Meet the Team

Headshot of Catalyst Cooperative President Christina Gosnell

Christina Gosnell

Co-Founder | President

Head shot of Zane Selvans, Catalyst Cooperative Chief Data Wrangler

Zane Selvans

Co-Founder | Chief Data Wrangler

Steve Winter

Co-Founder | CFO

Austen Sharpe

Member

Trenton Bush

Member

Bennett Norman

Member

Headshot of Catalyst Cooperative President Christina Gosnell

Christina Gosnell

Christina Gosnell has spent the last decade researching and organizing to advance climate and energy policy. Christina studied Environmental Sciences at University of Colorado Boulder, where she worked at the CU Environmental Center, and co-founded the CU Environmental Studies Club and the divestment group Fossil Free CU.

After graduating, Christina assisted research on high pressure gasification of biochar at the National Renewable Energy Lab and worked at Clean Power Finance, contributing to the National Solar Permitting Database. She then worked for two years at the nonprofit Clean Energy Action, managing data-driven advocacy programs and working for the first time with public data on electric utilities as the nonprofit engaged with proceedings at the Colorado Public Utility Commission.

Christina is the president and co-founder of Catalyst Cooperative, where she enjoys working at the intersection of public data, utility policy, and database design.

Head shot of Zane Selvans, Catalyst Cooperative Chief Data Wrangler

Zane Selvans

Since finishing his PhD at the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in 2009 Zane has worked on climate and energy policy — first as Director of Research and Policy at Clean Energy Action, and then in 2016 as a founding member of the Catalyst Cooperative.

At Catalyst he is focused on deploying modern data engineering infrastructure in support of the Public Utility Data Liberation Project. He helps add new open datasets, and uses machine learning tools to better clean, repair, and integrate Catalyst’s data for easy use by civil society.

Steve Winter

Steve Winter’s interest in climate and energy policy was sparked by an incredible high school science teacher named Otter Brown. His interest grew through his work on the Student Taskforce for Environmental Partnership at Yale University, where he studied philosophy and developed a passion for entrepreneurship that addresses social and environmental challenges.

At Yale, Steve helped to found Amicus, a Y Combinator-backed startup that has helped progressive organizations such as GreenPeace, Human Rights Campaign, and AFL-CIO with organizing and outreach. In 2012, Steve’s interest in social entrepreneurship led him to manage the operations of Blue Dot Advocates, a boutique law firm focused on social enterprise and impact investing. At Blue Dot, Steve helped develop a web-based platform to increase accessibility to legal solutions for mission-driven enterprises before taking over the operations.

In 2015, Steve brought his experience in operations to the nonprofit Clean Energy Action, where he helped to advocate for greater access to renewable energy in rural areas and for reforms to coal mine remediation policies. In managing operations and business development at Catalyst, Steve enjoys bringing together his interest in climate and energy policy with his passion for social enterprise.

Austen Sharpe

Austen Sharpe is a strong advocate for issues pertaining to climate change and power sector transformation.  As an undergraduate at Brown University, she participated in a diverse array of energy and climate-centric endeavors, ranging from building solar panels for a satellite to uncovering climate denial mechanisms in Rhode Island politics and working at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco.  

After graduating in 2018 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, Austen worked in a backcountry hut before diving into a policy analyst internship at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). While at NREL, Austen tracked communications with community solar developers across the country, helped automate the data collection process for the Renewable Energy Databook, and served as a primary author on a technical report of ethanol potential in Jamaica. 

Through working with NREL, Austen cultivated a love for both the technical and political aspects of energy. She proceeded to the consulting firm E9 Insight where she honed her interest in utility regulatory policy and knowledge of state Public Utilities Commissions. Driven by a strong desire to improve energy data usability, Austen joined the Catalyst team and has since dedicated her time to dataset integration and user interaction with the PUDL database.

Trenton Bush

Trenton got hooked on climate change mitigation while studying Physics and Statistics at Grinnell College. After getting a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at UMass Amherst, he spent several years consulting with wind power developers, helping them design and analyze the operational performance of over 5 Gigawatts of wind farms around the world.

While a consultant, Trenton developed and evangelized next-generation data analytics tooling for understanding turbine and weather data, including building machine learning systems to identify and mitigate sensor failures and presenting results at international conferences. He later left consulting to focus on these technologies, leading product development at a wind data management startup.

But after years of technical involvement in climate change mitigation, Trenton came to believe that political barriers were the more acute bottleneck to low-carbon pathways. He joined Catalyst to drive and support regulatory reform through the power of open information.

Bennett Norman

Ben received a BS and MEng in computer science from Cornell University. His interest in data science and urban planning led him to data engineering teams at the New York City Department of City Planning and an NYC-based zoning tech start-up. 

In NYC, Ben learned how clean, accessible open data helps organizations advocate for housing and planning policy. He has contributed to various open-source housing data projects in California, Texas, and New York. 

Ben joined Catalyst to help liberate energy data for climate researchers and advocates. He enjoys contributing to open source data engineering and wrangling tools that benefit Catalyst and the open data community.