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CLASP Team Grows

01 December 2015

CLASP is excited to announce our newest hires. They will round out our Clean Energy Access, SEAD, Operations, and Communications teams. We are welcoming Hans Alarcón, Jorge Alvarez, Utpal Bhattacharjee, Allison Kimble, and Ben Thrutchley.

Hans Alarcón, Program Coordinator -- Hans joins the CLASP team to support the Global Best Practice, Clean Energy Access, and Emerging Technology teams. Hans most recently worked at Vital Voices and focused primarily on monitoring and evaluation for an economic empowerment program. Other experiences include starting two small businesses and internships in Peru and the US. Hans has a BS in Management and Strategy, a diploma in international relations, and speaks Spanish fluently. In his spare time, Hans enjoys practicing public speaking at Toastmasters, playing soccer, swimming, planning his next big trip, and will soon re-start his martial arts training.

Jorge Alvarez, Operations Coordinator -- Jorge comes to CLASP to provide office operations and administrative support. He will also facilitate our finance, HR, and operations workflows and systems. Jorge most recently worked at Folio Investing as an ACATS Associate. He previously worked at the Bipartisan Policy Center and ARC of Washington County. When he isn’t keeping the trains running on time at CLASP, Jorge can be found running competitively in the DC area as part of the DC Front Runners. He also enjoys teaching the violin, piano, and cello to kids as well as playing with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia. 

Utpal Bhattacharjee, Bangladesh Country Lead -- CLASP welcomes Utpal to the Clean Energy Access program. With roots in engineering, Uptal became a consultant and joined the Infrastructure Investment Facilitation Center as a Senior Consultant. He specialized in energy, power, infrastructure, policy, and advocacy for different ministries, executing agencies, donors and developing partners, regulatory bodies, and private organizations. After five years, Uptal turned his focus toward clean and renewable energy. Since then, he has worked closely with the Indonesian and Bangladeshi governments to develop strategies for renewable energy. His expertise will be critical in continuing the clean energy mission in Bangladesh. We’re excited to have Utpal on the CLASP team.

Allison Kimble, Communications Associate -- Allison comes to CLASP with five years of experience in communications, new media, branding, and program management. She was previously the Communications Manager for the Association for Women in Science. Allison served as the media relations liaison and the Managing Editor of the AWIS quarterly magazine. Her experience also includes working on Capitol Hill for Congressman Ron Kind and on multiple political campaigns. A product of the Midwest, Allison is originally from Minneapolis, MN and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire studying political science and public relations. Outside of CLASP, she enjoys practicing yoga, tutoring with Horton’s Kids, or planning her next adventure.

Ben Thrutchley, Communications Manager -- Ben brings ten years of high-level communications experience to CLASP. He will oversee the organization’s communications, brand, and development efforts. Ben comes to us from the National Conference on Citizenship, where he served as the Communications Director and built their communications team from the ground up. His previous experience includes work at the public affairs firm ASGK Public Strategies, as a communicator on Capitol Hill, and in national campaign politics. In his free time, Ben volunteers by preparing permanent residents for the US Citizenship exam, studies Portuguese, sits on his co-op’s Board of Directors, and travels regularly.