Vice President of Construction and Workforce Development, GRID Alternatives
2017 Advocacy Award WInner
Anna Bautista is Vice President of Construction and Workforce Development for GRID Alternatives, the nation’s largest non-profit solar installer. GRID develops and implements rooftop and community solar projects for affordable housing providers and households in low-income communities most affected by climate change, environmental injustice, and underemployment. Through a unique, people-first model, GRID puts money back into families’ pockets, reduces the energy cost burden for housing providers, and jump-starts solar careers with hands-on installation training. In addition to driving installation standards of safety, quality, and efficiency, Bautista leads GRID’s two major workforce diversity programs: RISE (Realizing an Inclusive Solar Economy), an initiative launched in 2015 aimed at increasing diversity in the solar industry; and the Women in Solar Program, launched in 2014 to provide pathways to technical careers for women and highlight the voices of women of color in the industry. Bautista is also an executive sponsor of GRID’s internal work to advance equity and leadership throughout the organization and build a culture of inclusion that supports and retains a diverse group of employees that represent the frontline communities GRID serves. Bautista has over 12 years of experience in solar as a site supervisor, trainer and educator, project manager, designer, and installer. She is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as a PV (photovoltaics) Installation Professional and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.