Program Staff

Geoffrey D. Smith, MA - Solar Energy Program Coordinator

Geoffrey Smith has directed the 'Solar Sonoma County' program of the Center for Climate Protection since July 2015. His work encompasses three distinct focus areas: 1) Advocacy on behalf of residential and commercial energy customers who plan to deploy rooftop solar on their properties, or who already generate solar energy and seek to learn more about the technology; 2) Development and support of a large network of solar industry professionals locally through meeting facilitation, collaboration, and professional training; and 3) Oversight of legislation and policies that govern local distributed solar energy generation, at the local, regional, state and national levels.

Geoffrey worked as an applications software engineer for over twenty years before shifting gears to work in the nonprofit field back in 2000. He served as Executive Director and Communications Director for two San Diego area land trusts, Conservation Program Coordinator for the Sierra Club, and Water Conservation Policy Advocate for the utility watchdog group Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN.) Geoffrey is also a renowned advocate for folding and cargo bicycles for zero-carbon commuting, touring and cargo-hauling. Geoffrey holds a B.A. in Biology from UCSD, an M.A. in Leadership and Nonprofit Management from the University of San Diego, is a 2012 Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, and a Certified California Naturalist.

Geoffrey attended elementary school at Santa Rosa's Proctor Terrace in the 1960s, and fondly remembers the bright sunny days he enjoyed then. He returned to settle in 'Solar' Sonoma County with his wife Camille Armstrong in 2010, with whom he actively advocates for and recreates in public lands at the regional, state and federal wilderness levels.