She received the "Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching Service" in 2007.
Prior to teaching, Professor Issapour was an independent contractor for NEC America Inc. where she designed and implemented new technologies in networking operating systems. She is a licensed Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA Certified Cisco Academy Instructor (CCAI), and Certified NetWare Administrator (CNA). Her research focuses on Solar and Photo Voltaic Systems, including aiding in the development of Hybrid PV systems, which increase PV efficiency.
In 2012 and 2013, Professor Issapour co-chaired the International Energy and Sustainability Conference. She has also written many publications on the topic of renewable energy sources and energy conservation for these conferences and journals, including the American Institute of Physics. Her honors include the R.W Chasman award for Women in Science from the Brookhaven National Laboratory, the New Faculty Development Award from Farmingdale State, and Outstanding Achievement and Dedication Award from Stony Brook University.
In addition to teaching, she is currently the Program Director of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale State College, which offers courses for professionals in the local industry. Professor Issapour is also a member of the Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium (MTRC) Advisory Board, Farmingdale State College's representative at Engineering Joint Commission of Long Island (EJCLI), is the Chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Long Island Section (2017) and is Farmingdale State College's representative for Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE).