The Company

Sunfolding was founded in 2012 with headquarters in Alameda, CA. Sunfolding designs, manufactures and sells balance of system products that offer cost and performance breakthroughs to stakeholders across the solar industry. Currently, Sunfolding’s main product offering is an advanced solar tracker, the Sunfolding T29™ Single-Axis Tracker.

Sunfolding’s team is a blend of top technical talent and accomplished industry executives. Many have successfully launched new products and technologies at companies such as First Solar, SMA America, Kaco, Schletter, and SunPower. Others have developed and built GWs of solar projects at some of the world’s leading developers and IPPs.

Leadership Team

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Glen Davis

CEO

Glen Davis joined Sunfolding in January 2021 to lead market share development, revenue and profit growth, and new market expansion. Previously, he served as CEO at RES Americas, a leader in the development and construction of wind, solar, energy storage, and transmission projects in the US, Canada, and Chile; Group Leader at AES Corp., a global independent power producer; and CEO at Agile Energy, a solar project developer. He has served as a board member for the American Wind Energy Association and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council. Glen is a mentor and judge for the ClimateTech & Energy Prize @ MIT, and he recently acted as a mentor for the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. Glen holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a mechanical engineering degree from Brown University.

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Leila Madrone

CTO & Founder

Leila Madrone builds breakthrough energy technologies using her extensive engineering prowess at the intersection of mechanics, electronics, and software. She has spent the past 15 years developing new energy solutions for grid applications, and, since founding Sunfolding in 2012, has focused on building machines to make solar an unstoppable force in the clean energy transition. An MIT-trained roboticist — Leila received both her bachelors and masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with a focus on robotics and mechatronics — she has a talent for bringing innovative technology from concept to market in high-tech industries. Leila’s early career included automation for the genomics industry and the commercialization of NASA robotics hardware. She served as Sunfolding’s CEO until August 2017, and now, as CTO, she drives overall company technical excellence and develops impactful solutions for the future grid.

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Adam Buckfelder

CFO

Adam Buckfelder joined Sunfolding in May 2021. He has spent the past 12 years as a financial leader focused on energy. He served as CFO of Spruce Finance and worked in the Investment Banking Division of Barclays Capital. He was a Lieutenant in the US Navy, and VP Finance of Oakland Athletics. Adam holds an MBA from Harvard.

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Ken Kozicki

COO

Ken joined Sunfolding in January 2022. He has more than 20 years of experience leading divisions and companies with both international and domestic multi-site footprints covering injection molding, metal fabrication/stamping, automotive, and industrial distribution. Previously, he served as President and COO at Masterack, President at Myers Industries – Buckhorn Division where he focused on operational consolidation, outsourcing, and international expansion. Ken has a Masters in engineering and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Chris Oestreich

VP Engineering

Chris Oestreich comes to Sunfolding with 15 years experience in the solar industry. Most recently, Chris was VP and General Manager of the SnapNrack business (a Sunrun company), which provided structural systems to Sunrun as well as the rest of the US solar market. Prior to taking the helm of SnapNrack, Chris led the engineering function for REC Solar’s residential and commercial businesses. Chris studied Mechanical Engineering and Physics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

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Lisa Karlin

VP Manufacturing

Lisa Karlin is an experienced operations and engineering leader with over 25 years of experience across multiple industries. She brings extensive high-volume manufacturing, process engineering, and R&D knowledge to the team. Prior to joining Sunfolding, Lisa held senior leadership roles at Motorola, First Solar, GT Advanced Technologies, Baselayer and Stir. During her career, she has gathered several notable distinctions including listings as an inventor on ten United States patents. Lisa graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Chemistry.

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Ryan Kelly

VP Business Development

Ryan Kelly joined Sunfolding to develop long-term growth opportunities, build strategic business relationships, and continue to grow market share while expanding into new markets. With over 10 years of solar industry experience, Ryan has contributed to the commercial and technical success of over 2 GW of solar projects. Prior to Sunfolding, Ryan was VP of Sales and Marketing at Schletter Inc., a globally recognized leader of solar mounting products, where he led a committed team of experienced solar mounting professionals.

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Gwen Rose

VP Marketing

Gwen Rose is responsible for corporate brand, communications, and integrated marketing at Sunfolding. Gwen has more than a decade of experience in operations and business strategy in solar, running federal, state, and municipal solar projects and programs. She has worked on legislative and regulatory efforts to establish and build solar markets across the country. Prior to Sunfolding, Gwen was Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives at Vote Solar. Gwen graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Physical Science.

