Christina Gosnell, President
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 Catalyst Cooperative, where she enjoys working at the intersection of public data, utility policy, and database design. Outside of her work at Catalyst, she tracks electricity regulation with E9 Insight, helping renewable energy companies, nonprofits and national research labs navigate the changing regulatory landscape.
Zane Selvans, Chief Data Wrangler
Zane Selvans received his B.S. in Engineering from Caltech in 1998, where he focused on computer science and machine learning. After a brief stint in Silicon Valley he returned to Caltech as scientific support staff, working on a variety of NASA planetary exploration projects, before heading to the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder for graduate school, where he developed computational techniques for studying the surface geology of icy moons in the outer solar system.
Since earning his Ph.D. in 2009, Zane has focused on climate and energy policy. His policy interests include assessing societal risk tolerance and discount rates, carbon budgets and carbon pricing, decision analysis and scenario planning related to climate adaptation, financing the retirement of coal assets owned by regulated monopolies, and US coal production costs and reserves estimates.
After a couple of years as Director of Research and Policy at the nonprofit Clean Energy Action, Zane became one of the founding members of Catalyst Cooperative, where he now leads the technical side of our team, developing an open platform for public data related to US electric utilities.
Alana Wilson, Secretary
Alana Wilson studied geology as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was involved in the student-led push for renewable energy with the Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee.
While managing a geomorphology lab at Stanford University, Alana developed an interest in the processes that drive behavior on the earth’s surface. A Fulbright scholarship monitoring the glaciers of Mongolia and work coordinating Natural Resource Damages Assessment teams during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill both deepened this interest and enhanced her appreciation for the complexity of interactions between humans and the earth’s systems.
Alana is currently completing a Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder, and her dissertation focuses on quantifying glacial melt across High Asia through the USAID-funded CHARIS project. Having studied glaciers for more than a decade, Alana knows well the threat that greenhouse gas emissions pose to their existence.
At Catalyst, she’s keen to apply the programming skills that she’s developed in her studies to contribute to software that helps users better understand the evolving role of fossil fuels, and alternatives to them, in our society. Alana believes individual choices about consumption matter, and has been car-free for 13 years.
Steve Winter, Chief Financial Officer
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.