December 27, 2014

We’re here to build something great

Our team blends deep expertise in energy markets & software


We are a team of scientists, engineers, and energy wonks, inspired to usher in a cleaner future for the energy economy. Our founder, Aram, worked in the heart of these emerging technologies and energy markets as an economist — and saw a clear path to an electrified world served by a more robust, environmentally sustainable, and effective power grid that took full advantage of new distributed energy and storage and revealed ways to best integrate this with the current, evolving reality.

Since late 2014, we’ve been building a driven, experienced team of like-minded experts to build out this capability. The principle of creating a better future by mapping our mutual energy sources and systems is the foundation for everything we do.

Visit our media section for more details about the company. If you’re interested in working with us, check out our open jobs on Angellist.

Meet the Kevaliers


Aram Shumavon

Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Economist
An economist by training with more than 15 years of experience in environmental and competition policy implementation and electricity market design, Aram Shumavon has founded and run nonprofits, advised senior policy makers at the state, federal, and international level as well as CEOs and boards of a broad spectrum of NGOs, startups, and publicly traded companies. Throughout his career he has focused on market transformation as a result of political and technological changes. Mr. Shumavon has an AB in economics and public policy from the University of Chicago.

Ethan Sprague

EVP, Sales and Business Development
Ethan has a passion for opening new markets. Over the last 15 years, he has been at the forefront of the fundamental changes in the clean tech and telecom industries and the unique challenges they present. Ethan has designed residential solar finance programs for Sunrun, NRG and Spruce (formerly Clean Power Finance), worked with cities and utilities on energy efficiency programs, and opened up local markets for internet service providers in the early days of telecom. He has an MS in Journalism from Columbia University and a firm belief in the value of information in shaping and accelerating market adoption and entry.
Susie Monson, VP Operations

Susie Monson

VP, Operations
Susie has spent most of her career running operations, finance, and customer service as part of the early management team for several high-growth start-ups. A true believer that variety is the spice of life, she has worked in industries ranging from fine art publishing, to small business payroll, to residential solar. Susie graduated from Pomona College and has an MBA from Stanford.

Emmanuel Levijarvi

Director of Engineering
Emmanuel has been leading and contributing to software projects since 2000. Before joining Kevala, he was a technical leader at Cisco Systems, working on large scale metrics collection and automation for their realtime messaging application, and has held a wide variety of engineering roles at Sungard, Sony, BEA Systems and Napster. Emmanuel is thrilled to be working towards a cleaner energy future.

Dina Kazzaz

Director of Business Development
Dina Kazzaz is Director of Business Development at Kevala and responsible for identifying and providing best-in-class energy analytics to new partners. Prior to Kevala, she worked at Spruce Finance (formerly Clean Power Finance and Kilowatt Financial) and helped build and launch new solar finance partnerships with residential installers, sales & marketing organizations, and manufacturers. Before Spruce, Dina worked in finance at GE Energy Financial Services, an energy investment group, and at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Dina holds an BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Reese Madrid

Founding Geospatial Developer & Resident Geographer
Reese is a geographer/urbanist with more than 15 years experience in geospatial data and mapping. At Kevala, she handles the where of our data, develops spatial analyses and postgreSQL queries, and does development work across the stack. Prior to Kevala, Reese provided analyses and visualizations for city agencies and private companies in San Francisco and Chicago, in projects ranging from neighborhood scale to regional network modeling and web mapping. Her background is in water geography, but she loves energy now. Reese holds degrees from Reed College, Parsons School of Design and San Francisco State University.

Brad Bordine

Co-founder & Enterprise Architect
Charting a course for enterprise development requires merging the top-down creative vision with the bottom-up world of specific technology. Brad’s background in web development and obsession with bleeding-edge open source location technology inform his work as the team’s technical architect.

Sean Standish

Senior Software Engineer
Sean is a humanities scholar by training and creative writer by disposition who fell into tech work during the original dot-com boom in the late ’90s, working in the accounting department of gargantuan internet startup Classified Ventures. He knows the Kevala stack up and down and is equally capable of designing and administering a database, managing a Git workflow, running a web server, writing shared libraries, contributing back end or front end code, or leading dev-ops. Sean is also an unrepentant Perl guy, but the less said about that the better.

Anna Kiefer

Full Stack Software Engineer
Anna is a full stack software engineer and sustainability professional originally from Washington, DC. She is most interested in developing software for energy and cleantech applications. At Kevala, she works across the stack helping develop the company’s web apps. Prior to Kevala, she worked within World Wildlife Fund’s Climate and Renewable Energy team growing its corporate carbon reduction and renewable energy programs. She is a graduate of New York University.

Andy Hultgren

Research Collaborator & Bulk Power Stats Guru
Andy holds a Master’s in Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley and is currently a PhD student in Berkeley’s Agricultural and Resource Economics program. His research interests include both climate change impacts and energy markets. Andy’s current projects focus on improving the valuation of distributed energy resources (such as rooftop solar PV) by U.S. energy market regulators, and on advancing our understanding of international labor supply impacts associated with extreme temperatures. Before returning to school, Andy provided climate change analysis services for several federal agency regulatory proceedings and advised numerous local governments and private businesses on approaches to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

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