Meet the Team


Our rapidly growing team comes from leading renewable energy roles in academia, the non-profit sector, corporate R&D, and sales. We are passionate about the growth and deployment of renewable energy technologies and their impact on the environment. We focus on building lasting relationships with our partners and customers.

Jonathan Wank

Chief Executive Officer Co-Founder

Jon leads the Noria Energy team with a proven track record as an Entrepreneur, creating new ventures, raising funds, and scaling companies. Before Noria Energy, Jon was a founding member of The Solutions Project, a 501c3 organization to accelerate the transition of the United States to 100% renewable energy.

Alex Mayer

Chief Technology Officer Co-Founder

Alex has +20 years of solar industry experience with an emphasis on module and inverter technology development, manufacturing, system design, and product qualification. Alex holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University and did his postdoctoral research at Stanford University.  ​​​

Jairo Criollo

Director of Business Development Co-Founder

Jairo is a strategic, results-driven professional with over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and new business development in technology industries.​ His 20 years of building, managing cross-cultural teams, and selling at C-level can be seen across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Jairo completed his bachelor’s in Finance at the Universidad Externado de Colombia and holds an MBA from the University of Edinborough.

Scott Starr

Chief Development Officer

As CDO, Scott leads Noria’s project development strategy and processes. Scott’s 15+ year tenure in renewable energy includes experience with many renewable technologies and industry leaders/disruptors such as GE Solar, First Solar, Solyndra, groSolar, and Leyline Capital. Scott holds a Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, an MBA from Duke University, and teaches a Solar Project Development class at Duke University.

Kaitlyn Qin

Chief Financial Officer

Kaitlyn oversees Noria’s Project Finance, Corporate Finance and Ops. She has a track record of successfully building organizations with a portfolio of work including corporate growth strategies, financial valuations, and operational tactics for optimizing the financial health of companies. Prior to Noria, Kaitlyn was COO at a VC Start-up and has over 11 years of experience with PwC. In her advisory career, Kaitlyn has successfully led and stood up four new finance organizations from M&A integrations and divestitures. She is a CPA, CA, and has an MBA from the Wharton School.

Michele Santangelo

Senior Project Developer

Ms. Santangelo is a senior development professional with over 20 years of land development, construction, engineering and environmental experience as a Construction Project Manager, and Development Manager. She has managed and supported various tasks on over 2GWs of utility-scale solar, combined cycle, hybrid, geothermal and gas-fired energy power projects as well as retail, commercial, industrial, recreation, redevelopment, residential and mixed-use real estate developments.

James Raiford

Head of Systems Engineering

James leads the engineering efforts for Noria’s project development and R&D teams. James has 6+ years of experience in the solar and renewable energy industries. James holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University.

Tate Tussing

Project Development Associate

Tate oversees Noria Energy’s RFP processes, including writing, designing, and constructing savings analyses. Prior to Noria, Tate worked in construction and oil & natural gas where he focused on improving business operations and logistics. Tate holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Pitzer College.

Victoria Arciniega

Systems Engineer

Ms. Arciniega was introduced to Clean Energy through the Shanghai Nuclear Research and Design Institute where she modeled and analyzed pipes with computational fluid dynamics. For the past year, Ms. Arciniega has been an assistant in research at the University of Michigan’s Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory. She is also majoring in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering and minoring in Engineering Across Cultures at the University of Michigan.  

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