Noah Ginsburg joined NYSEIA as Executive Director in early 2023. In this role, he is charged with advancing the solar industry in New York through policy/advocacy, public education, member capacity-building, and strategic initiatives.
Prior to NYSEIA, Noah spent seven years as a program director at Solar One, a nonprofit organization that expands access to the benefits of clean energy to all New Yorkers through education, solar technical assistance, and workforce development. While at Solar One, Noah built a robust program and strong team that developed more than 800 solar projects, primarily on affordable housing. From 2021-2022, he also served on the board of NYSEIA and chaired the NYC Policy Committee. From 2009-2011 Noah was a Solar Ombudsman at the City University of New York, working to identify and address barriers to solar in New York City. In 2011 Noah moved to California to work as data analyst and technologist with diverse solar companies including Sungevity, Sunrun and OnGrid. While in California Noah volunteered as a Team Leader on more than 40 solar installations with GRID Alternatives, a non-profit solar installer that serves low-income homeowners, and earned his NABCEP PV installation certification in 2014. Noah holds a bachelor's degree in Renewable Energy from the CUNY Baccalaureate program/Hunter College. He is passionate about accelerating local solar adoption while expanding equitable access to the benefits of clean energy.
Jonathan Cohen joined NYSEIA as Policy Director in May 2022. He has worked in the solar industry since 2014 and most recently served as Government Liaison for SUNation Solar Systems on Long Island. Prior to that, he served as the Long Island Community Programs manager for Level Solar. Jonathan brings 25 years of public policy advocacy experience to his role at NYSEIA, and has served his community as a civic leader for his entire adult life, including as an Executive Board member of the Manorville Chamber of Commerce. Prior to his career in the solar industry, Jonathan worked in the medical field for 17 years, including as District EMS Supervisor at Mastic Beach Ambulance. He resides in Manorville, NY with his wife Carolyn, daughter Emma, and son Zachary.
Policy Manager, Solar Interconnection
Dhruv Patel is Solar Interconnection Policy Manager for NYSEIA. In this role, Dhruv leads initiatives to advance DER interconnection policy on behalf of New York’s DER industries in conjunction with stakeholders including electric utilities and state agencies.
Dhruv joins NYSEIA with a background in energy management, interconnection, solar PV system design, engineering, and research. Prior to NYSEIA, Dhruv worked as a PV System Design Engineer at Sunrun, a leading residential solar and storage firm, where his responsibilities included design, engineering, interconnection, and integration of rooftop solar and energy storage systems.
Dhruv holds a Master’s of Science degree in energy management from the New York Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology.
Suzanne joins NYSEIA with over 20 years of administrative and event planning experience. After graduating from New York State University College of Technology, Suzanne started her career path as a Travel Agent, primarily focusing on corporate and government travel. Following her time at the Travel Agency, she went back to school, first attending Columbia Greene Community College for Business Management and Marketing and then to The State University of New York at New Paltz for Secondary Education in Mathematics.
After school she began working for Professional Insurance Agent Association of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and New Hampshire, a voluntary, membership-based trade association representing professional, independent property/casualty insurance agents. She spent 13 years at PIA as an Event Planner, coordinating numerous events, education programs and webinars every year ranging from 30 to 1000 attendees. It was a bitter-sweet decision that took her away from PIA as she decided to take a career break to become a first-time mom, a role she waited a long time for.
Prior to joining NYSEIA Suzanne worked as an Office Manager for Brisk Construction, where she spent 10 years managing everything from payroll to AR/AP and everything in between. During her time at Brisk Construction, she implemented, updated and streamlined many of the company’s administrative processes as the company grew from an annual revenue of 65K to over three quarters of a million in revenue during her time there.
Suzanne lives in upstate New York with her son, her partner of 13 years and her 3 step children. In her leisure time she enjoys everything and anything DIY, organizing, cooking, baking and cake decorating. She is also a football, basketball and soccer mom and loves more than anything getting to watch her kids play sports. She can also talk NFL to the best of them and Sundays in the Fall are her favorite days.
Shelby Kislowski joined NYSEIA as Advocacy Coordinator in March 2023. In this role, she is tasked with communications efforts, policy advocacy, public solar education, and member relations. She first entered the solar industry as a Project Coordinator for a community solar developer. Prior to working in solar, she worked at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, managed social media content for small businesses, and as a rowing coach.
Shelby is also a M.S. in Environmental Studies candidate at Antioch University New England, concentrating in Environmental Education and Conservation Psychology. She holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Environmental Studies and Writing from SUNY Empire State College. Shelby is passionate about clean energy, climate change, and social justice. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in the Adirondack Mountains with her Siberian husky, Reina.