David Wright is the Vice President of Energy Programs at Groundswell, a nonprofit that builds community power through equitable community solar projects and resilience centers, clean energy programs that reduce energy burdens, and pioneering research initiatives that help light the way to clean energy futures for all. His commitment to the vision of clean energy for all people is driven by his view of solar as a vehicle for driving “bottom-up” change toward both a cleaner environment and a more equitable society.
David brings a strong grounding in sustainable buildings and green infrastructure to the Groundswell team. With more than 15 years of experience across the green building sector, he also brings significant program management experience and technical communication skills to the Groundswell team, which he uses to work with engineers, installers, and finance professionals to deliver solar projects within low and moderate-income communities.
Prior to joining Groundswell, David advised federal government agencies on energy and water efficiency issues. By authoring sustainability plans for these agencies, his work strengthened the resilience of federal buildings to the effects of climate change. David is an expert in greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting protocols, having developed some of the first GHG emission inventories for the U.S. federal government. He also served as a Technical Reviewer for a major World Resources Institute report on GHG emissions accounting in the U.S. public sector.
David earned his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a NABCEP PV Associate.