Ric O’Connell


Ric is the founding executive director of GridLab, hired in 2017 to launch the organization. Ric leads the GridLab team of experts providing comprehensive technical grid expertise to policy makers and advocates. A recognized leader in renewable energy technology and policy, Ric has provided engineering support for more than 8 GW of utility scale solar projects worldwide, including several of the largest projects in the world.

Prior to GridLab, Ric was at Black & Veatch for 12 years where he was instrumental in building the global renewable energy consulting practice. While at Black & Veatch, Ric provided expertise to the Energy Foundation China program and had leadership roles on a number of high profile policy studies including 20 percent Wind Energy by 2030, and the California Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative.

Ric has a BSEE from Duke University and a Master’s in Renewable Energy Policy from CU Boulder.

Priya Sreedharan, PhD, PE


Priya joined GridLab in early 2020 as the program director to help scale up GridLab’s efforts on electricity sector transformation. Drawing from a research and analysis foundation, she has held multiple technical leadership roles, and was most recently at the U.S. Agency for International Development – India for 5 years where she helped launch clean energy and air quality efforts, including India’s seminal Greening the Grid renewables integration study.

Earlier, she was at Energy and Environmental Economics (E3) for 5 years, where she led some of the sector’s early studies on distributed energy resources, deep decarbonization, and air quality impacts; and initiated E3’s India efforts. Prior affiliations include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Integral Group.

Priya has a PhD and MS in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where she developed “data science” (Bayesian statistics and optimization) techniques for environmental sensing and energy efficiency diagnostics applications.

Taylor McNair

Program Manager

Taylor is responsible for GridLab’s communication and project management efforts, as well as operations and administration. Prior to GridLab, Taylor worked at Bright Power Inc., a leading provider of energy management services throughout the U.S. At Bright Power, Taylor supported a team of energy analysts, engineers, and software developers in delivering utility bill analysis to enable energy and water saving measures.

Taylor has a background in a range of clean energy technologies, and a passion for renewable energy development and climate change mitigation.

Taylor graduated from Emory University with a BBA from the Goizueta Business School and a double major in Environmental Sciences.

Kyra Ngai

Communications & Development Associate

Kyra joins as a Communications & Development Associate, taking over GridLab’s comms and administrative efforts. She brings three years of experience from her role as a college Sustainability Assistant, where she worked on energy projects to support the college’s carbon-neutrality goals. She looks forward to supporting communities and businesses in their transition to cleaner energy practices, as well as bringing a more transparent, intersectional approach to corporate sustainability frameworks.

Kyra graduated from Carleton College this year with a double major in Political Science/International Relations and Asian Studies.

Casey Baker

Senior Program Manager

Casey Baker joins GridLab as a Senior Program Manager. Casey has spent over a decade in the utility industry working in a variety of roles including Transmission Planning, transmission interconnection contract management, Distributed Energy Resource Planning, and solar pv site management. Before joining GridLab, Casey managed the energy supply and microgrid program for Liberty Utilities’ California electric utility. He has extensive experience in the western transmission system and looks forward to helping support the nation’s efforts towards renewable energy development and resiliency.

Casey holds a MBA and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno

Cassady Craighill

Technical Education Director
Cassady has spent over a dozen years advocating for an equitable clean energy transition and engaging audiences about the challenges inherent in a 21st-century energy system. After earning an M.A. from Georgetown University and publishing research about public perceptions of complex technologies, Cassady worked for Greenpeace USA for seven years where she developed strategies for communicating about climate impacts, the influence of the oil and gas industry on democracy, and the energy footprint from our digital world. Prior to joining GridLab in 2024, she was a member of the founding team of Clean Virginia and helped the organization foster a transformational power shift in Virginia politics and pass landmark utility regulatory and consumer protection policies. A seasoned communications and nonprofit leader, Cassady’s quotes have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Associated Press. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband and two children.
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