Sara Rafalson

Director, Policy & New Markets

Sara Rafalson has been with Sol Systems since 2011, and has worked for the firm in many different roles in business development, external affairs, and operations. Today, Ms. Rafalson oversees market strategy and is responsible for state-level policy advocacy. She also manages the firm’s relationships with industry nonprofits and regional and national trade associations, and serves as Vice President of the Maryland-D.C.-Delaware-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA). Ms. Rafalson is the author of the monthly Sol SOURCE, which has a distribution list of nearly 3,500 professionals in the solar industry and related fields.

Prior to Sol Systems, Ms. Rafalson worked for three years as a sustainability program manager at the University of North Carolina. She was also a Fellow in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Interior during the summer of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In 2009, Ms. Rafalson spent a summer advocating for national climate and energy policy in Anchorage, Alaska at the Alaska Center for the Environment. She is also fluent in conversational Spanish after living in South America for six months.

Ms. Rafalson holds a BA in International Studies, Sustainability, and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with highest distinction and was captain of the water polo team. She is co-chair of the national Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Women’s EmPOWERment Initiative, and was previously President of national nonprofit Women in Solar Energy (WISE).