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Wesley Fuller

VP Sales and Strategic Partnerships

Wesley Fuller has deep expertise in forging and managing relationships across key diverse stakeholders, and takes a data-forward approach to delivering lasting value for customers. He was previously Director of Sales for Schneider Electric, where he was responsible for the company’s growth in the Americas region. He has over a decade of solar industry experience, and has delivered equipment into over 3GWs of utility scale projects, including some of the largest projects in North America.

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Rahul Chandra

VP Product Management

Rahul has over 15 years of product experience in the clean tech space. Prior to Sunfolding, Rahul held multiple roles at Energy Recovery, Inc. spanning Engineering, Operations and Product/Corporate Development functions giving him deep insight across the entire product lifecycle. He has helped launch and sustain products in the Desalination/Water Treatment and Oil & Gas markets geared toward reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Over the years, he leveraged his experience and skills to teach Product Development and Engineering to graduate and undergraduate students at California State University, East Bay. Rahul holds a B.S in Engineering and an MBA from the Wharton School.

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Jeff Lamb

Principal Tracker Products

Jeff Lamb has 15 years of experience in engineering, reliability, and construction of solar trackers. Jeff joined Sunfolding in 2015 to pursue continued development of novel tracking technology. He was previously responsible for tracker development at First Solar which resulted in approximately 3GW of tracker deployments. Prior to First Solar, Jeff was responsible for reliability and test at Raytracker. Jeff holds a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Sciences from Caltech.

Board Members

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Glen Davis

Glen Davis joined Sunfolding in January 2021. Previously, he served as CEO at RES Americas, a leader in the development and construction of wind, solar, energy storage, and transmission projects; Group Leader at AES Corp., a global independent power producer; and CEO at Agile Energy. He has served as a board member for the American Wind Energy Association and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council. Glen holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a mechanical engineering degree from Brown University.

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Leila Madrone

Leila Madrone founded Sunfolding in 2012. She has spent the past 12 years developing new energy solutions for grid applications. An MIT-trained roboticist — Leila received both her bachelors and masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with a focus on robotics and mechatronics — she has a talent for bringing innovative technology from concept to market in high-tech industries. Leila’s early career included automation for the genomics industry and the commercialization of NASA robotics hardware.

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Dr. Saul Griffith

Dr. Saul Griffith has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering and completed his PhD in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating machines at MIT. He is the cofounder of Otherlab and numerous companies including Instructables (acquired by Autodesk.) Saul has been awarded numerous awards for invention including the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Collegiate Inventor’s award, and the Lemelson-MIT Student prize. In 2007, the MacArthur Foundation awarded Saul a “genius” award, calling him a prodigy of invention in service of the world community.

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Bruce Sohn

Bruce Sohn is former president of First Solar, Inc. (FSLR). Under Bruce’s leadership between 2003 and 2011, First Solar grew into the world’s largest solar company with $3.2 billion in annual revenue, the world’s second-largest installer of energy systems, and an industry leader in cost reduction through economies of scale and technology and manufacturing improvements. Previously at Intel Corp. for 25 years, Bruce played a leadership role in developing, engineering and manufacturing leading-edge semiconductor technologies. He is an engineering graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Veery Maxwell

Veery Maxwell is a partner at Ajax Strategies and a director at Energy Innovation. She focuses on regulatory, financial, and legal due diligence on technology companies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions at scale. Veery is a member of the California Bar, having earned a J.D. degree with honors from UC Hastings School of the Law. Veery received a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a double major in finance and international business. Previously, Veery worked for The Nature Conservancy, ClimateWorks Foundation, and the environmental law division of Union Pacific. She serves on the boards of several companies and nonprofits, including Element Analytics, Ketos, Streetlight Data, Sunfolding, Voltus, and CREO.

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Ben Kortlang

Ben Kortlang is a General Partner of G2VP, a venture capital firm that invests in sustainable industrial technologies. Prior to founding G2VP, Ben has led Kleiner Perkins’ Green Growth Fund since 2008, prior to which Ben co-managed Goldman Sachs’ Alternative Energy Investing business. Ben has been investing in the solar industry for 15 years and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Enphase Energy.