Meet the CleanTech Alliance Team
Mel Clark, President and CEO
Mel Clark is a leader with 20 years of nonprofit experience, as well as for-profit business experience in real estate and human resources. She has a demonstrated track record of strong fiscal stewardship and program development. She joined the CleanTech Alliance in April 2020.
She has two adult children, one in college studying computer science, the other a theatre lighting designer.
She was born in Massachusetts, raised in Kansas, spent summers on the beach in Connecticut, and attended colleges in New York and Washington. She is a life-long learner, and loves to read, travel, cook, bake, and garden, and enjoys hiking, yoga, swimming, and tolerates running (long enough to finish a marathon in 2017).
Rachelle Ames, Senior Director, Commercialization and Outreach
Rachelle joined the CleanTech Alliance in May 2018, after almost five years at Washington State University focusing on technology commercialization efforts and connecting WSU research to industry partners.
She is passionate about helping technical founders effectively communicate their product and company to potential partners, investors and other stakeholders. She directs all of our Commercialization programming, the Washington and Canadian cohort companies portion of the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator, a 15- week business training program for cleantech and sustainability startups, run jointly with VertueLab, and oversees membership and sponsorship for the Alliance.
Outside of work, Rachelle enjoys playing tennis with her husband – Collin, laughing at their two cats, cooking new things and cheering for her favorite sports teams (Go Cougs, Hawks, M’s and Warriors!)
Jennifer Audet, Senior Manager, Programs and Communication
Jennifer provides strategic leadership for all public-facing aspects of the CleanTech Alliance, which she joined in 2021. As Senior Manager, she is excited to address the pressing issue of climate change by advancing understanding, inspiring action, and creating communities of change.
Previously, Jennifer developed and implemented diplomatic outreach and advocacy initiatives in the U.S. for both the Canadian and German governments. As a Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service Officer for the Government of Canada in Seattle, Jennifer built strategic partnerships and networks of influence as the team policy lead for Alaska and the Arctic. As Communications Officer for the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York City, she managed public relations for the center and wrote extensively about cutting-edge research and emerging technologies.
From planning large-scale events with partners from business, academia, and government to developing digital diplomacy strategies, Jennifer thrives in cross-functional leadership. She is an enthusiastic relationship-builder and a clear communicator who values smart ideas, thoughtful networks, and long-term vision.
Jennifer holds a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, learning foreign languages, and spending time with friends and family.
Lindsay McCormick, Policy and Programs Specialist
Lindsay joined the CleanTech Alliance full-time in February 2020 after 7 months of working for them part-time writing a white paper on the Clean Energy Fund. She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from Western Washington University in three years with a degree in Biology with an Ecology, Evolutionary, and Organismal emphasis.
Lindsay organizes the Government Affairs Committee and is involved in researching, writing, and editing white papers, letters, reports, and other written communications. She has a passion for public policy and is in charge of coordinating the CleanTech Alliance’s legislative outreach and policy advocacy.
Outside of work, Lindsay enjoys watching football and hockey, playing golf, board games, and jigsaw puzzles.
Skyeler Sperber, Program Coordinator
Skyeler joined the CleanTech Alliance in June 2021 as the Program Coordinator. As Program Coordinator, he is excited to be able to work within the cleantech industry to provide event opportunities and a platform for others to connect.
He was born and raised in Southern California and is a recent graduate from Washington State University, where he majored in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. During his time at Washington State University, he oversaw and executed over 250 events annually for the students and Pullman community to enjoy through his work with the Student Entertainment Board.
Outside of work, Skyeler enjoys music festivals, spending time with friends, and aspires to visit every National Park in the continental United States.
Blake Myer, Commercialization & Outreach Coordinator
Blake is the Commercialization and Outreach Coordinator at the CleanTech Alliance. Blake attended Eastern Washington University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Communication Studies. Blake enjoyed the analytical side of her business program, but also loved the creative aspect of her communication studies. While attending school, Blake kept busy by having a few jobs around campus and a couple of off-campus internships.
In her free time, Blake enjoys watching sports, spending time with her family, and playing tennis with friends. She also enjoys walking dogs at the local shelter and hopes to one day adopt her own dog.
Yolanda Peralta, Executive Assistant
Yolanda joined the CleanTech Alliance in 2021 as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO as well as to the Senior Director of Commercialization and Outreach. Yolanda brings with her a strong background in executive support in the banking and technology sectors.
Born and raised in Arizona, she moved to Seattle in 2011 after earning a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Focus on Public Management from Northern Arizona University.
She has two grown children. In her free time, she enjoys watching baseball and football, dancing, and laughing with friends and family.